Dr. Zahi Touma

2022 CRA Distinguished Rheumatologist

Dr. Lori B. Tucker, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Lori Tucker is a Clinical Professor in Pediatrics and Division Head, Pediatric Rheumatology, University of British Columbia, and BC Children’s Hospital, as well as Clinical Investigator at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute. Her training in pediatrics and pediatric rheumatology was at The New England Medical Centre, Tufts University, Boston, MA. She is one of the founding members, and a past president, of the Canadian Alliance for Pediatric Rheumatology Investigators, the Canadian national network for pediatric rheumatology research.

Dr. Tucker has co-led the two largest multicenter longitudinal research studies on JIA in Canada over the past 15 years, ReACCh-Out, and LEAP (Linking Exercise, Physical Activity, and Pathophysiology in Canadian Children with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis) and was instrumental in the development of the national longitudinal CAPRI JIA Registry. She has established a clinical program in auto-inflammatory diseases at BC Children’s Hospital serving the province of BC, which incorporates translational research in every clinical encounter.

Dr. Tucker has worked tirelessly in patient advocacy and strengthening clinical team/parent/patient partnerships as the Medical Advisor and Board member for Cassie and Friends: A Society for Children with Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases. This national parent and patient-run organization has become the strongest voice for pediatric rheumatology in Canada, raising funds for direct patient needs and research, providing on-line information and education sessions, and developing parent and youth support programs.