About the ORA

The Ontario Rheumatology Association (ORA) is a professional organization that represents Ontario rheumatologists and promotes their pursuit of excellence in arthritis care through leadership, advocacy, education, and communication.

The Ontario
Rheumatology Association

In 2001, the establishment of the ORA was set in motion by the founding members Dr. Carter Thorne, Dr. Philip Baer, and Dr. Algis Jovaisas. The ORA committee members included Dr. Vivian Bykerk, Dr. Alfred Cividino, Dr. Jody Lewtas, Dr. Janet Pope, Dr. Jane Purvis and Dr. Jerry Tenenbaum. Today, the ORA represents over 210 members including community, academic, pediatric, early career and resident rheumatologists.

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Our Areas of Focus

The ORA engages the rheumatology community through membership and education. It is an advocate for its members when collaborating with the government and private payers to access appropriate treatment options for rheumatic diseases. It has established a networking and communications forum for Ontario rheumatologists.

The ORA collaborates with many professional associations including the Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA), the Ontario Medical Association (OMA), the Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance (CAPA), the Arthritis Health Professions Association (AHPA) and the Pharmaceutical Industry.