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​UPMC Physician Receives Top Honors from Arthritis Foundation

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 16, 2015 Terence W. Starz, M.D., of Arthritis and Internal Medicine Associates – UPMC, recently was named “Arthritis Healthcare Professional of the Year” by the Arthritis Foundation. The award is presented annually to a health care professional who has “served the Arthritis Foundation in a leadership role and worked diligently to spread its mission.” 
In his involvement with the Arthritis Foundation, Dr. Starz promotes arthritis education, access to care, research, partnership development, fundraising and advocacy.  He has been on the executive committee of the western Pennsylvania chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, western & central Pennsylvania/West Virginia, since 1982.
For the last six years, Dr. Starz has served on the Arthritis Foundation’s Great Lakes Region board of directors, where his interest in chronic pain led to his co-authoring a patient education program titled “Breaking the Pain Chain,” which is designed to help participants understand and manage the pain associated with arthritis.
Dr. Starz is a practicing rheumatologist and internist at UPMC Shadyside and UPMC Passavant, and he has done clinical research in rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and low back pain. A graduate of Penn State University and Jefferson Medical College, Dr. Starz completed his medical and rheumatology training at UPMC Presbyterian. Dr. Starz is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and a clinical professor of occupational therapy at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. He is a past president of the Allegheny County Medical Society and the Pennsylvania Rheumatology Society.
“I am honored to be recognized by the Arthritis Foundation,” said Dr. Starz. “The Foundation is the voice of people with arthritis. Its mission is to provide a message of help and hope with a focus on research to find the cause and cure of the over 100 types of arthritis and to enhance the care of people who suffer from these painful conditions.”
Dr. Starz will be honored at the Arthritis Foundation’s yearly meeting, which will be held Nov. 19 and 20 in New Orleans.

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