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What is Scleroderma?

Scleroderma, or systemic sclerosis, is a chronic connective tissue disease generally classified as one of the autoimmune rheumatic diseases. The word “scleroderma” comes from two Greek words: “sclero” meaning hard, and “derma” meaning skin. Hardening of the skin is one of the most visible manifestations of the disease.

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Save the Date!

The SFNE Patient Education Seminar will be held on Saturday, April 7 at the Peabody Marriott Hotel in Peabody, MA. Speakers will include Dr. Andrew Plaut, gastrologist at Tufts Medical Center, Dr. Robert Simms, rheumatologist at Boston University Medical Center, Dr. Jonathan Garlick, researcher at Tufts Medical Center, Maureen Kerrigan, Esq. of SHINE, and more! Check back soon for registration information.

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Find Clinical Trials with Clara Health

Clara Health offers an online platform to empower patients with the knowledge they need to search for clinical trials and make informed treatment decisions. Lilly Stairs, Head of Patient Advocacy, is available to speak with support groups about the services provides to patients looking for clinical trials.

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Check out articles and past editions of our newsletter, The New England BEACON, for information on research, SFNE activity updates, event information and more.

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As scleroderma manifests itself in a unique way in men, their issues and concerns are unique as well. This support system provides a means for men with scleroderma to connect with each other - share stories, seek advice and ask questions - in a caring and supportive environment. Join ScleroMen and become part of an understanding and educated group of men finding ways to deal with scleroderma and its complications. Contact co-leaders Andrew Botieri (508) 982-7523 or Lee Korotzer at to join the page by request.

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About Us

Board of Directors
Don Legere, President
Katherine Bedard, Vice President
Tim Hagan, Treasurer

Board Members
Elysia Cappellucci
Tony Cappellucci
Marie Coyle
Peter Hart
Jane Ladas
Don Legere
Andrea Mahoney

Board Advisors
Tom Curran
Walter Zagrobski

Medical/Scientific Advisory Board
Vincent Falanga, M.D.
Harrison Farber, M.D.
Carol Feghali Bostwick, Ph.D.
Humphrey Gardner, M.D.
David M. Leader, DMD
Thomas Medsger, Jr., M.D.
John Mulliken, M.D.
Nicole Orzechowski, D.O.
Andrew Plaut, M.D.
Robert Simms, M.D.
Michael Whitfield, Ph.D.
Michael York, M.D.

Contact Information

Executive Director: Jack Armitage,
Operations Manager: Rebecca Dube
Events Assistant: Anne Sweeney

Office Mailing Address
Scleroderma Foundation, New England Chapter
462 Boston Street, Suite 1-1
Topsfield, MA 01983

Phone: 978-887-0658
Fax: 978-887-0659
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Our Mission

The MISSION of the Chapter is to help constituents make contact with each other through support groups, newsletters, and meetings;

To EDUCATE and INFORM the public about scleroderma, what it is, and its consequences through a central base;

To PROMOTE and raise funds for medical research seeking the cause of and cure for scleroderma.


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