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Awards, Honors, and Grants

September 27, 2023

Gravallese Receives ACR's Highest Honor, the Presidential Gold Medal Award

Ellen Gravallese, MD

Ellen Gravallese, MD, chief of the Division of Rheumatology, Inflammation and Immunity, will receive the American College of Rheumatology’s (ACR) Presidential Gold Medal Award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the advancement of rheumatology over an entire career. The Presidential Gold Medal is the highest award that the ACR can bestow. 

Gravallese, who is also the Theodore Bevier Bayles Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, will be presented with the medal during ACR Convergence 2023, the national annual meeting for rheumatology. 

Gravallese’s research has focused on the fundamental mechanisms of inflammation and joint destruction in inflammatory arthritis. Her laboratory elucidated key cell types and pathways by which inflammation impacts bone in rheumatic diseases — work that helped to launch the field of osteoimmunology. Her work currently focuses on innate immune pathways in inflammation in rheumatic disease. She has been funded for over 25 years by the National Institutes of Health, the Rheumatology Research Foundation and other agencies, and she lectures nationally and internationally on her work.

In addition to serving on numerous national boards and committees, including serving as a member of the NIAMS Advisory Council, she completed her term as the 83rd president of the ACR in November 2020, leading the college during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. She has received numerous awards for her work and currently also serves as associate editor at the New England Journal of Medicine.

Founded in 1934, the ACR is a not-for-profit professional association committed to advancing the specialty of rheumatology that serves nearly 8,500 physicians, health professionals and scientists worldwide.