Jordan appointed Vice-Dean of Faculty Affairs and Leadership Development; Leadership Transitions at Thurston Arthritis Research Center and Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology

Joanne M. Jordan, MD, MPH, Joseph P. Archie, Jr. Eminent Professor of Medicine, will transition from her roles as Director of the Thurston Arthritis Research Center and Chief of the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology within the Department of Medicine to her new role as Vice Dean in the Office of Faculty Affairs and Leadership Development. Richard F. Loeser, MD, has been named Director of the Thurston Arthritis Research Center, Beth Jonas, MD, will serve as Interim Director of the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology.

Jordan appointed Vice-Dean of Faculty Affairs and Leadership Development; Leadership Transitions at Thurston Arthritis Research Center and Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology click to enlarge Joanne M. Jordan, MD, MPH

Joanne M. Jordan, MD, MPH, Joseph P. Archie, Jr. Eminent Professor of Medicine, will transition from her roles as Director of the Thurston Arthritis Research Center and Chief of the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology within the Department of Medicine to her new role as Vice Dean in the Office of Faculty Affairs and Leadership Development. Under Jordan’s leadership, both TARC and the Division have experienced tremendous growth and renown. For over 25 years, Jordan has led the first of its kind Johnston County Osteoarthritis Project, a community study designed to examine multiple potential causes of radiographic osteoarthritis and of pain, disability, and work disability.

As Vice Dean in the Office of Faculty Affairs and Leadership Development, Jordan will expand her work overseeing the Academy of Educators and the Teaching Scholars programs, the appointment, promotion, and tenure committees, post-tenure review and the school-wide wellness initiatives, coordinating chair searches, and developing faculty leadership development activities.

LoeserRichard F. Loeser, Jr., MD, Herman and Louise Smith Distinguished Professor of Medicine, has been named Director of the Thurston Arthritis Research Center, effective July 1. Loeser previously served as the Center’s Director of Basic and Translational Research. Leigh Callahan, PhD, Mary Link Briggs Distinguished Professor of Medicine, has been appointed Associate Director of TARC. She is currently the Director of Community and Outcomes Research.

“This is an exciting time to work with the very talented investigators in our Center,” said Loeser.  “Thanks to the depth and breadth of our group’s expertise, we are particularly well positioned to pursue innovative new treatments for patients with rheumatologic, allergic and immunologic diseases.”

In her role as Associate Director of the Center, Callahan will continue to mentor researchers and expand the Center’s capabilities for studying the impact of disease on patients, communities, and policy, as well as disseminate evidence-based interventions to treat arthritis and other rheumatologic conditions.

JonasBeth Jonas, MD, Director of UNC’s Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program, will serve as Interim Director of the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology. Jonas has clinical interests in the evaluation and management of patients with inflammatory arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and enteropathic arthritis. She is also highly involved in teaching rheumatology to learners from all levels.

“I am honored to have this opportunity to work with all of my colleagues in the division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology, where we will continue to provide excellent care to our patients with complex rheumatologic and immunologic diseases,” said Jonas. “And I remain committed to assuring that our division remains a great place to learn and practice the science and art of Rheumatology and Allergy/Immunology.”

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