Course Information
35th Carl M. Pearson Memorial Symposium: Frontiers of Rheumatology

Marina del Rey Marriott
Marina del Rey, California
April 07, 2017 to April 09, 2017

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Course Description

For the past 35 years the Annual Seminar "Frontiers of Rheumatology" has honored the memory of Carl M. Pearson MD, the founding chief of rheumatology at UCLA, by gathering a distinguished faculty for three days of interactions, presentations and educational discussions with participants of current topics, recent advances and impending progress of importance to physicians and other providers of care to patients with autoimmune and musculoskeletal conditions. The course has been well-reviewed by participants and by visiting faculty who enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, challenging queries from participants and many opportunities for interactions. Many have repeatedly returned to subsequent seminars. Participants record their opinions about the quality of each presentation and of the overall course each year. In 2016, there were 162 attendees. Ninety-five percent thought the program taught or verified important information and a gratifyingly high 91% felt the information would impact their practices. Ninety-six percent thought the program fulfilled the course objectives and 98.9% would recommend the course to others. As before, 95% felt an annual update is needed. 

Participants also record their suggestions for future topics and speakers. Their suggestions are used by the organizers, along with comments from the faculty and knowledge of current literature and areas of need, to develop each year’s program. The basic purpose of the seminars is to maintain and improve the skills of the participants so as to improve the care and outcomes of their patients.

Target Audience

This program is intended to provide rheumatologists, interested physicians, health care professionals, and rheumatology fellows with the most current information and insights on treatment of rheumatic disease. Interaction between participants and faculty members is emphasized.

Registration Information


Early registration is recommended, as space is limited.

To enroll click here.

By Mail

Send the completed enrollment form to:

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Office of Continuing Medical Education
Frontiers of Rheumatology
10920 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1060
Los Angeles, CA 90024-6512


Fax the enrollment form with charge card information and your authorizing signature to (310) 794-2624.

By Phone

Use your American Express, MasterCard, VISA, or Discover card. Call (310) 794-2620

Registration Fee - (late fees after March 1, 2016)

  • $380.00 - MD, PhD
  • $410.00 - MD, PhD (late fee)
  • $180.00 - RN
  • $195.00 - RN (late fee)
  • $80.00 - Trainees/Fellows


Cancellations must be received in writing by March 1, 2017 and will be subject to a $75 processing fee. No refunds will be given after that date. If for any reason the course must be cancelled, discontinued, or rescheduled by the Office of Continuing Medical Education, a full refund will be provided.


Course Co-Chairs

Philip J. Clements, MD, MPH
Professor of Rheumatology*

Robin K. Dore, MD
Professor of Rheumatology*

Daniel E. Furst, MD
Professor of Rheumatology*

Suzanne Kafaja, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor*

Distinguished Faculty

David Balto, JD
Former Policy Director
Federal Trade Commission

Keith Bradbury, RPh, MS
Principal Consultant, Advantage
Point Solutions

Daniel Clauw, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology, Medicine (Rheumatology), and Psychiatry
Director, Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center
University of Michigan

Oliver Fitzgerald, MD
Newman Clinical Research Professor
St. Vincent’s Hospital
Dublin, Ireland

Gary R. Feldman, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine*

Madelaine Feldman, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
Tulane University Medical School

Bevra Hahn, MD
Professor of Medicine*

Dinesh Khanna, MD, MS
Professor of Rheumatology and
Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology
Director of the University of Michigan Scleroderma Program
University of Michigan, Health System

Kambiz Motamedi, MD
Professor of Radiology*

William Pendergraft, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Nephrology
UNC School of Medicine
Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, UNC Kidney Center
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Brad H. Rovin, MD
The Lee A. Hebert Distinguished Professor of Nephrology
Director, Division of Nephrology
Vice Chairman for Research
Department of Internal Medicine
The Ohio State University
Wexner Medical Center

Greg Schimizzi, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
University of North Carolina

Michael Schweitz, MD
Advocacy Chair for the CSRO

James A. Tumlin, MD
Director, Southeast Renal Research Institute
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Ruth Ann Vleugels, MD, MPH
Director, Autoimmune Skin Diseases Program
Director, Connective Tissue Disease Clinics
Program Director, Dermatology- Rheumatology Fellowship Program
Associate Director
Education Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts

Michael E. Weinblatt, MD
John R. and Eileen K. Riedman
Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
R. Bruce and Joan M. Mickey
Distinguished Chair in Rheumatology Division of Rheumatology, Immunology and Allergy
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts

Mark Wener, MD
Immunology Division
Department of Laboratory Medicine
Rheumatology Division, Department of Medicine
Laboratory Director, UW Medical Center
University of Washington

Kevin Winthrop, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases, Ophthalmology and Public Health
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, Oregon

* David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Program Agenda

Friday, April 7, 2017

Session Chair: Suzanne Kafaja, MD
7:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:10 Welcome and Introduction
Daniel Furst, MD
8:15 Infections When Treating Rheumatic Diseases
Kevin Winthrop, MD, MPH
8:50 Question and Answer
9:00 Immune Complex Nephropathy
James Tumlin, MD
9:35 Question and Answer
9:45 Pauci-immune GN
Brad Rovin, MD
10:20 Question and Answer
10:30 Break
10:45 Thrombotic Micro-Angiopathy
William Pendergraft, MD
11:20 Question and Answer
11:30 What Do the Skin Lesions in Vasculitis Tell Us?
Ruth Ann Vleugels, MD, MPH
12:05 Question and Answer
12:15 Conference Attendee Lunch
CRA Fellows Lunch
After Fellowship, Navigating What's Next: Solo Practice, Industry, Academia
Robin K. Dore, MD
2:00 - 3:30 CRA: MACRA and the Other Alphabet Soup; The Time Bomb That Has Already Gone Off
Michael Schweitz, MD
2:00 - 3:30 Meet the Professor - Renal
Brad Rovin, MD
2:00 - 3:30 Meet the Professor - Soft Tissue Pain
Daniel Clauw, MD
3:30 Study and Discussion
4:30 Adjourn

