Our History

The Rheumatologic Dermatology Society, originally known as North American Rheumatologic Dermatology Society (NARDS), was formed in 2006 by a core group of American and Canadian dermatologists as an outgrowth of several decades of collaboration at international conferences with our European and Asian colleagues with Richard Sontheimer as Founding President.

The Society’s founding members and current leadership remain committed to maintaining a comprehensive and dynamic web-based tool for anyone interested in cutaneous rheumatologic diseases. We encourage dermatologists and other physicians and professionals interested in this subspecialty to work with us and become a member of RDS.


RDS Leadership Team & Committees – 2014/2015

President

Dave Fiorentino, MD, Stanford University

President-Elect

Jan Dutz, MD, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Secretary-Treasurer

Anna Haemel, MD, University of California, San Francisco

Directors-at-Large

Melissa Costner, MD, North Dallas Dermatology Associates
Carolyn Bangert, MD, Associated Dermatologists, PC

Website Committee

Carolyn Bangert, MD, Chair, Associated Dermatologists, PC
David Fiorentino, MD, Stanford University
Kari Connolly, MD, University of California, San Francisco
Melissa Costner, MD, North Dallas Dermatology Associates
Jan Dutz, MD, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Victoria Werth, MD, University of Pennsylvania
Nicole Fett, MD, University of Oregon

Research Committee

Heidi Jacobe, MD, Chair, University of Texas Southwestern
Dave Fiorentino, MD, Stanford University
Ben Chong, MD, University of Texas Southwestern

Membership/Nominating Committee

Mark Davis, MD, Chair, Mayo Clinic, Rochester
Christopher Hansen, MD, University of Utah
Christina Lam, MD, Boston University

Finance Committee

Kari Connolly, MD, Chair, University of California, San Francisco
Ruth Ann Vleugels, MD,  Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
Adela Cardones, MD,  Duke University, Durham, NC

Resident/Fellow Committee

David Wetter, MD, Chair, Mayo Clinic
Jennie Clarke, MD, Penn State Hershey Medical Center
Joseph Merola, MD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Annual Meeting Committee

Kari Connolly, MD, University of California, San Francisco
Heidi Jacobe, MD, University of Texas Southwestern
David Wetter, MD, Mayo Clinic
Victoria Werth, MD, University of Pennsylvania
Anna Haemel, MD, University of California, San Francisco

Editorial Board for Website Content

Victoria Werth, MD, University of Pennsylvania
Richard Sontheimer, MD, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT