Ronald A. Asherson
Ronald A Asherson, MD, FACP, MD (Hon), FRCP (London), FCP (SA), FACR, is Honorary Consultant Physician at the Rheumatic Disease Unit, Department of Medicine, University of Cape Town Health Sciences Centre in Cape Town, as well as being Consultant Rheumatologist at the Rosebank Clinic in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Systemic Autoimmune Diseases Unit at the Hospital Clinic, Barcelona, Spain where he regularly visits and coordinates research projects.
From 1976 to 1981 he was Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the New York Hospital - Cornell Medical Center in New York under the late Professor Henry Heineman. From 1981 to 1986 he was associated with the Rheumatology Department at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School of London where he developed his interests in connective tissue diseases and antiphospholipid antibodies.
In 1986 he moved to the Rayne Institute and St Thomas' Hospital in London, where he was appointed Honorary Consultant Physician and Senior Research Fellow and remained there until 1991.
In 1998 he was elected as Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP) as well as a Founding Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology (FACR). From 1988 to 1991 he served on the Council of the Royal Society of Medicine in London. In 1992 he was co-winner of the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) Prize and in 1993 was the co-recipient of the International League Against Rheumatism (ILAR) Prize, both for his research on antiphospholipid antibodies. In 1994 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP) of London. In 2002 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Pleven in Bulgaria.
Dr Asherson has been an invited speaker at many universities and on the Scientific Committees of many international conferences both in the USA and Europe. He is the author of more than 280 papers on connective tissue diseases and has contributed to more than 30 textbooks of medicine, rheumatology and surgery as well as having co-edited ''Problems in the Rheumatic Diseases", the ''Phospholipid Binding Antibodies'', two editions of ''The Antiphospholipid Syndrome'' and ''Vascular Manifestations of the Systemic Autoimmune Diseases' He is on the Editorial Boards of many international and Internet Rheumatology journals. He is currently engaged in research on connective tissue diseases, particularly on the anti-phospholipid syndrome .In 1999, he was the co-recipient of the Juan Vivancos Prize in Spain and in 2003 was the co-recipient of the Abbott Prize, awarded at the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) International Meeting, held in Lisbon, Portugal. In September 2003 was Co-Chairman of the First Latin American Congress on Autoimmunity, held in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. In 2005, he was honored by the South African Rheumatism and Arthritis Association and made a Life Member.
His original description of the ''Catastrophic Antiphospholipid Syndrome'' and the publishing of more than 40 papers on this new disease was rewarded by the attachment of the eponym ''Asherson's Syndrome'' to this condition at the November 2002 International Phospholipid Conference held in Sicily.
He is currently Series Editor of 12 volumes entitled ''The Handbook of Systemic Autoimmune Disease'' (Elsevier, Holland).
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