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2012 Mary Betty Stevens Award for Clinical Research


Bruce S. Handwerger, MD

Dr. Handwerger graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. After training at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City and the National Institutes of Health in Baltimore and Bethesda, he became a faculty member first at the University of Minnesota and then at the Mayo Clinic. He returned to Baltimore in 1985 to establish the Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He has published almost 75 peer-reviewed articles as well as 8 chapters in prominent textbooks on the immunology of endocrine and rheumatic disorders.

He has made important contributions to our understanding of the role of T-cells in vasculitis by studying the Palmerston North murine model of lupus. He established the Lupus Center at the University of Maryland and most recently conducted clinical research in lupus focused on aerobic insufficiency. He directed the Maryland Arthritis Research and Clinical Center funded by the Arthritis Foundation, Maryland Chapter that provided funding for collaborative research between investigators at the Johns Hopkins University, National Institutes of Health, and the University of Maryland.

Like Mary Betty, Dr. Handwerger has been a clinical investigator par excellence and was the former head of the same division that Dr. Stevens directed at one time. However, most importantly, Dr. Handwerger is a much beloved educator, who has touched the lives and helped to mold the careers of countless trainees during his 33 years as a faculty member at the University of Minnesota, the Mayo Medical School and the University of Maryland.

As one of his colleague at UMMS noted, “I can think of no one more appropriate or more deserving of the Mary Betty Stevens Award than Dr. Barry Handwerger.” We congratulate Dr. Handwerger on his illustrious career and his commitment to rheumatology. We are delighted that he is this year’s recipient of the Mary Betty Stevens Award.

Page updated: 03-20-12

Contact Information

Stephen D. Sisson, MD, FACP,
Governor, Maryland Chapter

Maryellen Woodward
920 Trinity Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Chapter Administrator
Office: 410-332-8444
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