Chelsey Forbess-Smith, MD.
Chelsey Forbess-Smith, MD. 7/15-present. Mentoring team: Primary Mentor: Christina Chambers, PhD, Co-Mentor: Arthur Kavanaugh, MD, Monica Guma, MD., PhD., Maryam Tarsa, MD. Project: Infantile hemangiomas in newborns born to women with autoimmune diseases.
Dr. Smith, a Harvard baccalaureate, medical graduate of NYU, and medicine residency graduate of UCLA, completed accredited Rheumatology Fellowship at UCSD and training in clinical research. Her research training emphasis is on the women's health issues in rheumatic diseases of fertility, pregnancy, lactation, and adverse effects of antirheumatic drugs.Her primary project compares incidence of infantile hemangiomas in infants born to women with or without autoimmune diseases, controlling for potential confounders. Subgroup analyses address same question related to specific diseases and medications. Infantile hemangiomas are the most common benign tumor of infancy, and their incidence has been noted in preterm birth, small for gestational age infants, and other prenatal complications (preeclampsia, etc). There is also a correlation with White race and female sex. She is looking at data and co-variates for incidence of infantile hemangiomas in babies born to women in the OTIS cohort with various autoimmune diseases (mainly RA, JRA, Crohns, AS, Psoriasis, Psoriatic arthritis). Clinically, she has co-developed a specialty clinic with the Reproductive Medicine faculty member Dr. Maryam Tarsa, specifically for research on pregnant women with autoimmune diseases. Her didactic coursework has initially focused on bioinformatics methodology, via formal UCSD CREST training in biostatistics, as she works to analyze the University of California autoimmune disease patient database for birth defects and pregnancy outcomes.