Committees

To accomplish the strategic goals of the ACR, activities and projects are delegated to committees consisting of ACR/ARHP members. All committees are subject to the authority and responsibilities outlined in the ACR bylaws and are required to report to the ACR board of directors.

The standing committees below are enduring from year to year. Additional ad hoc committees or task forces are convened as necessary. The typical participation term for committee members is three years (see details under each committee listing).

ACR Committees

Communications and Marketing

The Committee on Communications and Marketing shall present the communications and marketing priorities and plan to the Board of Directors; shall initiate or support all internal and external communications and marketing efforts; shall be responsible for managing the websites and developing content; shall serve as the Committee that oversees The Rheumatologist; shall monitor communications policies; and shall organize and establish subcommittees and task forces as the Committee deems necessary or appropriate to carry out its objectives, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors or the Executive Committee and Executive Vice President.

Committee Member Time Commitments

  • 2 – 3 meetings per volunteer year (one is typically held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting)
  • 2 – 3 conference calls per volunteer year
  • 30 – 50 hours spent on outside work per volunteer year
  • The committee does a fair amount of time-sensitive work via email, requiring that members be extremely responsive and able to work under short time frames

Committee Roster

Suleman Bhana, MD, Chair, Montvale, NJ (2021)
Isabelle Amigues, MD, Denver, CO (2019)
Marcy Bolster, MD, Boston, MA (2021)
Ali Duarte-Garcia, MD, Rochester, MN (2019)
Bob Richardson, PT, Med, FAPTA (ARHP) (2021)
Jonathan Hausmann, MD, Brookline, MA (2020)
Chris Mecoli, MD, Baltimore, MD (2020)
Elizabeth Roth-Wojcicki, RN, MS, CPNP, Wauwatosa, WI (2020)
Vaneet Sandhu, MD, Corona, CA (2021)
Paul Sufka, MD, Eagan, MN (2019)
Kent Kwas Huston, MD, Kansas City, MO (2019) (ACR Board Liaison)

Staff Contact: Joan Roth

Corporate Relations

Subject to the direction and control of the Board of Directors, the Committee on Corporate Relations shall serve as the initial clearinghouse to ensure alignment with ACR Guiding Principles and to avoid overlap with other projects for all College-wide corporate initiatives, and concern itself with overseeing and vetting the procedures related to negotiation and acceptance of all external corporate funding, including the ACR exhibit hall, corporate requests for collaboration, inquiries, and project proposals; develop, review and enforce policies on matters that involve external corporate funding and third-party events held during official ACR meetings; and organize and establish such subcommittees and task forces as the Committee deems necessary or appropriate to carry out its objectives, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors or the Executive Committee and the Executive Vice President.

Committee Member Time Commitments

  • 1 meeting per volunteer year (generally in May)
  • 2 – 4 conference calls per volunteer year (depending on the issues)
  • Much of the committee's work is just before the Annual Meeting

Committee Roster

Kenneth Saag, MD, MSc, Chair, Birmingham, AL (2020)
Nancy Baker, OT, ScD, Pittsburgh, PA (2021)
Hermine Brunner, MD, MSc, MBA, Cincinnati, OH (2019)
L Douglas Graham, MD, Westmont, IL (2020)
Lisa Imundo, MD, New York, NY(2021)
Stuart Kassan, MD, Lakewood, CO (2020)
Amanda Schnell, MD, Birmingham, AL (2019)
Margaret Tsai, MD, Kent, OH (2020)

Staff Contact: Amy Beith Miller

Division Directors Special Committee

The Division Director Special Committee shall concern itself with advancing academic rheumatology, and thereby rheumatology as a whole, through support of clinical care, research, education and advocacy. The Committee shall serve as a resource to the ACR on matters related to academic rheumatology; shall identify best practices for structuring academic adult and pediatric rheumatology divisions; shall update, analyze, and disseminate data related to divisions, including the state of faculty, trainees and leadership in academic divisions of rheumatology on an annual basis; shall develop rheumatology mentoring programs and resources; shall provide a community for division directors within ACR with an annual communications plan; and shall organize and establish subcommittees and task forces as the Committee deems necessary or appropriate to carry out its objectives, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors or the Executive Committee and Executive Vice President.

