Committees

To accomplish the strategic goals of the ACR, activities and projects are delegated to committees consisting of ACR/ARP 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). See the standing committee eligibility policies.

ACR Committees

Collaborative Initiatives Special Committee

The Collaborative Initiatives Special Committee shall concern itself with strategic, collaborative activities including piloting innovative projects that support the ACR mission, and advancing health equity. The committee shall review and make recommendations regarding partnerships and funding opportunities to advance these aims. The committee will 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 Executive Vice President.

Committee Member Time Commitments

  • 2 – 3 meetings per volunteer year (one is typically held in conjunction with the ACR Leadership Development 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

S. Sam Lim, MD, MPH, Atlanta, GA (2020)
Mary Abraham, MD, New York, NY (2020)
Christie Bartels, MD, MS, Madison, WI (2022)
Ashira Blazer, MD, New York, NY (2021)
Eric Dein, MD, Baltimore, MD (2020)
Linda Ehrlich-Jones, PhD, RN, Chicago, IL (2021)
Cianna Leatherwood, MD, Boston, MA (2020)
Wambui Machua, MD, Atlanta, GA (2022)
Rosalind Ramsey-Goldman, MD, Chicago, IL (2021)
Edith Williams, PhD, Charleston, SC (2022)
George Tsokos, MD, Boston, MA (2020) (ACR Board Liaison)

Staff Contact: Sheryl McCalla

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)
Senada Arabelovic, DO, Boston, MA (2022)
Marcy Bolster, MD, Boston, MA (2021)
Jonathan Hausmann, MD, Brookline, MA (2020)
Chris Mecoli, MD, Baltimore, MD (2020)
Kanika Monga, MD, Houston, TX (2020)
Bob Richardson, PT, MEd, FAPTA (2021)
Elizabeth Roth-Wojcicki, RN, MS, CPNP, Wauwatosa, WI (2020)
Vaneet Sandhu, MD, Corona, CA (2021)
Mohammad Ursani, MD, Woodlands, TX (2022)
Angus Worthing, MD, Washington, DC (2020) (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)
Juliana Chang, MD, Orange, CA (2020)
Jonathan Cheah, MBBS, New York, NY (2022)
L Douglas Graham, MD, Westmont, IL (2020)
Lisa Imundo, MD, New York, NY(2021)
Stuart Kassan, MD, Lakewood, CO (2020)
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)
Hermine Brunner, MD, MBA, MSc, Cincinnati, OH (2022)
Robert Colbert, MD, PhD, Bethesda, MD (2021)
Wael Jarjour, MD, Columbus, OH (2021)
Kent Kwoh, MD, Tucson, AZ (2021)
Kris Lohr, MD, MS, Lexington, KY (2022)
Joanna Marco, MD, Seattle, WA (2020)
Jim Oates, MD, Charleston, SC (2022)
Nora Singer, MD, Cleveland, OH (2021)
Kenneth Warrington, MD, Rochester, MN (2022)
Dan Battafarano, DO, San Antonio, TX (2020) (ACR Board Liaison)

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
  • ARP 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)
Elana Bernstein, MD, New York, NY (2021)
Angelo Gaffo, MD, Birmingham, AL (2020)
Sobia Hassan, MBBS, MRCP, Chicago, IL (2021)
Ronald Laxer, MD, FRCP, Toronto, Ontario (2022)
Aileen Ledingham, PT, MS, PhD, Waltham, MA (2020)
Rebecca Manno, MD, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands (2022)
Luc Nguyen, MD, San Antonio, TX (2021)
Linda Rodamaker, ANP, Denver, CO (2020)
Victoria K. Shanmugam, MBBS, MRCP, Great Falls, VA (2020)
Milena Vukelic, MD, Boston, MA (2020)
Anne Bass, MD, New York, NY (2020) (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

Karen Onel, MD, Chair, New York, NY (2022)
Donica Baker, MD, Chesterfield, MO (2022)
Anne Eberhard, MBBS, MSc, Lake Success, NY (2021)
Eric Gapud, MD, PhD, Baltimore, MD (2022)
Adam Goode, PhD, PT, DPT, Durham, NC (2021)
Bernard Hildebrand, MD, San Antonio, TX (2021)
Jill Johnson, MD, Philadelphia, PA (2020)
Christine Pellegrini, PhD, Columbia, SC (2020)
Christina Schutt, DO, Pittsburgh, PA (2020)
Athan N. Tiliakos, DO, Roswell, GA (2020)
Kent Kwas Huston, MD, Kansas City, MO (2020) (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

