Course Information

38th Carl M. Pearson Memorial Symposium: Frontiers of Rheumatology

Live In-Person & Live Virtual Learning
Marina del Rey Marriott
Marina del Rey, California

October 08, 2021 to October 10, 2021

*Please note that the course syllabus will be available online only to registered attendees.
A password link will be sent prior to the course.

Syllabus for Conference Registrants

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For the past 38 years, The Annual Seminar Frontiers of Rheumatology, has honored the memory of Carl M. Pearson, MD, the founding chief of Rheumatology at UCLA. This event gathers 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 2019, there were 158 attendees. 95.4% thought the program taught or verified important information and a gratifyingly high 93.9% felt the information would impact their practices. 98.8% thought the program fulfilled the course objectives and 100% would recommend the course to others. As before, 96.25% 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 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. Interaction between participants and faculty members is emphasized.

General Information

  • The UCLA Frontiers of Rheumatology 2021 will also be available through a live virtual meeting web platform.
  • Attendees who choose to attend the live virtual activity will receive a virtual meeting link and password to access the live virtual conference.
  • All registrants (live or virtual) will be provided the opportunity to review recorded sessions up to 3 weeks following the conference.
  • Attendees will be awarded CME credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the live activity, either in-person or virtual.
    • The recorded sessions are not certified for CME credit.
  • In-person attendees will be provided meals at the meeting site.
  • If the in-person gathering is canceled or capacity limits modified per CDC or public health guidelines, the Frontiers of Rheumatoogy conference will be modified accordingly or presented entirely as a live virtual activity.

Course Fees

  • $350 - MD, PhD (Live In-Person Participant)
  • $250 - MD, PhD (Live Virtual)
  • $150 -  RN (Live In-Person Participant)
  • $150 - RN (Live Virtual)
  • $80 - Trainees/Fellows (Live In-Person Participant)
  • $80 - Trainees/Fellows (Live Virtual)

Enroll Online

To enroll, click here.

By Mail

Send the completed enrollment form to:

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

By Fax

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

By Phone

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


Cancellations must be received in writing by Friday, September 17, 2021 and will be subject to a $75 processing fee. No refunds will be granted 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*

Daniel E. Furst, MD
Professor of Rheumatology*

Maureen McMahon, MD
Associate Clinical Professor*

Veena K. Ranganath, MD, MS
Associate Clinical Professor*

Distinguished Faculty
John (Jack) Cush, MD
Professor of Internal Medicine
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

Kevin Deane, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Colorado

Gary R. Feldman, MD, FACR
Vice President, Coalition of State Rheumatology Organizations**
Assistant Clinical Professor*

Robert Fox, MD, PhD
Chief, Rheumatology Clinic
Scripps Memorial Hospital and Research Foundation

Bevra Hahn, MD
Professor of Medicine and Rheumatology*

Suzanne Kafaja, MD
Assistant Professor of Rheumatology*

Tanaz Kermani, MD
Associate Clinical Professor of Rheumatology*

Irving Kirsch, PhD
Associate Director, Program in Placebo Studies and the Therapeutic Encounter
Harvard Medical School

Zhaoping Li, MD
Chief, Division of Clinical Nutrition
Professor of Clinical Medicine*

Brian Mandell, MD, PhD
Director of Scholarly Activities
Cleveland Clinic

Timothy McAlindon, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine, Clinical & Translational Science
Chief, Division of Rheumatology
Tufts University School of Medicine

Philip Mease, MD
Director, Seattle Rheumatology Research
Division, Swedish Medical Center

Kambiz Motamedi, MD
Professor of Radiology*

Tien-I Karleen Su, MD, FACR
Co-Founder, Amicus Arthritis and Osteoporosis Center**

Mark Wener, MD
Adjunct Professor, Division of Rheumatology
Director, Immunology Division
University of Washington

Kevin Winthrop, MD, MPH
Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University

* David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
** California Rheumatology Alliance Speaker

