VF in the News

Alicia Rodriguez-Pla to Focus on Vasculitis in New Role at University of Arizona–Tucson

Alicia Rodriguez-Pla, MD, PhD, MPH, has been appointed clinical assistant professor of medicine in the Rheumatology Division of the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson. In her new role, Dr. Rodriguez-Pla, a board-certified internist and board-eligible rheumatologist, is part of a newly created vasculitis project, a multidisciplinary medical…...

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Sara Baird Amodio Brings Experience to Vasculitis Foundation Board Role

When Sara Baird Amodio attended the 2017 International Vasculitis Symposium, she summed up the experience as simply, “life-changing.” As a patient with EGPA—eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis—she found the event to be a powerfully positive opportunity to learn how to manage her illness, and to connect with both patients and medical…...

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VF Young Adult Leadership Expands Age Classifications To Reflect Life Stages

Young adult attendees at the 2017 International Vasculitis Symposium in Chicago.   By Ed Becker One of the challenges for the Vasculitis Foundation (VF) is addressing the needs of a portion of the patient population labeled “young adults.” It’s an imperfect name for a demographic that spans a wide age…...

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Former Chapter Leader Recognized at Phoenix Conference

By Ed Becker Carole Studdard was honored March 9, 2019, for her volunteer work as a chapter leader, at the Vasculitis Patient Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Although she now lives in Richmond, Virginia, Studdard traveled to the conference, where she was recognized with a special plaque for leading and growing…...

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Longtime Vasculitis Foundation Member, Bruce Macdonald, Leaves Legacy of Service

The vasculitis community lost a special friend, Bruce Macdonald, on March 25, 2019. Macdonald was a longtime member and volunteer for the Vasculitis Foundation (formerly the Wegener’s Granulomatosis Association/Support Group). Years ago, he taught many of our members about the internet—what it was, how to use email, and look for…...

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