2018 Jingle Bell Run Honorees

Dr. David Espinoza, MD, CAQSM
UPMC
Medical Honoree

Dr. David Espinoza, MD, CAQSM is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Division of Primary Care Sports Medicine, at UPMC.

He earned his degrees from The University of Texas at Austin followed by The University of Texas Medical School at Houston.  He completed a family medicine residency at Christus Santa Rosa in San Antonio and went on to specialize and complete a primary care sports medicine fellowship at the UPMC. 

Working in family practice and managing chronic medical conditions is what sparked his interest in preventive care and medicine.  He became more aware that these chronic health issues seemed to develop in patients that had a previous musculoskeletal injury or had progressive increase in arthritic joint pains that then sidelined them from being active, and once that inactivity developed, so did their chronic health conditions.  This realization drove him to pursue a career in Primary Care Sports Medicine so that he could help athletes get back on the field, and those “weekend warriors” get back in the game to better their long-term health and wellness, thus preventing chronic conditions.

He was introduced to the Arthritis Foundation by a colleague and knew it would be a great opportunity.  Many forms of arthritis make their way into a primary care sports medicine clinic and given the number of patients that he sees with arthritic conditions, he has seen the havoc that arthritis can inflict on individuals that just want to get back to what they enjoy.  An opportunity to help someone get off the bench and get back in the game is one of the things that gives him great joy and fulfillment in his profession.

John R. Fowler, M.D.
UPMC
Medical Honoree

John R. Fowler, M.D. joined the Department of Orthopaedics as an Assistant Professor in August of 2013.  He attended Ohio State University for his undergraduate training and obtained a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Chemistry in 2003.  John then matriculated at Temple University School of Medicine, graduating in 2007.  He completed his Orthopaedic residency training at Temple University Hospital in 2012 and a fellowship in Hand and Upper Extremity surgery at the University of Pittsburgh in 2013.  Since joining the faculty at UPMC, John has demonstrated a passion and dedication to the education of medical students, residents, and fellows.  John has been promoted to Assistant Dean of Medical Student Research at the University School of Medicine. He was being selected as a Young Leader in the field by the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and an Emerging Leader by the American Orthopaedic Association.  Based on his prowess for research and education, he was promoted to Director of Research for the Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship at UPMC.

John is a fellow of the American Orthopaedic Association, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, and a member of both the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) and American Association for Hand Surgery (ASSH).  He was recently promoted to Associate Editor for the Journal of Hand Surgery.  He serves of a number of influential committees in the ASSH, including the Evidence-Based Practice Committee, Clinical Research and Grantsmanship Committee, and Annual Program Committee for the ASSH.  He became board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in July 2015 and obtained his subspecialty certification in Hand Surgery in 2017.

Jeanine McGuire
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Adult Honoree

Jeanine McGuire was diagnosed at 14 years old.  She knew something was wrong when she started having swelling in her knee. After 2 years of misdiagnoses and treatments, she was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

As a teenager she went from managing her social calendar to managing doctor appointments and an incurable chronic illness. By graduation, her arthritis had spread to over 5 joints affecting her hands, knees, ankles and feet. In college she started weekly injections and collegiate soccer.  She was told maintaining her health and athletic career would be improbable. Improbable yes, difficult yes, but impossible it wasn’t. She finished college as a two-sport athlete in soccer and cross-country.  Today, she still competes in endurance events. She placed fourth overall female at the 2017 Jingle Bell Run!

Living her life as an athlete with a chronic illness, she has had to overcome hardships and adversity, but it has made her challenge her limits and go further than she ever thought possible. The tenacity she brings in both competition and in life makes her a Champion Of YES!

She still has days where she struggles with swelling, stiffness, pain and fatigue and worries about her future and long-term effects of medications and her disease.  She continues to be inspired to run because she can, she wants to run harder for those who cannot, and raise awareness to the nation’s leading cause of disability. The faces of arthritis are everywhere and likely you or someone you know is or will be affected by this illness. Research is expensive, funding is limited but together our joint efforts can make a significant difference.

Jack Barnhisel
Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
Youth Honoree

Jack Barnhisel is 14 and a competitive runner with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

He was diagnosed at age 13 when his big toe on his left foot was two times as big as the one on the right foot and caused him pain. He thought it was just a bug bite. He didn’t know what arthritis was when the doctor diagnosed him. Arthritis has caused him to stop practicing and he feels pain while running but has not had to give up anything.

His treatment began with medication, but now his arthritis is controlled with a shot every two-weeks.  While Jack has gotten used to getting the shots, he still does not like them!

Jack wants kids to know that arthritis doesn’t make you give everything up. They can still play sports and play outside with friends. They should definitely go talk to their doctor to see if they have arthritis.

One great way to get exercise is to run the Jingle Bell Run. The money from the race goes to cure arthritis!

 

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