Educational Updates in Rheumatology


Mai Abdelnabi, MD, Second Year Rheumatology Fellow – Title of poster: “Adverse Events due to Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors Observed in the UVA Rheumatology Clinic” Objective: To help characterize the types of autoimmune reactions observed as well as the treatment approaches used to manage their rheumatologic reactions.

We also wanted to determine if certain treatments correlated with certain patterns of autoimmune reactions. Presented at 2019 Carey /Marshall/ Thorner Research day.

Majd Alfreijat, MD, Rheumatology Fellow – Graduate June 2019 – Title of Poster: ‘Identification of STAT 3 Somatic Mutations in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis’ – Presented at 2019 Carey /Marshall/ Thorner Research day.

He also represented UVA Rheumatology with a poster presentation at the poster presentation titled: ‘Identification of STAT 3 Somatic Mutations in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis’ – Presented at the ‘17th Annual Fellows Forum’ at DC Society of Rheumatism on May 15, 2019, Washington D.C.

William Baker, MD, Second Year Rheumatology Fellow, was invited to present a clinical poster at the North American Young Rheumatology Investigator Forum (NYRIF link: Title of Poster: ‘Evaluating the Gastrointestinal Manifestations of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus’ – Presented at the Congress of Clinical Rheumatology Meeting on May 1, 2019, Destin, Florida (

He also presented a puzzling case for “Thieves Market” at the Virginia Society of Rheumatologists (VSR) annual meeting in 2018.

Donald Kimpel, MD, Associate Professor, had the following abstract accepted for poster display and presentation in a guided poster tour. Title: ‘Sero-reactivity to Galactose-Alpha-1,3-Galactose and Clinical Presentations of Patients Seen in a Rheumatology Outpatient Practice’. (Conference Link:

Dr Kimpel also serves on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Society of Rheumatologists (VSR).

Adam Carlson, MD, wins 2018 Best Bedside Manner Awards, OurHealth Charlottesville and Shenandoah Valley Magazine; First Place, Rheumatology (note: 2019 has not been released)



The 2018-2019 Graduation Celebration for the Rheumatology Fellows took place at the home of Dr. Donald Kimpel (Program Director)


Our new 1st Year fellows, Dr Anjali Bal and Dr Josh Liu, recently attended the ‘26th Annual First-Year Rheumatology Fellows Conference’ at the University of Pennsylvania, July 8-19, 2019. This conference is held to introduce fellowship trainees to the field of rheumatology at the fellowship level in preparation for their role as consultants and clinicians in rheumatology.

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