Rheumatology Grand Rounds

All conferences (including Orthopedics-Rehab) will be held at the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI), 3W 232 conference room from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM by either a rheumatology faculty member or visiting scholar unless otherwise indicated. Radiology conferences will be held at the Veteran's Administration Radiology Front Conference Room. Focus is directed at the broad scope of divisional research and clinical activities. The Basic Science Course & Med 256: Immunological Basis of Rheumatic and Allergic Diseases Journal Club is presented as a part of the Grand Rounds.



  • To provide an overview of cutting edge topics in the field of rheumatology, allergy and immunology 
  • To offer health science education programs in formats and venues conducive to learning. 
  • To enable physicians to remain informed in multiple areas of medicine including development in fields other than their own. 
  • To foster responsible and balanced debate on conventional and controversial issues affecting health sciences. 
The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians.
The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine designates this educational activity for one credit per hour in Category 1 credit toward the AMA Physicians Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the activity.

    2017- 2018 Schedule

    Date Topic
    10/20/17 GI-Rheumatology conference: 
    Dr. R. Mittal, UCSD- Gastrointestinal involvement in systemic CTD (Confirmed)
    10/27/17  Case conference /Fellows present teaching cases and review related topics
    11/3/17  No conference: ACR Nov 3-8
    11/10/17  No conference/Veteran's day
    11/17/17 ACR Review by Fellows, Part 1
    RA clinical: Dr. Tahir
    Spondyloarthropathy: Dr Sharma
    11/24/17  No conference: Thanksgiving Weekend
    12/1/17 ACR Review by Fellows Part 2
    Vasculitis: Dr. Mills
    SLE: Dr. Zhang 
    12/8/17 Pulmonary-Rheumatology conference: 
    Dr. D. Papamatheakis, UCSD- Update on Pulmonary arterial hypertension in CTD  (Confirmed)
    12/15/17 Clinical Journal Club
    12/22/17 No conference: Holiday Season
    12/29/17 No conference: Holiday Season
    1/12/18 Guest Speaker: Dr. B. Steiner, UCSD: Use of Tacrolimus in transplant medicine and systemic disease (confirmed)
    1/19/18 Interim Fellows Research Project Review by Fellows: Part I (1st year Fellows present)
    Dr. Ena Sharma and Dr. Zunera Tahir
    1/26/18 Interim Fellows Research Project Review by Fellows: Part II
    (1st year Fellows present)
    Dr. J. Mills amd Dr. A. Zhang
    2/2/18 Journal Club
    2/9/18 Joined Neurology-Rheumatology conference on Neuropsychiatric lupus (work in progress with neurology department, date and conference not confirmed)
    Journal Club
    2/16/18 Case conference /Fellows present teaching cases and review related topics
    2/23/18 Journal Club
    3/2/18 Guest Speaker Dr. M. Shah, UCSD:Renal transplant in vasculitis and systemic disease (confirmed)
    3/9/18 Journal Club
    3/16/18 Combined Rheumatology and Skeletal Radiology Grand Rounds
    Typically starts at 7:30am
    Location: TBD
    Speaker: Dr. D. Resnick (confirmed)
    3/23/18 Journal Club
    3/30/18 Ortho/Sports Med-Rheumatology Conference: Dr. S. Ahmed. Foot /ankle DJD (confirmed)
    4/6/18  No conference: Cesar Chavez Day
    TBD Eight Annual Nathan J. Zvaifler Rheumatology Lecture - 2018 
    Guest Speaker: Dr. Mariana Kaplan
    4/13/18 Journal Club
    4/27/18 Citywide Rheumatology Grand Rounds at SCRIPPS
    (UCSD case presented by 1st year Fellow)
    5/4/18 Ortho/Sports Med-Rheumatology Conference: Dr. C. Robertson, UCSD Orthopaedics. Sports medicine Updates (Confirmed) 
    5/11/18 Case conference /Fellows present teaching cases and review related topics
    5/18/18 Guest Speaker: Dr. Peter Weis,Chief of SCRIPPS Rheumatology (Confirmed)
    5/25/18 Dermatology/Rheumatology conference: Dr. T. Paravar (Confirmed)
    6/1/18 Journal Club
    6/8/18 Annual Review of their Scholarly activity by the Rheumatology Fellows: Part I (2nd year Fellows present)
    6/22/18 Annual Review of their Scholarly activity by the Rheumatology Fellows: Part II ((1st year Fellows present)
    6/29/18  No conference: end of year meetings and wrap up

    Past conferences 2017

    Date Topic
    7/7/17 Fellows only - Boot Camp Clinical Conferences
    7/14/17 Fellows only - Boot Camp Clinical Conferences
    7/21/17 Fellows only - Boot Camp Clinical Conferences
    7/28/17 Fellows only - Boot Camp Clinical Conferences
    8/4/17 Fellows only - Boot Camp Clinical Conferences
    8/11/17 Special Guest Speaker:
    PD Dr. med. Frauke Förger (MD)
    "Changes of the maternal immune system are associated with the improvement of rheumatoid arthritis during pregnancy”
    8/18/17 Journal Club: Dr. Suhas Radhakrishna - Mechanisms underlying systemic JIA and autoinflammatory disease. Two papers presented by Drs. Ena Sharma and Zunera Tahir
    8/25/17  No conference - Summer Break
    9/1/17  No conference - Labor Day Weekend
    9/8/17  Clinical Journal Club: SLE - Dr. Ken Kalunian
    9/15/17  Special Pediatric Rheumatology session. Speaker Dr. R. Sheets- Systemic JIA 
    9/22/17 Citywide Rheumatology Grand Rounds at UCSD, ACTRI
    "Scleroderma mimics",  presented by Zunera Tahir, MD (UCSD)
    "A Large Vessel Vasculitis", presented by Jeff Chwa, MD (Scripps)
    9/29/17 Review of the EULAR conference
    Dr. Artie Kavanaugh, UCSD
    10/6/17 Combined Rheumatology-Allergy Grand Rounds 
    Mast cell activation syndrome
    Dr. Alexander Kim, UCSD
    10/13/17 Amy Zhang, MD.
    Case conference

    Zunera Tahir, MD.
    Case conference: "Drug induced autoimmune disease"

    Quick Glance

    Date: Every Friday
    Time: 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. unless otherwise noted.
    Location: ACTRI (Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute) room 3W232, unless otherwise indicates.

    Faculty Coordinator
    : Arnold Ceponis, MD., PhD.



    Contact Info

    Email: raidivision@ucsd.edu