Health Professional Awards

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

2019 Award Recipients

Read about the 2019 ARP award recipients.

Master Designation

2019 Recipients

Geri Neuberger, RN, MN, EdD
University of Kansas Medical Center
Kansas City, KS

Robert W. Richardson, PT, MEd, FAPTA
Maria Perham Medical Center
Henderson, NC

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:

  • Receives priority housing for the ACR/ARP Annual Meeting
  • Receives guest passes to the ACR/ARP Annual Meeting opening lecture and awards ceremony
  • Attends the ACR/ARP Masters reception
  • Is recognized at the ACR/ARP Annual Meeting with a certificate at the opening lecture and awards ceremony and a photo/biosketch display in the exhibit hall
  • Is acknowledged in The Rheumatologist and on the ACR website

Lifetime Achievement Award

2019 Recipient
Maura Daly Iversen, PT, DPT, SD, MPH, FNAP, FAPTA
Northeastern University
Boston, MA

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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Addie Thomas Service Award

2019 Recipient
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.

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Ann Kunkel Advocacy Award

2019 Recipient
Heather Benham, CPNP, DNP, RN
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital
Dallas, TX

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.

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.

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Distinguished Scholar Award

2019 Recipient
Michael LaValley, PhD
Boston University School of Public Health
Boston, MA

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.

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.

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Distinguished Clinician Award

2019 Recipient
Joni Dean, NP
American Family Children’s Hospital
Madison, WI

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.

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.

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Distinguished Educator Award

2019 Recipient
Annelle Reed, MSN, CRNP
Children’s Hospital of Alabama
Birmingham, AL

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.

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.

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ARP Appreciation Awards

President’s Award

No award given in 2019

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.

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Outstanding Student in Rheumatology Award

2019 Recipients

Dana Guglielmo, MPH
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, GA

Meredith Christiansen, DPT
University of Delaware
Newark, DE

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.

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