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
    3/23/18 Clinical Journal Club: "Cartilage" -- Dr. Ru Liu Bryan
    3/30/18 No conference: Cesar Chavez Day
    4/6/18 Visiting Guest Speaker: Dr. Mary Nakamura, UCSF
    "Bone Health and Rheumatology: Osteoimmunology for the Clinic "
    4/13/18 Clinical Journal Club: "MSK Ultrasound" Dr. Abha Singh
    4/20/18 Cancelled
    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. Catherine Robertson, UCSD Orthopaedics. Sports medicine Updates (Confirmed) 
    5/11/18 Clinical Journal Club: "Osteoporosis/Sarcopenia" Dr. Heather Hoeflich
    5/18/18 Visiting Faculty Speaker. Prof. Keith B. Elkon, MD., Head Division of Rheumatology, UW
    5/25/18 Dermatology/Rheumatology conference: Dr. Taraneh Paravar (Confirmed)
    6/1/18 Clinical Journal Club: " Crystal Arthritis" -- Dr. Robert Terkeltaub
    6/8/18 Annual Review of their Scholarly activity by the Rheumatology Fellows: Part I (2nd year Fellows present)
    6/15/18  No conference - Eular - June 13-16, 2018
    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"
    10/20/17 GI-Rheumatology conference: 
    Dr. R. Mittal, UCSD- Gastrointestinal involvement in systemic CTD
     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 I
    RA clinical: Dr. Zunera Tahir
    Spondyloarthropathy: Dr. Ena Sharma
     11/24/17  No conference -- Thanksgiving Weekend
     12/1/17  ACR Review by Fellows Part II
    Vasculitis: Dr. Jonathan Mills
    SLE: Dr. Amy Zhang 
     12/8/17 UCSD Pulmonary-Rheumatology conference: 
    Dr. Demos Papamatheakis
    "Update on Pulmonary arterial hypertension in CTD"  
     12/15/17 Clinical Journal Club: "Psoriatic Arthritis" -- Dr. Arthur Kavanaugh
     12/22/17 No conference: Holiday Season
     12/29/17  No conference: Holiday Season
     1/5/18  No conference
     1/12/18 Guest Speaker: Dr. Robert Steiner, UCSD: Use of Tacrolimus in transplant medicine and systemic disease 
     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. Jonathan Mills and Dr. Amy Zhang
     2/2/18 Case conference 
    Fellows present teaching cases and review related topics
    Jonathan Mills, MD and Ena Sharma, MD.
     2/9/18 Clinical Journal Club: "Antigen Presentation" -- Dr. Alessandro Sette
     2/16/18 Case conference /Fellows present teaching cases and review related topics
     2/23/18 Clinical Journal Club: "T Cell Signaling" -- Dr. Yun-Cai Liu
     3/2/18 “A Rare Tumor with a Common Paraneoplastic Presentation”
    Guest Speaker: Peter J Weis, MD, FACP, FACR
    Division Head, Rheumatology, Scripps Clinic
    UCSD Volunteer Assistant Clinical Professor 
     3/9/18 Clinical Journal Club: "Vasculitis" -- Dr. Monica Guma
    Combined Rheumatology and Skeletal Radiology Grand Rounds.Speaker: Dr. Donald Resnick 
    "Common disorders of synovial lined joints: emphasis on MR imaging"
    7:30-8:30 am
    LOCATION: Hillcrest Outpatient Pavillion
    408 Dickinson Street
    San Diego, CA 92103

    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