Gerd R. Burmester, MD is Professor of Medicine and Director in the Department of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology at the Charité University Hospital, Free University and Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany.

Professor Burmester earned his medical degree from Hannover Medical School and completed a residency at the Medical School of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. He was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at Rockefeller University in New York, and was a visiting scholar at the Hospital for Joint Diseases, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York.

Professor Burmester is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Jan van Breemen Medal of the Dutch Society of Rheumatology and the Carol-Nachman Price for Rheumatology.  He serves on several editorial boards, including the Journal of Rheumatology and Clinical Rheumatology, and he is the Associate Editor of Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, official journal of EULAR. The author himself of more than 800 original and review articles, Professor Burmester’s research interests include rheumatoid arthritis, Lyme borreliosis, immunotherapy, cellular activation mechanisms in inflammatory joint diseases, and tissue engineering. Professor Burmester served as President of the German Society of Rheumatology from 2001-2002. He was a Member of the Executive Committee of the European League against Rheumatism from 2003-2006 acting as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Investigative Rheumatology and became an honorary member of EULAR in 2006. From 2011 – 2013 he served as Treasurer of EULAR, and he was elected President Elect of EULAR in 2013. From 2015 – 2017 he was President of EULAR and served as Immediate Past President of EULAR until 2019. Since 2017 he is President of the Board of Trustees, FOREUM Foundation for Research in Rheumatology. In 2019 he became Master of the American College of Rheumatology.