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Charles H Spencer, MD, is Section Chief of Rheumatology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Director of Pediatric Rheumatology in the Department of Pediatrics, and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He is founding editor and current co-editor of Pediatric Rheumatology, an open access journal on Bio Med Central and currently the only pediatric rheumatology journal. He is the recipient of the American College of Rheumatology Clinician Scholar Educator Award, for establishing a dynamic education website in rheumatology. He is a volunteer for the American Academy of Pediatrics, serving as Chairperson of the Section Forum, representing 18,000 pediatric subspecialists, and is on the planning committee for the AAP Annual Membership Forum. He is an advocate for pediatric rheumatology education, pediatric subspecialty work force needs, and the needs of chronically ill children. He is also active in development of pediatric rheumatology in other countries such as India and Jordan.