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ACR leadership to be confirmed by the membership today


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You’re invited to attend the American College of Rheumatology’s (ACR) annual Business Meeting. The ACR will install the 81st president of the ACR, David Daikh, MD, PhD. During the meeting, current Treasurer Paula Marchetta, MD, MBA, will become ACR President Elect, and the ACR membership will confirm Charles M. King II, MD, as Treasurer of the ACR and the Rheumatology Research Foundation. In addition, Dan Battafarano, DO, Evelyn Hsieh, MD, PhD, Marissa Klein-Gitelman, MD, MPH, George Tsokos, MD, and Doug White, MD, PhD, will be inducted as the newest members of the ACR Board of Directors.

The Business Meeting will be held Tuesday at 1:30 pm in Room 31 C on the upper level of the San Diego Convention Center.

David I. Daikh, MD, PhD

David Daikh, MD, PhD
David Daikh, MD, PhD

Dr. Daikh, Rheumatologist, Professor of Medicine, and the Kenneth H. Fye Chair in Rheumatology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and Chief of the Division of Rheumatology at the San Francisco VA Medical Center,was born in Walla Walla, WA, and grew up in Oregon. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon, his medical degree from the Oregon Health & Sciences University School of Medicine, and his PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from the Oregon Health & Sciences University in the Vollum Institute, completing both degrees in 1991. He did his residency training in internal medicine and fellowship in rheumatology at UCSF.

Dr. Daikh’s research has largely related to mechanisms of autoimmune disease, with a focus on the role of effector and regulatory T cells in SLE. He is a recipient of the Dubois Lectureship in Lupus from the ACR. Dr. Daikh is actively involved in medical education and training. He serves as the director of the UCSF Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program and is a UCSF Master Clinician and a member of the UCSF Academy of Medical Educators. He is also a fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Daikh has served in a number of volunteer roles for the ACR. His first assignment was as a member of the ACR Committee on Training and Workforce (COTW). He subsequently chaired the COTW and served as a member of the Rheumatology Research Foundation Scientific Advisory Council and Board of Directors, as vice president and president of the Foundation, as chair of the Committee on Corporate Relations, and as secretary for the ACR and the Foundation.

Dr. Daikh lives with his wife, Wendy, and daughter, Clara, in San Francisco. He enjoys hiking, camping, bird watching, fly fishing, cooking, gardening, and woodworking.

Paula Marchetta, 

Paula Marchetta, MD, MBA
Paula Marchetta, MD, MBA

Dr. Marchetta is the CEO and Managing Partner of Concorde Medical Group PLLC, a multi-specialty private group practice affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center and comprised of 45 physicians located in 10 offices throughout midtown and lower Manhattan. Dr. Marchetta maintains an active rheumatology practice and continues to teach at NYU School of Medicine, where she has a faculty appointment as clinical associate professor of medicine. She has received several Teacher Recognition Awards throughout her years of service. Dr. Marchetta has also been recognized as a “Top Doctor” by Castle Connolly and US News & World Report, and has been named to New York Magazine’s “Best Doctors” list and to the New York “Super Doctors” list published in a special section of the New York Times Sunday Magazine.

Dr. Marchetta graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Fordham University with a degree in English. She stayed on at Fordham to complete her master’s in English before attending medical school. She earned her MD from NYU School of Medicine, where she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. She went on to internship and residency in internal medicine at NYU-Bellevue Hospital, where she was chosen to serve as chief medical resident. She stayed on at NYU for fellowship in rheumatology at the combined Bellevue/Hospital for Joint Diseases program, where she also was chosen as chief fellow.

With her greater management responsibilities, Dr. Marchetta decided to pursue an MBA, which she received from The George Washington University School of Business in 2009. In 2010, she completed an intensive Executive Education Program at Harvard Business School in Managing Health Care Delivery. She currently serves on several boards, including the Board and Executive Committee of University Physicians Network, LLC, which is the NYU physician-run IPA; the Board and Executive Committee of NYUPN Clinically Integrated Network LLC, which she chairs; and the Executive Committee of the Medical Board of NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Marchetta has served on the Finance Committee and the Board of Directors of the ACR.

Charles King II, MD

Charles King II, MD
Charles King II, MD

Dr. King was born in Honolulu, HI, to a father who spent his career in the Air Force. He attended William Jewell College in Liberty, MO, initially declaring his intention to study music (playing the tuba). He completed his studies with a bachelor’s in chemistry with honors in biology and was recognized as an academic all-American in track and field.

He attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and completed residency in internal medicine at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine-Tulsa. He was recognized as the Outstanding Senior Resident and was awarded the Asclepian Award for excellence in teaching. His fellowship in Arthritis and Connective Tissue Diseases was completed at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, NH.

Dr. King is the senior member of the Rheumatology and Osteoporosis Center of Excellence at the North Mississippi Health System in Tupelo, MS, where he has practiced for 21 years. In addition to a robust clinical practice, he is actively engaged in medical research and served as his institution’s IRB Chair from 2010–2016. Dr. King has authored several publications, including the ACR’s rheumatoid arthritis and gout treatment guidelines. He is the founding member of the Mississippi Arthritis and Rheumatism Society (MSARS) and served as its president for 6 years.

He has served on a number of committees and councils for the ACR, including the Government Affairs Committee, Registries and Health Information Technology Committee, and Affiliate Society Council, and was both a member and chair of the Committee on Rheumatologic Care. He has served as an at-large member on the Board of Directors for the past three years.

He is married to Joannie, his wife of 22 years, and is the father of four children.

ACR Board of Directors, 2017–2018


President: David Daikh, MD, PhD, San Francisco, CA
President Elect: Paula Marchetta, MD, MBA, New York, NY
Secretary: Ellen Gravallese, MD, Worcester, MA
Treasurer: Charles King II, MD, Tupelo, MS
Rheumatology Research Foundation President: Abby Abelson, MD, Cleveland, OH
ARHP President: Sandra Mintz, MSN, RN, Los Angeles, CA


Dan Battafarano, DO, San Antonio, TX
Joel Block, MD, Chicago, IL
Deborah Dyett Desir, MD, Hamden, CT
Gary Firestein, MD, La Jolla, CA
Jody Hargrove, MD, Edina, MN
William Harvey, MD, Boston, MA
Edward Herzig, MD, MACR, Cincinnati, OH
Evelyn Hsieh, MD, PhD, New Haven, CT
David Karp, MD, PhD, Dallas, TX
Marissa Klein-Gitelman, MD, MPH, Chicago, IL
Zsuzsanna H. McMahan, MD, Baltimore, MD
Elizabeth Perkins, MD, Hoover, AL
William Robinson, MD, PhD, Stanford, CA
George Tsokos, MD, Boston, MA
Doug White, MD, PhD, Onalaska, WI
Sharad Lakhanpal, MBBS, MD, Dallas, TX, Immediate Past President (Ex-Officio)
S. Louis Bridges, MD, Birmingham, AL, Rheumatology Research Foundation Vice-President (Ex-Officio)