Course Information
36th Carl M. Pearson Memorial Symposium - Frontiers of Rheumatology

Marina del Rey Marriott
Marina del Rey, California
April 13, 2018 to April 15, 2018
*Please note that the course syllabus will be available online only to registered attendees.
A password link will be sent prior to the course.

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Course Description

For the past 36 years the Annual Seminar “Frontiers of Rheumatology” has honored the memory of Carl M. Pearson, M.D., the founding chief of rheumatology at UCLA, by gathering a distinguished faculty for three days of interactions, presentations and educational discussions 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 rate the quality of each presentation and of the overall course each year. In 2017, of the 198 attendees, 95.4% thought the program taught or verified important information; a gratifyingly high 94.6% felt the information would impact their practices; 99.1% thought the program fulfilled the course objectives; and 100% 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 course is to maintain and improve the skills of the participants and 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.

Registration Information


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

Course Fees

Before March 1st:

  • $380 MD, PhD
  • $180 RN
  • $80 Trainees/Fellows

After March 1st:

  • $410 MD, PhD
  • $195 RN
  • $80 Trainees/Fellows


Cancellations must be received in writing by March 30, 2018 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, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor of Rheumatology*

Daniel E. Furst, M.D.
Professor of Rheumatology*

Maureen McMahon, M.D.
Associate Clinical Professor*

Distinguished Faculty

Jennifer Fu, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Dermatology
University California, San Francisco

Bevra Hahn, M.D.
Professor of Medicine*

Michael Holers, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
University of Colorado, School of Medicine

Susan Kafaja, M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor*

Dinesh Khanna, M.D., M.S.
Professor of Rheumatology
Professor of Internal Medicine
University of Michigan Health System

Michael McClung, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Oregon Health Sciences University

Kambiz Motamedi, M.D.
Professor of Radiology*

Timothy Niewold, M.D.
Professor of Pathology
New York University

Veena Ranganath, M.D.
Associate Clinical Professor*

Ali Rezaie, M.D.
Assistant Director of GI Motility Program
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Christopher Ritchlin, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
University of Rochester Medical Center

Amr Sawahla, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
University of Michigan

Mark Wener, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
University of Washington

Cornelia Weyand, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Stanford University

* David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Program Agenda

Friday, April 13, 2018

Session Chair: Daniel E. Furst, M.D.
7:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 Welcome and Introduction
Daniel E. Furst, M.D.
8:05 Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis – Both the Same and Different
Christopher Ritchlin, M.D.
8:40 Question and Answer
8:50 Genetics in Rheumatic Diseases
Timothy Niewold, M.D.
9:25 Question and Answer
9:35 Epigenetics in Rheumatic Diseases
Amr Sawahla, M.D.
10:10 Question and Answer
10:20 Break
Session Chair: Veena Ranganath, M.D.
10:50 Pathogenesis and Prevention of RA
Michael Holers, M.D.
11:25 Question and Answer
11:35 Update from ACR/EULAR 2017: Gout, AS, SLE, PMS, Etc.
Daniel E. Furst, M.D.
12:10 Question and Answer
12:20 How Treatment of Osteoporosis is Changing
Michael McClung, M.D.
12:55 Question and Answer
1:05 Lunch
2:00 Meet the Professor
Christopher Ritchlin, M.D.
2:00 Meet the Professor
Michael McClung, M.D.
3:30 Discussion and Image Viewing
4:00 Adjourn

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Session Chair: Susan Kafaja, M.D.
7:00 Continental Breakfast
8:00 Introduction
Susan Kafaja, M.D.
8:05 Laboratory Tests: What Do They Really Mean
Mark Wener, M.D.
8:45 Question and Answer
8:55 Scleroderma with Lung Fibrosis: Who to Treat and for How Long
Dinesh Khanna, M.D., M.S.
9:35 Question and Answer
9:45 Rheumatoid Arthritis: How Inflammatory Cells Fuel Their Bad Habits
Cornelia Weyand, M.D.
10:20 Question and Answer
10:30 Break
Session Chair: Maureen McMahon, M.D.
10:50 Alopecia Areata: Moving into the Modern Era of Therapeutics
Jennifer Fu, M.D.
11:30 Question and Answer
11:40 IBS: The Scourge of GI Disease Among Patients with Rheumatic Diseases
Ali Rezaie, M.D.
12:20 Question and Answer
12:30 Lunch
2:00 Meet the Professor – SSc
Dinesh Khanna, M.D., M.S.
2:00 Meet the Professor – RA or Vasculitis
Cornelia Weyand, M.D.
3:30 Discussion and Image Viewing
4:00 Adjourn

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Session Chair: Philip J. Clements, M.D., M.P.H.
7:00 Continental Breakfast
8:20 Thieves’ Market
10:00 Break
10:15 SLE: The Latest and Greatest
Bevra Hahn, M.D.
11:00 Imaging Review
Kambiz Motamedi, M.D.
11:40 Question and Answer
12:00 Awards
12:15 Adjourn


Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the place of genetics for diagnosis, prognosis and treatment, both present and future, of rheumatic diseases
  • Apply the newest approaches to osteoporosis
  • Understand the pathogenesis and even possible prevention of rheumatoid arthritis
  • Treat the many faces of alopecia
  • Use the laboratory tests that are emerging for rheumatic diseases
  • Utilize the newest therapies for psoriatic arthritis and understand how they differ from those used to treat RA
  • Improve therapy for Raynauds Phenomenon and vascular aspects of systemic sclerosis
  • Learn about the exciting data coming out of EULAR and ACR in 2017
  • Benefit from the approach of a master when considering SLE


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 16 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 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 seminar participants at a special conference rate starting at $237 per night for single/double occupancy. Confirmation of reservations received after March 22, 2018 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 $37 per night.

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