Dr. William Palmer attended medical school at the University of Nebraska in Omaha (AOA) and completed a Medical Residency at the Albany (NY) Medical Center. He was privileged to complete his Rheumatology Fellowship under the tutelage of Dr. Lee Bartholomew, MACR, at Albany Medical College of Union University in 1978.
The first Board Certified Rheumatologist in Omaha, Nebraska in 1978, Dr. Palmer has practiced Rheumatology in private practice and actively participated with the University of Nebraska, Department of Internal Medicine for 25 years in the education of medical residents and students. He continues to contribute in the active education of Family Practice residents, Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant students. He has been a constant advocate and contributor to physician and student education in Rheumatology for over three decades.
Dr. Palmer’s clinical interests span the entire spectrum of clinical Rheumatology and have focused on patient care and the impact that Rheumatic Diseases have on their lives.
Dr. Palmer also values clinical research. He has personally conducted many pharmaceutical-sponsored studies in Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Ankylosing Spondylitis, System Lupus, Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. Dr. Palmer was an active early member of the Rheumatology Investigators Network (RAIN) which began in Nebraska and also an original Board Member as well as a current contributor to the CORRONA registry. As a result, he has co-authored numerous published manuscripts.
Dr. Palmer has been a leader in multiple medical-related societies including the ACR, Metropolitan Omaha Medical Society (Board of Directors), the Nebraska Medical Society (Board of Directors), and the Nebraska Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. He is also a trustee of the Albert and Bernice Hansen Charitable Foundation which directed more than $500,000 to RAIN as well as providing monies to multiple worthwhile projects with a rheumatologic focus.
Participation in American College of Rheumatology activities includes current Board Member of the Rheumatology Research Foundation, and past member of the Government Affairs Committee and Finance committees. While a member of GAC, he was a leader in creation of RheumPAC (Political Action Committee).
Dr. Palmer was named a Master of the American College of Rheumatology for outstanding contributions to the field of Rheumatology, one of the highest honors the College bestows. The designation of Master was first conferred in 1987 to recognize ACR members, age 65 or older, who have made outstanding contributions to the field of rheumatology through scholarly achievement and/or service to their patients, students, and profession. This honor is usually bestowed upon no more than 20 members per year. The newest class of Master is honored each year at the Annual Meeting. The honorees are nominated by their peers and selected by the ACR Committee on Nominations and Appointments.