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Faculty

Carrie Beach, BSN, RN-BC

Carrie Beach, BSN, RN-BC

Columbus Arthritis Center

Carrie Beach currently resides in Ohio where she works as a rheumatology nurse at Columbus Arthritis Center. She studied nursing at The Ohio State University College of Nursing and has been practicing rheumatology since 2003. Carrie was recognized by the Arthritis Foundation in 2015 as the Walk to Cure Arthritis Medical Honoree and continues to work closely with the Arthritis Foundation to advance her passion in rheumatology education. She firmly believes in serving her patients and peer nurses as a leader of thought, subject matter expert, and coach in the application of best practices for patient and nursing education.

Disclosures:

Consultant: Mallinckrodt, Gilead

Chris D’Adamo, PhD

Chris D’Adamo, PhD

University of Maryland School of Medicine

Chris D’Adamo is a clinical epidemiologist with expertise in the effects of integrative therapies on human health and wellness. He received his Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and is currently an Assistant Professor with dual appointments in the Department of Family & Community Medicine and the Department of Epidemiology & Public Health. Dr. D’Adamo serves as the Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine, which was founded in 1991 as the first academic-based medical center in the United States conducting peer-reviewed research, educating healthcare professionals, and offering clinical care integrating conventional and complementary treatment modalities for pain and a wide variety of chronic conditions. Dr. D’Adamo has extensive experience in the area of non-pharmacological therapies for pain and gives presentations around the world on the topic of integrative treatments for chronic pain.

Disclosures:

Nothing to disclose

Nancy Eisenberger, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Nancy Eisenberger, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Arthritis, Rheumatic and Back Disease Associates

Nancy Eisenberger currently resides in Voorhees, New Jersey where she works as a nurse practitioner at Arthritis, Rheumatic and Back Disease Associates. She studied nursing at Misericordia University and graduate nursing at the Medical University of South Carolina. She has been practicing rheumatology since 2006. Nancy has three amazing adult children and recently added a granddaughter to her life. She is passionate about her family and her career and loves taking care of the people around her.

Disclosures:

Speakers Bureau: Janssen, Crescendo
Consultant: Abbvie, Jannsen

Jacqueline M. Fritz RN, MSN, RN-BC

Jacqueline M. Fritz RN, MSN, RN-BC

Arthritis and Osteoporosis Center

Jacqueline M. Fritz, is an advanced practice nurse and infusion specialist for Arthritis and Osteoporosis Center in La Palma, California, where she has been since 2002. Her patient care consists of assessments and treatment, infusions, injection care and prescription processing. She is the owner and coordinator of education at Medical Advancement Center, focusing on RN/BSN programs emphasizing clinical expertise at the bedside, as well as acts as a Critical Care Clinical Nurse Consultant at many facilities throughout Orange County, California.

Disclosures:

Nothing to disclose

Linda Grinnell-Merrick, MS, NP-BC

Linda Grinnell-Merrick, MS, NP-BC

University of Rochester Medical Center

Linda Grinnell-Merrick currently resides in New York where she works as the lead nurse practitioner in the Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Rheumatology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She studied at the University of Rochester, has experience in surgery, dialysis, and solid organ transplant. Linda has been practicing rheumatology since 2012 where she found her true passion. She joined the Board of the Rheumatology Nurses Society in 2013 as the Chapter Chair and founded the first RNS Chapter in Upstate NY. She was President of the RNS from 2017 to 2019 and is passionate about educating nurses, APP’s, and all health care providers so patients can be provided with the highest quality care possible.

