2020 Agenda

Our annual conference has been POSTPONED due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

In light of the ongoing efforts being undertaken globally and nationally to help contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus, the Board of Directors of the Alaska Rheumatology Alliance has decided not to hold the meeting as scheduled this upcoming weekend.  


As the situation continues to change rapidly, our top priority remains the health, safety and well-being of our community. We are closely monitoring the situation, particularly in the state of Alaska to help determine the best path forward. Another announcement about a future date will be forthcoming, which we expect to be within the next 4-6 weeks.


We thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at the next meeting. In the meantime, keep safe and let us keep everyone safe as best we can.




John Botson,

President Alaska Rheumatology Alliance

Friday, March 20, 2020

12:00 - 1:00 - Exploring Data for an Oral Prescription Treatment Option for

Adults with Moderate to Severe RA: Focus on a Methotrexate Withdrawal Study – Pfizer to present

Anthony Padula, MD

1:00 - 2:00 - Benlysta (belimumab):

A Biologic Treatment Option for Patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)– GlaxoSmithKline to present

Jeff Peterson, MD

Western Washington Group

2:00 - 3:00 - Sanofi to present

Speaker TBD

3:00 - 4:00 - Defy Expectations:

An Interactive Deep Dive Into Clinical Data to Challenge Treatment Goals on RA– Abbvie to present

Martin Bergman, MD

Drexel University

College of Medicine

4:00 - 5:30 - Vendor registration and setup

(Columbia Ballroom)

5:30 - 6:30 - Registration and Welcome Reception

(Columbia Ballroom)

6:30 - 7:30 - Opening Lecture – Alaska Rheumatology and Medicine Update

Anne Zink, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Alaska Dept. of Health and Social Services

7:45 - Take tram to Seven Glaciers 

8:00 - 10:00 - Welcome Dinner at Seven Glaciers


Saturday, March 21, 2020

7:30 - 8:00 - Breakfast Buffet 

8:00 - 8:45 - Session 1:  American College of Rheumatology Update

Angus Worthing, MD;

Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates, PC


8:45 - 9:45 - Session 2:  Rheumatology Year in Review 

Arthur Kavanaugh, MD;

UC San Diego

9:45 - 10:30 - Session 3:  Gout:

A Chronic Systemic Disease of the Kidney with Rheumatologic Manifestations

Abdul Ali Abdellatif, MD, FASN


10:30 - 11:00 - Break/Exhibits

11:00 - 12:00 - Session 4: Patients Know How They Feel:

A Look at Patient Reported Outcomes

Martin Bergman, MD

Drexel University

College of Medicine

12:00 - 1:00 - Lunch:  Axial Spondyloarthritis:

Evolving Concepts of Disease, New Insights Into Pathophysiology and Management

Grace Wright, MD

NY University

Langone Medical Center

1:00 - 2:00 - Session 5: Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis with Jakinibs:

Which, When and How?

Robert Ettlinger, MD

Community Healthcare of Tacoma

2:00 - 3:00 - Session 6: Vasculitis:  


Curry Koenig, MD

University of Utah

3:15 - 4:15 - ARA Business Meeting 

5:30 - 7:30 - Dinner Symposium:  Jack Sprat –

Gender Differences in Rheumatic Disease    

Grace Wright, MD

NY University

Langone Medical Center

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