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2018 CARRA Elections: SLE Runoff Voting Guide

Voting is now open for the SLE Vice Chair runoff election. A runoff occurs when during the previous round of elections, a position with more than two candidates does not result in one candidate receiving greater than 50% of the votes. The top two vote recipients then participate in a runoff to determine the winner.

Only voting members (pediatric rheumatologist, sponsored voting, and emeritus members) are eligible to participate. Ballots were sent to the email address on file on 4/17/18.


SLE Vice Chair Position Description

*Steering Committee Vice Chair positions receive 5% salary support

Candidates (click the candidate's name to view their bio and candidate statement)

Andrea Knight, MD, MSCE
Natasha Ruth, MD, MS

Who can Vote?
Voting is only open to CARRA voting members (pediatric rheumatologists, sponsored voting members, emeritus members)

How to Vote
Ballots were sent to the email address on file on 4/17/18. If you did not receive your ballot, please contact Brian Mondragon Jones at [email protected]

Voting Period
Voting Closes April 26 at 8pm ET.


SLE Vice Chair Candidates

CARRA

Andrea Knight, MD, MSCE
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Candidate Bio

Candidate Statement
It is my pleasure to accept the nomination for the position of Vice Chair of the CARRA SLE Committee.

I am an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and pediatric rheumatologist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. I am also a clinical researcher, using clinical and translational methods to understand the impact of pediatric SLE on mental and cognitive health, with the goal of improving our clinical care of these patients. While my research is focused on mental health and neuropsychiatric aspects of pediatric SLE, my broader interest is to advance research and clinical care for pediatric patients with SLE.

I have served as co-leader of the CARRA Workgroup on Lupus Mental Health since 2015. In this role, I have developed and overseen research activities for the workgroup, working with the current Chair and Vice-Chair of the CARRA SLE Committee, as well as other SLE workgroups. I have also enjoyed partnering on research projects with patients, parents, and foundations such as the Lupus Foundation of America, Arthritis Foundation and Cure JM. Through this work, I have gained experience with planning, organizing and effecting clinical research in collaborative group settings.

I am excited at the opportunity to serve as Vice Chair of the SLE Committee, to expand upon my experiences and further contribute to the CARRA mission. If elected as Vice Chair, I plan to assist the SLE Committee Chair in supporting the work of all SLE workgroups, and the CARRA registry. As many questions in pediatric lupus research benefit from a multi-disciplinary approach, I will also facilitate collaboration and communication between SLE workgroups and other disease workgroups. I will also help to build partnership of the SLE committee with patients and parents through patient-engaged research efforts, and with the community through collaborative efforts with patient foundations. Additionally, I look forward to offering guidance and assistance to trainees and young investigators who are developing their research interests in pediatric rheumatology. Finally, I will be committed to forwarding pediatric SLE research through interaction with the CARRA Steering Committee.

Thank you for considering me for the position of Vice Chair of the CARRA SLE Committee.

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CARRA

Natasha Ruth, MD, MS
Medical University of South Carolina

Candidate Bio

Candidate Statement
My name is Natasha Ruth and I am currently the Division Director of the Pediatric Rheumatology Program at the Medical University of South Carolina.  I also serve as the Program Director for our pediatric fellowship. I have been a member of CARRA since 2007 when I joined the organization during my fellowship in pediatric rheumatology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

I am very interested in becoming the Vice-Chair for the SLE group of CARRA for a number of reasons.  I have served as co-leader of the SLE:Nephritis group for several years now and through that experience I have developed a keen understanding of the role of a CARRA member and more importantly the role of a CARRA leader.  Most of my hours spent as a co-leader of the SLE:Nephritis group were committed to organizing meetings and bringing people together with the goal of collaboration.  My most notable claim to fame is having reached outside of CARRA to our friends in the Midwest Pediatric Nephrology Consortium with the goal of establishing a combined group that allowed both rheumatologists and nephrologists to be at the table in the development of our research goals.  This collaboration has proven to be a huge success, and I could not be more thrilled with the collaborative efforts that we have had with our nephrology colleagues.

I think it is important to point out that I am a clinician and educator with research experience.  I do not consider my primary focus to be in research. In my current job, I spend most of my time working with patients, families and learners.  I am on the front lines so to speak.  At MUSC, we have a cohort of approximately 160 pediatric lupus patients.  As a result of my role as a clinician and a teacher, my most recent research interest has been in improving care delivery systems to our patients with lupus.  By working on the front lines every day with these patients and their families allows me to better understand their needs and better understand how improvements in the care we give to these patients can be made.

Finally, as anyone who has ever met me would say, my strength lies in my ability to motivate people.  I believe that this is an essential character trait for this position. This can be seen in a clinic room with my patients and families, in the way that I educate, advise and mentor fellows, residents and students, and in the way I have contributed in my role as a co-leader for the SLE:Nephritis group of CARRA.  I am passionate about people. I am passionate about patients with lupus. I am passionate about their lives, their hopes and their dreams.  I will be passionate in helping the chair of the lupus committee move our lupus group forward over the next three years.

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