Arthritis Foundation Honors Lahey Clinic Physician William L. Healy, MD

Release Date: 10/15/2007

Rose Lewis
Manager, Media Relations
Phone: 781-744-5440

Arthritis Foundation Honors Lahey Clinic Physician WIlliam L. Healy, MD

BOSTON—William L. Healy, MD, chair of the department of orthopaedic surgery at Lahey Clinic, was one of two physicians honored last night with the coveted Dr. Marian Ropes award from the Arthritis Foundation, Massachusetts Chapter. The award honors excellence in arthritis care and leadership in the fight against arthritis.

“The Arthritis Foundation supports research which improves the care of my patients,” said Dr. Healy. “I am pleased to accept this award from the Arthritis Foundation on
behalf of my patients and Lahey Clinic.”

Jonathan S. Coblyn, MD, director of Clinical Rheumatology and the Robert B. Brigham Arthritis Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital was also honored.

The award is named for Dr. Marian Ropes. Dr. Ropes was a pioneer and national leader in the field of rheumatology. She was the first woman medical resident appointed by Massachusetts General Hospital and the only woman elected President of the American Rheumatism Association, now the American College of Rheumatology (ACR). Dr. Ropes played an important role in formulating the ACR's diagnostic criteria for rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

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