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Ask the Experts is a series of live educational teleconferences and pre-recorded webcasts on a variety of topics designed to provide you with important information about living with lupus.

Listen to past sessions below
2018 Sessions

Tools for Living Well with Lupus

September 2018

With Bené E. Williams, LMSW 

Wellness can be defined as an “active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life.” Learn tips and how to live well with lupus through self-management skills including communication, stress reduction, physical activity, a healthy diet, and personal responsibility.

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Lupus and the Skin

July 2018

With Sofia Chaudhry, M.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology, Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Approximately 2/3 of people with lupus will experience some type of effect on their skin. Learn about skin rashes and the impact of sun exposure on lupus patients. Basic treatment options and measures that can be taken to help prevent lupus skin rashes will be discussed.

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Research Update

June 2018

With Samuel Pegram, M.D., Rheumatologist, The Rheumatic Disease Clinic of Houston

We know more about lupus research today than we did 10 years ago. Join us for this Ask the Experts Session and hear about the latest in lupus research.

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Lupus: Making the Diagnosis

May 2018

With Stacy Ardoin, MD, adult and pediatric rheumatologist, OSU Wexner Medical Center, and Nationwide Children’s

Lupus is a complex and multifaceted disease. It is difficult to diagnose because each person has different symptoms of varying degrees and they mimic many other diseases. The diagnosis can take years to confirm. Join us as a lupus expert discusses the process of making a lupus diagnosis. The presentation will provide an overview of the ACR criteria, lupus signs and symptoms, and what a physician considers before making a diagnosis.

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The Holistic Approach to Diet and Lupus

April 2018

With Carrie Holley-Hurt, Holistic Health Coach

In this teleconference, Carrie Holley-Hurt will talk about the connection between diet and inflammation, and provide practical tools so you can create a diet that works for you by improving your quality of life.

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Reiki and It's Effects On Lupus

March 2018

With Bryce Goebel, LRMT, Empowering You to Heal Description

Stress in those living with lupus affects the mind, body, and spirit in negative ways. Reiki treats the whole person, including body, emotions, mind, and spirit, creating many beneficial effects that include chronic pain relief, reduction of negative side effects, and relaxation. Join us to learn about Reiki and how to use it to help manage your stress throughout your whole self.

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2017 Sessions

Think Again: Coping with Lupus Fog

October 2017

With Pamela Thorpe, M.D. FACP, Lupus Survivor since 2001, Currently Medical Director of Pharmacovigilance in the Pharmaceutical Industry since 2007

As many as half of all people with lupus describe feelings of confusion, fatigue, memory loss, and difficulty expressing their thoughts. This collection of symptoms is termed cognitive dysfunction. Learn more about "lupus fog", its symptoms and treatment options.

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Cardiovascular Disease and Lupus

September 2017

With George Stojan, M.D.

Heart disease is a major complication of lupus and is now a leading cause of death among people with lupus. There are several ways to decrease your risk for developing lupus-related disease, including reporting changes in symptoms to your doctor right away and having and understanding of the major risk factors. This teleconference will address everything you need to know about how to live heart healthy with lupus.

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Teens with Lupus: Transitioning into Adulthood

July 2017

With: Austin Dalrymple, DO; Pediatric Rheumatologist & Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Saint Louis University and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.

As a teenager living with lupus, learning how to take charge of one’s own healthcare will assist with better health outcomes as an adult. Teens with lupus and their parents will learn more about this transitional time and receive helpful tips and tools to prepare teenagers with lupus to successfully manage their illness through the adult years. 

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Clinical Trials 101

June 2017

With: Dr. Namieta Janssen, Rheumatologist from Houston, TX

This presentation is an overview on how clinical trials work, why it's beneficial to participate, and the latest trials focused on treatment for lupus. 

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Workplace Accommodation for Individuals with Lupus 

May 2017

With: Attorney R. Patrick White, LFA Georgia Chapter Board Chair 

People living with lupus may not know their rights in the workplace. This teleconference will address how to work with your employer to put together a plan to prioritize your health issues and determine the types of accommodation you may need at your place of work.


An Overview of Social Security Disability Benefits 

April 2017

With: Andrew Salata, Public Affairs Specialist, Social Security Administration

The presentation will cover an overview of Social Security Disability, from how individuals become eligible for benefits to how to complete the filing process.  The presentation will review additional considerations for women receiving Social Security, and how Social Security assists families.