Committee Member Time Commitments

  • 2 meetings per volunteer year (one to be held in conjunction with the Division Directors Conference; one to be held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting)
  • 3 - 5 conference calls per volunteer year
  • 30 – 50 hours spent on outside work per volunteer year

Committee Roster

Leslie Crofford, MD, Chair, Nashville, TN (2021)
Robert Colbert, MD, PhD, Bethesda, MD (2021)
Wael Jarjour, MD, Columbus, OH (2021)
Beverly K. Johnson, MD, Bronx, NY (2019)
Sayanika Kaur, MD, Philadelphia, PA (2019)
Kent Kwoh, MD, Tucson, AZ (2021)
Bonita S. Libman, MD, Burlington, VT (2019)
Nancy J. Olsen, MD, Hershey, PA (2019)
Harris R. Perlman, PhD, Chicago, IL (2019)
Nora Singer, MD, Cleveland, OH (2021)
David I. Daikh, MD, PhD, San Francisco, CA (2019) (ACR Board Liaison)

Staff Contact: Kamilah Greene

Education

The ACR Committee on Education shall concern itself with policies and/or guidelines for programs on continuing medical education (CME) in rheumatology and professional education products for specialists and primary care physicians at the undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels; shall oversee the development and provide final approval for any meetings or programs for which CME credit is granted by the ACR; shall oversee the development of any educational products or materials which will bear the ACR name; and shall organize and establish subcommittees and task forces as the Committee deems necessary or appropriate to carry out its objectives, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors or the Executive Committee and Executive Vice President.

Committee Member Time Commitments

  • 2 meetings per volunteer year (generally in January and in July/August)
  • 2 – 3 conference calls per volunteer year
  • 5 – 25 hours spent on outside work per volunteer year (depending on the issues)
  • Preferred meeting day is Saturday, typically in Atlanta.

Subcommittees

  • Abstract Oversight Subcommittee
  • Abstract Selection Subcommittee
  • Annual Meeting Planning Committee
  • ARHP eLearning Subcommittee
  • Innovative Therapies in Autoimmune Diseases Conference Planning Committee
  • Pediatric Rheumatology Symposium Planning Committee
  • Professional Meetings Committee
  • Recertification Board Preparation Course and ABIM Learning Session Development Committee
  • Winter Rheumatology Symposium Planning Committee
  • Image Library Subcommittee
  • Continuous Assessment Review and Evaluation (CARE) Development Group
  • Continuous Professional Development Subcommittee

Committee Roster

Swamy Venuturupalli, MD, Chair, Beverly Hills, CA (2021)
Mara Becker, MD, MSE, Kansas City, MO (2019)
Elana Bernstein, MD, New York, NY (2021)
Sobia Hassan, MBBS, MRCP, Chicago, IL (2021)
Kichul Ko, MD, Chicago, IL (2019)
Aileen Ledingham, PT, MS, PhD, Waltham, MA (2020)
David Leverenz, MD, Durham, NC (2019)
Vikas Majithia, MD, MPH, Jackson, MS (2020)
Luc Nguyen, MD, San Antonio, TX (2021)
Linda Rodamaker, ANP, Denver, CO (2020)
Victoria K. Shanmugam, MBBS, MRCP, Great Falls, VA (2020)
George C. Tsokos, MD, Boston, MA (2019) (ACR Board Liaison)

Staff Contact: Donna Hoyne

Ethics and Conflict of Interest

The Committee on Ethics and Conflict of Interest shall concern itself with reviewing and making recommendations regarding the ethics and professionalism of the College, its officers, directors, and members; shall address and respond to questions of conflict of interest; shall be responsible for reviewing and, from time to time, proposing modifications to the Code of Ethics and Disclosure Policy and Statement; shall review charges alleging professional misconduct by members; shall respond to requests from the Board of Directors for guidance and recommendations on matters involving ethics and conflict of interest; shall, from time to time, develop information to educate the membership concerning the Code of Ethics and conflict of interest issues and shall organize and establish subcommittees and task forces as the Committee deems necessary or appropriate to carry out its objectives, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors or the Executive Committee and the Executive Vice President.