Douglas White, MD, PhD, Chair, Onalaska, WI (2021)
Deborah Dyett Desir, MD, Woodbridge, CT (2020)
Kori Dewing, DNP, ARNP, Seattle, WA (2022)
Robert C. Fuhlbrigge, MD, PhD, Aurora, CO (2020)
Zsuzsanna McMahan, MD, MHS, Baltimore, MD (2021)
Sreelakshmi Panginikkod, MD, Worcester, MA (2020)
Jan Richardson, PT, PhD, Durham, NC (2020)
William Robinson, MD, PhD, Stanford, CA (2022)
Robert Roubey, MD, Chapel Hill, NC (2022)
Irene Tan, MD, Philadelphia, PA (2021)

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 May and with Advocates for Arthritis in September)
  • Monthly conference calls (second Wednesday of the month)
  • Members work on one-page position papers in groups, periodically

Committee Roster

Elizabeth Solow, MD, Chair, Dallas, TX (2022)
Laura Ballenger, MD, Columbus, OH (2020)
Howard B. Blumstein, MD, Smithtown, NY (2020)
Ethan Craig, MD, Philadelphia, PA (2021)
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, BA, BS, San Antonio, TX (2022)
Lisa Robbins, RN, BSN, CPNP, Hershey, PA (2021)
Tamar B. Rubinstein, MD, Bronx, NY (2020)
Laura Sampson, PA, Skokie, IL (2022)
Amanda Schnell, MD, Birmingham, AL (2022)
Howard Yang, MD, Santa Monica, CA (2022)
Louisa Ziglar, MD, Clifton, NY (2022)
Norman Gaylis, MD, Aventura, FL (2020) (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, New York, NY (2020)
Kristin D'Silva, MD, Boston, MA (2020)
Debbie Feldman, PhD, PT, Montreal, Quebec (2022)
Meenakshi Jolly, MD, MS, Chicago, IL (2021)
Linda C. Li, PT, MSc, PhD, Richmond, BC (2020)
UyenSa Nguyen, DSc, MPH, Worcester, MA (2021)
Robert Scofield, MD, Oklahoma, OK (2022)
John Varga, MD, Chicago, IL (2020) (ACR Board Liaison)
Richard Bucala, MD, PhD, New Haven, CT (Editor of A&R)
Marian Hannan, DSc, MPH, Boston, MA (Editor of AC&R)
Patricia Katz, PhD, San Francisco, CA (Co-Editor of ACROR)
Edward Yelin, PhD, San Francisco, CA (Co-Editor of ACROR)

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 ARP. 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

Paula Marchetta, MD, MBA, Chair, New York, NY (2020)
Stacy Ardoin, MD, Columbus, OH (2020)
Joel Block, MD, Chicago, IL (2020)
Gary Firestein, MD, La Jolla, CA (2020)
Ellen Gravallese, MD, Worcester, MA (2021)
Edward Herzig, MD, Cincinnati, OH (2020)
V. Michael Holers, MD, Aurora, CO (2021)
David Karp, MD, PhD, Dallas, TX (2022)
Elizabeth Perkins, MD, Hoover, AL (2022)
Christopher Ritchlin, MD, MPH, Rochester, NY (2022)

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)
Hana Conlon, RN, CPNP, New York, NY (2021)
Ashley Cooper, MD, Kansas City, MO (2020)
Colleen Correll, MD, MPH, Minneapolis, MN (2021)
Catherine A. Figueroa, RN, BSN, Iowa City, IA (2020)
Mileka Gilbert, MD, PhD, Charleston, SC (2022)
Linda T. Hiraki, MD, FRCPC, ScD, Toronto, ON (2020)
Andrea Knight, MD, MSCE, Toronto, ON (2021)
W. Blain Lapin, MD, Hartford, CT (2022)
Grant Schulert, MD, PhD, Cincinnati, OH (2021)
Tamara Tanner, MD, Bronx, NY (2020)
Paula Marchetta, MD, MBA, New York, NY (2020) (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

Sindhu Johnson, MD, PhD, FRCPC, Chair, Toronto, Ontario (2022)
Kelli Allen, PhD, Durham, NC (2021)
Sara Baig, MD, Minneapolis, MN (2020)
Catherine A. Bingham, MD, Allentown, PA (2020)
Catherine Christen, PharmD, Ann Arbor, MI (2020)
Maio Danila, MD, MSc, MSPH, Birmingham, AL (2021)
Susan Goodman, MD, New York, NY (2022)
Diane Lacaille, MD, FRCPC, MSc, Richmond, British Columbia (2022)
Lisa Mandl, MD, MPH, New York, NY (2021)
Ted R. Mikuls, MD, Omaha, NE (2020)
Sara Tedeschi, MD, MPH, Boston, MA (2022)
Candace Feldman, MD, ScD, Boston, MA (2020) (ACR Board Liaison)

