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Each year ARP recognizes its members' outstanding contributions to the field of rheumatology through an awards program.
ARP award nominations are closed. The nomination deadline was March 1.
Read about the 2019 ARP award recipients.
Geri Neuberger, RN, MN, EdD
University of Kansas Medical Center
Kansas City, KS
Robert W. Richardson, PT, MEd, FAPTA
Maria Perham Medical Center
The ARP Master Award is one of the highest honors the College bestows. This award is presented to ARP members who have made outstanding contributions to the field of rheumatology through service to the ACR/ARP and advancements in research, practice, education, and/or advocacy.
Eligibility: The designation of ARP Master is conferred on ARP members age 65 years or older by October 1 of the year in which they are nominated who have made outstanding contributions to the field of rheumatology through service to the ACR/ARP; and advancements in research, practice, education, and/or advocacy. ARP members in good standing with a minimum of ten consecutive years of membership who meet the age requirements are eligible.
Award Terms and Funding: An ARP Master is not required to pay annual fees, dues, or assessments and has the privilege of attending the ACR/ARP Annual Meeting without payment of registration fees.
An ARP Master:
Maura Daly Iversen, PT, DPT, SD, MPH, FNAP, FAPTA
The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a current or former member of ARP whose career has demonstrated a sustained and lasting contribution to the field of rheumatology and rheumatology health professionals.
Eligibility:Candidates for the Lifetime Achievement Award shall have been members of ARP, formerly the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP), or ACR for at least ten consecutive years.
Award Terms and Funding: A one-time, merit-based award and the recipient will receive a $5,500 cash award and complimentary registration to ACR/ARP Annual Meeting.
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Monique Gignac, PhD
Institute for Work and Health
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The Addie Thomas Service Award is presented to an ARP member in honor of our Association's first president and recognizes individuals who have been an active volunteer involved with local, regional/state, national, and/or international arthritis-related activities.
Eligibility: ARP members in good standing.
Award Terms and Funding: A one-time, merit-based award and the recipient will receive a $3,000 cash award and complimentary registration to ACR/ARP Annual Meeting.
Heather Benham, CPNP, DNP, RN
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital
The Ann Kunkel Award is presented to an ARP member who has provided extraordinary service to advocate for patients with arthritis and rheumatic diseases or for health professionals in rheumatology.
Michael LaValley, PhD
Boston University School of Public Health
The ARP Distinguished Scholar Award is presented to an ARP Member who demonstrates exceptional achievements in scholarly activities pertinent to arthritis and the rheumatic diseases.
Joni Dean, NP
American Family Children’s Hospital
The ARP Distinguished Clinician Award is presented to an ARP member who is engaged in clinical practice and demonstrates outstanding clinical expertise in arthritis and the rheumatic diseases.
Annelle Reed, MSN, CRNP
Children’s Hospital of Alabama
The Distinguished Educator Award is presented to an ARP member who has demonstrated sustained excellence in the teaching of patients and students/trainees, including health professional students, medical students, residents, graduate students, and/or fellows, with their primary focus being rheumatology related content.
2019 RecipientSandra J. Mintz, MSN, RN-BC
The ARP President's Award is awarded to the ACR/ARP member or team performing outstanding service within the present year in advancing the goals, ideals, and standards of ARP.
Eligibility: ACR/ARP members in good standing.
Award Terms and Funding: Recipients receive recognition at the ACR/ARP Annual Meeting.
Dana Guglielmo, MPH
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Meredith Christiansen, DPT
University of Delaware
The ARP Outstanding Student in Rheumatology Award seeks to recognize students advancing rheumatology in one or more of the following areas: education, practice, research, and/or advocacy.
Eligibility: Non-physician health professional students who have not yet achieved the highest academic degree in a given field of study.
Award Terms and Funding: A one-time, merit-based award of $500, recognition at the 2017 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting, and standard student member benefits.
Nominations open each year in January. The Membership and Nominations Committee considers all submitted nominations. After careful deliberations by the committee, its recommendations are forwarded to the ARP Executive Committee for final approval. Decisions are announced after the July ARP Executive Committee meeting. Awards are presented at ACR Convergence.