About DMV Chapter

About Us

The Lupus Foundation of America, DC/Maryland/Virginia Chapter is part of a national force devoted to solving the cruel mystery of lupus, while providing caring support to those who suffer from its brutal impact. With the help of informed volunteers, lupus medical experts, and committed and caring supporters, we: 

  • Support research and conduct education programs, so everyone affected by lupus can have an improved quality of life;
  • Provide information to ensure people with lupus and their families get answers and health professionals know about new means to diagnose and manage the disease;
  • Conduct activities to increase awareness of lupus, rally public support for those who are affected by lupus, and advocate on their behalf

Our Mission

We are dedicated to finding the causes of and cure for lupus and providing support and services to all people affected by lupus.

Our Chapter provides services in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. We offer current information, education programs, support groups, and personalized help with the questions that arise for those living with lupus and their family and friends.  We also support research and promote lupus awareness.

Our Vision

Our vision is a world without lupus.


Staff Members

Katy Ahmed
President and CEO
(202) 787-5383

Eva Gaskins
Database Coordinator
(202) 787-5380

Akilah Hill
Health Education Associate
(202) 787- 5389

Amy Cattran
Special Events Coordinator
(202) 787- 5391



LFA-DC/MD/VA Board of Directors


Pernell A. Choren, Esq., Chair
Pressler & Senftle, P.C.

Kristin B. Dufrene, Vice Chair
Engility Corporation

Pamela B. Greenberg, Secretary
Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness

Steve Majich, Treasurer
Bentall Kennedy

John D. Berman

Sharon Christie, R.N., Esq.

Sharon Christie Law

Antoinette Cummins
Evolent Health

Carla Davies

Grace K. Katabaruki

Venture Philanthropy Partners

Kenneth Merritt
MorganFranklin Consulting

Kiran Patel, Esq.
KramerAmado, P.C.

Gregory Pickett
Community Business Partnership

Barbara Polk
National Resturant Association

Arthur Weinstein, M.D., FACP, MACR, Emeritus
Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC

Trevor W. Williams, CPA
Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman

Howard W. Hauptman, M.D. 
Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Baltimore, MD

Medical Scientific Advisory Council

Howard Hauptman, M.D. Chair
Good Samaritan Hospital, Baltimore, MD

Donald E. Thomas Jr., M.D., FACP, FACR, CCD, Emeritus
Arthritis and Pain Associates of Prince George's County, Greenbelt, MD

Arthur Weinstein, M.D., FACP, MACR, Emeritus
Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC

Christopher Collins, M.D.
Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC

Rodolfo V. Curiel, M.D.
GW University Medical Center, Washington, DC

Tara Dall, M.D.
AvanceMD Concierge, Richmond, VA

Paul J. DeMarco, M.D., FACP, FACR
Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates, P.C., Washington, DC

Rachel Kaiser, M.D., MPH, FACR, FACP
Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates P.C., Washington, DC

Phillip W. Kempf, M.D.,
IMG Arthritis Clinic of Northern Virginia

Donald L. Kimpel, M.D.
UVA Health Systems, Charlottesville, VA

Benjamin N. Lockshin, MD, FAAD
DermAssociates, Silver Spring, MD

Shauna F. O’Sullivan, M.D. 
Rheumatology Service, Department of MedicineNaval Medical Center Portsmouth, Portsmouth, VA

Aarat M. Patel, M.D.
Bon Secours Arthritis and Osteoporosis Center of Richmond, Richmond, VA
University of Virginia Children's Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, Pediatric Rheumatology, Charlottesville, VA

Michelle Petri, M.D., FACP, FACR
Johns Hopkins Hospital Baltimore, MD

Vikram Raya, M.D.,
Capitol Cardiology, Lanham, MD

Beth Rubinstein, M.D., MPH,FACR,FACP
VCU Medical Center, Richmond, VA

Victoria Shanmugam, MBBS, MRCP, FACR
Associate Professor of Medicine Director, Division of Rheumatology, The George Washington University, Washington, DC

Jonathan D. Solomon, M.D. 
Solomon Eye Physicians & Surgeons,Bowie, MD, Greenbelt, MD, McLean, VA

Alan G. Stern, M.D. 
Bon Secours Arthritis and Osteoporosis Center of Richmond, Richmond, VA

Sean A. Whelton, M.D.
Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC

Benedicta Monsen

Related Links

Lupus Foundation of America, DC/MD/VA Committees

2014 Lupus Advocacy Award

2012 Innovative Services Award for the Patient Navigation Program

2012 Innovative Board Leadership Award

Lupus Foundation of America, DC/MD/VA Chapter
1319 F Street NW, Suite 305
Washington, DC 20004