Committee Member Time Commitments

  • 2 meetings per volunteer year (generally in December/January and in conjunction with the Annual Meeting)
  • 1 – 2 conference calls per volunteer year
  • Members are "on call" for issues that arise requiring that members be extremely responsive and able to work under short time frames

Committee Roster

Jane Kang, MD, MS, Chair, New York, NY (2019)
Zineb Aouhab, MD, Chicago, IL (2019)
Anne Eberhard, MBBS, MSc, Lake Success, NY (2021)
Adam Goode, PhD, PT, DPT, Durham, NC (2021)
Bernard Hildebrand, MD, San Antonio, TX (2021)
Jill Johnson, MD, Philadelphia, PA (2020)
Evan Mulvihill, MD, Columbus, OH (2019)
Christine Pellegrini, PhD, Columbia, SC (2020)
Edward Rose, MD, Belleville, IL (2019)
Athan N. Tiliakos, DO, Roswell, GA (2020)
Eveyln Hsieh, MD, PhD, New Haven, CT (2019) (ACR Board Liaison)

Staff Contact: Julie Anderson

Finance

Subject to the direction and control of the Board of Directors, the Committee on Finance shall have authority to monitor the financial policies, investments, and expenditures of the ACR, to develop the financial resources needed to carry out the programs of the ACR and shall organize and establish subcommittees and task forces as the Committee deems necessary or appropriate to carry out its objectives, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors or the Executive Committee and Executive Vice President.

Committee Member Time Commitments

  • 2 meetings per volunteer year (generally in late April/early May and in late September/early October)
  • 8 – 12 hours spent on outside work
  • Preferred meeting day is Monday

Committee Roster

Charles M. King II, MD, Chair, Belden, MS (2019)
Anne Bass, MD, New York, NY (2021)
Deborah Dyett Desir, MD, Woodbridge, CT (2020)
Sarah Ford, DO, Richmond, VA (2019)
Robert C. Fuhlbrigge, MD, PhD, Aurora, CO (2020)
David Karp, MD, PhD, Dallas, TX (2021)
Timothy Laing, MD, Ann Arbor, MI (2019)
Kamala Nola, MS, PharmD, Nashville, TN (2019)
Robert Roubey, MD, Chapel Hill, NC (2019)

Staff Contact: Colleen Merkel

Government Affairs

The Committee on Government Affairs shall concern itself with developing effective liaisons with governmental and nongovernmental research support agencies; shall establish effective liaisons with congressional members and staff; shall establish effective liaison with organizations concerned with public policy aspects of health-care delivery and health-care financing; shall monitor not-for-profit issues of concern to the College and shall organize and establish subcommittees and task forces as the Committee deems necessary or appropriate to carry out its objectives, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors or the Executive Committee and Executive Vice President.

Committee Member Time Commitments

  • 2 meetings per volunteer year (generally in conjunction with Advocacy Leadership Conference in March and with Advocates for Arthritis in September)
  • Monthly conference calls (first Wednesday of the month)
  • Members work on one-page position papers in groups, periodically

Committee Roster

Angus Worthing, MD, Chair, Washington, DC (2019)
Howard B. Blumstein, MD, Smithtown, NY (2020)
Ethan Craig, MD, Philadelphia, PA (2021)
Courtney Crayne, MD, Birmingham, AL (2021)
Christina Downey, MD, Danville, PA (2019)
Jessica Farrell, PharmD, Albany, NY (2020)
Robert Jenkins, MD, PhD, Dallas, TX (2021)
Ryan Jessee, MD, Durham, NC (2021)
Bharat Kumar, MD, Iowa City, IA (2020)
Brian Loggins, BS, BBA, MBA, San Antonio, TX (2019)
Victoria Menzies, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, Richmond, VA (2019)
Christopher Morris, MD, Kingsport, TN (2019)
Lisa Robbins, RN, BSN, CPNP, Hershey, PA (2021)
Tamar B. Rubinstein, MD, Bronx, NY (2020)
Roy Sampson, MD, Fayetteville, AR (2019)
Kelly Weselman, MD, Atlanta, GA (2019) (ACR Board Liaison)

Staff Contact: Adam Cooper

Journal Publications

The Committee on Journal Publications shall concern itself with overseeing the operations of the ACR's two peer-reviewed journals, Arthritis & Rheumatology and Arthritis Care & Research, including monitoring relations with and the performance of the journals' common publishers, developing and reviewing policies on matters that affect both journals, and reporting to the ACR Board of Directors on behalf of both journals.

