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OAR members are invited to nominate individuals they feel are deserving of a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Nominations, in the form of at least one letter of recommendation outlining the nominee’s contributions to the field of rheumatology, may be submitted to a member of the OAR Board of Directors or the OAR Executive Office.
Nominations will remain on file and will be reconsidered annually, approximately three-to-four months before the Annual Meeting.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Sponsored by the Ohio Association of Rheumatology


Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest award of the Society, presented annually to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding dedication, leadership, and achievements in the field of rheumatology.


The OAR Board of Directors asks for nominations each Spring. Only OAR members are allowed to nominate individuals for this award.

Latest Recipient

2023 Lifetime Achievement Award — Stanley P. Ballou, MD

posted: August 29, 2023

Stanley P. Ballou, MD was appointed Director of the Division of Rheumatology at MetroHealth Medical Center in 1998 and served in this capacity until 2009, during which he established a rheumatology fellowship training program in 2004 with the support of 3 ACR training grants, and served as rheumatology Fellowship Program Director until 2016. He was awarded a Scholarship in Teaching Award from CWRU in 2013 and the MetroHealth Medical Center Teaching Excellence Career Achievement Award, 2012-2013. He is most proud of the more than 40 rheumatology fellows he trained over the past 3 decades, 100% of whom passed the Rheumatology Board examinations on their 1st attempt.

Dr. Ballou graduated with a degree in chemistry from Kent State University and then received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he was awarded the 2nd prize in Medicine. He completed internal medicine residency, chief medicine residency, and rheumatology fellowship training at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital/Case Western Reserve University. His clinical and research interests in Lupus led him to establish the first dedicated Lupus Clinic in Ohio at MetroHealth Medical Center in 1981. He was also engaged in basic research, obtaining NIH funding to explore an important interaction of the acute phase protein CRP with human monocvtes, leading to several noteworthy publications and international research presentations.

Standley Ballou and colleague

In the Northeast Ohio community, Dr. Ballou has served on the Arthritis Foundation Board of Directors for over 20 years and was awarded the Robert M Stecher MD Volunteer Award in 1999. He has been Medical Director of the Ohio lupus Foundation for 20 years and for the past 5 years has organized an annual patient education symposium for Lupus patients and their families in the northeast Ohio area. On a personal level, Dr. Ballou enjoys skiing, swimming, kayaking, and was introduced by his wife Dolores to the joy and intrigue of community theater at the Huntington Playhouse, where he enjoyed serving in a variety of voluntary roles both on and off-stage.

As of 2023, he authored over 45 peer-reviewed articles, 55 abstracts and 9 book chapters and currently serves as Professor of Medicine at CWRU and continues to direct the Lupus Clinic at MetroHealth Medical Center.