Ralph Williams, M.D., professor emeritus in the UNM School of Medicine Department of Medicine, will receive the Gold Medal Award from the American College of Rheumatology during the organization's annual meeting in San Antonio, October 18-21.  The lifetime achievement award the highest given by the organization carries a $5,000 prize.

Williams served as the School of Medicine's second chair of Internal Medicine from 1969-1988, before taking a position with the University of Florida for 10 years.  He returned to the School of Medicine as an emeritus professor in 1988 and has practiced continually within the state of New Mexico since that time.

Throughout his career, Williams has published numerous papers on the causes of rheumatoid arthritis.  He has also trained more than 20 physicians who now are serving as division heads at hospitals and medical schools throughout the nation, Europe, South America, Africa, and Japan.

"We are extremely proud that the American College of Rheumatology is recognizing the contributions Dr. Williams has made throughout his career.  At 76, an age when many physicians would be retired, he's still making a difference in the practice of rheumatology and to the health care of New Mexicans across the state," said Paul Roth, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine.


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