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The Lawrence M. Ryan, MD Endowed Education Fund

Lawrence RyanLawrence M. Ryan, MD is internationally known for his major contributions to the field of calcium-crystal arthritis. He is the father of pyrophosphate research in the United States, and without his seminal studies demonstrating that cartilage and chondrocytes generate pyrophosphate, we would lack any therapeutic targets in this disease. He remains one of the few investigators in this area, and his laboratory was one of the few in the world capable of accurately measuring pyrophosphate.

In 2012, Lawrence M. Ryan, MD, Professor of Medicine, Rheumatology, was elected a Master in the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and was officially inducted at the national ACR meeting in Washington, D.C. Recognition as a Master is one of the highest honors the ACR bestows members who have made outstanding contributions to the field of rheumatology through scholarly achievement and/or service to their patients, students, and profession. This honor is usually bestowed upon no more than 15 members per year.

The Lawrence M. Ryan, MD, Endowed Education Fund in Rheumatology will serve as a means of permanently honoring the contributions of this outstanding physician and scientist, and provide important resources for the future. One hundred percent of the funds contributed will remain in the Division of Rheumatology. The funds will help to ensure that Dr. Ryan’s outstanding legacy endures and resources will remain available to help the Division maintain its excellence in education, patient care and research. This endowment will fund events, courses, and other educational functions for physician development.