ACR Awards

Each year the American College of Rheumatology recognizes its members' outstanding contributions to the field of rheumatology through an awards program.

Nominations are Closed

Nominations for ACR Masters and Awards are closed. View the 2020 ACR Award recipients.

Presidential Gold Medal

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.

Eligibility: ACR members in good standing

Award Terms and Funding: A one-time, merit-based award and the recipient will receive a $5,000 cash award

Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award is awarded to an ACR member for outstanding and sustained service to the ACR.

Eligibility:  ACR members in good standing

Award Terms and Funding: A one-time, merit-based award and the recipient will receive a $3,000 cash award

Distinguished Clinician Scholar Award

The Distinguished Clinician Scholar Award is awarded to a rheumatologist who has made outstanding contributions in clinical medicine, clinical scholarship, or education.

Eligibility: ACR members in good standing

Award Terms and Funding:  A one-time, merit-based award and the recipient will receive a $3,000 cash award

Distinguished Clinical Investigator Award

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.

Eligibility:  ACR members in good standing

Award Terms and Funding: A one-time, merit-based award and the recipient will receive a $3,000 cash award

Distinguished Basic/Translational Investigator Award

The Distinguished Basic/Translational Investigator Award is awarded to a basic or translational investigator making outstanding contributions to the field of rheumatology.

Eligibility:  ACR members in good standing

Award Terms and Funding: A one-time, merit-based award and the recipient will receive a $3,000 cash award

Paulding Phelps Award

The Paulding Phelps Award is awarded to a clinical rheumatologist for outstanding service to patients, community, and the practice of medicine.

Eligibility: ACR members in good standing

Award Terms and Funding: A one-time, merit-based award and the recipient will receive a $3,000 cash award

Henry Kunkel Early Career Investigator Award

The Henry Kunkel Early Career Investigator Award is awarded to an early career physician scientist, who is 12 years post Rheumatology certifying examination eligibility, who has made outstanding and promising independent contributions to basic, translational or clinical research in the field of rheumatology.

Eligibility: ACR members in good standing who is 12 years post rheumatology certifying examination eligible by October 1 of the year in which they are nominated.

Award Terms and Funding: A one-time, merit-based award and the recipient will receive a $3,000 cash award

Distinguished Fellowship Program Director Award

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. ACR members in good standing who are current or former rheumatology program directors for a minimum of five years and who participate in related ACR educational activities.

Eligibility: To be considered for this award, one of the recommendation letters must be from a current or previous fellow from the nominees program. Consideration will be given for innovative educational programs and recruitment of health care professionals to the subspecialty of rheumatology.

Award Terms and Funding: A one-time, merit-based award and the recipient will receive a $3,000 cash award

Excellence in Investigative Mentoring Award

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 ARP 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.

Eligibility: ACR or ARP members in good standing may nominate an individual who has mentored them. Nominees must be current ACR or ARP members in good standing with demonstrated commitment to mentoring throughout their career. A mentor possessing a combination of research and clinical focus would be preferred, but such a combination is not required. Self-nomination is not permitted. Foundation committee members involved in award recipient selection are not eligible to nominate candidates or be nominated by someone else.

Award Terms and Funding: A one-time, merit-based award and the recipient will receive a $3,000 cash award

Distinguished Global Public Health Award

The ACR recognized Anthony Fauci, MD, MACR, for his exemplary contributions to the global community in addressing the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.

Award Terms and Funding: This was a one-time Award of Distinction; there is no monetary amount tied to this award, but a crystal award was developed and sent to Dr. Fauci.

Distinguished Fellow Award

2020 Recipients

The Distinguished Fellow Award recognizes up to ten clinical and research fellows who are in a rheumatology fellowship training program and who have performed meritoriously. The Distinguished Fellow Award is sponsored by the ACR and supported through the ACR Fellows Education Fund. ACR FIT members need to apply separately for both the Distinguished Fellow Award and the FIT Scholarship, however, those selected as a Distinguished Fellow Award winner will not be eligible to receive the FIT Scholarship in the same year.

Eligibility: ACR FIT members in good standing who have completed their second or third year of their first rheumatology fellowship. To be considered for this award, Nominees must be nominated by a supervisor, training program director, or an ACR member in good standing.

Award Terms and Funding: A one-time, merit-based award; recipients will receive a stipend in the amount of $1,500

ACR Master Designation

2020 Recipients

Recognition as a Master of the American College of Rheumatology is one of the highest honors the College bestows. The designation of Master is conferred on ACR members, age 65 or older by October 1 of the year in which they are nominated, who have made outstanding contributions to the ACR and the field of rheumatology through scholarly achievement and/or service to their patients, students, and profession.

Eligibility: ACR members in good standing, age of 65 or older by October 1 of the year in which they are nominated

Award Terms and Funding: A Master is not required to pay annual fees, dues, or assessments and has the privilege of attending the ACR annual meeting without payment of registration fees.

Past ACR Awards of Distinction Recipients
Past Distinguished Fellow Award Recipients
Past ACR Master Recipients

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