ARP Recognition

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

Awards of Merit and Appreciation

ARP Awards of Merit and Appreciation recognize the following: Lifetime Achievement Award, Addie Thomas Service Award, Ann Kunkel Advocacy Award, Distinguished Scholar Award, Distinguished Educator Award, Master Designation, and Outstanding Student in Rheumatology. Learn more about the Awards of Merit and Appreciation

2021 Awards of Merit and Appreciation

Norma Liburd, RN-BC, MN

Norma Liburd, RN-BC, MN Master Designation

  • Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital
  • St. Petersburg, FL
Marian Hannan, BA, MS, DSc

Marian Hannan, BA, MS, DScMaster Designation

  • Marcus Institute for Aging Research, Hebrew Senior Life
  • Boston, MA
Catherine Backman, BSR, MS, PhD

Catherine Backman, BSR, MS, PhDLifetime Achievement Award

  • The University of British Columbia
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
Debbie Feldman, PhD, PT

Debbie Feldman, PhD, PTAddie Thomas Service Award

  • University of Montreal
  • Montreal, Quebec
Kamala Nola, MS, PharmD

Kamala Nola, MS, PharmDDistinguished Educator Award

  • Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy
  • Nashville, TN
Emily Somers, PhD, ScM

Emily Somers, PhD, ScMDistinguished Scholar Award

  • University of Michigan
  • Ann Arbor, MI
Monique Gignac, BSc, MA, PhD

Monique Gignac, BSc, MA, PhDAnn Kunkel Advocacy Award

  • Institute for Work & Health
  • Kingston, Ontario
Daniel Shaffer, MPAS, PA-C

Daniel Shaffer, MPAS, PA-CHonored President's Award

  • Mayo Clinic
  • Rochester, MN
Susan Murphy, OT, ScD

Susan Murphy, OT, ScDHonored President's Award

  • University of Michigan
  • Ann Arbor, MI
Becki Cleveland, PhD

Becki Cleveland, PhDHonored President's Award

  • University of North Carolina
  • Chapel Hill, NC
Jill Blitz, PT

Jill Blitz, PTHonored President's Award

  • Children's Hospital of Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles, CA
Linda Rodamaker, NP

Linda Rodamaker, NPHonored President's Award

  • University of Colorado
  • Aurora, CO

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