Friday, October 8, 2021

Session Chair: Maureen McMahon, MD
7:00 am (PST) Registration/Breakfast
8:00 am Welcome and Introduction
Daniel E. Furst, MD
8:15 am Imaging Quiz
8:20 am Infectious Disease Update: Cases and Conundrum
Kevin Winthrop, MD, MPH
9:05 am The Powerful Placebo
Irving Kirsch, PhD
9:50 am Dietary Data To Help Your Patients
Zhaoping Li, MD
10:35 am Break
10:50 am Pre-RA – Can We Stop the Disease
Kevin Deane, MD
11:30 am Rheumatoid Arthritis – 5 Patients and Pathways
Jack Cush, MD
12:15 pm SSC – Lots of Movement and Increasing Optimism
Daniel E. Furst, MD
1:00 pm California Rheumatology Alliance (CRA) Lifetime Achievement Award Luncheon
All in-person attendees welcome
2:30 pm Meet the Experts

Vasculitis – Always a Challenge
Tanaz Kermani, MD

Scleroderma: Early Diagnosis and Challenges
Daniel E. Furst, MD and Suzanne Kafaja, MD
3:15 pm CRA: New E&M Criteria for Medicare Patients: Coding & Infusion Code Changes
Tien-I Karleen Su, MD, FACR
4:00 pm Adjourn

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Session Chair: Veena K. Ranganath, MD, MS
7:45 am (PST) Continental Breakfast
8:00 am CRA - The State of Rheumatology Practice: 2021 and Beyond
Gary R. Feldman, MD, FACR
8:45 am Introduction
Daniel E. Furst, MD
8:50 am Cannabis - To Be or Not To Be
Veena Ranganath, MD, MS
9:35 am New Help from the Laboratory
Mark Wener, MD
10:15 am Osteoarthritis Is Breaking
Timothy McAlindon, MD, MPH
11:10 am Break
11:30 am Sjogren’s Syndrome-Unraveling the Confusion around Diagnosis and Why Clinical Trials Have Failed
Robert Fox, MD, PhD
12:15 pm Gout: New Things Never Stop
Brian Mandell, MD, PhD
1:00 pm Lunch
2:15 pm What’s New: The Complexity of and Choices to treat Psoriatic Arthritis
Philip Mease, MD
3:00 pm Meet the Experts

Gout Cases Which Aren’t So Simple
Brian Mandell, MD, PhD

Timothy McAlindon, MD, MPH
4:15 pm Adjourn

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Session Chair: Philip Clements, MD, MPH
8:00 am (PST) Continental Breakfast
9:00 am Thieves’ Market
Philip J. Clements, MD, MPH
10:30 am SLE – More To Learn And More To Do
Bevra Hahn, MD
11:15 am Imaging Reveal
Kambiz Motamedi, MD
12:15 pm Adjourn
Daniel E. Furst, MD

Frontiers of Rheumatology’s objective is to update the learner’s current knowledge in rheumatology, focusing on the practical clinical perspective. In addition to lectures and extensive question-and-answer periods, 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 of the usefulness and place of diet and cannabis in the medical armamentarium
  • Use data on how and why placebos work to incorporate the placebo effect into your practice
  • Examine the newest approaches to treating rheumatoid arthritis
  • Utilize some of the increasingly interesting data about osteoarthritis in their practice
  • Describe the latest treatment and developments in systemic sclerosis
  • Understand new developments in treating gout
  • Treat vasculitis
  • Benefit from the approach of a master when considering SLE
  • Utilize imaging in diagnosis of rheumatic diseases

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 17 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The California State Board of Registered Nursing accepts courses approved by the AMA for category 1 credit as meeting the continuing education requirements for license renewal. Nurses from states other than California should inquire with their local State Board for specific continuing education policies.

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.


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 limited block of rooms has been reserved at the Marina del Rey Marriott for seminar participants at a special conference rate starting at $245 per night for single/double occupancy. Confirmation of reservations received after Friday, September 17, 2021 is subject to availability.

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

Conference Parking

  • Self day and overnight parking: $42
  • Valet day parking: $21