19th Annual Washington DC Lupus Summit

Join Us and Feel Empowered to Take Charge of Your Health!

Saturday, May 3, 2014
Registration:  8:30am - 9:00am
Summit:  9:00am - 3:30pm
George Washington University Hospital Auditorium
900 23rd Street Northwest Washington, DC 20037
info@LupusDMV.org | (888) 787-5380

Opening Plenary Session

Diagnosis and Treatment of Lupus over the past 50 Years
Arthur Weinstein, M.D.
A great deal is happening in lupus-related research. This presentation will update participants on recent research developments and their impact on those affected by lupus. Dr. Weinstein will provide an overview of current lupus research and the prospects for the future of lupus treatments. Learn how to better manage your lupus and make knowledgeable decisions regarding your treatment plan.

General Sessions

Morning & Afternoon Warm-up Yoga
Crystal Moore

It is common for people with lupus to often feel tired, achy, and unable to participate in exercise. These warm-up segments will allow you to engage in physical activity that can help reduce joint stiffness, fatigue and stress while improving overall quality of life. Crystal will address how to get started when you have lupus and how you can use a chair to help you practice yoga in spite of joint pain.

Memory Problems in SLE: A Common but Treatable Problem
Donald Thomas, M.D.

Many people with lupus describe confusion, fatigue, forgetfulness, distractibility and difficulty expressing their thoughts is referred to as cognitive impairment. Learn more about how lupus can impact your cognitive functioning and what treatment options are available.

Finding Your Voice
Sara Gorman

Sara Gorman, author of Despite Lupus: How to Live Well with a Chronic Illness, will  help constituents tell the story of their lupus journey in a concise compelling way that conveys the cruel impact of this disease.

Closing Plenary Session

Lupus and Your Eyes
Jonathan Solomon, M.D.

Many people living with lupus are concerned about eye damage caused from plaquenil toxicity.  Recent data reveals an increase of retinal toxicity among lupus patients being treated with high doses of plaquenil.  Dr. Solomon, Board Certified Ophthalmologist, will explain the benefits and possible side effects of how plaquenil can impact your eyes.  Participants will also be informed about new guidelines for eye screenings that benefit people with lupus.


Venders will be onsite throughout the day featuring products to enhance your health.


Day of Logistics

  • Please bring a picture ID for registration and check-in
  • Enter through the main entrance of George Washington Hospital and registration is downstairs on the ground level.
  • There is a security booth as you enter the hospital if you need assistance.
  • You may bring bag lunch or have the option of buying lunch at the nearby restaurants
  • If you require special accommodations please contact info@LupusDMV.org

Metro Accessible:  George Washington University Hospital Auditorium is conveniently located off the Orange Line- Foggy Bottom station
Parking:  There are several nearby parking garages. Please refer to the list below

  • Monument Parking | 1601 K Street NW, Washington DC 20006| $13/max
  • LAZ Parking | 1155 21st Street NW, Washington DC | $ 9 all day
  • Colonial Parking | 2200 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20052 | $19/max
  • PMI | 2400 Virginia Ave NW, Washington DC 20037 | $24/max
  • PMI | 2300 M Street NW, Washington DC 20037 | $22/max
  • Colonial Parking | 2000 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC|  $11/max
  • Colonial Parking | 2100 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037| $11/max

Lunch Options:

  • Sweet Green
  • Devon & Blakely
  • Roti Mediterranean Grill
  • The Perfect Pita
  • Au Bon Pain
  • Capitol Grounds Coffee

Summits are provided as a FREE service to lupus patients and their families; costs are underwritten by our fundraising efforts including our Washington DC Walk to End Lupus Now! We look forward to seeing you at this comprehensive program that allows you to connect with members of the lupus community and improve your health!

We would love to hear from you! If you have not done so already, please fill out our evaluation form. We want your feedback! To send this form, please email our Patient Services Team at patientservices@lupusdmv.org

Thank-you to our Summit Sponsor for their generous support: