Lisa Amaker

With the American College of Rheumatology since 2008, Ms. Amaker, Director of The Lupus Initiative, brings to the College a wealth of experience in medical education and non-profit management. Prior to her current role as the director of The Lupus Initiative, Ms. Amaker served as the ACR’s director of administration and governance. Working closely with the ACR Board of Directors and senior leadership, Ms. Amaker honed her skills in association management at an executive level. In other non-profit settings, Lisa Amaker developed and implemented continuing medical education for physicians and lay-persons at medical centers, academic institutions, non-profit entities and private companies for over 15 years.

At two ivy-league medical schools and boutique medical education companies, Ms. Amaker has done considerable work to improve the delivery of health care through medical education, but is most proud of her work on projects that strive to create health equity including an 18-month multi-city educational partnership with a national arthritis organization; a national breast cancer patient-education initiative targeting urban women; and an innovative schizophrenia conference for a multi-faceted audience of health professionals, patient and their families. Lisa has also directed a collaborative project with the National Medical Association and the Magic Johnson Foundation, to develop a patient-education campaign, supported by community-based outreach programs, for the prevention of asthma in adolescents of color in urban settings.

Ms. Amaker also holds local and national memberships in professional organizations and maintains relationships with former colleagues in continuing medical and nursing education throughout the country. Lisa Amaker holds a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies/Africana Studies from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia and sits on the Alumnae Board of her alma mater.