American College of Rheumatology Announces 2018 Award Recipients October 20, 2018 Leading rheumatology researchers and thought leaders honored for accomplishments and service ATLANTA – The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) announced the 2018 recipients of its Master of the ACR designation, Awards of Distinction, and Distinguished Fellow Award honors during the opening lecture of the 2018 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in Chicago. These recognitions are given annually to members who exhibit outstanding contributions to the ACR and the field of rheumatology. Master of the ACR Designation Recognition as a Master is one of the highest honors that the College bestows on its distinguished members. The designation of Master is conferred on ACR members, age 65 or older, who have made outstanding contributions to the field of rheumatology through scholarly achievement and/or service to their patients, students, and the rheumatology profession. These honorees have devoted their long careers to furthering rheumatology research and improving clinical standards in the treatment of rheumatic diseases. The 2018 recipients of the Masters of the ACR designation are: Mark Andrejeski, American College of Rheumatology, Atlanta, GA Joan M. Bathon, MD, Columbia University, New York, NY Richard Brasington, MD, Washington University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, MO Gary L. Bryant, MD, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN Jill P. Buyon, MD, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY Daniel O. Clegg, MD, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT Paul Emery, MD, University of Leeds, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England David A. Fox, MD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI Richard Furie, MD, North Shore LIJ Hofstra University School of Medicine, Great Neck, NY Gary S. Gilkeson, MD, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC Timothy Laing, MD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI Kurugodu Mahendranath, MBBS, Bangalore Arthritis Centre, Bangalore, Karnataka, India Eric L. Matteson, MD, MPH, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN Joan T. Merrill, MD, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Oklahoma City, OK Christopher T. Ritchlin, MD, MPH, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY David D. Sherry, MD, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA Earl D. Silverman, MD, FRCPC, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON Elizabeth A. Tindall, MD, Rheumatology Consultants of Oregon, LLC, Portland, OR Rafael Valle-Oñate, MD, Colombian Military Hospital, Bogota, Columbia John Varga, MD, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL Wayne M. Yokoyama, MD, Washington University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, MO ACR Awards of Distinction The ACR also recognizes leading researchers, clinicians, mentors, and other professionals exhibiting superior commitment to the advancement of the field of rheumatology with the Awards of Distinction honors. Winners of this year’s awards are as follows: Presidential Gold Medal: Mary K. Crow, MD, MACR, Cornell University and Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY The highest award that the ACR can bestow, the Presidential Gold Medal is awarded in recognition of outstanding achievements in rheumatology over an entire career. Established by the past presidents of the ACR, candidates will have made important contributions in multiple areas such as clinical medicine, research, education or administration. Funding support for this award of distinction is provided by the Rheumatology Research Foundation. Distinguished Basic Investigator Award: Michael B. Brenner, MD, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA The Distinguished Basic Investigator Award is awarded to a basic scientist making outstanding contributions to the field of rheumatology. Distinguished Clinician Scholar Award: Marilynn G. Punaro, MD, MACR, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX The Distinguished Clinician Scholar Award is awarded to a rheumatologist who has made outstanding contributions in clinical medicine, clinical scholarship or education. Henry Kunkel Young Investigator Award: Timothy B. Niewold, MD, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY The Henry Kunkel Young Investigator Award is awarded to a young physician scientist, age 45 or younger, who has made outstanding and promising independent contributions to basic or clinical research in the field of rheumatology. Distinguished Clinical Investigator Award: Dafna D. Gladman, MD, MACR, Toronto Western, Toronto, Ontario, Canada The Distinguished Clinical Investigator Award is awarded to a clinical scientist making outstanding contributions to the field of rheumatology. This award was known as the Clinical Research Award prior to 2006. Paulding Phelps Award: Marc D. Cohen, MD, Rocky Mountain Regional Veterans’ Medical Center, Aurora, CO The Paulding Phelps Award is awarded to a clinical rheumatologist for outstanding service to patients, community and the practice of medicine. Distinguished Service Award: Jonathan Kay, MD, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA The Distinguished Service Award is awarded to an ACR member for outstanding and sustained service to the ACR. Distinguished Fellowship Program Director Award: Calvin Brown, Jr., MD, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL Thomas M. Harrington, MD, Geisinger Health System, Danville, PA The Distinguished Fellowship Program Director Award is awarded to a current or former rheumatology program director that has made outstanding contributions in the mentoring and training of future rheumatologists. Excellence in Investigative Mentoring Award: Antony Rosen, MBChB, MD, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD The Excellence in Investigative Mentoring Award recognizes the importance of the mentor/mentee relationship. A dedicated mentor can significantly influence the successful development and career of a mentee. This award honors an active ACR or ARHP member for their contributions to the rheumatology profession through outstanding and ongoing mentoring. Funding support for this award of distinction is provided by the Rheumatology Research Foundation. Distinguished Fellow Award The Distinguished Fellow Award recognizes clinical and research fellows who are in a rheumatology fellowship training program and who have performed meritoriously. The 2018 recipients of the Distinguished Fellow Award are: Brittany Adler, MD, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD Sara Alehashemi, MD, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases , Bethesda, MD DeAnna A. Baker Frost, MD, PhD, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC Marcela A. Ferrada, MD, National Institute of Health; National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, Bethesda, MD April Jorge, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA Bella Mehta, MBBS, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY Ann Marie Szymanski, MD, Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC Antonia Valenzuela, MD, MS, Stanford, Palo Alto, CA Shudan Wang, MD, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY Patrick R. Wood, MD, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO For more information on each of these awards, and to view past recipients, please visit Awards. Media Contact: Monica McDonaldmmcdonald@rheumatology.org404-633-3777, ext. 332 ###About the ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting The ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting is the premier meeting in rheumatology. With more than 450 sessions and thousands of abstracts, if offers a superior combination of basic science, clinical science, tech-med courses, career enhancement education, and interactive discussions on improving patient care. See more information about the meeting or join the conversation on Twitter by following the official #ACR18 hashtag. About the American College of Rheumatology The American College of Rheumatology is an international medical society representing over 9,400 rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals with a mission to empower rheumatology professionals to excel in their specialty. In doing so, the ACR offers education, research, advocacy, and practice management support to help its members continue their innovative work and provide quality patient care. Rheumatologists are experts in the diagnosis, management, and treatment of more than 100 different types of arthritis and rheumatic diseases.