Dr. O'Dell named president of American College of Rheumatology

November 15, 2011

UNMC's James O'Dell, M.D., has been appointed 2012 president of the American College of Rheumatology -- an international society that represents more than 8,000 rheumatology health professionals.

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James O'Dell, M.D.
Dr. O'Dell -- chief of the UNMC Division of Rheumatology -- is the founder and director of the Rheumatoid Arthritis Investigational Network (called RAIN) -- a 22-year-old group of rheumatologists that exclusively conducts investigator-initiated trials to find better treatments for RA.

The group has:

  • Pioneered the use of triple therapy to treat RA;
  • Described genetic factors that predict response to therapy; and
  • Designed and participated in studies to compare the efficacy of conventional and biologic medicines.

Dr. O'Dell also is principal investigator of a large, multinational RA research study through the Veterans Administration's Cooperative Studies Program.

Dr. O'Dell's many scholarly publications include articles on his study of the success of triple therapy and authorship of a review, "Therapeutic Strategies for Rheumatoid Arthritis," in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Bunnita Washington
November 15, 2011 at 9:29 AM

Congratulations, your hard work and dedication has paid off. I'm telling my Aunt Dixie!

Tom O'Connor
November 15, 2011 at 7:57 AM

Congrats, Dr. O'Dell, on this national recognition! UNMC is lucky to have you on our team.