Disclosures:

Speakers Bureau: Jannsen, Amgen, Novartis, AbbVie, Sanofi
Consultant: Jannsen, Novartis, AbbVie, Sanofi, UCB, Pfizer

Dr. Hanadi Kazkaz

Dr. Hanadi Kazkaz

University College London Hospitals

Hanadi Kazkaz is a Consultant Rheumatologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at University College London Hospitals (UCLH) with a special interest in Heritable Connective Tissue Disorders. She qualified from St. George’s Medical School, University of London in 1996 and completed her higher professional training and obtained the CCST in Rheumatology in 2006. She has been leading the national hypermobility service since 2012. Dr. Kazkaz is an active member of the international​ consortium on Ehlers -Danlos Syndromes. She is the Chief Medical Advisor for EDS UK and a member of the Medical and Scientific Board, The Ehlers-Danlos Society. She has recently joined the medical advisory committee for The Marfan Trust. Alongside her clinical work, Dr. Kazkaz continues to have a keen research interest and has led a number of clinical studies at UCH.

Disclosures:

Nothing to disclose

Elizabeth Kirchner, DNP

Elizabeth Kirchner, DNP

Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Betsy Kirchner is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She earned her undergraduate degree in English Literature and Medieval Studies from Ohio Wesleyan University, her Master of Science in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University, and her Doctor of Nursing Practice from The Ohio State University. Betsy has worked at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation since 2000 in the Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases. She provides care for patients with rheumatoid arthritis, vasculitis, lupus, and psoriatic arthritis as well as other autoimmune inflammatory diseases. She is board-certified in Rheumatology Nursing, and is co-President of RhAPP (Rheumatology Advanced Practice Providers). Betsy has published several articles and book chapters and has spoken at select national and international meetings. Her work-related areas of interest include vaccines, immune related adverse events from checkpoint inhibitors, and the effects of nutrition, activity and stress on the immune system.

Disclosures:

Nothing to disclose

Eileen Lydon, MA, RN, ANP-BC

Eileen Lydon, MA, RN, ANP-BC

NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital

Eileen Lydon works at the New York University Langone Orthopedic Hospital as an Adult Nurse Practitioner in the department of rheumatology since 2003. She assists in evaluating hospital consults, oversee panels of patients in their outpatient ambulatory care clinic with a variety of autoimmune diseases, and is a co-investigator for clinical registry related to antiphospholipid syndrome. Eileen is the current President of the Tristate Metropolitan RNS Chapter.

Disclosures:

Speakers Bureau: AbbVie, Regeneron

Christopher Palma, MD, Sc.M

Christopher Palma, MD, Sc.M

University of Rochester Medical Center

Christopher Palma is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Rheumatology. As a rheumatologist, Dr. Palma specializes in treating autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus, systemic vasculitis, and sarcoidosis. He trained in microbiology and immunology at Johns Hopkins before coming to the University of Rochester to complete his medical training. Dr. Palma’s clinical practice locations include Rochester, NY and Canandaigua, NY. Research interests include the interaction of infections and autoimmune disease, immunocompetence, vasculitis, sarcoidosis, and systemic lupus.

Disclosures:

Nothing to disclose

Monica Richey, NP

Monica Richey, NP

Northwell Health

Monica Richey has been a nurse since 2002, and has spent 15 years specifically in the field of rheumatology. She received her training at Hospital for Special Surgery and is currently working for Northwell Health. She is passionate about patient education and has developed several different patient education programs including cardiovascular disease prevention, contraception, and preventive health. She is currently part of the steering committee for the Rheumatology Advance Practice Providers association.

Disclosures:

Speakers Bureau: Mallinckrodt, GlaxoSmithKline

Tiffany Westrich-Robertson

Tiffany Westrich-Robertson

CEO, International Foundation for Autoimmune & Autoinflammatory Arthritis (AiArthritis)

Tiffany Westrich-Robertson is the CEO at the International Foundation for Autoimmune & Autoinflammatory Arthritis (AiArthritis) and is also living with axial spondyloarthritis. Prior to AiArthritis, Tiffany was Vice President of an architectural firm in Long Beach, CA and college teacher, both specializing in project management, business development, and creative mind mapping. After her diagnosis with an autoimmune arthritis disease, she decided to utilize her professional skills by translating them to the development and implementation of the nonprofit. Tiffany leads several projects within the organization that focus on patient individuality, particularly as it relates to access to care and therapeutic interventions. In 2018 she spearheaded the creative development behind AiArthritis’ award-finalist project, Preparing Patients for Precision Medicine in Clinical Trials, and leads several efforts to teach about the importance and necessity to treat to the individual characteristics of the patient. Her key area of interests, in addition to precision medicine and research, include improving patient-stakeholder communication, and helping to ensure all patient voices are counted.

Disclosures:

N/A

2020 RNS Virtual Fall Summit - OnDemand
RNS Live Virtual Events

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Session Description

Of Mice and Men: DMOAD Therapy for the Osteoarthritic Knee

This session will focus on the common findings, challenges, and targets of therapy including the use of disease modifying osteoarthrits drugs (DMOADS) in patients with osteoarthritic knees.

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Immunology in Rheumatoid Arthritis

In this session, we will discuss the application of the fundamentals of immunology in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

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Transitioning your Lupus Patient from Pediatric to Adult Care

Transfer of care from pediatrics to adults can be difficult for patients, especially for patients diagnosed with lupus, a disease with a high rate of comorbidity. In this session, we will address comorbid manifestations in lupus, and how to best prepare our patients for their transition to adult providers.

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How Genetics Will Impact the Future of Rheumatology

In this session, we will introduce translational genetics and genomics through the lenses of rheumatic diseases, such as Behcet’s Disease, Stills Disease, and Systemic Onset Juvenial Idiopathic Arthritis (SoJIA).

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Differentiating Between Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Other Hypermobility Syndromes

Take an assiduous look at the complexities between Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS) and other hypermobility syndrome (HMS) as we discuss clinical manifestations, the diagnostic workup, and what long term outcomes are for the hypermobility syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos syndromes patient.

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Where Are We Now? A Look Back Through COVID-19 as of Fall 2020

It’s been nearly one year since COVID-19 was first identified as an infectious disease. Through the evolution and spread of the disease, we have learned a lot about what works and what we should avoid. In this session, we will talk about the most recent updates to treatment options for patients, particularly those with rheumatic diseases.

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Updates on Guidelines in Treating Your Gout Patients

Gout is the most common form of inflammatory arthritis seen in rheumatology patients, and the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) released in 2020 new Guidelines for the Management of Gout. In this learning session we will be exploring the these updated treatment guidelines as well as recent and pipeline treatments so we can best serve our patients with the most current research released.

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A Deeper Dive into Spondylitis with You and Your Patient

Though patients may not pay attention to codes that their healthcare providers jot down, nurses and advanced practice providers know just how important that clerical detail can be. In this session, we will break down what the recent ICD-10 classification of non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (nr-axSpA) means for you as a provider and the future treatment of non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis.

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What Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS) Looks Like in the Rheumatology Patient

In this session, we will be walking through diagnosis to care for our patients with antiphospholipid syndrome (APS). We will be discussing pathophysiology, immunology, differential diagnosis, clinical presentation, and treatment of antiphospholipid syndrome.

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An Overview of Vasculitis for the Nurse and Advanced Practice Provider

Vasculitis can range from mild to life threatening symptoms, so it is important as providers to know where your patient falls on the spectrum. This session will cover a global overarching review of the disease, including detection, manifestations, and treatments.

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An Integrative and Alternative Approach to Rheumatology Patient Care

In this session, we will take a look at an integrative approach to patient care, combining complementary and alternative treatments in addition to medical therapies commonly applied in rheumatology.

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Treating Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) in Sarcoidosis

Interstitial lung disease (ILD), sarcoidosis is lesser known in the specialty of rheumatology and requires a multidisciplinary approach to treatment. This session will provide the pathophysiology and disease process in interstitial lung disease, as well as treatment and support considerations in interstitial lung disease patients with sarcoidosis.

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Pregnancy and Women’s Health in Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA)

In this session you will learn about how Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA) impacts your pregnant patients and the latest American College of Rheumatology guidelines.