Our Mission

  • To educate and improve the care and treatment of individuals with skin-related problems related to rheumatologic diseases such as lupus erythematosus, dermatomyositis, systemic sclerosis, morphea, vasculitis and other rare or orphan diseases.
  • To promote awareness, interest and training in this field that encourages future generations of dermatologists, clinicians and investigators to pursue careers or conduct research in this medical subspecialty.

A Resource for Patients, Physicians and Researchers

In 2006, a core group of dermatologists established RDS to give those associated with cutaneous rheumatologic diseases more effective and efficient resources to combat skin disorders related to lupus, dermatomyositis, systemic sclerosis, morphea, vasculitis or orphan or rare diseases.

Our organization supports:


RDS serves as a primary reference tool and dedicated online presence for locating relevant and useful information to diagnose or care for patients suffering with these diseases.

As a professional membership society, we are committed to conducting cutting-edge research and clinical trials. Our members are published in the most respected medical journals. We organize and attend national and international meetings that concentrate on these disease categories and share abstracts and case studies.

RDS recognizes the importance of creating an organization that not only provides immediate support and education, but also encourages younger faculty, clinicians and trainees to become more involved in our work. As part of our mission, we are committed to training, mentoring and guiding young professionals interested in this field.