Women on the Move 2012 Honoree: Alexis Chiang Colvin, M.D.
Dr. Colvin is an Assistant Professor of Sports Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in the Leni and Peter W. May Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. After graduating from Princeton University, she received her medical degree from Mount Sinai.
One of few women in the field, Dr. Colvin specializes in the surgical treatment of knee, shoulder, and hip disorders. She serves as a United States Tennis Association physician during the U.S. Open, providing orthopaedic care to elite professional tennis players and has also cared for professional athletes, including the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins, collegiate athletes at the University of Pittsburgh, and numerous other collegiate and high school athletes.
The Arthritis Foundation is proud to honor Dr. Colvin.
To learn more about Dr. Colvin please visit www.mountsinai.org/profiles/alexis-c-colvin
Currently an Assistant Attending Physician at the Hospital for Special Surgery, Dr. Russell is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College.
She received her B.S. from Tufts University and continued at Tufts University School of Medicine and graduated as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society in 1989. At Tufts University she was recognized as the “Scholar characterizing the ‘complete physician.’” Dr. Russell completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at New York Hospital and her fellowship in Rheumatology at the Hospital for Special Surgery in 1995. As an attending physician at the Hospital for Special Surgery, Dr. Russell has focused on patient education and osteoporosis. She is the Chair of Patient Education and Co-Director of the Osteoporosis Center. Most recently, she was appointed the Director of Perioperative Medicine.
Dr. Russell served as Chairman of the Patient Services Committee of the New York Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation and played a pivotal role in increasing the Chapter’s delivery of programs and services to a diverse population as well as underserved communities. Dr. Russell currently serves as an active member of the Arthritis Foundation New York Chapter Board of Governors.
The Arthritis Foundation is proud to honor Dr. Russell.
To learn more about Dr. Russell please visit www.hss.edu/physicians_russell-linda.asp
Karen Ager is the author of the award winning book ‘Enemy Within – A memoir of strength, determination and acceptance,’ and tenured teacher at the United Nations International School in New York. Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) at 17, Karen has worked relentlessly to raise global public awareness about the disease for over ten years.
Karen has been featured in Arthritis Today (cover and story Jan/Feb 2011), Reader’s Digest Health Smart magazine (October 2010), New Idea (August 2010), Grazia magazine (June 2010), Remedy MD and Healthy Living magazines (Spring 2008), Shape magazine (February 2006), the New York Daily News (February 2005), Sydney Morning Herald (September 2002) and Time magazine Australia (July 2002).
Karen will also be featured on the cover of Health Monitor magazine in spring 2012.
Television appearances have included the U.S. Today Show (October 2007), WPIX-TV Channel 11 Unsung Hero story (May 2003) and the Australian national television talk show The Circle which is Australia’s version of The View.
U.S. Radio interviews have included NPR - WTBQ-AM, WYYZ-AM, WRPN-AM, WYYZ- AM , 89.9 FM, 88.7 FM, 91.7 FM - Troy University Public Radio, 96.9 FM Boston Talks - It’s Your Health Radio, WOCA-FM, WDIS-FM, Cable Radio Networks – A Touch of Grey.
Karen has also been interviewed on many Australian Radio programs including the famed 2GB, and ABC networks. Numerous regional newspapers across Australia have also featured stories on Karen.
Karen serves on the Board of Governors for the New York Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. She has done so for seven years, and often speaks at fundraisers and advocacy events. Karen is an active fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation and has walked in the Arthritis Walk for 9 years. She is founder of the Karen and Arthritis Support group and website. She is a blogger about positively managing the challenges of arthritis.
To learn more about Karen please visit www.karenandarthritis.com
Gabrielle Messina was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at age 2. Today she is a 17-year-old high school junior determined to live her life to the fullest. Gabby and her family take part in the NYC Arthritis Walk each year and last year she was nominated as the Young Adult Honoree. “I am honored to be chosen as a Young Adult Honoree because I want to show people that JRA/RA does not have to run their life either!” – Gabrielle Messina.
Women on the Move 2012 Luncheon Chair: Sara Kramer, M.D.
Andrea Eisenberg, Esq- 2011 Chair
Constance De Laigle