It is a great honor to serve you as the 80th president of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR). The ACR is a leader in the world of rheumatology. Therefore, with this privilege also comes enormous responsibility.
A Brief History of the ACR
The first efforts to study and control the rheumatic diseases in the U.S. started in 1928 with the formation of a 15-member American Committee for the Control of Rheumatism (ACCR). The first scientific meeting of the American Rheumatism Association (ARA) was held in Cleveland in 1934 and was attended by 75 people. The name of the organization was changed to the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) in 1988. The ACR membership now stands at close to 9,500 and the ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting proudly hosts more than 16,000 attendees representing more than 100 countries. We have come a long way, indeed.
I was born and raised in Lucknow, India. I completed my medical graduation (MBBS) and post-graduate internal medicine degree (MD) at King George’s Medical College, University of Lucknow in India. Subsequently, I went to the U.K. for my internal medicine training in the National Health Service. I came to the U.S. in 1980 and fulfilled my internal medicine residency at the Memorial Hospital, University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Mass. Rheumatology training followed at the Mayo Clinic and Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minn. Having grown up in India, I moved to the warmer climate of Dallas, Texas, which has been my home since 1986.