Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Professor of Medicine Roland W. Moskowitz, M.D., received the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arthritis Foundation at the foundation's national meeting Oct. 28 in Orlando.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is newly created by the Arthritis Foundation to recognize individuals whose sustained and outstanding accomplishments have significantly improved the lives of people with arthritis, and whose contributions, leadership and impact are widely acknowledged by peers and the broader arthritis community.
Moskowitz is considered a pioneer in the research and treatment of osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, which affects more than 21 million Americans. Throughout his 25-year career, he has conducted extensive research in the pathophysiology and genetics of osteoarthritis. His findings have been published in more than 200 articles, and he has served as the editor of 10 textbooks including Osteoarthritis—Diagnosis and Medical/Surgical Management.
"He was interested in osteoarthritis when there was no funding for it, when it wasn't a particularly popular field to be involved in," said Michele Hooper, M.D., a rheumatologist at University Hospitals Health Systems. "His contributions have been so highly regarded that if you mention Dr. Moskowitz's name to any rheumatologist in the world, they will know exactly who you're talking about."
Moskowitz has served in a variety of leadership capacities. He has been a member of the board of trustees of the American College of Rheumatology and the board of trustees of the National Arthritis Foundation. He has served in various capacities with the Northeastern Ohio Chapter of the Foundation and is currently a member of the Arthritis Council.
He also has served on the advisory council of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Additionally, he chaired the Subspecialty Board of Rheumatology and was a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine.
In 1990, Moskowitz received international recognition for his research linking osteoarthritis to a defective collagen gene. In 2000, he received the President's Gold Medal Award from the American College of Rheumatology for his contributions as a researcher, educator and clinician. He is an inductee of the Cleveland Medical Hall of Fame.
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