Dr. Ruderman shares his inspiration for helping women with arthritis.
I am inspired by the fact that I think we have so many good treatments these days. Since I have gone into this field 15 years ago, the number of treatments that actually help arthritis has exploded and I can do so much more good now than we could just a few years back.
And so I am inspired by the fact that if I have a woman with rheumatoid arthritis who presents to me early on, has not yet been treated, I can look at her and tell her that I think within the next year there is a 40 or 50 percent chance that I can put her disease completely into remission with no symptoms whatsoever. And even in those cases when I can’t, I can really control the disease so that the impact on their life and on their rest of the health is minimal and so I am inspired by the fact that as we learn more we can increase those numbers and really decrease the impact that arthritis has to have on people’s lives.
About Dr. Ruderman, M.D.:
Dr. Eric M. Ruderman, M.D., is associate professor in the division of rheumatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. He is also a board member of the Arthritis Foundation of Greater Chicago.
Dr. Ruderman graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York, New York. He completed his residence at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and his fellowship training in rheumatology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.