Rheumatology Specialty Center (RSC) was founded in 1969 by Dr. Robert Gatter and Dr. Ronald Andrews. Dr. Gatter was an academic rheumatologist and Hahnemann University Hospital, and Dr. Andrews was a practicing rheumatologist in the Philadelphia area. A philanthropic donor of Abington Hospital recognized a need for specialized rheumatologic care in the area. He encouraged the hospital to recruit Dr. Gatter, who formally joined in the hospital 1968. Dr. Gatter started the first immunology lab at Abington Hospital and was later joined by Dr. Andrews. In 1969, the two doctors established a rheumatoid arthritis comprehensive care unit, which went on to become what we now know as Rheumatology Specialty Center.
Dr. Gatter and Dr. Andrews were pioneers in the field of rheumatology. They were one of the first physicians to specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of rheumatic diseases. Dr. Gatter was a founding member of the American College of Rheumatology, and he served as the president of the organization in 1981. He was also a member of the board of directors of the Arthritis Foundation. Dr. Gatter and Dr. Andrews played an active role in the community, creating outreach programs and support groups. They worked tirelessly to advocate for patients with rheumatic diseases.
The practice quickly grew and in 1975, it moved to a larger location in Willow Grove, PA. In the years that followed, RSC continued to grow and expand its services. Today, RSC is one of the largest freestanding rheumatology centers in the United States. The practice has 5 locations throughout the Philadelphia region and it employs more than 100 employees. RSC has expanded to include infusion and musculoskeletal ultrasound services. RSC is committed to providing its patients with the highest quality care, and it is dedicated to helping patients live their best lives with rheumatic diseases.