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.

LFA-DMV thanks our Corporate Partners​!

Platinum Sponser                              Gold Sponser

                      
                                                           
                                                            
                                                                 

 Staff Members

Jessica Gilbart
President and CEO
(202) 787-5383
jgilbart@lupusdmv.org

Elisa Davidson
Patient Services Coordinator
(202) 787-5380
healthed@lupusdmv.org
 
Eva Gaskins
Database Coordinator
(202) 787-5380
egaskins@lupusdmv.org

Tammie Jones
Office Manager
(202) 787-5391
tjones@lupusdmv.org

Dela Surti
Events and Development Coordinator
Development@lupusdmv.org
(202) 787-5380

Nalani Tarrant
Patient Services Manager
(202) 787-5381
patientnavigator@lupusdmv.org

Brian Wachtel
Director of Events
(202) 787-5384
bwatchel@lupusdmv.org

Michela Gaviorno
Patient Services Intern
(202) 787-5380
patientservices@lupusdmv.org

Juliet
Development & Events Intern
(202) 787-5380
events@lupusdmv.org

  LFA-DC/MD/VA Board of Directors

Matthew J. Marino, Co-Chair
Northwest Savings Bank

Arthur Weinstein, M.D., FACP, MACR, Co-Chair
Washington Hospital Center

Dan Maffey, Treasurer
Raffa
 
Susan D. Bateson, Secretary

John H. Axley III, CFP®, CIMA
Merrill Lynch

M. Michelle Bradley,
Principal SOX/Audit

Sharon Christie, R.N., Esq
Sharon Christie Law

Ted Davies
Unisys Corporation

Lori DeLorenzo
4ward Sciences

Pamela B. Greenberg
Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness

Marguerete A. Luter
The Process Pro

Stephanie L. Lyons
Burning Castle LLC

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

Trevor W. Williams, CPA
Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman

  Medical Scientific Advisory Council

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

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

Timothy E. Bunchman, M.D.
Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, Richmond, VA

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

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

Tara  Dall, M.D.
Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc, Richmond, VA

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

Christine Dewitt, M.D.
Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC

Harry Lewis Gewanter, M.D., F.A.A.P., F.A.C.R.
Pediatric and Adolescent Health Partners,Midlothian, Virginia

Howard Hauptman, M.D.
Good Samaritan Hospital, Baltimore, MD
 
Lawrence K. Jung, M.D.
Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC

Rachel Kaiser, M.D., MPH, FACR, FACP
Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates PC, MD

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

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

Phong Q. Nguyen, M.D.
Northern Virginia Center for Arthritis, P.C., Reston, VA

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, Charlottsvile, VA

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

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

Tammy C. Spring, M.D.
Premiere HealthCare Associates, Richmond, VA

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

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

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

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

Founder
Benedicta Monsen

Related Links
A Letter from the President
Lupus Foundation of America, DC/MD/VA Committees
2012 Innovative Services Award for the Patient Navigation Program
2012 Innovative Board Leadership Award

Address:
Lupus-DMV
PO Box 57062
Washington, DC 20037