Interesting Vasculitis Case Competition

2022

 

Mission

 

The Calgary Vasculitis Symposium is committed to giving health professionals opportunities to learn about, share, and discuss recent discoveries in clinical and translational vasculitis research and managing patients with vasculitis. 

WINNERS

 
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GEOFFREY THIELE
PEDIATRIC RHEUMATOLOGIST
LOS ANGELES, USA

Interesting Case #1

Dr. Geoffrey Thiele was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. From an early age, he was already interested in medicine. His father is a Ph.D. and performs adult Rheumatology research at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). Through his years working in the laboratory at UNMC, his interest in medicine and Rheumatology continued to grow. He was fortunate enough to attend the University of Nebraska Medical Center for medical school, where his interest in Pediatrics and Rheumatology were cemented. After medical school, he was able to continue his training at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. There, he was exposed to complex medical patients that helped prepare him for his future in Rheumatology. After residency, he has since traveled further west to The Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, where he is currently in his second year of training in pediatric rheumatology.

 

GIYA HARRY
PEDIATRIC RHEUMATOLOGIST
WINSTON-SALEM, USA

Interesting Case #2

Dr. Giya Harry is an Assistant Professor in the Section of Pediatric Rheumatology in the Department of Pediatrics at Atrium Health Wake Forest Hospital. She also holds a Master in Public Health and a Master in Sciences. Her research focuses on enhancing health self-management skills in adolescents with rheumatic conditions specifically lupus. Dr. Harry’s current research interests center on identifying caregiver factors that influence self-management skills in adolescents with lupus, and effectively engaging adolescents with lupus in determining the optimal educational medium to address lupus-specific knowledge deficits. She is also committed to increasing the participation rates of minority populations in lupus clinical trials.

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KATHERINE SCHULTZ
PEDIATRIC RHEUMATOLOGIST
IOWA CITY, USA

Interesting Case #3

Dr. Katie Schultz is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Pediatric Rheumatology based out of Iowa City, Iowa, USA. She has had a long passion for immunology and subsequently found her clinical home in pediatric rheumatology. Her clinical care focuses on a wholistic approach that is patient and family centered. Her research passion lies in health professions education, for which she has been awarded several grants thus far, including one to evaluate the existing pediatric rheumatology workforce shortage. She is also interested in finding new ways to increase access to care for patients with rheumatic disease and discovering novel understandings of clinical reasoning. She is honored and excited to be part of the Calgary Vasculitis Symposium this year. 

 

OLIVIA KWAN
PEDIATRIC RHEUMATOLOGIST
INDIANAPOLIS, USA

Interesting Case #4

Dr. Olivia Kwan is a third year pediatric rheumatology fellow at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, IN. She earned her medical degree and completed her residency training at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics where she also served as chief resident. She has broad clinical and research interests. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Clinical Research. She is a recipient of a diversity equity and inclusion grant from the Arthritis Foundation for her fellowship research project. This project focuses on identifying barriers to care experienced by pediatric rheumatology patients and families. Dr. Kwan also has a strong interest in medical education. She has served as a volunteer instructor for first year medical students, assisted in developing virtual case based teaching modules, and enjoys teaching residents and medical students during their rheumatology rotations. 

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