A patient Zachary Wallace, MD, MSc, met during his third year of medical school at Georgetown University helped lead him to his passion for rheumatology. He was completing a clinical rotation in medicine, and the experience made rheumatologic disease tangible for him.
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“She had lupus, and I became interested in her case,” he says. Later, while completing a rheumatology rotation, Dr. Wallace became “completely hooked on caring for these complex patients and appreciated the close relationship rheumatology patients and providers had.”
Today, Dr. Wallace, a rheumatologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, is the newly installed chair of RheumPAC, the nonpartisan political action committee of the ACR that works to support national political candidates and leaders who act in the best interest of rheumatologists and their patients.
“I am excited to take over the committee and continue the great work done by the chairs who served before me,” Dr. Wallace says. “I hope to increase participation by ACR members in RheumPAC, provide more education about what RheumPAC is and help people understand that it goes hand in hand with advocacy.”