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Published on November 01, 2011

Bergman Earns Award from Pennsylvania Arthritis Foundation


RIDLEY PARK, Pa. – Martin Bergman, M.D., chief of the Section of Rheumatic Diseases at Taylor Hospital, was awarded the Joseph Lee Hollander, M.D. Award for Excellence and Achievement in Rheumatology from the Pennsylvania Arthritis Foundation.

The Joseph Lee Hollander, M.D. Award is the premier award in rheumatology and is given to one rheumatologist in the tri-state area each year. Winners are selected by a committee based on their reputation in the rheumatology community as a clinician and teacher, their contributions to the specialty and their achievements in the field.

Hollander is recognized as one of the founding fathers of modern rheumatology. For more than 25 years, he directed a program that prepared physicians for the practice of clinical rheumatology. He also developed a leadership role in academic medicine.

“To have been chosen as the recipient of such a prestigious award is one of the biggest honors of my career,” Bergman says. “I have seen the names of the previous recipients, and many are among my previous professors and role models in the field. To be categorized with them is nothing but a true honor.”

Bergman received his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin, and he completed specialty training in internal medicine and subspecialty training in rheumatology at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. He is board-certified in internal medicine and rheumatology.

Bergman has worked to develop several patient outcome tools in rheumatology. One of these is RAPID 3. RAPID 3 is used internationally, has been recognized by the American College of Rheumatology and has been approved as an outcomes measure for rheumatoid arthritis by Medicare. 

Bergman is also a clinical associate professor at Drexel University and gives lectures and presentations internationally.

“I feel that’s it’s important to help others who are just starting out in the field of rheumatology,” Bergman adds. “Teaching and presenting state-of-the-art information to people is one of the greatest joys of my career. I look up to my previous professors and role models, and hope that I can impart that same wisdom in others.”

Bergman is past-president of the Delaware County Medical Society and the Philadelphia Rheumatism Society. He is a member of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Rheumatology, and has previously been named to Philadelphia magazine’s “Top Doctors in Rheumatology” list.

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