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 – 2022/2023


Ruth Ann Vleugels

President Elect:

Alisa Femia


Michelle Min


Ben Chong


Anna Haemel

CME Ambassador:

Tony Fernandez

Director, Rheumatologic Dermatology Society CME Consensus Conference:

Matilda Nicholas

Immediate Past President:

Nicole Fett



Gaby Cobos, Avrom Caplan, Scott Elman


Galen Foulke, Noelle Teske, Lauren Graham


Rambi Cardones, Mehdi Rashighi, Allen Ho, Janice Tiao


Avery Lachance, Heather Jones, Christina Lam, Christopher Richardson

Website/Social Media/Outreach:

Matilda Nicholas, Anne Marano, Abraham Korman, Matthew Helm

Editorial Board for website educational content:

Vicky Werth, Rick Sontheimer