The editorial staff of The Rheumatologist comprises medical and publishing professionals.
Bharat Kumar, MD, MME, FACP, RhMSUS, is a clinical assistant professor of internal medicine in the Division of Immunology, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City. Before assuming the role of physician editor, he was a member of the ACR Board of Directors (beginning in 2020). After attending college at the University of Pennsylvania, he went to Saba University School of Medicine and completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Kentucky. He arrived in Iowa in 2014 and completed fellowships in both rheumatology and allergy/immunology in 2017, as well as a master’s degree in medical education and certification in musculoskeletal ultrasonography. His clinical interests include the intersection of autoimmunity and immunodeficiency, musculoskeletal ultrasonography, and ocular inflammatory diseases. As the associate program director for the rheumatology fellowship training program, he is also driven by a desire to improve the quality of medical education as well as the value of clinical work for both patients and practitioners. Outside the clinic, Dr. Kumar has a keen interest in medical journalism, quality improvement and humanism, and is the Arnold P. Gold Foundation’s humanism-in-research associate editor.
Keri Losavio has been a professional editor and writer in the medical field for more than 20 years and joined the Wiley team as the editor of The Rheumatologist in February 2014. She has written for and edited magazines, newsletters, textbooks, personal memoirs, dissertations and more.
Colin B. Ligon, MD, MHS, is a clinical rheumatologist with Penn Medicine Multispecialty Group, Pottstown, Pa. He completed his residency at Yale New Haven Hospital, Connecticut. He completed his fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, where he also completed a Master of Health Science. He worked at the University of Pennsylvania as co-director of the Sarcoidosis Center until he moved to Virginia for two years early in the COVID-19 epidemic. He has returned to the Philadelphia area, where he maintains clinical interests in the overlap of pulmonary and rheumatic diseases. He enjoys tennis and spending time with his wife and three daughters.
Victoria Ruffing, RN-BC, is the director of patient education at the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center and adjunct faculty at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She has been a member of the ARP since 2000. She was a founder of the Rheumatology Nurses Society and served as a past president. She was an editor of the Core Curriculum for Rheumatology Nursing (2015) and section and chapter editor for the Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice (2014, 2018). Ms. Ruffing’s patient education ranges from self-injection techniques to biologic safety.
Glen K. Rodman is the assistant editor of The Rheumatologist. Glen’s background is in both publishing and higher education, where he combined his editorial and academic skill sets with an interest in the medical fields. He has a master’s in narrative medicine from Columbia University and previously worked as a faculty associate in Columbia University’s Narrative Medicine program.
The Rheumatologist also boasts a freelance writing staff of more than 15 medical journalists, who have years of experience covering healthcare issues.