Meet our Honorees
Adolph J. Yates, MD
Dr. Yates has been involved with the Arthritis Foundation for almost 30 years as a speaker/educator at patient and provider meetings, working with fund raisers, and as a research grant reviewer. He is a graduate of Harvard College, and completed his doctor of medicine, internship, and residency at Johns Hopkins. He is an Associate Professor and the Vice Chair for Quality within the Orthopaedic Department of the University of Pittsburgh. His practice is focused both on the conservative and surgical treatments of arthritis, the latter through total joint replacement. He is based at UPMC Shadyside, where he is the Chief of Orthopaedics.
His contributions to the basic science of fighting arthritis have been focused on cartilage restoration as a co-investigator in several efforts. He has been equally involved with clinical research and guidelines. He helped to write the most recent American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (AAOS) Clinical Practice Guideline for the prevention of thromboembolic events after total joint replacement, the AAOS Appropriate Use Criteria guide for osteoarthritis of the knee, and the collaborative effort with the American College of Rheumatology establishing guidelines for the use of arthritis medications at the time of joint replacement.
Nationally, Dr. Yates served as the most recent chair of the Evidence-Based Medicine committee for the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) and was awarded the Presidential Award from that organization last year. He has served on the device panel for the FDA as well as the Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee. His current focus is on the provision of value in health care while maintaining equal access for all. He is a member of the Standing Surgical Committee for the National Quality Forum as well as numerous technical expert panels for CMS and their consultants attempting to measure quality, efficiency and safety across the spectrum of all of health care.
Special Guest and Walk to Cure Arthritis Honoree
Ava Miller is 10 years old and was diagnosed just before her 5th birthday with Juvenile Dermatomyositis (JDM) – a rare and life-threatening form of arthritis affecting about 3 out of every 1 million kids. JDM is characterized by severe muscle weakness caused by inflammation that can affect the heart, lungs and digestive system. It causes skin rashes, often beginning across the face then spreading; sometimes turning into painful ulcers and calcinosis.
Ava’s diagnosis started her on a long course of acute care – IVIG, steroids, chemotherapy, and medicine to lessen side effects of the other medicines! Lots of hospital stays, clinic appointments, injections, blood draws and pills have her JDM well controlled. Daily drug maintenance and weekly chemotherapy pills are Ava’s main treatment. JDM is triggered by stress, UV exposure, and even viruses. She tries to avoid common illnesses – to avoid a flare and because she is immunocompromised. It means daily sunscreen, long sleeves, wide brim hats and avoiding peak UV times outside whenever possible. For Ava, it’s difficult to deal with so many things that her friends do not, but it’s necessary for her to keep living her life.
Ava leads a pretty typical life. She plays soccer, has danced since the age of 3, plays violin and is exploring theater. She loves to read and takes pride in her schoolwork. Her favorite subject is math!
The highlight of her year is Camp JRA. She loves to spend time with kids who understand her. No one cares if you have a rash or you need to take a break. She loves to spend that time feeling just like everyone else.
Ava is an Arthritis Foundation volunteer because arthritis sufferers need a cure. They need hope and support. They need better treatment options with fewer side-effects. They need you!
Steven Massaro received his undergraduate degree in marketing from The Catholic University of America in 1989. Upon completion of his degree, he returned to Pittsburgh and joined his father at Massaro Corporation as manager of business development. In April 2000, Steven was promoted to vice president of business development and was responsible for managing the sales force and business development professionals. In addition to this, Steven has worked in all areas of the industry including estimating, project management, project operations, and real estate.
In November 2016, Steven was named President of Massaro Corporation. In this role, he has the overall responsibility for the performance of Massaro Construction Group's (MCG) largest business unit. MCG was established in 2014 as the parent company of Massaro Corporation, Massaro Construction Management, LLC, and Massaro Restoration, LLC.
Since 1967, Massaro has been serving the region with commercial general construction and today provides an array of offerings including agency construction management, 24/7 emergency response, commercial real estate and property development services.
The Catholic University
Bachelor of Science Marketing 1989
YEARS IN INDUSTRY
YEARS WITH MASSARO
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