Staff Contact: Amy Turner

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

Subcommittees

  • Research and Publications Subcommittee

Committee Roster

Jinoos Yazdany, MD, MPH, Chair, San Francisco, CA (2020)
Puneet Bajaj, MD, MPH, Plano, TX (2020)
Delamo Bekele, MBBS, Rochester, MN (2020)
Cynthia Crowson, PhD, Rochester, MN (2020)
Bryant England, MD, Omaha, NE (2021)
Margarita Fallena, MD, Dallas, TX (2020)
Thomas Grader-Beck, MD, Baltimore, MD (2022)
William F. Harvey, MD, MSc, Boston, MA (2022)
Katherine Liao, MD, MPH, Boston, MA (2021)
Virginia Reddy, MD, Dallas, TX (2022)
Evelyn Hsieh, MD, PhD, New Haven, CT (2020) (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

ARP Research Subcommittee

The ARP 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)
Cong-Qui Chu, MD, PhD, Portland, OR (2022)
Alexei A. Grom, MD, Cincinnati, OH (2020)
Dina Jones, PhD, PT, Morgantown, WV (2020)
Richard Loeser, MD, Chapel Hill, NC (2021)
Elena Losina, PhD, Boston, MA (2021)
Deepak Rao, MD, PhD, Boston, MA (2022)
Ram Raj Singh, MD, Los Angeles, CA (2021)
Melanie Smith, MD, PhD, New York, NY (2020)
Jeremy Sokolove, MD, Mountain View, CA (2020)
Carol Langford, MD, MHS, Cleveland, OH (2020) (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)
Ashley Beall, MD, Wheaton, MD (2022)
Adam Berlinberg, MD, Denver, CO (2020)
Jennifer Cooper, MD, PharmD, San Francisco, CA (2022)
Charles Degenhardt, MD, Savannah, GA (2020)
Messina Gurrola, Albuquerque, NM (2022)
Alicia Hinze, MD, MHS, Rochester, MN (2022)
Andrew Hochradel, PharmD, West Allis, WI (2021)
Aruni Jayatilleke, MD, Philadelphia, PA (2020)
Linda Russell, MD, New York, NY (2021)
Anu Sharma, MD, N Bethesda, MD (2020)
Nehad Solomon, MD, Phoenix, AZ (2022)
Bryant Uy, PA-C, MPH, MMS, West Hollywood, CA (2020)
Kelly Weselman, MD, Atlanta, GA (2020) (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)
Irene Blanco, MD, Bronx, NY (2022)
Jason Kolfenbach, MD, Denver, CO (2021)
Bethany Marston, MD, Rochester, NY (2021)
Karina Marianne D. Torralba, MD, MACM, Loma Linda, CA (2020)
Nicole Orzechowski, DO, Lebanon, NH (2022)
Benjamin Widener, MD, Omaha, NE (2020)
Tracey B. Wright, MD, Dallas, TX (2020)
Nick Zupec, PharmD, Mequon, WI (2022)
Amanda Myers, MD, CCD, Evanston, IL (2020) (ACR Board Liaison)

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)
Schartess Culpepper-Pace, MD, Hialeah, FL (2020)
Maura D. Iversen, PT, DPT, SD, MPH, Boston, MA (2020)
Bonita Libman, MD, Burlington, VT (2022)
Victoria Menzies, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, Gainesville, FL (2022)
Stephanie Ott, MD, Lancaster, OH (2022)
William R. Palmer, MD, Omaha, NE (2020)
Jaren Trost, MD, Tucson, AZ (2020)
Tyler Williams, MD, Cleveland, OH (2022)
Marisa Klein-Gitelman, MD, MPH, Chicago, IL (2020) (ACR Board Liaison)

Staff Contact: Lennie Shewmaker

ARP Committees

ARP Membership and Nominations

The ARP 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 ARP elected and appointed volunteer positions and reviewing nominations and selecting recipients for the Outstanding Student, Master, Merit, and Lifetime Achievement Awards. In addition, the Committee handles all membership marketing responsibilities.

Committee Member Time Commitments

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

Committee Roster

Sandra J. Mintz, MSN, RN-BC, Chair
Hazel L. Breland, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, CLA
Janet Poole, PhD,OTR/L, FAOTA
Beth H. Resman Targoff, PharmD, FCCP
Emily C. Somers, PhD, ScM
Laurie Hughell, PA-C, MPH
Christine Stamatos, DNP
Polly Ferguson, MD

Staff Contact: Sharon Ross

ARP Practice

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

Committee Member Time Commitments

  • 2 meetings 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, Chair
Adena Batterman, MS, LCSW
Heather Benham, ND, RN, CPNP
Talitha, Cox, MA, OTR/L
Messina Gurrola, BSHA
Wendy Ramey, RPh
Daniel Schaffer, PA-C
Donald Thomas, MD
Jennifer Trizuto, MPT

Staff Contact: Sharon Ross

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