Committee Member Time Commitments

  • 2 – 3 meetings per volunteer year (one is typically held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting)
  • 3 conference calls per volunteer year (on average)
  • 12 hours spent on outside work (on average)
  • Members have typically been involved with the journal as authors and/or reviewers, with representation from both the clinical and basic sciences

Committee Roster

Shervin Assassi, MD, MS, Chair, Houston, TX (2021)
Vivian Bykerk, MD, FRCPC, (2020)
Cecilia Chung, MD, MPH, Nashville, TN (2019)
Meenakshi Jolly, MD, MS, (2021)
Kim Jones, RN, PhD, FNP, Portland, OR (2019)
Max Konig, MD, (2019)
Linda C. Li, PT, MSc, PhD, Richmond, BC (2020)
UyenSa Nguyen, DSc, MPH, (2021)
William F. Harvey, MD, MSc, Boston, MA (2019) (ACR Board Liaison)
Richard Bucala, MD, PhD, New Haven, CT (Editor of A&R)
Marian Hannan, DSc, MPH, Boston, MA (Editor of AC&R)

Staff Contact: Jane Diamond

Nominations and Appointments

The ACR Committee on Nominations and Appointments shall make nominations for the following positions: Secretary, who will become President-Elect at the end of the Secretary's term, then President in the following year; Treasurer, who will become President-Elect at the end of the Treasurer's term, then President in the following year; Members-at-Large of the Board of Directors of the ACR and Foundation; Chairs of the Standing Committees; Members of the Standing Committees, with the exception of the Committee on Nominations and Appointments; Representatives to the Board of Directors of the Foundation from the ACR Committee on Research, ACR Committee on Rheumatology Training and Workforce Issues, and from the ARHP. The Committee shall make recommendations regarding application for membership, the ACR Awards of Distinction, and other ACR awards.

Committee Member Time Commitments

  • 1 meeting per volunteer year (generally in July)
  • 20+ hours needed prior to the meeting to extensively review applications

Committee Roster

David Daikh, MD, PhD, Chair, San Francisco, CA (2019)
Stacy Ardoin, MD, Columbus, OH (2020)
Joel Block, MD, Chicago, IL (2020)
S. Louis Bridges, MD, PhD, Birmingham, AL (2019)
Gary Firestein, MD, La Jolla, CA (2020)
Ellen Gravallese, MD, Worcester, MA (2021)
Edward Herzig, MD, Cincinnati, OH (2020)
Kristine M. Lohr, MD, MS, Lexington, KY (2019)
Paula Marchetta, MD, MBA, New York, NY (2020)
Zsuzsanna McMahan, MD, MHS, Lutherville, MD (2019)
Sandra Mintz, MSN, RN, BC, Los Angeles, CA (2019)

Staff Contact: Julie Anderson

Pediatric Rheumatology Special Committee

The Committee on Pediatric Rheumatology shall concern itself with advancing pediatric rheumatology through the support of clinical care, research, education and advocacy. The Committee shall implement initiatives designed to improve the recruitment of pediatricians into the field of rheumatology; shall initiate or support the communication efforts to the ACR pediatric membership; shall support the practice needs of pediatric rheumatologists through contributions to activities of ACR standing committees, as needed; and shall organize and establish subcommittees and task forces as the Committee deems necessary or appropriate to carry out its objectives, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors or the Executive Committee and Executive Vice President.

Committee Member Time Commitments

  • 2 meetings per volunteer year (one is typically held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting)
  • 2 – 3 conference calls per volunteer year

Subcommittees

  • Pediatric Rheumatology Residents Program
  • AMIGIO ACR/CARRA Mentoring Program

Committee Roster

Jay Mehta, MD, Chair, Philadelphia, PA (2021)
Laura Ballenger, MD, Columbus, OH (2019)
Hana Conlon, RN, CPNP, New York, NY (2021)
Ashley Cooper, MD, Kansas City, MO (2020)
Jennifer Cooper, MD, San Francisco, CA (2019)
Colleen Correll, MD, MPH, Minneapolis, MN (2021)
Catherine A. Figueroa, RN, BSN, Iowa City, IA (2020)
Linda T. Hiraki, MD, FRCPC, ScD, Toronto, ON (2020)
Andrea Knight, MD, MSCE, Toronto, ON (2021)
Grant Schulert, MD, PhD, Cincinnati, OH (2021)
Marinka Twilt, MD, Alberta, Calgary, Canada (2019)
Daniel F. Battafarano, DO, San Antonio, TX (2019) (ACR Board Liaison)

Staff Contact: Julie Anderson

Quality of Care

The Committee on Quality of Care shall concern itself with quality-related activities including the development of classification and response criteria, outcome measures, practice guidelines, quality indicators, and related practice implementation tools, and activities related to the safety of rheumatologic therapeutics. The Committee will organize and establish subcommittees and task forces as the Committee deems necessary or appropriate to carry out its objectives, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors or the Executive Committee and Executive Vice President.

