Dr. N. Lawrence Edwards is Professor of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology, as well as Program Director of Internal Medicine Residency and Vice Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Dr. Edwards obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine. He completed his training in rheumatology at the Rackham Arthritis Research Center and the Clinical Research Center, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he remained on the faculty as Director of Education and Training in the Division of Rheumatology. In 1983 he transferred to the University of Florida, where he served as Chief of the Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology Program Director for 15 years. He has held his current positions for the past 12 years. Dr. Edwards is an active member of many professional organizations, including the American College of Rheumatology, the College of Physicians, and the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine. He is on the Executive Board of the Florida Chapter of the American College of Physicians, the Co-chair of the Gout Interest Group for OMERACT (Outcomes Measures in Rheumatology), and the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Gout and Uric Acid Education Society, a nonprofit, patient education organization. A Master in the American College of Physicians, he has authored more than 150 scientific articles, book chapters, and reviews on the topics of hyperuricemia, gout, and purine metabolism.