The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) recognized the 50th anniversary of the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP) during the ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting this past November in San Francisco. The University of Arizona Arthritis Center followed up with a reception in Tucson to honor past presidents of the ARHP. The Tucson area has the highest concentration of ARHP past presidents, with three: Dr. Eric Gall, Ms. Gail Kershner Riggs and Dr. David Wayne Smith.
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C. Kent Kwoh, MD, director of the Center, says Ms. Riggs and Dr. Smith were not able to make the trip to San Francisco, so he and his wife hosted a reception at their home for the three past presidents, who all have long histories with the Arthritis Center, as well as with the ARHP.
David Wayne Smith, DEd, DABPS, FACFE, MACF, was a charter member of the Arthritis Foundation’s Paramedicine Section, the forerunner of ARHP, when it was founded in 1965. He is currently the director of the Disability Assessment Research Clinic (DARC) at the Arthritis Center. As a specialist in disability determination, he evaluates musculoskeletal diseases either to get patients back to work with any necessary accommodations or to get them the disability benefits they deserve.