Mary Kirkland Center for Lupus Care

Mary Kirkland Center for Lupus Care for Professionals

Monthly Conferences for the Healthcare Professional

Once a month, the Mary Kirkland Center for Lupus Care holds a Special Lecture which explores lupus and related disorders. Special lupus nephritis cases are presented during our semi-annual Lupus Nephritis Clinical Pathology Conference. All of these conferences take place on Fridays from 12pm – 1pm.

Below is a short description of our past presenters and their topics. We encourage physicians and research staff to attend. If you would like to inquire about upcoming lectures, feel free to contact us at


February 10: Lupus & APS COE Grant Funded Projects. Presented by David Fernandez, MD, PhD, Shanthini Kasturi, MD, and Kai Sun, MD

March 17: Giant Cell Arteritis. Presented by Robert Spiera, MD

April 28: Lupus Nephritis Clinical Pathology Conference: Two Unusual Cases of Lupus Nephritis. Presented by Karim Ladak, MD, Kyriakos Kirou, MD and Surya Seshan, MBBS

May 19: Cutaneous Lupus and its Mimickers. Presented by Julie Zang, MD, PhD

June 23: Unravelling the Antiphospholipid Syndrome Enigma. Presented by Jacob Rand, MD


October 21: “Systemic Sclerosis: Overview and Management." Presented by Jessica Gordon, MD

September 30: “Therapy of Systemic Sclerosis: Is “Disease Modification” Possible? " Presented by Robert Spiera, MD

June 17: “Two Interesting Cases of Lupus Nephritis.” Presented by Kyriakos Kirou, MD, Kai Sun, MD, and Surya Seshan, MD

June 15: “Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and the Lung.”  Presented by Robert Kaner, MD

May 20: “Updates in Thrombocytopenia: Relevance to APS and SLE Patients.” Presented by James B. Bussel, MD

April 29: “Various Ocular Findings in Lupus Eye Disease.” Presented by Sarju Patel, MD

March 25: “Measuring Outcomes in Lupus from the Patient's Perspective: PROMIS in SLE.”  Presented by Shanthini Kasturi, MD

February 19: “Treatment Strategies for Cutaneous Lupus.” Presented by Joanna Harp, MD

January 15: “Peripheral Neuropathies Associated with SLE and Related Diseases.” Presented by Pantelis Pavlakis, MD

February 26: Multidisciplinary SLE Lecture - "Lupus Nephritis from the Nephrologist's Perspective." Dr. James Chevalier (Nephrology, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital)

March 26: Rheumatology/Nephrology Joint Lupus Nephritis Conference* – case presented by Dr. Suhail Hameed (Rheumatology fellow). Guest discussants: Drs. Surya Seshan (Renal Pathology, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital) and Miriam Chung (Nephrology, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital)

April 23: Multidisciplinary SLE Lecture - "Pre-Pregnancy & Contraception Counseling in SLE Patients." Dr. Shari Gelber (Obstetrics/Gynecology, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital)

May 28: Rheumatology/Nephrology Joint Lupus Nephritis Conference* – Presenters: Drs. Lisa Vasanth (Attending Rheumatologist, Hospital for Special Surgery) and Dr. James Chevalier (Attending Nephrologist, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital)

June 25: Multidisciplinary SLE Lecture - "Tales of the Ear Canal, and Other Oddities About Lupus." Dr. Michael Lockshin (Attending Rheumatologist & Director, Barbara Volcker Center for Women and Rheumatic Disease)

July 23: New Fellow Orientation on the Lupus Center; SLEDAI/BILAG training. Drs. Kyriakos Kirou and Doruk Erkan (Co-directors of the Mary Kirkland Center for Lupus Care, Hospital for Special Surgery)


September 24: Rheumatology/Nephrology Joint Lupus Nephritis Conference* – Presenter Dr. Kyriakos Kirou (Attending Rheumatologist and Clinical Co-Director of the Mary Kirkland Center for Lupus Care)

October 22: Multidisciplinary SLE Lecture - "Catastrophic Antiphospholipid Syndrome." Dr. Doruk Erkan (Assistant Attending Rheumatologist, Hospital for Special Surgery)

November 19: Lupus Case Conference - Drs. Lisa Sammaritano and Weijia Yuan, Rheumatology, Hospital for Special Surgery

December 17: Multidisciplinary SLE Lecture - "Neuropsychiatric Aspects of Lupus." Dr. John Warren Barnhill (Psychiatry, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital)



*Note: The Rheumatology/Nephrology Joint Lupus Nephritis Conferences consist of Lupus Nephritis case presentations followed by renal discussions and clinical comments by rheumatology and nephrology faculty. The goals of the conferences are to educate fellows, residents, and attendings on the topic, provide a sense of "real-life" outcomes of lupus nephritis at our institution, foster collaboration between rheumatology, nephrology, and renal pathology disciplines and ultimately help improve the care of our patients. The cases are selected by Kyriakos A. Kirou, MD, DSc, FACP.