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Eating Smart for & Healthy Heart

February 2017

Presenter: Emily Rubin RD, LDN, Registered Dietitian

Thomas Jefferson University Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Heart disease and stroke are typically associated with risk factors like advancing age, smoking, gender and high blood pressure. However, these factors do not fully explain the increased risk of heart disease and stroke for people with lupus. In fact, research has shown that having lupus, and undergoing treatment can, in itself, be a substantial risk factor for cardiovascular disease. You are not powerless though! One positive lifestyle change you can make to reduce your risk is to eat smart for a healthy heart. Join us and learn more about eating wisely!

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2016 Sessions

Stress Management

November 2016

Presenter: Ellen Sichel, Custom Calm, LLC

It is important to understand the relationship of oral health to overall health and wellness. Join us to learn about how dental health relates to lupus and managing symptoms.

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Lupus & Dental Health

October 2016

Presenter: Diane Earle, DDS, MBA, Kool Smiles

It is important to understand the relationship of oral health to overall health and wellness. Join us to learn about how dental health relates to lupus and managing symptoms.

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Living a Healthy Lifestyle

September 2016

Presenter: Danine Fruge, MD, ABFP, Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa

Take charge of your daily life through proper disease management, communication, and positive lifestyle changes.

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Lupus & the Bones: Diagnosing & Treating Osteoporosis

August 2016

Presenter: Kathryn M. Diemer, MD, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Women with lupus are at increased risk for osteoporosis and are nearly five times more likely to experience a fracture. Learn more about bone density, how osteoporosis is diagnosed, and the most common treatments available including calcium, vitamin D and FDA approved medications.

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Finances 101: Living with a Chronic Illness

July 2016

Presenters: Shawn Arrington, President and CEO and Shanna Tedder, Financial Services Educator and Advisor, White Rhino Financial

Everyone should have a financial plan to protect themselves and their loved ones.  Living with a chronic illness causes unique day-to-day and long-term financial challenges. The teleconference will empower and educate those living with a chronic illness, their loved ones and caretakers regarding ways to proactively organize their finances and strategically plan for their unpredictable circumstances.

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Lupus and the Thyroid
June 2016
Presenter: Maria Antonelli, MD from Metro Health Hospital

Thyroid problems are common in people with lupus. About 6 percent of people with lupus have underactive thyroid, or hypothyroidism, and 2 percent have overactive thyroid, or hyperthyroidism. Join us to learn about the effects of thyroid disorders and function and their relationship to lupus.

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Lupus and Primary Care

May 2016

Presenter: Adegbenga A. Bankole MD, FACP, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

The Primary Care Physician plays an important role in quality care to patients with lupus. This teleconference covers the impact of lupus on diseases that are cared for by PCPs, ranging from hypertension to cancer and teach you preventive measures to take.

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Lupus & Mental Health: How to Know You’re in Trouble

April 2016

Presenter: Stacie Camp Bennett, MA, LPC, LCAS

Life with lupus can be challenging. With symptoms that come and go, disease flares and remissions, and the uncertainty of what each day will bring, it’s normal to experience feelings of unhappiness, frustration, anger, or sadness. However, there is a difference between temporary negative feelings and negative feelings that become overwhelming and long-lasting, which may signal a serious but treatable illness. Join us to learn how to determine the difference and recognize and properly treat symptoms.

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Lupus and the Kidneys

March 2016

Presenter: Dr. Michael P. Madaio, Sydenstricker Professor and Chairman, Department of Medicine, Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

Did you know that an estimated 40% of all people living with lupus will develop kidney complications? This educational teleconference will address complications, medical evaluation and treatment as it relates to kidney involvement in lupus.

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Affairs of the Heart: Lupus and Relationships

February 2016

Presenter: Molly Dennis, MSW, Health Partners Plans

February is Heart Month and we know that the heart and cardiovascular system, like other organ systems of the body, can be affected by lupus. Lupus can also affect affairs of the heart and relationships. Is your life filled with satisfying relationships and love?  Do you feel that others understand your lupus and the demands that it places on you?  Join us for this teleconference and explore ways to improve interpersonal relationships and build lasting bonds.

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2015 Sessions

Lupus and the Kidneys

October 2015

Speaker: Arti Gupta, M.D., Dallas Nephrology Associates, Dallas, Texas

Lupus nephritis is the term used when lupus causes inflammation in the kidneys. It is estimated that as many as 40 percent of all people with lupus will develop kidney complications that require medical evaluation and treatment. Dr. Arti Gupta will address diagnosis, monitoring, kidney complications, kidney biopsy, kidney treatment, and kidney prognosis.

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Lupus de los Riñones

Speaker: Carlos Pancorvo, M.D., Dallas Nephrology Associates, Dallas, Texas

Lupus nefritis es el término usado cuando el lupus provoca inflamación en los riñones. Se estima que hasta el 40 por ciento de todas las personas con lupus desarrollarán complicaciones renales que requieren tratamiento y evaluación médica. El Dr. Carlos Pancorvo hablará de el diagnóstico, visitas medicas, complicaciones renales, biopsia renal, tratamiento renal y pronóstico renal.

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Coping with Lupus

September 2015

Speaker: Robert H. Phillips, Ph. D.

When you are first diagnosed with lupus, you will hear about treatment options and the importance of preventing flares—but you may not hear that lupus can have an emotional effect on you as well. You may feel overwhelmed, frustrated, sad, and anxious, but the good news is there are ways to help you cope with those feelings. Join us for this teleconference with Robert H. Phillips, Ph.D., founder and director of the Center for Coping, author of the Coping with Lupus and Lupus Q&A books and a licensed psychologist as he addresses important questions one might have and offers practical coping strategies to help those with lupus live their lives to the fullest.

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Lupus and Female Issues: From Puberty to Menopause

August 2015

Speaker: Amber R. Cooper, MD, MSCI

Women living with lupus face a variety of challenges regarding their reproductive health. Dr. Amber R. Cooper, board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, will discuss how lupus, and the medication used to treat the disease, can affect menstrual function, pregnancy, contraception, menopause, and fertility.

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Lupus and the Skin

July 2015

Speaker: Victoria P. Werth, MD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Approximately two-thirds of people with lupus will develop some type of skin disease, called cutaneous lupus erythematosus. Skin disease in lupus can cause rashes or sores (lesions), most of which will appear on sun-exposed areas such as the face, ears, neck, arms, and legs. Listen to hear Dr. Victoria Werth discuss how lupus can affect your skin and effective treatment options.

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Lupus and Hair Loss

June 2015

Speaker: Angela Kyei, MD

A lupus diagnosis often brings many physical changes, including hair loss. Hair loss is a common side effect of lupus and can be caused by medications used to treat the disease. Join us to hear Angela Kyei, M.D. speak on hair loss and ways to be proactive in treating it.

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Living Well with Lupus

May 2015

Speaker:Donald Thomas, M.D., FACP, FACR, CCD

Join us for this teleconference with Donald Thomas, M.D., FACP, FACR, CCD, author of “The Lupus Encyclopedia: A Comprehensive Guide for Patients and Families” as he discusses how to live well with lupus through coping techniques, educating yourself and his “lupus secrets”.

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Lupus and the Eyes

April 2015

Speaker: Ricardo N. Sepulveda, M.D.

Dr. Ricardo Sepulveda will discuss how autoimmune diseases including lupus affect the eyes. The effects lupus may have in and around the eyes include changes in the skin around the eyelids, dry eyes, inflammation of the white outer layer of the eyeball (scleritis), blood vessel changes in the retina, or damage to nerves in the muscles controlling eye movement and the nerves affecting vision.

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Disability and Returning to the Workplace

March 2015

Speakers: Jeff Woldanski, AVP of Job Placement Services at Allsup Employment Services, Inc.and Tai Venuti, MPH, Allsup Mgr. of Strategic Alliances.  

Most people don’t know much about Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), even though it is part of the largest government benefit program in the United States. For people living with a chronic illness such as lupus, understanding SSDI and its impact on health, insurance, future employment, finances and retirement income is essential. We will explain how SSDI works, including program eligibility, ways to break through the current application backlog, and specific information for individuals with lupus. Additionally, we will share how the Ticket to Work program helps people who already have SSDI return to work, and explain why the employment outlook for people with disabilities is brighter than it has been in the past.

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Lupus Infographic PDF


The Lupus-Heart Connection

February 2015

Speaker:  Joan M. VonFeldt, M.D., MSEd.

Heart disease and stroke are typically associated with risk factors like advancing age, smoking, gender and high blood pressure. However, these factors do not fully explain the increased risk of heart disease and stroke for people with lupus. In fact, research has shown that having lupus, and undergoing treatment can, in itself, be a substantial risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

Download the PDF Presentation


2014 Sessions

Lupus and Stress

November 2014

Speaker: Cindy Coney

Physical and emotional stresses are among the suspected triggers for a lupus flare.  People with lupus should reduce stress to help them cope with lupus and improve their overall well-being.

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Lupus and Disability

October 2014

Speaker: Lisa Gonzalez Goetz, PA
Gonzalez & Goetz, LLC

This educational teleconference will help you navigate the often frustrating issues surrounding disability. You will learn what SSDI/SSI is, the qualifications, how to apply, what you need to know to be prepared and other related topics.

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Nutrition and Rheumatic Diseases

September 2014

Speaker: Dr. Roxanne Sukol, Cleveland Clinic

Good nutrition is an important part of an overall treatment plan for lupus. Learn how to create a nutritious, well-balanced, and varied diet that takes into account the profound effects of a network as complex as the immune system.

