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 sixth 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

Seventh Annual Nathan J. Zvaifler Rheumatology Lecture - 2017
Mary K. Crow, MD.
Physician-in-Chief
Chair, Department of Medicine
Benjamin M. Rosen Chair in Immunology and Inflammation Research
Hospital for Special Surgery

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
    7:30-8:30am
    UCSD La Jolla Campus Liebow Auditorium
    Topic: TBA

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
Arthur Weiss, MD, PhD
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.
    Topic: “Normal and pathologic T cell antigen receptor signaling in humans and mice”

Fourth Annual Nathan J. Zvaifler Rheumatology Lecturer - 2013

Betty Diamond, MD

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”
  • Fourth Annual Nathan J. Zvaifler
    Rheumatology Lecture

    Presented in Place of 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

V. Michael Holers, MD

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, CO
Complement Therapeutics Come of Age in Hemolytic, Thrombotic Microangiopathic, and Potentially Ophthalmologic and Autoimmune Diseases

Second Annual Nathan J. Zvaifler Rheumatology Lecture - 2011

    Michael B. Brenner, MD
    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
    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
    Controlling Your Dendritic Cells: A New Approach to Vaccine Science