The ACR’s Presidential Gold Medal is given to recognize outstanding achievements spanning a rheumatologist’s entire career. The award was presented at the ACR annual meeting in San Francisco on Nov. 7.
David Wofsy, MD
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“There is a revolution underway in the treatments available for patients with chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases,” says Wofsy. “When I entered training in rheumatology, our clinics were filled with disabled patients in wheelchairs and on gurneys. Those days are gone forever, but there is still a long way to go. It has been exciting and gratifying to play a small role in that progress.”
In addition to leading the Rheumatology Research Center, Wofsy also is the principal investigator of the National Institutes of Health-funded Autoimmunity Center of Excellence at UCSF as well as associate dean for Admissions in the UCSF School of Medicine.
“David’s leadership abilities are truly legendary,” wrote ACR past-president James O’Dell, MD, in Wofsy’s award nomination. “Several of my very favorite ACR memories were the rare occasions when someone would refer to something that I had done as ‘almost Wofsonian.’ In rheumatology leadership circles, there truly is no higher compliment.”