Committee Member Time Commitments

  • 3 meetings per volunteer year (generally in December/January, in May/June, and in conjunction with the Annual Meeting)
  • 2 – 3 conference calls per volunteer year
  • 5 – 10 hours spent on outside work

Subcommittees

  • Classification and Response Criteria Subcommittee
  • Practice Guidelines Subcommittee
  • Quality Leadership Council
  • Quality Measures Subcommittee

Committee Roster

John FitzGerald, MD, PhD, MBA, Chair, Los Angeles, CA (2019)
Aryeh Abeles, MD, Meriden, CT (2019)
Kelli Allen, PhD, Durham, NC (2021)
Catherine A. Bingham, MD, Allentown, PA (2020)
Liron Caplan, MD, PhD, Aurora, CO (2019)
Catherine Christen, PharmD, Ann Arbor, MI (2020)
Maio Danila, MD, MSc, MSPH, Birmingham, AL (2021)
Dana DiRenzo, MD, Baltimore, MD (2019)
Aryeh Fischer, MD, Aurora, CO (2021)
Ted R. Mikuls, MD, Omaha, NE (2020)
Lisa Suter, MD, New Haven, CT (2019)
Carol Langford, MD, MHS, Cleveland, OH (2019) (ACR Board Liaison)

Staff Contact: Amy Miller

Registries and Health Information Technology

The Committee on Registries and Health Information Technology shall concern itself with health information and communication technology issues within the field of health care and the subspecialty of rheumatology and work to support and advance the use of appropriate health information and communication technology within clinical research and the practice of rheumatology to provide safe, timely, efficient, effective, equitable, and patient-centered care. The committee will oversee the ongoing growth and development of the Rheumatology Clinical Registry for quality improvement, research, and advocacy issues relating to electronic health records and other clinical and administrative information technology, and shall oversee the development and use of defined rheumatology data standards.

Committee Member Time Commitments

  • 2 meetings per volunteer year
  • Monthly conference calls per volunteer year

Committee Roster

Jinoos Yazdany, MD, MPH, Chair, San Francisco, CA (2020)
Puneet Bajaj, MD, MPH, Plano, TX (2020)
Christie Bartels, MD, MS, Madison, WI (2019)
Ruy Carrasco, MD, Austin, TX (2019)
Bryant England, MD, Omaha, NE (2021)
Margarita Fallena, MD, Dallas, TX (2020)
Christian Geier, MD, New York, NY (2019)
Katherine Liao, MD, MPH, Boston, MA (2021)
Nadia Morgan, MBBS, Baltimore, MD (2019)
Douglas W. White, MD, PhD, Onalaska, WI (2019) (ACR Board Liaison)

Staff Contact: Rachel Myslinski

Research

The Committee on Research shall concern itself with research and research training in rheumatology; shall encourage clinical and health services research on the organization of medical and health care as they may affect patients with rheumatic diseases; shall maintain an updated rheumatology research agenda; shall appoint a liaison to the Committee on Government Affairs and work with that committee on advocacy; shall work to coordinate the research efforts of the ACR and the Arthritis Foundation and shall organize and establish subcommittees and task forces as the Committee deems necessary or appropriate to carry out its objectives, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors or the Executive Committee and Executive Vice President.

Committee Member Time Commitments

  • 2 meetings per volunteer year (generally in June and November in conjunction with the Annual Meeting)
  • 2 conference calls per volunteer year
  • 2 hours spent on outside work prior to each meeting

Subcommittee

  • Early Career Investigator Subcommittee

ARHP Research Subcommittee

The ARHP Research Subcommittee members are recognized for their research presentations and publications. They work with the ACR Committee on Research to promote the research efforts of rheumatology health professionals. They present research education and mentoring programs at the Annual Meeting.

