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 – 2020/2021


Nicole Fett


Taraneh Paravar

Research Committee:

Chairs: Ben Chong, Vicky Werth

Members: Chris Richardson, Rambi Cardones

Finance Committee:

Chair: Tony Fernandez

Members: Galen Foulke, Gaby Cobos

Membership Committee:

Chair: Chris Hansen

Members: Christina Lam, Drew Kurtzman, Lisa Drage

Website Committee:

Alisa Femia

Resident/Fellow Committee:

Chair: Sarika Ramachandran

Members: Gaby Cobos, Avery Lachance, Heather Jones

Editorial Board for Website Content:

Vicky Werth

Rick Sontheimer