Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

Grand Rounds

Medicine Grand Rounds: Serving the Underserved - Health Disparities in Rheumatology

Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine Grand Rounds

Thursday, December 22, 2011

8:00 AM: Forchheimer 3rd Floor Lecture Hall, Einstein
Repeated @ 12:15 PM: Cherhasky Auditorium, Montefiore Medical Center

Speaker & Info

Irene Blanco, MD, MS
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Rheumatology)
Director, Montefiore Lupus Clinic and Einstein Lupus Cohort
Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center

Dr. Irene Blanco devotes her time primarily to research and teaching where she seeks to improve the clinician's ability to predict and improve outcomes in lupus nephritis. This is a potentially devastating complication of systemic lupus erythematosus which can lead to renal failure and end-stage renal disease. Dr. Blanco's research seeks to find new biomarkers for lupus nephritis that better correlate with disease activity, leading to early diagnosis and treatment. Given that lupus kidney disease disproportionately affects both African Americans and Hispanics, she also has an interest in health disparities in lupus and how these disparities affect outcomes in underserved populations.

Dr. Blanco completed her medical education at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and her internal medicine residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital's Cornell Campus. She returned to Einstein for her rheumatology fellowship for both her training and a Master's in Clinical Research Methods.

After attending this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Define health disparities
  2. Discuss racial and ethnic health disparities as they pertain to Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis
  3. Describe ways to address and eliminate health disparities based on race and ethnicity

Accreditation: Albert Einstein College of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 credit towards the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Host: Department of Medicine (Division of Rheumatology)

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