Committee Member Time Commitments
  • 2 meetings per volunteer year (generally in December/January and in conjunction with the Annual Meeting; meetings are typically on Fridays, Saturdays, and/or Sundays)
  • 2 – 3 conference calls per volunteer year

Committee Roster

Anne-Marie Malfait, MD, PhD, Chair, Chicago, IL (2020)
Karen Costenbader, MD, MPH, Boston, MA (2019)
Andrea Fava, MD, Baltimore, MD (2019)
Alexei A. Grom, MD, Cincinnati, OH (2020)
Dina Jones, PhD, PT, Morgantown, WV (2020)
Kristi Kuhn, MD, PhD, Aurora, CO (2019)
Richard Loeser, MD, Chapel Hill, NC (2021)
Elena Losina, PhD, Boston, MA (2021)
Ram Raj Singh, MD, Los Angeles, CA (2021)
Jeremy Sokolove, MD, Mountain View, CA (2020)
William Robinson, MD, PhD, Stanford, CA (2019) (ACR Board Liaison)

Staff Contact: Ngozi Afulezi

Rheumatologic Care

The Committee on Rheumatologic Care shall concern itself with economic, technical, and ethical issues that bear on the practice of rheumatology and allied health professionals related to rheumatology; shall work with the Committee on Education to ensure that training recommendations reflect the changing scope of rheumatology practice; shall oversee the publication of practice-related materials and other publications as deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors; shall provide the ACR membership with information concerning the future changes in medical care organization, health-care delivery, health-care financing, and health-care technology as they may affect the provision of care to patients with rheumatic disease; shall develop a government relations agenda; shall appoint a liaison to the Committee on Government Affairs; and shall organize and establish subcommittees and task forces as the Committee deems necessary or appropriate to carry out its objectives, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors or the Executive Committee and Executive Vice President.

Committee Member Time Commitments

  • 3 meetings per volunteer year (generally in January, June, and in conjunction with the Annual Meeting)
  • Conference calls are rare – most of the committee work is done via email
  • Members are asked to respond to weekly questions and draft position statements (1 – 2 pages) and/or review position statements
  • It is important for members to be practicing physicians

Subcommittees

  • Affiliate Society Council
  • Insurance Subcommittee

Committee Roster

Colin C. Edgerton, MD, Chair, Mount Pleasant, SC (2020)
Allen Anandarajah, MD, MSc, Rochester, NY (2021)
Heather Benham, ND, RN, CPNP, Dallas, TX (2020)
Charles Degenhardt, MD, Savannah, GA (2020)
Andrew Hochradel, PharmD, West Allis, WI (2021)
Srikanth Mukkera, MD, Tupelo, MS (2019)
Veena Patel, MD, Chicago, IL, (2019)
Chris Phillips, MD, Paducah, KY (2019)
Michael Quigan, MBA, Boston, MA (2019)
Virginia Reddy, MD, Dallas, TX (2019)
Linda Russell, MD, New York, NY (2021)
Anu Sharma, MD, N Bethesda, MD (2020)
Marcus Snow, MD, Omaha, NE (2019)
Elizabeth B. Solow, MD, Dallas, TX (2020)
V. Michael Holers, MD, Aurora, CO (2019) (ACR Board Liaison)

Staff Contact: Rachel Myslinski

Rheumatology Training and Workforce Issues

The Committee on Rheumatology Training and Workforce Issues shall concern itself with developing curricula and other educational tools for trainees in rheumatology, designing and implementing career development programs, monitoring career opportunities in rheumatology, providing networking opportunities and resources for rheumatology training program directors, and monitoring rheumatology workforce trends. The Committee shall organize and establish subcommittees and task forces as the Committee deems necessary or appropriate to carry out its objectives, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors or the Executive Committee and Executive Vice President.

Committee Member Time Commitments

  • 3 meetings per volunteer year (one is typically held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting)
  • 2 conference calls per volunteer year
  • 2 hours spent on outside work prior to each meeting

Subcommittees

  • Adult Rheumatology In-Training Exam Taskforce
  • Fellows-in-Training Subcommittee

