NEWS | April 19, 2012

Gershwin selected as medical honoree for the Arthritis Walk


M. Eric Gershwin, professor and chief of rheumatology, allergy and clinical immunology at UC Davis, is the 2012 medical honoree for the local Arthritis Walk. This signature fundraising event for the Arthritis Foundation is held in locations throughout the nation during National Arthritis Awareness Month in May. Gershwin will be recognized for his dedication to treating arthritis and arthritis-related diseases at the Greater Sacramento Valley walk on Saturday, May 5, on the west steps of the State Capitol.

M. Eric Gershwin © iStockphoto
M. Eric Gershwin

Gershwin joined the UC Davis faculty in 1975, the same year he also became a founding board member of the local chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. He launched the Allergy and Clinical Immunology Program for pediatric and adult patients at UC Davis in 1977. Today, he leads a team of researchers and clinicians who offer the latest therapies for immune system diseases -- including lupus, asthma and arthritis -- and who are actively investigating new treatment options in their labs.

Gershwin is recognized internationally for his work in autoimmunity. In addition to being a Master of the American College of Physicians, he has been recognized by the University of Athens in Greece, Japanese Society of Hepatology, University of Milan, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research in Australia and the International Congress of Autoimmunity in Portugal. He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Autoimmunity, among the top 1 percent of quoted researchers in the life sciences and consistently included in Best Doctors in America.

"Honoring Dr. Gershwin is our way of acknowledging his many years of service to patients, research and the medical profession," said Eric Dahler. executive director of the Greater Sacramento and Central Valley chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. "His work will lead to new breakthroughs that will ease the suffering of millions of Americans."

According to the foundation, arthritis is an umbrella term for more than 100 medical conditions that affect the joints, causing pain, reducing mobility and limiting quality of life. It is the most common cause of disability in the United States, affecting nearly 50 million Americans, or more than 21 percent of the adult population, and as many as 300,000 children.

In addition to being an event honoree, Gershwin is leading Team UC Davis Rheumatology for the Arthritis Walk. To join his efforts in supporting the foundation or to make a direct donation, click here.

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