ACR on Air Podcast

ACR on Air Podcast

 

About ACR on Air

As the official podcast of the American College of Rheumatology, ACR on Air dives into topics such as the latest research on rheumatic disease, solutions for addressing practice management issues, legislative policies impacting patient care, and more. Tune in each month for engaging interviews and commentary with leading rheumatology professionals that is sure to empower listeners to excel in their specialty. 

Podcast Host

Jonathan HausmannJonathan Hausmann, MD, is a pediatric and adult rheumatologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. His research interests include autoinflammatory diseases, health technology, and medical education. Connect with Dr. Hausmann on Twitter (@hausmannMD).

Podcast Episodes

New episodes will be available twice a month on Tuesdays. Browse previous episodes in the ACR on Air archive.

Episode Show Notes

Episode 046 - Empathy and Wellness

This week we are joined by associate professor of medicine in rheumatology at Loma Linda University, Christina Downey, MD, RhMSUS. Dr. Downey discusses how to counsel and provide small and practical steps for patients to improve their wellness, as well as tips to stay healthy while juggling clinical practice, administrative responsibilities, and family life. We’ll learn all about empathy: what it is, how to get it, and why you want it. Finally, Dr. Downey shares her work in advocacy for her patients, what motivates her, and fighting burnout.

Christina Downey, MD, RhMSUSChristina Downey, MD, RhMSUS - Christina Downey, MD, RhMSUS, is associate professor of medicine in rheumatology at Loma Linda University Health where she is the interim chief of that department. In addition to certification in rheumatology, Dr. Downey is board certified by the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine, ISCD as a clinical densitometrist and as a rheumatologist ultrasound operator (RhMSUS). She is the current chair of the ACR’s Government Affairs Committee and a Young Physician Section Representative to the American Medical Association. Locally, she is the program chair for the Southern California Rheumatology Society. When not working, she likes to explore new cultures by traveling with her family, go on outdoor adventures, and read.

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Episode 045 - Expert Tips on Funding Your Research

In this episode, we take a deep dive into the life of a researcher. Jeffrey Sparks, MD, MMSc, joins us to share with us how he ended up as an R01 independent researcher. We’ll learn how the sausage is made, as they say, of a successful grant submission. Dr. Sparks shares how he became interested in research, the skills he gained along the way, how mentors were necessary for his success, and explains the alphabet soup of NIH grants. He also discusses the 20 medals that he has hanging on the wall of his office.

Jeffrey Sparks, MD, MMScJeffrey Sparks, MD, MMSc - Jeffrey Sparks, MD, MMSc, is a rheumatologist and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA.

His research focuses on using patient-oriented and epidemiologic methods to evaluate the etiology, outcomes, and public health burden of rheumatic diseases. His research themes are rheumatoid arthritis risk and outcomes related to pulmonary disease, COVID-19 and rheumatic diseases, and rheumatic immune-related adverse events from immunotherapy for cancer treatment.

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Episode 044 - Reflecting on ACR Convergence 2022

In our final episode of the year, Alfred Kim, MD, PhD, joins us for a reflective episode, highlighting memorable moments and key learning takeaways from ACR Convergence 2022. Have a happy and healthy new year.

Alfred Kim, MD, PhDAlfred Kim, MD, PhD - Alfred Kim, MD, PhD, is an adult rheumatologist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Kim founded and currently directs the Washington University Lupus Clinic, engaging in both clinical care of patients with lupus and heading a large research program focused on clinical and translational projects related to systemic lupus erythematosus. More recently, he started the COVID-19 Vaccine Responses in Patients with Autoimmune Diseases (COVaRiPAD) study, which seeks to elucidate the strength, quality, durability, evolution, and safety of COVID-19 vaccine responses in patients who take immunosuppressives for autoimmune diseases.

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Episode 043 - Insights Into Private Practice

This week we welcome ACR Master Herbert S. Baraf, MD, FACP, MACR. Dr. Baraf is the founder and, up until his retirement this year, managing partner of Arthritis & Rheumatism Associates (one of the largest private rheumatology practices in America). Today, Dr. Baraf shares with us why he went into private practice, the risks and benefits, and his invaluable lifetime experience for those looking to enter and those within private practice. Currently, Dr. Baraf is a Special Volunteer at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. He holds appointments as Clinical Professor of Medicine at George Washington University and is an Associate Clinical Professor at The University of Maryland.

Herbert S. Baraf, MD, FACP, MACRHerbert S. Baraf, MD, FACP, MACR - Herbert S. Baraf, MD, FACP, MACR, is a Master of the American College of Rheumatology. He is the former managing partner and a founder of Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates in the Washington, D.C. area. He retired from practice earlier this year. He is currently a Special Volunteer at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. He holds appointments as Clinical Professor of Medicine at George Washington University and Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland. Dr. Baraf earned his medical degree from the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, completed his internal medicine training at the George Washington University Hospital and did his fellowship in rheumatology at Duke University. As the founder of the Center for Rheumatology and Bone Research, a division of his medical practice, Dr. Baraf served as an investigator on over 400 clinical trials of treatments for gout, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome, osteoarthritis, systemic lupus and other disorders. He has authored or coauthored more than 30 peer-reviewed papers and 70 abstracts.

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Episode 042 - Navigating from Pediatric to Adult Care

In this episode pediatric and adult rheumatologist Stacy Ardoin, MD, joins us to discuss the challenges of ushering children into adult care—and more importantly—how to facilitate the transition. She offers her advice, processes at her own practice, and resources for both patient and parents to help your pediatric patients successfully navigate this critical period in their care.

Stacy Ardoin, MDStacy Ardoin, MD - Stacy Ardoin, MD, is a pediatric and adult rheumatologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Ohio State University. Dr. Ardoin's clinical research focuses on optimal treatment and long-term outcomes of adults and children with lupus. In the area of transition adult care, Dr. Ardoin led the American College of Rheumatology’s participation in the American College of Physicians Pediatric to Adult Care Transition Toolkit Project and has published several research studies and reviews on the topic. Dr. Ardoin serves as the Director of the Division of Rheumatology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and as the vice-president for the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance.

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