Lupus Lab Tests & Managing Lupus Flares – Webinar
Many different laboratory tests are used to monitor lupus disease activity and guide treatment. Each test result adds more information to the picture your doctor is forming of your illness. Join Dr. Al Kim, Co-Director of the Lupus Clinic at Washington University, as he discusses common lab tests used in diagnosing and treating lupus. He will also explain what a lupus flare is, the common symptoms that indicate a flare, and how you can better manage flares.
Alfred H. Kim, MD, PhD
Dr. Kim is assistant professor of medicine, pathology, and immunology in the Division of Rheumatology, School of Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He is also the co-director of the Lupus Clinic.
He received his medical and doctoral degree of immunology from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is board certified in internal medicine.
Dr. Kim runs an independent research group investigating the role of B cells in kidney disease, biomarker testing in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and genetic susceptibilities of autoimmunity. His work includes several active clinical and translational projects addressing the major unmet needs of patients with SLE. He hosts a diverse cohort assembled through the Washington University Lupus Clinic. Dr. Kim’s team also manages a Lupus Registry which includes data for disease activity assessment, laboratory values, socioeconomic factors, and a wide variety of patient-reported outcomes related to quality of life.
He is a member of the American Society of Nephrology, and American College of Rheumatology and its Subcommittee for Early Career Investigators and Committee for Research. He is also on the board of directors of the Lupus Foundation of America, Heartland Chapter, and a member of the board of directors of the Saint Louis Rheumatology Association. Dr. Kim is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Delegate for 2016 EULAR/ACR Exchange Program Investigator Award, among others.
He has published in numerous journals, including Arthritis & Rheumatology, The Journal of Immunology, and Rheumatic Disease Clinics of North America.