The Lupus Hero Award is a prestigious honor given annually to a remarkable individual who performs extraordinary deeds that strengthen the lupus community. This award recognizes passionate individuals who spearhead initiatives that get us one step closer to solving the cruel mystery of lupus and demonstrate courage, conviction, and tenacity that we will find answers that lead us to a cure. This year we would like to recognize Dr. Donald E. Thomas as our Lupus Hero. His outstanding contributions over the years have allowed the chapter and our local lupus community to thrive.
Dr. Don Thomas is the Chair of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Council of The Lupus Foundation of America DC/MD/VA Chapter. He is in private practice in Greenbelt and Clinton, Maryland, caring for patients with the entire spectrum of rheumatologic problems. He also has a special interest in treating people who have lupus. Dr. Thomas has been an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland since 1995, and he regularly speaks for nonmedical groups as well. He enjoys teaching and is passionate about empowering people to learn to combat their medical problems, which eventually drew him to write the patient education book, The Lupus Encyclopedia: A Comprehensive Guide for Patients and Families, published by Johns Hopkins Press.