Announcements for 2015

December 8, 2015

NIAMS Physician Scientists Receive Research Merit Awards

Dr. Pravitt Gourh.

Dr. Pravitt Gourh

Pravitt Gourh, M.D., and Hanna Kim, M.D., M.S., investigators in the Intramural Research Program of the NIH’s National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), both recently received the 2015 American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Distinguished Fellow Award. The award, which recognizes "clinical and research fellows who are in a rheumatology fellowship training program and who have performed meritoriously," was presented at the ACR annual meeting in San Francisco.

Dr. Gourh earned his medical degree from the Baroda Medical College, Maharaja Sayajirao University, India, and completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Following his residency, Dr. Gourh joined the NIH Rheumatology Training Program, and was subsequently promoted to his current position as a Henry Metzger Scholar in Translational Medicine at the NIAMS. Dr. Gourh’s research focuses on understanding the genetics of scleroderma in children and adults, and identifying protein biomarkers for the disease.

Dr. Hanna Kim.

Dr. Hanna Kim

Dr. Kim earned her medical degree from the University of California, Irvine, and completed her residency in pediatrics at Children’s National Medical Center and George Washington University (GWU) School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She received her pediatric rheumatology fellowship training at Jefferson Medical College/duPont Hospital for Children, NIAMS, and Children’s National Health System/GWU. Following her fellowship, Dr. Kim started her current position as a Lawrence Shulman Scholar in Translational Research at the NIAMS. Her research is focused on understanding the pathogenesis of and identifying novel biomarkers in juvenile dermatomyositis through comparisons with Mendelian autoinflammatory diseases.

Led by the NIAMS, the NIH Rheumatology Training Program is a rheumatology fellowship program certified by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Advanced fellowship training is offered through the Scholars in Translational Research Program. These programs are fully funded by the NIH Intramural Research Program.

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