UCLA Health and the Vasculitis Foundation Present:

UCLA Vasculitis Patient Conference

Saturday, April 30, 2016

UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica
1250 16th Street, First Floor Auditorium (Room G340)
Santa Monica, California  90404

registernowRegistration deadline:  Friday, April 22, 2016
Registration fee: $15/person
Register online or by calling the VF office: 800.277.9474.
Cancelations must be received no later than Friday, April 22, 2016. After that, no refunds will be allowed for any reason. Substitutions are allowed.  Please email the Vasculitis Foundation office for more information.

Click here for directions and parking information at the UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica.


Come kick off Vasculitis Awareness Month (May) with us!  This program is open to patients with vasculitis, their family, friends and caregivers.  We will focus on the manifestations, treatments and complications of vasculitis.  Attendees will also learn about strategies for managing vasculitis, its treatment and its effects from leading physicians with expertise about vasculitis.

The conference format will include lectures and short break out sessions.  There will be a question and answer session after each lecture allowing participants the opportunity to ask questions to clarify the finer points of the presentations.


9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.  Registration, Continental breakfast, and Networking

9:50 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  Welcome and Introduction
Tanaz A. Kermani, MD, MS, Director Vasculitis Program
Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Rheumatology, UCLA

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  Upper Airway Involvement in Vasculitis
Dinesh Chhetri, MD, Co-Director, Fellowship, Laryngology and Disorders of the Voice
Head and Neck Specialist, Vasculitis Program Associate Professor-in-Residence
Department of Head and Neck, UCLA

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Large Vessel Vasculitis
Kenneth J. Warrington, MD
Chair, Division of Rheumatology, Mayo Clinic Rochester

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (noon):  Choose one session to attend

Group Session for Family Members, Friends, and Caregivers
Stephen Sideroff, PhD, Director, Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Ethics Assistant Professor
Department Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (noon)  Vasculitis Patient-Powered Research Network (V-PPRN)
Kalen Young, V-PPRN Network Manager

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.  Mindful Awareness Practice
Learn about its health benefits and how this practice can help you.
Mindful Awareness Research Center, UCLA, Speaker TBA

1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.  Kidney Involvement in Vasculitis
Reza Khorsan, MD, Vasculitis Program Assistant Clinical Professor
Nephrology, UCLA

2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.  Afternoon Break

2:45 p.m – 3:15 p.m.  Nerve Involvement in Vasculitis
Perry Shieh, MD, PhD
Neuromuscular specialist, Vasculitis Program
Assistant Clinical Professor, Neurology, UCLA

3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.  Vasculitis, What’s Ahead
Tanaz A. Kermani, MD, MS, Director Vasculitis Program
Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Rheumatology, UCLA

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Concluding Remarks and Evaluations