Returning guest—Dr. N. Lawrence Edwards, MD, MACP, MACR, rheumatologist and Chairman of the Gout Education Society—discusses highlights from a recent roundtable discussion entitled “Exploring the Link Between Gout & Renal Health.” The paper, released in April 2021, includes perspectives from several medical professionals and nonprofit organizations with expertise in gout and renal disease.
Dr. N. Lawrence Edwards is Professor of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology, as well as Program Director and Vice Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Dr. Edwards obtained his undergraduate training at the University of Notre Dame and his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine. He completed his training in Rheumatology at the Rackham Arthritis Research Center and the Clinical Research Center, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where he remained on the faculty as Director of Education and Training in the Division of Rheumatology. In 1983 he moved to the University of Florida where he is the former Chief of the Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology and former Rheumatology Program Director for 15 years. For the past 19 years he has been Vice Chairman of the Department of Medicine and Program Director of the Medicine Residency Training Program at the University of Florida. Dr. Edwards is an active member of many professional organizations including the American College of Rheumatology, American College of Physicians, the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine and is Past-President of the National Society of Clinical Rheumatologists. He is on the Executive Board of the Florida Chapter of ACP, the Co-chair of the Gout Interest Group for OMERACT between 2005-2016 and the Chairman and CEO of the Gout Education Society – a non-profit, patient education organization – for the past 14 years (www.gouteducation.org). He has authored over one hundred and fifty scientific articles, book chapters and reviews on the topics of hyperuricemia, gout, and purine metabolism. He is a Master of both the American College of Physicians and the American College of Rheumatologists.