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Lupus and APS Center of Excellence

Access to world-class, patient-centered medical care, research, support and education

The goal of the Lupus and Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS) Center of Excellence is to provide the highest quality of care to enhance our patients’ lives. Lupus and APS are autoimmune diseases that are highly variable from patient to patient and unpredictable over the course of any one patient’s life. We are here to help you manage your illness by providing individualized care and support to meet your specific needs.

Expertise in the most challenging areas

  • Complex cases - our rheumatologists and interdisciplinary team work closely with specialists in other medical disciplines including nephrology, obstetrics and gynecology, dermatology, psychiatry, neurology, cardiology, hematology/oncology, and pain management.
  • Lupus nephritis - a serious and relatively common complication of SLE that requires an integrated approach and collaboration from multiple departments and specialties. View our Lupus Nephritis Program
  • Pregnancy - mothers with lupus are at a higher risk to develop complications. Specialized care, education and precautions can lead to a successful birth. View our Reproductive Health Program
  • APS - blood clots from APS can lead to life threatening complications like deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism, heart attacks and strokes. HSS is a leading center for APS research and treatment.
  • Unspecified disease - those who have too many symptoms, not enough symptoms, or abnormal blood tests with no symptoms can be left undiagnosed or untreated without help from an experienced rheumatologist.
  • Pediatric rheumatology - young children and teenagers affected by lupus and APS are treated by pediatric specialists until they reach the age where they can transition to adult care.

Lupus and APS Center videos

Director of the Center, Jane Salmon, MD discusses the Center's mission and goals in a quick one-minute video.

HSS Rheumatologist, Lisa Sammaritano, MD talks about reproductive health issues facing women with lupus.


View more videos on our YouTube playlist

Lupus Center Fast Track Appointment

Please call us at 877.SLE.CURE (877.753.2873) for help booking an appointment. For non-urgent requests or questions please email us.


Physicians and Staff

Our HSS lupus and APS specialists have decades of experience caring for patients, compassionately applying their knowledge to each individual under their care. They coordinate care with specialists in other fields to help manage a patient's whole health status. Combining research advances from HSS scientists and other researchers with deep clinical expertise enables us to provide a tailored, evidence-based approach. Our non-clinical staff provides programming, education and support, while the research coordinators enable patients to partner with us in the pursuit of better medical outcomes.


Research Scientists

Rheumatology Fellows

Brandon Blau, MD
Genna Braverman, MD
Yuyin (Allen) Chen, MD
Romy Kallas, MD
Amit Lakhanpal, MD
Caroline Siegel, MD
Robert Spandorfer, MD
Jonathan Thaler, MD
Kevin Yip, MD
Jeong Min (April) Yu, MD
Linda Yue, MD


Tricia Dougherty, Patient Care Director
Julius Bugante, RN
Deenolise Carrasco, LPN
Megan Gilbert, RN
Michelle Gomez, RN
Ann Marie Rakowicz, RN
Rhea Rey, RN
Julieta Reyes-Canu, RN
Nikki Sembrano, RN

Multispecialty Collaborating Physicians

Specialist physicians who are interested in participating in the Multispecialty Panel are welcome to contact the Lupus & APS Center to discuss the role and requirements. Patients contacting a physician for referral services are advised to verify that the physician participates with their health insurance prior to making an appointment.

