The Nathan J. Zvaifler Rheumatology Lectureship Fund

 
Nathan Zvaifler, MD

Dr. Nathan Zvaifler was a brilliant physician, researcher, teacher, mentor and beloved colleague who spent his 40-year career here in the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology at UC San Diego. Although he retired formally in 2008, he continued to shape our students and trainees via his teaching at our weekly Rheumatology Grand Rounds and other instructional venues.

Upon Dr. Zvaifler’s formal retirement, we established the annual Nathan J. Zvaifler Rheumatology Lectureship at UC San Diego.  Its purpose is to bring internationally recognized investigators to UC San Diego for seminars and teaching activities.

Now in its seventh year, this program enhances training for our fellows, serves as a new educational venue that brings top scientists to San Diego and continues the tradition of excellence that exemplified Dr. Zvaifler’s career.

We launched the program in 2008 with seed money from the Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology division, the Department of Medicine, the School of Medicine, and Drs. Gary Firestein and Harry Bluestein. The ongoing program is made possible by contributions from individuals.

A gift of any amount celebrates Dr. Zvaifler’s work by investing in the careers of our current and future trainees. To give, click here. This will take you to our secure online giving site. 

Lectures

Eighth Annual Nathan J. Zvaifler Rheumatology Lecture - 2018
Mariana J. Kaplan, MD
Chief of the Systemic Autoimmunity Branch
NIH/NIAMS

  • Medicine Grand Rounds
    Wednesday, May 9, 2018
    7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
    UCSD La Jolla Campus Liebow Auditorium
    Topic: TBA

Seventh Annual Nathan J. Zvaifler Rheumatology Lecture - 2017

Mary K. Crow, MD
Chief, Division of Rheumatology
Joseph P. Routh Professor of Rheumatic Diseases in Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY

  • Medicine Grand Rounds
    Wednesday, April 12, 2017
    7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
    UCSD La Jolla Campus Liebow Auditorium
    Topic: "Type I Interferon in SLE: Pathogenic Mediator and Therapeutic Target".

Sixth Annual Nathan J. Zvaifler Rheumatology Lecture - 2015
Lindsey A. Criswell, MD, MPH
Chief, Division of Rheumatology
UC San Francisco
  • Medicine Grand Rounds
    Wednesday, August 26, 2015
    7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
    UCSD La Jolla Campus Liebow Auditorium
    Topic: "Refining genotype-phenotype associations in systemic lupus erythematosus". 

Fifth Annual Nathan J. Zvaifler Rheumatology Lecture - 2014
Ephraim P. Engleman Distinguished Professor
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, UC San Francisco
  • Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology Seminar Series Lecture
    Tuesday, March 18, 2014
    8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
    UCSD Leichtag Building room 107
    Topic: “Normal and pathologic T cell antigen receptor signaling in humans and mice”.

Fourth Annual Nathan J. Zvaifler Rheumatology Lecturer - 2013
Past President, American Association of Immunology and Member, Institute of Medicine
Head, Center for Autoimmune and Musculoskeletal Disorders
The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
North Shore – Long Island Jewish Health System
Manhasset, NY
  • Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology Seminar Series Lecture
    Tuesday, January 29, 2013
    12 - 1 p.m.
    Topic:“Understanding the contribution of susceptibility alleles to SLE pathogenesis”.
  • Medicine Grand Rounds
    Wednesday, January 30, 2013
    7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
    Topic:“Antibodies and the brain: lessons from lupus”. 

Third Annual Nathan J. Zvaifler Rheumatology Lecture - 2012
Recipient of the American College of Rheumatology Distinguished Basic Investigator Award, 2008
Professor of Medicine
Head, Division of Rheumatology
University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora
Topic: "Complement Therapeutics Come of Age in Hemolytic, Thrombotic Microangiopathic, and Potentially Ophthalmologic and Autoimmune Diseases".


Second Annual Nathan J. Zvaifler Rheumatology Lecture - 2011
Elected to National Academy of Sciences, 2007
Theodore Bevier Bayles Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Chief, Division of Rheumatology, Immunology and Allergy
Director, Lymphocyte Biology Section
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston MA
Topic: "Immunopathology of Rheumatoid Arthritis". 


First Annual Nathan J. Zvaifler Rheumatology Lecture - 2010
Ralph Steinman, MD (1943-2011)
Recipient of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
for identifying the dendritic cell
Henry G. Kunkel Professor and Senior Physician
Laboratory of Cellular Physiology and Immunology
Director, Christopher H. Browne Center for Immunology and Immune Diseases
The Rockefeller University
New York, NY
Topic: "Controlling Your Dendritic Cells: A New Approach to Vaccine Science".