3rd Annual Virginia Lupus Summit

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

Saturday, June 7, 2014
Registration:  8:30am - 9:00am
Summit:  9:00am - 3:30pm
Virginia Commonwealth University | Larrick Student Center
900 Turpin St.  Richmond, VA 23219
info@LupusDMV.org | (888) 787-5380

Opening Plenary Session

Treatment Updates: Whats New With Lupus?
Sarfaraz A. Hasni, 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. Hasni 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
Kim Leibowitz, RYT & Mary Lou Bean, RYT

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. 

Memory Problems in SLE: A Common but Treatable Problem
Dr. Aarat Patel, MD 

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

Lupus 101
Kevin Hicks, M.D.

Have you been recently diagnosed with lupus or know someone who has? Perhaps you wonder if you're at risk or want a refresher on the basics of lupus, its symptoms and treatments. Dr. Hicks covers the basic questions-- who, what, how. The focus will be those things within the patient's control and what they can do to help themselves in the management of their disease. Resources for lupus patients and their families will be covered as well as barriers that some patients face in trying to access help.

Managing Life as a Lupus Caregiver
Patrice Banks, MSW

If you are a support system for someone living with lupus, you may feel challenged on how to offer the best support to your loved one. Learning coping skills and remaining healthy yourself is important. This Caregivers ONLY session offers an opportunity for family and friends of people with lupus to discuss the unique challenges associated with caring for someone with the disease.

Lupus and Navigating the Disability Process
Sharon Christie, RN.Esq

Learn everything you need to know about applying for disability. Do you qualify, when should you apply, how long does it take? Sharon Christie, a nurse-attorney will answer all of your questions on this complex issue including what the application process entails and how to overcome common challenges.

Too Young for This! For Teenagers with Lupus
Harry Gewanter, M.D.

Going through adolescence is difficult enough without a chronic illness. This session will focus on the unique problems and concerns of teens and the effects of lupus on their lives. Dr. Gewanter  
will review the challenges of diagnosing lupus in adolescence, ways to overcome these barriers, common courses of treatment, in addition to addressing questions about the future. He will also address ways for parents to cope and juggle the obstacles lupus can bring to a family.

Staying Healthy while Living with Lupus:  What you Need to Know
Beth Rubinstein, M.D.
More than 90 percent of people with lupus are women between the ages of 15 and 45. Learn how to live better with lupus and cope with issues many women face after a lupus diagnosis.

Closing Plenary Session

Designing a Lifestyle to Live Well with Lupus
Tammy Spring, M.D.

How does your lifestyle affect your health?  This session, designed for the newly diagnosed or those who need a refresher, will provide an overview of lupus including symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options. Dr. Spring will teach you how to better manage your lupus and make informed decisions regarding your care.


The will be a variety of venders that will be onsite throughout the day featuring products to enhance your health.

Day of Logistics

  • Enter through the main entrance of the Larrick Student Center 
  • If you require special accommodations please contact info@LupusDMV.org

Directions: Please see map for directions from your location.
Parking: Parking Lot O: The "O Lot" is located on 8th Street one block from the Larrick Student Center.

Arrive Early and Stay Late!

We have partnered with the Richmond Omni to provide discounted hotel rates to our for our VA Lupus Summit participants. Stay the evening before the program and or enjoy a night in Richmond after the Summit.
Details to book:
Richmond Omni- $139/night
Reserve your room today! or call 1-800-843-6664

Box Lunch Options- $10.00 per box

You may bring bag lunch or pre-purchase a box lunch (details below ). Onsite lunch orders will NOT be accepted. Deadline to order a box lunch is Wednesday, June 4th at 12:00 PM.
All boxes will be served with bottled water, bag of chips and a cookie.

  • Turkey and Swiss on Wheat Berry Bread
  • Ham and Cheddar on Wheat Berry Bread
  • Vegetable Wrap
  • Garden Salad with Dressing
Box Lunch Options


Summits are provided as a FREE service to lupus patients and their families; costs are underwritten by our fundraising efforts including our Virginia 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!

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


This program was underwritten by: