Arthritis Foundation New England region to honor two medical leaders at the 19th annual Physician Achievement Award Dinner

Boston — September 9, 2013 — The Arthritis Foundation New England Region will honor Arthur L. Boland Jr., M.D., and Matthew H. Liang, M.D., M.P.H., with the Dr. Marian Ropes Award for excellence in arthritis care and leadership in the fight against arthritis at the Physician Achievement Award Dinner on September 11, 2013 at The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston. The award takes its name from Dr. Marian Ropes, who was a pioneer and national leader in the field of rheumatology, and the first woman medical resident appointed by the Massachusetts General Hospital.  This award is given annually to a very highly regarded rheumatologist and orthopaedic surgeon.

Drs. Boland and Liang are two outstanding physicians who have dedicated their careers to caring and treating patients with arthritis.  Dr. Arthur L. Boland, Jr. is an Orthopaedic Surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University Health Service, while Dr. Matthew H. Liang is a Rheumatologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and VA Boston Healthcare System.

“We are grateful to the impact both Dr. Boland and Dr. Liang have made on patients and the field of arthritis as a whole,” said Steve Evangelista, CEO of the Arthritis Foundation New England Region.  “Over the course of their careers they have altered for the better, numerous lives of individuals and families impacted by arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation is honored to have the opportunity to recognize these two physicians for their many achievements.”

The Physician Achievement Award Dinner will take place on Wednesday evening,

September 11, 2013. A Silent Auction will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by Dinner and Award Presentation from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at The Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston.

Master of Ceremonies will be Laura Carlo, Morning Program Host, WCRB 99.5 FM.For more information on the dinner, please call Elaine Mooney at 617-244-1800 ext. 136 or visit

About the Arthritis Foundation:

The Arthritis Foundation ( is committed to raising awareness and reducing the impact of arthritis, which strikes one in every five adults and 300,000 children, and is the nation’s leading cause of disability. To conquer this painful, debilitating and unacceptable disease, we support education, research, advocacy, and other vital programs and services.

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