Dr. Tyler Wadsworth has been practicing Sports and Musculoskeletal Medicine in the St Louis area for over 20 years. After playing multiple sports at a small high school in North Carolina, and working as a manager for Jim Valvano on the basketball team at North Carolina State University, he realized that his interest in science and the human body and his love for sports could be combined into a career. After medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he completed a Residency in Family Medicine and a Fellowship in Sports Medicine at one of the first primary care sports medicine fellowships in the country, Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. While the care of athletes is central to the practice of sports medicine, he learned early on that the principles of sports medicine applies to the care of all active people, and to people who wish to become more active.
Dr. Wadsworth began his involvement with the Arthritis Foundation shortly after his arrival in St. Louis in 1993. He was welcomed by leaders who shared his passion for educating people about their condition, working toward finding cures for these diseases, and helping people with arthritis to improve their lives. He was honored to accept a position on the Board of Directors and Public Education and Awareness Committee in 1995, later joining the Medical and Scientific Committee. One of the great honors of his career was his appointment to chair the Board of Directors of the Eastern Missouri Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation from 2006-2008.
Dr Wadsworth has served two terms on the Board of Directors of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. He has lectured at local, national, and international sports medicine conferences, including the Team Physician Course in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the International Team Physician Course in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and chaired the International Team Physician Course in Monterrey, Mexico. He has written chapters in sports medicine textbooks, edited sports medicine publications, and written articles about sports medicine topics in a number of scientific journals. He is the Medical Director for the Athletic Training Education Program at Saint Louis University. He is also Medical Director for Sundance Clinical Research, LLC, where he performs clinical trials of promising medications to treat arthritis, tendon injuries, and other medical conditions. Dr Wadsworth was inducted into the Missouri Sports Medicine Hall of Fame in 2014. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Doctors in America® list and is named as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor.
Wayne Yokoyama, M.D.
Dr. Yokoyama is an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Sam J. Levin and Audrey Loew Levin Chair Professor of Arthritis Research, and Professor of Medicine and of Pathology and Immunology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He also directs the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), the largest integrated M.D.-Ph.D. program in the country.
Dr. Yokoyama received his M.D. from the University of Hawaii. Following clinical training in internal medicine and rheumatology, he received postdoctoral research training at the University of Iowa and at the National Institutes of Health. He was previously on the medical faculties of University of California, San Francisco and Mount Sinai Medical Center (NY). In 1995, he was recruited to Washington University to be Chief of Rheumatology and in 2007, became Director of the MSTP.
Dr. Yokoyama’s laboratory is credited with seminal discoveries on natural killer (NK) cells and their critical role in the body’s host defense against cancer and infections. He is now exploring immune abnormalities in patients with arthritis.
His awards include the Novartis Prize for Basic Immunology, the Lee C. Howley Sr. Prize for Research in Arthritis from the Arthritis Foundation, and election to the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Medicine, and American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Anna is a mother of three, wife of 24 years to Aaron, teaches struggling readers, and coaches volleyball and softball in Tipton, Missouri. She is also the mother of a child with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). In 2009, her daughter Graci, was diagnosed with JIA at the age of 4. At that moment, Anna embarked on a mission to learn as much about this disease that turned her once energetic daughter, who was involved in school activities and programs into a young child with daily pain and depression.
Graci, Anna, and the Diggs family attended last year’s Silver Ball event and, if you were there, you know that she is not the same child she was at four. It took time to determine the right course of medication, but Graci is now a normal 11 year-old who participates in softball and volleyball, despite still having days filled with pain.
Anna’s involvement with the Arthritis Foundation has included testimonies at the Missouri state capital in regards to step-therapy, trips to Washington D.C. to discussion legislation important to people with arthritis, attending national Juvenile Arthritis Conferences as well as local Juvenile Arthritis Family Fun Days. While at these events Anna works tirelessly to show others how important fund raising is and how getting involved can help a family cope with this disease.
Anna’s goal is to reach out to parents of newly identified JIA kids to help them through the process of learning about the disease, treatments, medications and helping them cope with this life-changing diagnosis. Anna’s tireless dedication to the mission of the Arthritis Foundation is a true example of a Champion of Yes!