Rebecca R. Ascunce, MD
Weill Cornell Medical College
P: 646.962.5558
Evelyn M. Horn, MD
Weill Cornell Medical College
P: 646.962.5555
Maria Karas, MD
Weill Cornell Medical College
P: 646.962.5555
Irina Sobol, MD
Weill Cornell Medical College
P: 646.962.5555
Hooman Yaghoobzadeh, MD
Weill Cornell Medical College
P: 212.861.3222
Joanna L. Harp, MD
Weill Cornell Medical College
P: 646.962.3376
Henry J. Lee, MD, PhD
Weill Cornell Medical College
P: 646.962.3376
Horatio F. Wildman, MD
Weill Cornell Medical College
P: 646.962.3376
Julie Zang, MD
Weill Cornell Medical College
P: 646.962.3376
Emily Margaret Stein, MD, MS
Hospital for Special Surgery
P: 212.606.1970
Aaron Lambroza, MD
Weill Cornell Medical College
P: 212.517.7570
Brian Landzberg, MD
Weill Cornell Medical College
P: 212.737.5000
Gil Weitzman, MD
Weill Cornell Medical College
P: 212.249.3720
General Surgery:
Faith A. Menken, MD
Weill Cornell Medical College
P: 212.439.9547
Pinkal Desai, MD
Hospital for Special Surgery
P: 646.962.2700
Raymond D. Pastore, MD
Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Blood Disorders
P: 646.962.2065
Infectious Disease:
Andy O. Miller, MD
Hospital for Special Surgery
P: 212.774.2317
Michael W. Henry, MD
Hospital for Special Surgery
P: 212.774.7113
Michael J. Satlin, MD, MS
Weill Cornell Medical College
P: 646.962.8747
Maternal-Fetal Medicine:
Robin B. Kalish, MD, FACOG
Weill Cornell Medical College
P: 212.746.3146
Inna V. Landres, MD, FACOG
Weill Cornell Medical College
P: 212.746.3064
Shai M. Pri-Paz, MD, FACOG
Weill Cornell Medical College
P: 212.746.3440
James Chevalier, MD
The Rogosin Institute,
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
P: 212.746.4761
Frank Liu, MD
The Rogosin Institute,
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
P: 212.746.1556
Pantelis P. Pavlakis, MD
Hospital for Special Surgery
P: 646.714.6139
Jai S. Perumal, MD
Weill Cornell Medical Center
P: 646.962.9800 Option: #3
Wing Kay Fok, MD, MS, FACOG
Weill Cornell Medical College
P: 646.962.4900
Marc J. Dinkin, MD
Weill Cornell Medical College
P: 646.962.4297
Mrinali Patel Gupta, MD
Weill Cornell Medical College
P: 646.962.2020
Julia Kim, PhD
Hospital for Special Surgery
P: 646.714.6248
Robert Jeffrey Kaner, MD
Weill Cornell Medical Center
P: 646.962-2333
Xiaoping Amanda Wu, MD
Weill Cornell Medical College
P: 646.962.2333
Renal Pathology:
Surya V. Seshan, MB, BS
Weill Cornell Medical College
P: 212.746.6455
Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility:
David Reichman, MD
Weill Cornell Medical College
P: 646.962.7499
Glenn L. Schattman, MD
Weill Cornell Medical College
P: 646.962.3836
Steven D. Spandorfer, MD
Weill Cornell Medical College
P: 646.962.3638

Lupus and APS Center Staff

Allyson Peysner, MHA - Manager, Lupus and APS Center of Excellence

Department of Social Work Programs

Jillian Rose, PhD, MPH, LCSW - Assistant Vice-President (AVP) Community Engagement, Diversity & Research

Priscilla Calvache, LCSW - Assistant Director for Lupus Programs & Community Engagement

Giselle Rodriguez, LCSW - Program Coordinator, Charla de Lupus (Lupus Chat)®

Eliza Ngan-Dittgen - Senior Program Associate, LANtern® (Lupus Asian Network)

Mary Rose Murray Carey, LCSW - Social Work Manager of the Rheumatology Division

Nadia Murphy, LCSW - Manager VOICES 60+ Senior Advocacy Program

Ursula Izquierdo, LCSW - Social Worker, VOICES 60+

Baptiste Nicolas, LCSW - Adult Rheumatology Social Worker

Lupus and APS Clinical Research Coordinators and Assistants

Marta Guerra – IMPACT & PROMISSE Project Coordinator (Dr. Jane Salmon)
Margaret Minett – Clinical Research Coordinator (Dr. Jane Salmon)
Jeffrey Zhang-Sun  – Clinical Research Coordinator (Dr. Kyriakos Kirou & Dr. Mary Crow)
JoAnn Vega – Clinical Research Coordinator (Dr. Medha Barbhaiya, Dr. Doruk Erkan & Dr. Michael Lockshin)

Lupus and APS Articles and Education

The article links below are intended for those who have symptoms, have been diagnosed or have complications from lupus, lupus nephritis or APS. For professional health education, please see the Research & Professionals tab (on this page) and the HSS Education Institute.


Webinars and Recorded Events

Annual Events

  • Lupus Awareness Month - May
  • World Lupus Day - May 10
  • Walk to Cure Lupus - October

See all of our community events and classes.

Lupus and APS Support Programs

Having access to high quality medical care and resources for social, emotional, and other support can empower you to care for yourself and improve the quality of your life.  We offer the following resources and programs to patients and their families:

If you have any questions about our lupus and APS programs or are a new patient looking for care email us.

Lupus and APS Research

Scientists and clinicians at HSS are constantly working to advance understanding of the causes of disease and develop novel treatments for lupus and APS. In partnership with our patients, significant progress has been made.

Presentations (see our Webinars and Events tabs for more)

Our research efforts

You can also participate in our observational studies and clinical trials:

Patients have the right to stop participation in a research study at any time. If you would like to obtain more information or to see if you qualify for a study or trial, contact 1.877.SLE.CURE.

Professional Education

Grand Rounds: Management of Complex Cases: this publication profiles highly complicated cases at HSS in full detail with follow-up data and a discussion on clinical treatment.

Journal Articles and Publications: published articles on PubMed

HSS Professional Newsletters: Subscribe to Rheumlink, our professional rheumatology newsletter

Our patients say it best. Read their stories.

Lupus Newsletter - Sign up

Subscribe or view the quarterly newsletter.


LupusMinder® Mobile App

Photo of mobile phone with Lupus Minder app.

The LupusMinder app was developed by HSS to track medications, daily symptoms and appointments. Visit hss.edu/lupusminder.

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