Extraordinary Doctors

Dr. Alicia Rodriguez-Pla’s New Role: Director of the Vasculitis Program at Mayo Clinic Arizona

Alicia Rodriguez-Pla, MD, PhD, MPH, has taken on the role of Director of Mayo Clinic Arizona’s new vasculitis program. Set to launch in fall/winter 2020, the program will include a team of physicians from different specialties with expertise in all types of vasculitic diseases, delivering comprehensive and coordinated care. The…...

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Dr. Eric Gapud: Giving Back by Furthering his Medical Training in Vasculitis

When Eric Gapud, MD, PhD, was in medical school, he was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. As you might expect, he can empathize with the experiences of his patients, particularly those with vasculitis and anyone who has been diagnosed with a rare disease. A physician-scientist, Dr. Gapud is also an…...

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Dr. Rebecca Manno: Bringing Rheumatology Expertise to the US Virgin Islands

The US Virgin Islands (USVI) have always been a special place for rheumatologist Rebecca Manno, MD, MHS, because she and her husband, Nick Hoyt, have vacationed in the territory for the past 20 years. But after the two devastating Category 5 hurricanes in 2017 (Irma and Maria), Dr. Manno began…...

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Brandon Hudgins Sets His Sights on U.S. Olympic Team Trials in 2020

Most days, professional distance runner Brandon Hudgins wakes up with a burning desire to reach the goals he’s dreamed of since he was 15 years old. But there have been days when the obstacles seemed insurmountable. At one point, in 2013, he quit running entirely and threw his gear in…...

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Living with Kawasaki Disease Brings Out Strength, Hope and Resilience

For Nicol Jackson, one particular incident stands out as a stark reminder of how rarely some doctors ever see a patient with vasculitis. Her 5-year-old son, Josh, who was being treated for Kawasaki disease, experienced severe chest pains. Nicol and her husband, Rob, rushed him to the emergency room at…...

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