Congratulations to Dr. Andreea Bujor on her Promotion to Associate Professor

We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Andreea “Anda” Bujor has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor of Medicine, in the Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine. This achievement reflects her dedication, hard work, and significant contributions to her field of research and our institution. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Bujor on this remarkable achievement. Her success is an inspiration to all of us and a true reflection of the caliber of faculty we have in our section!

Congratulations Dr. Sali Merjanah

I am thrilled to share some fantastic news with all of you. Our esteemed colleague, Dr. Sali Merjanah has been honored with the highly prestigious ACR Distinguished Fellow Award.

The ACR Distinguished Fellow Award is a testament to Dr. Sali Merjanah's dedication, expertise, and significant impact on our industry. Her tireless efforts, innovative thinking, and commitment to excellence have not only advanced her own career but have also elevated the entire rheumatology community.

As we celebrate this remarkable achievement, we look forward to your continued leadership and inspiration in the field. Your accomplishments serve as a beacon of excellence for all of us in the research community.

Congratulations once again, Dr. Merjanah! Your success is well-deserved, and we are excited to see where your journey takes you next.

Announcing Boston MCRC Pilot Grant RFA 2023

Boston Musculoskeletal Clinical Research Collaboratory, a NIAMS funded CCCR, is delighted to announce a Request for Applications (RFA) for Pilot Project Grants

Funding Start Date: August 1, 2023

Funding available: $22,500.00

Key Dates

RFA Release Date:                March 1, 2023
Notification of Intent:          April 14, 2023
Application Due:                   June 1, 2023
Funding Start Date:             August 1, 2023

Boston MCRC awards one grant per year for a project period of 12 months. We encourage new applicants, however pending progress of already awarded pilots, the PI may submit a competitive renewal for a 2nd year of funding, which will be reviewed with all other applications.

The goal of the Pilot Program is to support clinical research opportunities with the MCRC providing clinical research study design and methodologic advice and assistance. The MCRC focus is on musculoskeletal and rheumatic disorders and their impact. Successful applicants will periodically attend our multidisciplinary Research Accelerator to present updates and to receive methodologic input and feedback at various stages of their proposal, such as study design and analytic approaches.

For full details and the application please visit

Congratulations Dr. Jean Liew

Congratulations to Dr. Jean Liew on receiving two awards presented at ACR 2022.

Rheumatology Research Foundation Investigator Award


Spondylitis Early Career Investigator Award.




Dr. Liew (@rheum_cat) was super busy at ACR Philly being the top tweeter of #ACR22.  Dr. Liew provided  useful, important, clear and concise summaries of various abstracts/community hubs/posters throughout the meeting, which took a lot of pre-planning and work. She was helping the entire global Rheumatology community (including patients) keep up with all of what was going on at ACR.

Thanks @rhuem_cat

Virtual MSK Elective

Section of Rheumatology now offering Virtual MSK Elective for URiM medical students and residents.

Dr. Eugene Kissin has created this 1-month Musculoskeletal Examination and Imaging Elective to help overcome the obstacles that URiM medical students and residents may face in getting mentored in joint and soft tissues examination, radiography and ultrasound imaging, as well as foster enthusiasm for a career in rheumatology.

The goal of the training program is to attract URiM residents/medical students to the field of Rheumatology through an intensive, month-long curriculum of training in musculoskeletal anatomy, physical examination, radiography and ultrasound examination through a virtual environment. Participants will be guided through web-based modules in musculoskeletal radiograph interpretation, musculoskeletal ultrasound use, and surface anatomy and musculoskeletal physical examination to be used as part of this curriculum.

Program Highlights

  • students receive a handheld ultrasound equipment & iPad
  • real-time remote ultrasound and physical examination guidance & feedback
  • Independent ultrasound scan review by Dr. Kissin
  • anatomy & musculoskeletal radiograph interpretation modules
  • musculoskeletal ultrasound modules
  • surface anatomy and physical examination modules

Learn more here.

Dr. Mike York recieves the Evans Clinician designation

Congratulating Dr. York on this wonderful high honor of receiving the Evans Clinician designation!

The designation was established in 2017 to recognize and celebrate outstanding clinicians who possess clinical skills, attributes and professionalism that define excellence and to establish a home for such individuals to share experiences and grow their membership.  Similar to the DOM Clinical Excellence Award, the designation is intended to acknowledge the value of clinical medicine and honor clinical role models among the faculty.

The award will be presented at the Evans Day Dinner on Thursday, October 13th in the Hiebert Lounge


BU Rheumatology at the 2023 Arthritis Foundation’s Walk to Cure Arthritis






Enjoy these pictures and comments, shared with us by Tuhina Neogi, from the Arthritis Foundation walk on Sunday, June 11.

We lucked out with great weather. We had the best sign and the best turn out. We didn’t take enough pictures, though. We missed taking pics of some members of the team, and missed out on some important photo-ops, particularly with our youngest walkers. We had a good number in the 3-&-under age group…which made our walk quite leisurely and punctuated…

The waffles with whipped cream and fruit were a hit, and the kids got some great tattoos; some held on to helium-filled balloons for a short time before they inevitably accidentally let go.

Some thanks are in order:

- Thank you to Gabriela and Rhea for being a great Team Leader, making sure the group stopped periodically to ensure that none of our crew at the back of the pack were having any difficulty (particularly as some young walkers got distracted by geese with their baby goslings or thorny weeds, etc.)


- Thank you to all that came out!


It was great to see everyone, and hopefully we can go back to making this an annual get together with family.

Snapshots from the 2022 OARSI Meeting in Berlin

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  • Award Ceremony

    Tuhina Neogi received the 2022 OARSI Clinical Trial Award

  • Oral Presentation

    Jean Liew presenting her oral abstract

  • Oral Presentation

    Deepak Kumar's oral abstract presentation

  • Oral Presentation

    Reza Jafarzadeh, presenting his oral abstract

  • Virtual Attendees Michael Rose and Soyoung Lee

    Michael and Soyoung attending the meeting virtually, in Boston. Michael's abstract was chosen as one of the highest scoring abstracts

  • Batman (Farshid Guilak) and Catwoman (Tuhina Neogi) facing off for the Great Debate

    Plenary Session - Debate: Symptoms or Structure: What Should Be Our Target in OA?

  • Farshid Guilak and Tuhina Neogi ready for the Great Debate

    Plenary Session - Debate: Symptoms or Structure: What Should Be Our Target in OA?

  • Farshid Guilak and Tuhina Neogi in the Great Debate

    Plenary Session - Debate: Symptoms or Structure: What Should Be Our Target in OA?

  • Tuhina, Jean and Deepak attending a session

  • Deepak and Jean attending a session

  • Sightseeing!

    Jean and Tuhina taking in the sights in Berlin