Oct. 10, 2013—Oct. 22, 2014 |

2014 Ask the Experts

Lupus: Ask the Experts is a series of live educational teleconferences and pre-recorded webcasts on a variety of topics designed to provide you with important information about living with lupus. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from some of the world’s leading lupus experts from the comfort and privacy of your home.

Live teleconferences last one hour and are accessible via a toll-free number. Teleconferences will also be recorded and posted online. Pre-registration is required. Call-in/log-in information will be provided to all registrants one week before the event.

View the list of National Webcasts.

Listen to previously recorded teleconference from Winter/Spring 2014 and 2013

Summer/Fall Teleconferences


Lupus and the Skin - 7.9.14
Speaker: Dr. Frank Santoro
Assistant Professor of Dermatology
University of Connecticut Health Center

Lupus on the skin can come in multiple forms with the most common findings of butterfly rashes, rashes from sunlight, and discoid lesions (scarring, disfiguring lesions). We will discuss the role of the immune, hormonal and environmental factors in the skin disease of lupus. We will review newer therapies and their efficacy in skin disease. Lastly, we will stress the importance of prevention through use of sunscreens, avoidance of the sun and clothing that blocks ultraviolet light.

Download Dr. Santoro's Presentation (PDF)


Lupus and Depression - 8.7.14
Speaker: Beatrice Lazaroff, Ph.D.

Reactions like anger, fear and depression are a normal part of having a chronic illness such as lupus. These emotions are signals from the body and mind that all is not well and that it is time to use your coping skills. When these emotions are dealt with appropriately, they can provide an opportunity to grow and gain new insights into your life.ight.

Download Beatrice Lazaroff's Presentation (PDF)


Nutrition and Rheumatic Diseases - 9.4.14
Speaker: Dr. Roxanne Sukol, Cleveland Clinic

Good nutrition is an important part of an overall treatment plan for lupus. Learn how to create a nutritious, well-balanced, and varied diet that takes into account the profound effects of a network as complex as the immune system.

Download Dr. Sukol's Presentation (PDF)


Lupus and Disability - 10.18.14
Speaker: Lisa Gonzalez Goetz, PA
Gonzalez & Goetz, LLC

This educational teleconference will help you navigate the often frustrating issues surrounding disability. You will learn what SSDI/SSI is, the qualifications, how to apply, what you need to know to be prepared and other related topics.

Download Lisa Gonzalez Goetz's Presentation (PDF)

Lupus and Stress
November 13, 2014
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST

Speaker:  Cindy Coney

Physical and emotional stresses are among the suspected triggers for a lupus flare.  People with lupus should reduce stress to help them cope with lupus and improve their overall well-being.

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This Ask The Experts series is offered as a free service of the Lupus Foundation of America, DC/MD/VA Chapter. All costs of services for patients and families are underwritten by the fundraising efforts of the DC/MD/VA Chapter, including the Walk to End Lupus Now™.


Presentations are available online. You may submit a question to the expert through the 15th of each topic month and answers will be posted the following month.

Treatment of Lupus in 2014
Presenter: Dr. Joan Merrill

Pregnancy and Lupus (en Español)
Presenter: Dr. Jorge Sanchez Guerrero

Dealing with Holiday Stress
Presenter: Cindy Coney

Living Well with Lupus
Presenter: TBA

For more information on webcasts, Click Here.

Listen to Previously Recorded Teleconferences

2014 Winter/Spring
Teleconference Recordings

Lupus & Intimacy
Clinical Trial Education
Lupus and Men
Living with Lupus: An Insider’s Perspective
Vivir con Lupus
Pediatric Lupus



2013 Teleconference Recordings

Lupus and Employment
Managing the Doctor/Patient Relationship
Lupus and Cognitive Dysfunction
Living with Lupus
Lupus and the Kidneys
Lupus and Overlapping Disease
Lupus and Women's Issues
Lupus and Complementary Therapies