Compassionate Allowances Outreach Hearing on Autoimmune Diseases

Baltimore, MD - March 16, 2011

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9:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Opening Statements

  • Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security Administration
  • Robert H. Carter M.D., Deputy Director, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), National Institutes of Health
  • David A. Rust, Deputy Commissioner for Retirement and Disability Policy, Social Security Administration
  • Glenn Sklar, Deputy Commissioner for Disability Adjudication and Review, Social Security Administration

9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Overview of Autoimmune Diseases

  • Virginia Ladd, President, American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association [Ladd's testimony]
  • Sandra Raymond, President and CEO, Lupus Foundation of America [Raymond's testimony]
  • Virginia Steen, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Rheumatology, Immunology, and Allergy, Georgetown University [Steen's testimony]
  • Eric Gall, M.D., Professor, Clinical Medicine, Rheumatology Department and Interim Director, Arizona Arthritis Center, University of Arizona School of Medicine [Gall's testimony]

11:00 - 11:15 a.m.

Morning Break

11:15– 12:30 p.m.

Current Science and Research on Autoimmune Diseases

  • Noel Rose, M.D., PhD., Director, Center for Autoimmune Disease Research, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health [Rose's testimony]
  • John Booss, M.D., Professor Emeritus of Neurology and Laboratory Medicine at Yale University, National Multiple Sclerosis Society [Booss' testimony]
  • Arthur Weinstein, M.D., Associate Chairman, Department of Medicine and Director, Division of Rheumatology, Washington Hospital Center [Weinstein's testimony]

12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

Lunch Break

2:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Clinical Treatment of Autoimmune Diseases

  • Philip Seo, M.D., Co-Director, Johns Hopkins Vasculitis Center, Johns Hopkins Hospital [Seo's testimony]
  • Walter Royal, III, M.D., Director of the Maryland Center for Multiple Sclerosis at the University of Maryland [Royal's testimony]
  • Yvonne Brown, Individual Living with Multiple Sclerosis, National Multiple Sclerosis Society [Brown's testimony]

3:15 - 3:30 p.m.

Afternoon Break

3:30 - 4:45 p.m.

Living with Autoimmune Disease

  • Penelope Fletcher, President, Lupus Foundation of America, DC/MD/VA Chapter [Fletcher's testimony]
  • Beverly Jenkins, Individual Living with Lupus, Lupus Foundation of America [Jenkins' testimony]
  • Rosemary Markoff, Individual Living with Scleroderma,  Scleroderma Foundation (Tri-State Chapter-NY, NJ, CT) [Markoff's testimony]

4:45 - 5:00 p.m. 

Closing Remarks

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