Lynne Matallana Crains Notable Women in Health

Lynne Matallana never wavers in her determined efforts to help a community of people who are living with life-altering pain, said Muhammad Yunus, clinician, researcher and professor of Medicine, Section of Rheumatology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. Matallana founded the National Fibromyalgia Association, authored “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Fibromyalgia” and was key to raising $20 million for the NFA and related nonprofits to fuel advocacy, facilitate research and provide medical education and patient assistance.

She advocated for a national and international Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, helped create the Leaders Against Pain scholarship program and worked with biomedical and pharmaceutical companies, such as Pfizer and Lilly, to develop fibromyalgia treatments. And, in partnership with Johns Hopkins, she helped create the Fibromyalgia Circle of Care, which addresses the challenges health care providers face in diagnosing and treating patients.

Lynne Matallana, Notable Women in Health
Crain’s 2020 Notable Women in Health