Meet Our Top Ten

Top Ten Social HealthMakers: Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) affects nearly 1% of U.S. adults. Check out the experts giving knowledge and encouragement to this community on a daily basis.

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Did you know rheumatoid arthritis (RA) affects nearly 1 percent of all U.S. adults? With so many touched by this disease, it's important for all of us to understand its symptoms, diagnosis and treatments, and to know who to ask for help. Check out the patients, doctors, advocates and authors giving strength, knowledge and encouragement to this community on a daily basis. 
Kelly Young

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Kelly Young is a patient advocate, writer and creator of Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior, a comprehensive website about RA. Through her writing, speaking and use of social media, Young is building a more refined and accurate awareness of RA. She won the 2011 WebMD Health Hero award, and also serves on the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media Advisory Board.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy has had RA since his mid-20s. He started his blog to share his personal experiences while dealing with the many ups and downs of RA. As he continues his journey through chronic pain and inflammation, he seeks to use humor to lighten the situation.
Carol Eustice

4 / 11 Carol Eustice

Carol Eustice is’s Guide to Arthritis and Osteoarthritis. She is also a patient advocate and author of The Everything Health Guide to Arthritis. Carol was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at age 19, and in 1995 started and moderated the first weekly RA chat room/support group on America Online. She has been the original Guide to Arthritis since 1997, and the Guide to Osteoarthritis since 2007.


Ashley Boynes-Shuch

5 / 11 Ashley Boynes-Shuch

Ashley Boynes-Shuck is an advocate who is living well with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease and other autoimmune issues. She writes for the Arthritis Foundation, Mid-Atlantic Region’s blog, covering a little bit of everything related to wellness and arthritis, including recipes, research news, advocacy updates and, occasionally, some pretty cool event videos.

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Dana writes for At the Water’s Edge, covering rheumatoid arthritis and other topics such as astronomy, Christianity, gardening and recipes. She writes about RA through her personal experiences with treatments, progress, pain management and diagnosis, and explains RA-specific terminology and tests.
William C. Shiel, Jr., MD

7 / 11 William C. Shiel, Jr., MD

William Shiel, Jr., MD, co-founded in 1996, serving as chief editor and authoring hundreds of articles. In addition to practicing in the field of rheumatology, he is a contributor to the American Board of Internal Medicine and a regular reviewer of board questions on behalf of the American Board of Rheumatology subspecialty. Dr. Shiel has also served on the Medical and Scientific Committee of the Arthritis Foundation.

Scott Zashin, MD

8 / 11 Scott Zashin, MD

Scott Zashin, MD, is a rheumatologist at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, Texas, and an advocate for people with arthritis. He has been an arthritis expert for The New York Times and Arthritis, and is currently an expert for the WebMD Rheumatoid Arthritis Community. The author of the book Arthritis Without Pain, Zashin has served as an Executive Board Member for the Arthritis Foundation of North Texas. 


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Nancy Walsh

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Nancy Walsh is a staff writer for MedPage Today, with articles and interviews on rheumatoid arthritis also frequently appearing on She has written for various medical publications in the U.S. and England, including Patient Care, The Practitioner and the The Journal of Respiratory Diseases. For nearly 10 years, Walsh was the New York Bureau Chief for the International Medical News Group.

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The group leader of MDJunction’s Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Group, kvnj was diagnosed with RA in October 2008 and then with fibromyalgia in 2010. For almost four years, kvnj has provided support, encouragement and stories of personal experiences to other patients dealing with RA, sharing this personal philosophy: “I am very thankful for the good days, and try to make the best of them without overdoing it.”


Lisa Emrich

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Lisa Emrich shares bits of her life as a patient diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and RA in her blog, Brass & Ivory. She also writes about MS, RA and obesity for and has been featured in Momentum Magazine, The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, Arthritis Today and Pharmaphorum.

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