Course Information

39th Carl M. Pearson Memorial Symposium: Frontiers of Rheumatology

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

August 19, 2022 to August 21, 2022

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For the past 39 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 2021, 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.


Course Fees

  • $350 MD, PhD – Live In-Person Participant
  • $350 MD, PhD – Live Virtual Participant via zoom
  • $150 RN – Live In-Person Participant
  • $150 RN – Live Virtual Participant via zoom
  • $80 Trainees/Fellows – Live In-Person Participant
  • $80 Trainees/Fellows – Live Virtual Participant via zoom

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, July 15, 2022 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*

Distinguished Faculty

Martin Jan Bergman, MD MACR
Clinical Professor of Medicine
Drexel University College of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA

Clifton O. Bingham III, MD
Professor of Medicine
Vice Chair for Clinical and Translational Research
Department of Medicine
Director, Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center
Deputy Director for Research
Division of Rheumatology
Johns Hopkins University

Manish J. Butte, MD PhD
E. Richard Stiehm Endowed Chair*
Professor, Departments of Pediatrics,
Microbiology-Immunology-Molecular Genetics, and Human Genetics
Division Chief, Pediatric Immunology, Allergy, and Rheumatology

Christina Charles-Schoeman, MD
Chief of Rheumatology*
Professor of Medicine

Johnathan Chen, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor*

Lianne S. Gensler, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Director, Axial Spondyloarthritis Clinic & Research Program
Director, Rheumatology Fellowship Program
Division of Rheumatology
UCSF Department of Medicine

Tanaz Kermani, MD, MS
Director, UCLA Vasculitis Program*
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine

Nancy E. Lane, M.D.
Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Rheumatology
Treasurer, Osteoarthritis and Cartilage Research Society
Member NAM, Master ACR, Master ACP
UC Davis Health System

Thomas L. Ortel, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine & Pathology
Chief, Division of Hematology
Medical Director, Coagulation and Platelet Antibody Laboratories
Duke University Medical Center

Patrick H. Nachman, MD, FASN
Director, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension
Director, Minnesota Multidisciplinary Vasculitis Program
Medical Director, M Health Fairview Nephrology Service Line
University of Minnesota

Nicolas S. Piuzzi, MD
Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery / CCLCM / CWRU SOM
Musculoskeletal Research Center (MSCR) Co-Director
Adult Reconstructive Surgery Research Program Director
Adult Hip & Knee Reconstructive Surgery Staff
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Cleveland Clinic

Brad H. Rovin, MD, FACP, FASN
Professor and Director, Division of Nephrology
The Lee A. Hebert MD Professor of Nephrology
Medical Director, Clinical Trials Management Organization
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Friday, August 19, 2022

7:40 am Registration/Breakfast
8:00 am Welcome
Daniel E. Furst, MD
8:15 am Imaging Quiz – Slides to be Shown and Discussed on Sunday
8:20 am RA Beyond the Joints Selected Extra – Articular Manifestations of RA and Their Treatment
Clifton O. Bingham III, MD
9:05 am Myositis/Myopathy
Christina Charles-Schoeman, MD
9:50 am Non-Radiographic Axial Spondyloarthropathy
Lianne Gensler, MD
10:35 am Break
10:50 am Genetics of Autoimmune Diseases
Manish Butte, MD, PhD
11:30 am Update in Osteoporosis
Nancy Lane, MD
12:15 pm Polymyalgia Rheumatica / Giant Cell Arteritis
Tanaz Kermani, MD, MS
1:00 pm LUNCH
2:30 PM Meet the Experts

Nancy Lane, MD

Lianne Gensler, MD
3:15 pm ADJOURN

Saturday, August 20, 2022

8:00 am Breakfast and Exhibits
8:45 am Introduction
Daniel E. Furst, MD
8:50 am APL Syndrome – Practical Questions
Thomas Ortel, MD, PhD

Kidney in Rheumatology
9:35 am A. Renal Disease in SLE
Brad H. Rovin, MD, FACP, FASN
10:15 am Non-SLE Renal Disease
Patrick Nachman, MD
11:00 am BREAK
11:30 am From Non-Surgical to Surgical Treatments of Knee Osteoarthritis: Where Are We in 2022
Nicolas Piuzzi, MD
12:15pm “At the ACR/EULAR Meetings A Review and Discussion with Bergman and Furst“
Daniel E. Furst, MD
Martin Jan Bergman, MD MACR
1:00 pm LUNCH
2:30 pmm SMeet the Experts

Martin Jan Bergman, MD MACR

Brad H. Rovin, MD, FACP, FASN
3:15 pm Adjourn

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 7.25 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 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
Phone: 310-274-7777
Fax: 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 restau- rants, architectural showpieces, and the distinc- tive 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 $239 per night for single/double occupancy. Confirmation of reservations received after Friday, July 15, 2022 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.

In-person attendees will be provided breakfast and catering at the meeting site.

The UCLA Frontiers of Rheumatology 2022 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 pass- word 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 commensu- rate with the extent of their participation in the live activity (either in-person or virtual). The recorded sessions are not certified for CME credit.

If the in-person gathering is canceled or capacity limits modified per CDC or public health guide- lines, the Frontiers of Rheumatoogy conference will be modified accordingly or presented entirely as a live virtual activity.

Conference Parking

  • Valet day parking: $21
  • Overnight valet parking: $42