Committee Roster

Beth Jonas, MD, Chair, Chapel Hill, NC (2021)
Janet L. Bahr, ANP, BC, Onalaska, WI (2020)
Anisha Dua, MD, MPH, Chicago, IL (2019)
Jason Kolfenbach, MD, Denver, CO (2021)
Bethany Marston, MD, Rochester, NY (2021)
Guillermo Quiceno, MD, Dallas, TX (2019)
Sebastian Sattui, MD, New York, NY (2019)
Gregory Taylor, MSW, Vancouver, British Columbia (2019)
Karina Marianne D. Torralba, MD, MACM, Loma Linda, CA (2020)
Tracey B. Wright, MD, Dallas, TX (2020)
Marisa S. Klein-Gitelman, MD, MPH, Chicago, IL (2019) (ACR Board Liaison)

Staff Contact: Kamilah Greene

RheumPAC

The Political Action Committee shall develop and present to the Board of Directors for its approval the criteria that will determine how contributions will be distributed by the Committee to candidates for election to federal office; shall develop and present to the Board of Directors for its approval bylaws governing its operations; shall be responsible for all internal and external political fundraising and related marketing efforts; shall be responsible for all campaign finance filings and distributions to candidates for federal office; and shall organize and establish subcommittee and task forces as the Committee deems necessary or appropriate to carry out its objectives, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors or the Executive Committee and Executive Vice President.

Committee Member Time Commitments

  • 4 meetings per volunteer year (generally in conjunction with Spring Advocacy Leadership Fly-In in March and Advocates for Arthritis in September)
  • Monthly conference calls (third Monday of the month)

Committee Roster

Zachary Wallace, MD, MSc, Boston, MA (2021)
Matthew C. Baker, MD, BA, Palo Alto, CA (2021)
Leyka M. Barbosa, MD, Dallas, TX (2020)
Donah Crawford, BS, MA, Philadelphia, PA (2019)
Maura D. Iversen, PT, DPT, SD, MPH, Boston, MA (2020)
Fotios Koumpouras, MD, New Haven, CT (2019)
William Lapin, MD, Houston, TX (2019)
William R. Palmer, MD, Omaha, NE (2020)
Alexandra Perel-Winkler, MD, New York, NY (2019)
Padmapriya Sivaraman, MD, Dallas, TX (2019)
Brett Smith, DO, Farragut, TN (2019)
Elizabeth Perkins, MD, Hoover, AL (2019) (ACR Board Liaison)

Staff Contact: Lennie Shewmaker

ARHP Committees

ARHP Membership and Nominations

The ARHP Membership and Nominations Committee is responsible for overseeing the nominations process to ensure the election and appointment of qualified leaders, representative of the diversity of the membership. The committee is responsible for reviewing nominations and presenting a slate of qualified candidates for ARHP elected and appointed volunteer positions and reviewing nominations and selecting recipients for the Graduate Student Awards and Merit and Lifetime Achievement Awards. In addition, the Committee handles all membership marketing responsibilities.

Committee Member Time Commitments

  • 2 meetings per volunteer year (generally in December/January and in April; meetings are typically on Fridays, Saturdays, and/or Sundays)
  • 2 – 3 conference calls per volunteer year

Committee Roster

Afton Hassett, PsyD, Ann Arbor, MI
Hazel Breland, MA, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Charleston, SC
Sandra Mintz, MSN, RN, Los Angeles, CA
Marilynn Punaro, MD, Dallas, TX (ACR BOD Liaison)
Robert Richardson, PT, MEd, FAPTA, Henderson, NC
Beth Resman-TargoffElizabeth Salt, PhD, ARNP, Lexington, KY
Emily Somers, PhD, ScM, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Staff Contact: Sharon Ross

ARHP Practice

The ARHP Practice Committee includes representatives from each of the major disciplines in the Association. The Committee oversees the health professional practice papers and ensures that all ARHP educational products and programs meet the practice needs of membership. The Committee explores member needs regarding clinical practice issues and promoting the interdisciplinary model of care. It is the oversight committee for all ARHP practice issues.

Committee Member Time Commitments

  • 2 meeting per volunteer year (generally in January and in conjunction with the Annual Meeting; meetings are typically on Fridays, Saturdays, and/or Sundays)
  • Monthly conference calls per volunteer year 

Committee Roster

Barbara Slusher, PA-C, MSW League City, TX
Adena Batterman, MS, LCSW
Heather Benham, ND, RN, CPNP
Lindsey Bullis, BSN
Talitha, Cox, MA, OTR/L
Andrew R. Hochradel, PharmD
Michael Quigan, MBA
Daniel Schaffer, PA-C
Terence W. Starz, MD
Jennifer Trizuto, MPT
Staff Contact: Sharon Ross