As the official podcast of the American College of Rheumatology, ACR on Air will dive 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 Episodes

A new episode will be available each month on the third Tuesday of the month.


Podcast Host

Jonathan HausmannJonathan Hausmann, MD, is a pediatric and adult rheumatologist at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). He is also an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS). Dr. Hausmann earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Amherst College and completed his medical degree at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. His specialty includes caring for adolescents and young adults with rheumatic diseases and treating children and adults with autoinflammatory diseases. His research interests include autoinflammatory diseases, health technology, and medical education. Connect with Dr. Hausmann on Twitter (@hausmannMD).


Episode Show Notes

Episode 001 JIA Guidelines and Workforce Shortage

The ACR podcast kicks off with a rousing discussion about the latest JIA guidelines and how physician assistants can help curb the rheumatology workforce shortage.

Sheila Angeles HanInterview 1 with Dr. Sheila Angeles Han - Dr. Sheila Angeles-Han is a pediatric rheumatologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and an Associate Professor at the University of Cincinnati. She focuses her work on juvenile idiopathic arthritis, particularly in improving visual outcomes of children with uveitis and decreasing vision loss and blindness. She has received numerous grants, Including being the Principal Investigator of an NIH K23 award to evaluate outcomes of children with JIA-associated uveitis.

JIA-Uveitis Guideline


Barbara SlusherInterview 2 with Barbara Slusher - Barbara Slusher, MSW, PA-C, DFAAPA is an Assistant Professor of Instruction in the School of Medicine, Department of Physician Assistant Studies (PAS) at the at The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). She has been involved in rheumatology clinical care for over a decade and has also worked to develop a rheumatology curriculum for NPs and PAs.

ACR Workforce Study

Episode 002 Hot Topics

This episode is a special Hot Topics edition with Dr. Hausmann, Dr. Suleman Bhana, and Dr. Paul Sufka with an engaging conversation on new journal articles. Articles discussed:

Treatment to Target Using Recombinant Interleukin‐1 Receptor Antagonist as First‐Line Monotherapy in New‐Onset Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: Results From a Five‐Year Follow‐Up Study

Predictors of disease worsening defined by progression of organ damage in diffuse systemic sclerosis: a European Scleroderma Trials and Research (EUSTAR) analysis

Antinuclear Antibody–Negative Systemic Lupus Erythematosus in an International Inception Cohort

Suleman BhanaSpeaker Suleman Bhana - Suleman Bhana, MD is a practicing rheumatologist at Crystal Run Healthcare in the Hudson Valley area of New York. He is currently serving as the chair of the American College of Rheumatology’s Communications and Marketing Committee.


Paul SufkaSpeaker Paul Sufka - Paul Sufka, MD is a staff rheumatologist with HealthPartners Medical Group and Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota and an assistant program director for the University of Minnesota Department of Internal Medicine. He is currently serving as the social media editor for the ACR's journals.


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