Dr. Martha Skinner

Arthritis Foundation NE Dinner Honors 2 Doctors

Arthritis Foundation New England region To Honor Two MEDICAL Leaders At the 20th annual Physician Achievement Award Dinner

The Arthritis Foundation New England Region will honor Mark R. Belsky, M.D. and Martha Skinner, M.D. with the Dr. Marian Ropes Award at the 20th Annual Physician Achievement Award Dinner on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at the Boston Marriott Newton.

Dr. Marian Ropes was a pioneer and national leader in the field of rheumatology, and the first female medical resident of Massachusetts General Hospital. Selected by a panel of distinguished medical leaders, this award is given annually to two highly regarded physicians, a rheumatologist and an orthopaedic surgeon, for excellence in arthritis care and leadership in the fight against arthritis.

Mark R. Belsky, M.D.

Dr. Belsky is a clinical professor of orthopaedic surgery at Tufts University School of Medicine and managing partner of Hand Surgery, PC at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He has practiced hand and upper extremity surgery since 1981.

Dr. Don Goldenberg, Chief of Rheumatology, Newton-Wellesley Hospital and a 2008 Dr. Marian Ropes Award recipient said, “I cannot think of a more worthy recipient. As a rheumatologist, Mark and I have worked closely together for more than 25 years at the Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He has provided outstanding and innovative care to thousands of patients in our community and has been a leader for hand orthopedic techniques, research and education in New England. I congratulate Mark on this well-deserved honor.”

Dr. Martha Skinner

Dr. Martha Skinner is a professor emerita of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. She is director of special projects in the Amyloidosis Center at Boston Medical Center. “Martha Skinner is truly a deserving recipient of this award. Her illustrious career has spanned almost half a century and includes many milestones spanning the gamut of medical science and education from bench to bedside, to the benefit of numerous patients, students and colleagues.  Martha’s talents also include developing a group of internationally recognized investigators who have continued her legacy of achievement. Congratulations to Martha on this honor!”  said Dr. Rob Simms, Chief of Rheumatology, Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine and a 2012 Dr. Marian Ropes Award recipient.

“We are grateful for the impact both Drs. Belsky and Skinner have made on patients and the field of arthritis as a whole,” said Steve Evangelista, President and CEO of the Arthritis Foundation New England Region. “Over the course of their careers they have altered for the better, numerous lives of individuals and families impacted by arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation is honored to have the opportunity to recognize these two physicians for their many achievements.”

The Physician Achievement Award Dinner will take place on Wednesday evening, September 17, 2014. The reception and silent auction will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner and award presentation from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the Boston Marriott Newton, 2345 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton.

Laura Carlo, morning program host from WCRB 99.5 FM, will be the master of ceremonies.

For more information about the dinner, please visit here or contact Elaine Mooney at 617-762-2126 oremooney@arthritis.org.

The mission of the Arthritis Foundation is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases.

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