Over the course of nine decades—and despite many organizational name changes—interest in the field of rheumatology has flourished. Our understanding of rheumatic diseases has exploded, and our ability to help our patients has improved enormously. The membership of the ARA/ACR exponentially increased from 75 members in 1934 to more than 8,100 members in 2015.
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Anyone who has attended the ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting does not have to be told how attractive it has become and how interesting and richly informative it is. The Annual Meetings, boasting speakers and moderators from more than 30 nations, have become the de facto international rheumatology meeting; it currently attracts more than 15,000 attendees from more than 100 countries from around the world. Indeed, there were more attendees from outside the U.S. (~60%) than from the U.S. (~40%) at the 2014 meeting.13
We can confidently look forward to continuing growth, as our understanding of the mechanisms that lead to the rheumatic diseases and the therapeutic tools available to us both continue to grow.
Maria J. Antonelli, MD, is a native Clevelander; after spending six years in training at Case Western Reserve University at MetroHealth Medical Center, she just could not get enough. She is a new staff rheumatologist there (since July 2015).
Cassandra M. Calabrese, DO, is doing her fellowship in both rheumatology and infectious disease at the Cleveland Clinic. She did her internal medicine residency at the Cleveland Clinic and served as the chief medicine resident prior to fellowship.
Leonard H. Calabrese, DO, is a professor of medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University and vice chair of the Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases. Dr. Calabrese, a Master of the American College of Rheumatology, is the director of the R.J. Fasenmyer Center for Clinical Immunology at the Cleveland Clinic.
Irving Kushner, MD, is an emeritus professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University. A Master of the American College of Rheumatology, he served many years as director of the Division of Rheumatology at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.
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