Arthritis Foundation Honors Dr. Yukiko Kimura for Contributions to the Care of Children with Juvenile Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Disease

November 16, 2015 12:54 PM
The Arthritis Foundation awarded the Earl J. Brewer Award for Physician Leadership to Yukiko Kimura, M.D., chief of Pediatric Rheumatology at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital.

The Arthritis Foundation has awarded its national Earl J. Brewer Award for Physician Leadership to Yukiko Kimura, M.D., chief of Pediatric Rheumatology at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center. The award, presented to Dr. Kimura recently at HackensackUMC by members of the Arthritis Foundation,is named after Earl J. Brewer Jr., M.D., FAAP, a pediatric rheumatologist and a pioneer in the juvenile arthritis cause and search for a cure.

“I am very humbled to receive this award, which is named after a truly great pediatric rheumatologist who passed away earlier this year,” said Dr. Yukiko Kimura.  “Earl J. Brewer was a pioneer and visionary in our field. If I could accomplish a fraction of what he did to foster collaboration in pediatric rheumatology research, and to improve the lives of children that we treat and their families, it would be a lifetime achievement.  I am truly grateful to the Arthritis Foundation for this honor, as well as my team and the HackensackUMC and JMS Children’s Hospital leadership for their support.”

The Earl J. Brewer Award is presented once a year to a physician who has demonstrated an unwavering commitment  to patient advocacy and care for children with juvenile arthritis and rheumatic disease, which affect an estimated 300,000 babies and children in the United States. Dr. Kimura’s award was formally announced in July before 1,700 participants at the Arthritis Foundation’s National Juvenile Arthritis Conference in Orlando, Florida.

“We are enormously grateful to Dr. Kimura for being a true champion for families living with juvenile arthritis,” said Ingrid Montecino, president and chief executive officer, Arthritis Foundation Northeast Region. “Her leadership and passion for our mission have helped us develop robust family programs, build our base of support, and connect families to the treatment and support they need. Her work has helped people throughout New Jersey and across the country. It has been an honor to have her by our side.”

Dr. Kimura is an active board member of the Arthritis Foundation, New Jersey Chapter and has been a proponent of juvenile arthritis programs and research for more than two decades. As Chair of the Juvenile Arthritis Committee, Dr. Kimura has headed all of the chapter’s juvenile arthritis activities and was a leading force in establishing Camp CHAT (Children Have Arthritis Too), a week-long sleep-away camp for children with arthritis and rheumatic disease. She also chairs the Foundation’s Northeast Region pediatric work group.

Over the years, Dr. Kimura has fueled many of the Foundation’s signature initiatives through key leadership roles, including Chair of the Walk to Cure Arthritis, an annual event to raise awareness and research funding, and as Medical Honoree of the organization’s annual Gala. She will be the Medical Honoree of the first New Jersey-wide Walk to Cure Arthritis, which will take place at Met Life Stadium in the Spring of 2016.

On a national level, Dr. Kimura is chair-elect and vice president of the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA), which is a pediatric rheumatology research network that spans more than 110 sites across the US and Canada. She will assume the role of Chair in 2016. Dr. Kimura recently received a $2.8 million three-year grant to study comparative effectiveness of different treatment strategies for JIA from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).


The Arthritis Foundation awarded the Earl J. Brewer Award for Physician Leadership to Yukiko Kimura, M.D., chief of Pediatric Rheumatology at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital. From left to right:Ingrid Montecino, president and CEO, Arthritis Foundation, Northeast Region;  K. Andrew Crighton, M.D., Arthritis Foundation National Board of Directors; Yukiko Kimura, M.D.; Amy Siperstein Boright, CFRE, regional director, Arthritis Foundation, New Jersey Office;  and Peggy Lotkowictz, program director, Arthritis Foundation, New Jersey Office.   

About the Arthritis Foundation:

The Arthritis Foundation is the Champion of Yes. Leading the fight for the arthritis community, the Foundation helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections. The Arthritis Foundation’s goal is to chart a winning course, guiding families in developing personalized plans for living a full life – and making each day another stride towards a cure. The Foundation also publishes Arthritis Today, the award-winning magazine that reaches 4.2 million readers.

About Hackensack University Medical Center

HackensackUMC, a nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is the flagship hospital of Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,717 beds, more than 10,000 employees and 3,300 credentialed physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 Best Hospital rankings - maintaining its place atop the NJ rankings since the rating system was introduced. HackensackUMC is one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ for nine years in a row, and received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 13 years in a row. The medical center has also been named a Leapfrog Top Hospital, is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 24 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: the John Theurer Cancer Center; the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital Children’s Hospital and Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center and listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit:   







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