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Lupus and Depression

August 2014

Speaker: Beatrice Lazaroff, Ph.D.

Reactions like anger, fear and depression are a normal part of having a chronic illness such as lupus. These emotions are signals from the body and mind that all is not well and that it is time to use your coping skills. When these emotions are dealt with appropriately, they can provide an opportunity to grow and gain new insights into your life.ight.

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Lupus and the Skin

July 2014

Speaker: Dr. Frank Santoro
Assistant Professor of Dermatology
University of Connecticut Health Center

Lupus on the skin can come in multiple forms with the most common findings of butterfly rashes, rashes from sunlight, and discoid lesions (scarring, disfiguring lesions). We will discuss the role of the immune, hormonal and environmental factors in the skin disease of lupus. We will review newer therapies and their efficacy in skin disease. Lastly, we will stress the importance of prevention through use of sunscreens, avoidance of the sun and clothing that blocks ultraviolet light.

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Pediatric Lupus

June 2014

Speaker:  Dr. Reema Syed
Pediatric Rheumatologist
SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center

Hearing that you have lupus, or that your child has it, can be very frightening. However, by working closely with your health care team, you can learn how to best take care of yourself and the special needs of a child with lupus. Learn about what to expect in the future for a child living with lupus.

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Vivir con Lupus
Speaker: Leyka Barbosa, M.D., F.A.C.R.
North Texas Joint Care, P.A.

Esta teleconferencia educativa incluye una introducción al manejo efectivo de la enfermedad y lo básico sobre el Lupus para alguien recién diagnosticado o persona que se pueda beneficiar.  Recibirá información médica exacta y al día sobre el Lupus, sus síntomas, tratamientos y técnicas para combatir la enfermedad.

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Living with Lupus: An Insider's Perspective

May 2014

Presented by:  Pamela Turnbo Thorpe, MD, FACP
Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Individual Living with Lupus

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Lupus and Men

April 2014

Presented by:  Joseph Shanahan, M.D., Shanahan Rheumatology & Immunotherapy

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Clinical Trial Education

March 2014

Presented by: Karen Obmaces, President of Accurate Clinical Research & Linda Willies, Clinical Trial Participant for more than 7 years

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Lupus & Intimacy

February 2014

Presented by: Lisa Covington, MSW, LCSW-C

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2013 Sessions

Living with Lupus

May 2013

Presented by: Stacy D. Kennedy, MD/MBA

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Listen here.


Lupus and Cognitive Dysfunction

April 2013

Presented by: Michael Parsons, PhD

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Listen here.


Managing the Doctor/Patient Relationship

March 2013

Presented by: Melissa Hughes, MD

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*Personal Medical Records Forms (PDF)- keep track of your doctor visits, medications, allergies and much more


Lupus and Employment

February 2013

Presented by: Rachel D. Ziolkowski, Esq.

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Listen here.

2012 Sessions

Coping and Living with Fatigue

November 2012

Presented by: Afton Hassett, PsyD

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Lupus and the Heart

October 2012

Presented by: Joan von Feldt, MD

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Living Well With Lupus

October 2012

Presented by: Sara Gorman

Living Well With Lupus Keynote Presentation


Lupus Treatments

September 2012

Presented by: Murray Urowitz, MD, FACP, FRCPC

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Parents Caring for Children with Lupus

September 2012

Presented by: Emily von Scheven, MD

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Social Security and Disability with Lupus

July 2012

Presented by: Sheri Abrams, Attorney at Law

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Coping and Living with Skin Lupus

June 2012

Presented by: Victoria Werth, MD

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Living with Lupus

May 2012

Presented by: Donald Thomas, MD, FACP, FACR, CCD

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Listen here.


Vivir Con Lupus

Presented by: Marcos E. Maldonado, MD

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Listen here.


Nutrition, Diet & Exercise Educational Webinar

February 2012

Presented by: Dr. Joe Raphael

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2011/2010 Sessions

Advances in Lupus Research: Spotlight on Treatment

October 2011

Watch the webinar here.


Lupus and the Brain

November 2010

Presented by: Robin L. Brey, MD

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Living with Lupus

October 2010

Presented by: Philip Cohen, MD

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Vivir Con Lupus

Presented by: Marcos E. Maldonado, MD

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Lupus and the Skin

June 2010

Presented by: Lynn McKinley-Grant, MD

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Disability Issues and Lupus

April 2010

Presented by: Winnie P. Pannell, PC

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Kidney Involvement in Lupus

March 2010

Presented by: Keisha L. Gibson, MD, MPH

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