ACR Recognition

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

Awards of Distinction

Awards of Distinction recognize the following: Presidential Gold Medal, Distinguished Service, Distinguished Clinician Scholar, Distinguished Clinical Investigator, Distinguished Basic/Translational Investigator, Paulding Phelps, Henry Kunkel Early Career Investigator, Distinguished Fellowship Program Director, Excellence in Investigative Mentoring.

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2020 Awards of Distinction 

James O'Dell

James R. O'Dell, MD, MACRPresidential Gold Medal

  • University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Omaha, NE
Stuart Kassan

Stuart S. Kassan, MD, MACR Distinguished Service Award

  • Colorado Arthritis Associates
  • Lakewood, CO
Robert Warren

Robert W. Warren, MD, PhD, MPHDistinguished Clinician Scholar

  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • Charleston, SC
Joanne Jordan

Joanne M. Jordan, MD, MPHDistinguished Clinical Investigator

  • University of North Carolina School of Medicine
  • Chapel Hill, NC
Virginia Pascual

M. Virginia Pascual, MD Distinguished Basic/Translational Investigator

  • Weill Cornell Medicine
  • New York, NY
Kara Petersen

Kara Petersen, MDPaulding Phelps Award

  • Avera Medical Group Rheumatology
  • Sioux Falls, SD
Ami Shah

Ami Aalok Shah, MD, MHS Henry Kunkel Young Investigator Award

  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Baltimore, MD
Pamela Weiss

Pamela F. Weiss, MD, MSCE Henry Kunkel Young Investigator Award

  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Philadelphia, PA
Carlos Lozado

Carlos J. Lozada, MD Distinguished Fellowship Program Director

  • University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
  • Miami, FL
Daniel Solomon

Daniel Solomon, MD, MPH Excellence in Investigative Mentoring

  • Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Boston, MA
Anthony Fauci

Anthony Fauci, MD, MACR Distinguished Global Public Health Award

  • NIH: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • Bethesda, MD


Distinguished Fellow Awards

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

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2020 Distinguished Fellows

Christine Anastasiou, MD
Sarah Katherine Baxter, MD, PhD
Nicole Bitencourt, MD
Andrea Fava, MD
Sarah French, MD

Isaac Harley, MD, PhD
Rosemary Peterson, MD
Ruth Fernandez Ruiz, MD
Stefanie Wade, MD
Chio Yokose, MD


ACR Master Designation

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.

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2020 Masters

Abby Abelson, MD
Martin Bergman, MD
Michael Brenner, MD
Edward Chan, PhD
Ciarán Duffy, MB, BCh, MSc
Norman Ilowite, MD
Emily Issacs, MD
Nancy Lane, MD
Brian Mandel, MD, PhD

Pierre Miossec, MD, PhD
Kathleen O'Neil, MD
Andras Perl, MD, PhD
Bernardo A. Pons-Estel, MD
James Seibold, MD
Leonard Sigal, MD
Sheldon Solomon, MD
Angela Tincani, MD
James Witter, MD, PhD

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