Newswise — (Kansas City, MO): The Vasculitis Foundation is pleased to announce the Gary S. Hoffman Vasculitis Foundation Fellowship in honor of Dr. Hoffman, who has had a profound influence on the lives of people with vasculitis and is recognized as a world leader in vasculitis clinical care and research.

Upon the announcement of his retirement from patient care in late 2014, the VF Board of Directors chose to recognize Dr. Hoffman by partnering with the Cleveland Clinic to fund a yearlong fellowship at the Center for Vasculitis Care and Research through the VF Fellowship Program.

The program provides the opportunity for one- or two- year tracks designed to support the training of physician scientists who wish to gain clinical expertise in vasculitis and who may also wish to pursue an investigational career in this field.

Joyce Kullman, executive director of the VF, and Dr. Carol Langford, director of the Center, announced the Hoffman fellowship on April 28 in a special recognition ceremony during the VF Patient and Family Vasculitis Conference in Cleveland, Ohio

Since 1986, the Vasculitis Foundation has empowered patients through disease education, raising awareness of vasculitis in the general public and medical community, and funding research to determine the cause, develop more effective treatments, and discover a cure. The VF is committed to improving the lives of current and future patients and is positioned as the definitive resource for patients, family members, medical professionals and researchers seeking information about vasculitis.

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