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Ellen Gravallese honored with two leadership appointments in academic medicine

Arthritis expert tapped by NEJM and the American College of Rheumatology

   Ellen Gravallese, MD

Ellen M. Gravallese, MD

Ellen M. Gravallese, MD, has been appointed an associate editor of the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Gravallese joins the team of associate editors and will oversee the review process for manuscripts in rheumatology and several other disciplines.

“I am thrilled to be joining the editorial team at NEJM having worked in medical editing for my entire career,” said Gravallese, the Myles J. McDonough Chair in Rheumatology, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Rheumatology. “This position will allow me to participate in some of the most exciting and impactful work in the field of medicine.”

The oldest continuously published medical periodical, NEJM is dedicated to bringing physicians the best research and key information at the intersection of biomedical science and clinical practice. Chosen for their expertise in major areas of medicine, the journal’s team of associate editors plays a central role in the review of research manuscripts and in the decision-making about accepting or rejecting manuscripts.

Gravallese has also been named to the executive committee of the American College of Rheumatology as secretary of the college, placing her in ascension to become president in 2019. She will serve as secretary for two years, followed by one year as president elect, after which she will serve as president. Founded in 1934 and now numbering more than 9,500 members, The American College of Rheumatology is committed to improving the care of patients with rheumatic disease and advancing the rheumatology subspecialty. 

A highly regarded clinician and basic scientist, Gravallese has dedicated her career to caring for patients with rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic autoimmune disease, and has focused her research on the mechanisms by which inflammation in soft tissue leads to cartilage and bone destruction in the joints. With funding from the National Institutes of Health, the American College of Rheumatology and the Arthritis Foundation, among others, her laboratory has identified key molecular and cellular pathways in RA and has contributed to new treatment modalities for this progressive disease.

Gravallese received her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and did her residency and fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Her numerous previous honors include receipt of the Arthritis Foundation’s Dr. Marion Ropes Award for Excellence in Arthritis Care and Leadership in 2011; and selection as a 2013 fellow of the Hedwig van AmeringenExecutive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program at Drexel University College of Medicine, the only in-depth national program dedicated to preparing senior women faculty at schools of medicine, dentistry and public health to move into positions of institutional leadership. Later that year, Gravallese was invested by UMass Medical School as the inaugural Myles J. McDonough Chair in Rheumatology.

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