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Session Chair: Daniel E. Furst, MD
7:00 Continental Breakfast
8:15 Moderator
Daniel E. Furst, PhD
8:20 Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment Update 2017
Mike E. Weinblatt, MD
8:55 Question and Answer
9:05 Disease Heterogeneity in Spondyloarthropathy; Implications for Therapy
Oliver Fitzgerald, MD
9:40 Question and Answer
9:50 Systemic Sclerosis: The New Horizons of Treatment or G.I. Disease?
Dinesh Khanna, MD
10:25 Question and Answer
10:35 Break
11:00 Treating Pain Based on the Underlying Mechanism: Are We There Yet?
Daniel Clauw, MD
11:35 Question and Answer
11:45 Lab Testing - What You Haven’t Been Ordering and Should
Mark Wener, MD
12:20 Question and Answer
12:30 CRA Honorary and Conference Attendee Lunch
2:30 - 4:00 CRA: How Will Biosimilars Change Rheumatology, Rising Drug Prices: Exposing the Hidden Rebate System
Moderator: Gary R. Feldman, MD
Panelists: Madelaine Feldman, MD, Greg Schimizzi, MD, David Balto, JD, Keith Bradbury, RPh, MS
2:30 - 4:00 Meet the Professor: Difficult Scleroderma Including PAH
Dinesh Khanna, MD
2:30 - 4:00 Maintenance of Certification for the Rheumatology Board
Phillip Clements, MD and UCLA/Olive View Fellows
4:00 Study and Discussion
4:30 Adjourn

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Session Chair: Philip Clements, MD
7:00 Continental Breakfast
8:15 Thieves Market (3 cases)
Philip Clements, MD
10:15 Break
10:30 Answers to the Imaging Questions Plus Awarding of Prizes
Kambiz Motamedi, MD
11:15 Finally Some Clarity About Atherosclerosis in SLE
Bevra Hahn, MD
11:45 Question and Answer
12:00 Adjourn


It is the objective of this meeting to update current knowledge in rheumatology focusing on the practical clinical perspective. In addition to lectures, extensive question and answer periods, panel discussions, and casual exchanges will provide many opportunities for faculty and participants to interact and discuss clinically important topics.

Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to 

  • Improve their understanding regarding renal disease in the rheumatic diseases, including RA, SLE, and systemic sclerosis
  • Learn how to manage vaccinations and infections when seeing and treating patients with rheumatic diseases
  • Apply the newest data regarding treatment in rheumatoid arthritis 
  • Prepare for “Maintenance of Certification” Questions for Rheumatology Certification 
  • Apply the new clarity regarding ASCVD in SLE to our armamentarium
  • Apply the latest knowledge regarding the pathogenesis and treatment of soft tissue pain syndromes 
  • Apply, subset and treat AS and PSA patients given the new treatments now available
  • Perform a differential diagnosis of vasculitic skin lesions
  • Analyze the benefit/risk of biosimilars/biomimics in practice
  • Analyze how MACRA requirements impact practice


The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


The FDA has issued a concept paper which classifies commercial support of scientific and educational programs as promotional unless it can be affirmed that the program is "truly independent" and free of commercial influence. In addition to independence, the FDA requires that nonpromotional, commercially supported education be objective, balanced, and scientifically rigorous. The policy further states that all potential conflicts of interest of the CME staff and faculty be fully disclosed to the program's participants. In addition, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education policy now mandates that the provider adequately manages all identified potential conflicts of interest prior to the program. We at UCLA fully endorse the letter and spirit of these concepts.


Meeting Location

Marina del Rey Marriott
4100 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 301-3000

The Marina del Rey Marriott is located three blocks from the beach in the heart of Marina del Rey, across from the world’s largest man-made harbor. It is six miles from LAX airport, with access to all area freeways and major surface routes. Within walking distance of the hotel are a variety of restaurants, clubs, and shops as well as biking paths, jogging trails and the Marina Beach. Close to Marina del Rey are art galleries, popular restaurants, architectural showpieces, and the distinctive cultural scene of Santa Monica and Venice Beach. Shopping in Beverly Hills and Century City is also close by. The Los Angeles area offers a variety of vacation entertainment for both adults and children. Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and Universal Studios are just a sample of attractions that help to make a visit to Southern California a memorable experience.


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Marina del Rey Marriott for course participants at a special conference rate starting at $229 per night for single/double occupancy. Confirmation of reservations received after March 1, 2017 is subject to availability.

For reservations call (800) 228-9290 or (310) 301-3000. Make sure to mention the UCLA Rheumatology Course when calling in your reservations.

Conference Parking

There will be special banquet valet day parking rates of $15 per day for attendees of the conference. Overnight parking is $34.00 per night.

Transportation to Hotel from LAX

Taxi service is available from Los Angeles International Airport to the Marina del Rey Marriott.