Dr. Sherine Gabriel Joins Board of Trustees
In July, ACR Past President Sherine E. Gabriel, MD, MSc, joined the New York Academy of Medicine Board of Trustees. Dr. Gabriel is a distinguished professor and dean of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. As dean emerita of Mayo Medical School, Dr. Gabriel developed successful clinical research training and career development programs. She has also served on many scientific editorial boards, dozens of advisory boards, and governmental and scientific committees, including those for the NIH and FDA.
Over the past 20 years, Dr. Gabriel’s research, which is largely funded by the National Institutes of Health, has resulted in more than 250 peer-reviewed, original, scientific publications addressing the risks, costs, outcomes and comorbidities of rheumatic diseases. Dr. Gabriel has received numerous research awards in recognition of her contributions.
“As an epidemiologist and epidemiology researcher, I’m trained and have worked in population health for decades,” she says. “What I found interesting in the N.Y. Academy of Medicine’s mission is the focus on urban health and populations. I’m interested in making contributions to improving population health in urban settings.”
Debra Bancroft Rizzo Resigns as ARHP Scientific Editor
In December 2016, Deborah Bancroft Rizzo, MSN, FNP-BC, resigned as scientific editor at the ARHP after serving eight years in the position.
As a nurse practitioner at the University of Michigan Health Systems, department of Internal Medicine, division of rheumatology, Ms. Rizzo was responsible for obtaining authors to review the Advanced Rheumatology course, which consists of 19 modules. She says three modules target pediatric rheumatology and six focus on core areas, including muscular skeletal structure and function; immunity; coding; appropriate documentation; laboratory evaluation; and imaging, which includes X-rays and MRIs.
The remaining 10 modules are disease specific and cover the whole gamut of rheumatic diseases, including osteoarthritis and more complex diseases, such as scleroderma myositis, vasculitis and crystal-induced arthropathies.
Initially, the course was designed for nurse practitioners, fellows in training and physician assistants. However, as more people completed the course, she says the ARHP realized that it could also benefit other medical providers, including primary care physicians, and opened it up to a broader group of healthcare providers.
“To be the editor, have the final eyes on each of the modules, was a learning process for me, too, and a way for me to keep myself updated on practices issues and certain diseases,” she says, adding the modules will be updated and reviewed every two years. “It was a very rewarding experience for me.”
Dr. David Felson Receives Carol Nachman Prize for Rheumatology
David Felson, MD, MPH, professor of medicine and epidemiology at Boston University’s School of Medicine and School of Public Health, was awarded the 2017 Carol Nachman Prize for Rheumatology in May, a prestigious international award for research in rheumatology—the study of arthritis and other disorders of the joints, muscles and ligaments.