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Join us on Saturday, May 15, as we host our annual San Diego Doctors' Panel Discussion on Lupus! During this free webinar-style panel discussion, you'll hear from a group of local lupus experts and have an opportunity to have your questions answered regarding a broad range of lupus-related topics. Learn more about each of our expert panelists, then click the "REGISTER" button below or above to secure your place.

Our Panelists

Dr. Maria Berenice Nava, M.D.

I was born in Mexico, but at an early age, I moved to the United States, where I completed my higher education. I received my undergraduate degree from San Francisco State University and my medical doctorate at the UCLA Charles Drew Program. I then spent one year at the National Institutes of Health as a predoctoral research fellow working on clinical research in kidney disease. After this, I did residency training in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and a fellowship in nephrology at New York Presbyterian-Columbia Medical Center. I’m excited to have joined Kaiser Permanente, which is a dedicated healthcare institution that cares for its members, having a strong emphasis on preventive medicine. I find this to be very relevant in my care approach, as diabetes and hypertension are the 2 main leading causes of end-stage renal disease in our country, both of which can be extensively controlled through preventive care.

I am a general nephrologist with special interests in preventive medicine, hypertension, chronic kidney disease, glomerular diseases, kidney transplant, and dialysis therapy. My philosophy is member-centered care along with strong collaboration with a multidisciplinary team including colleagues, nurse staff, dietitians, and social workers coming together for a common goal: optimized member care. I am committed to the well-being of members, and I hope to develop strong, trusting, and long-lasting member-physician relationships. I also have a passion for global health and community outreach, which has led me to volunteering time in countries like Mexico and Africa.


Dr. Peter Chiraseveenuprapund (Chira), M.D.

Dr. Chira is a board-certified pediatric rheumatologist at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego. He is also a clinical associate professor of clinical pediatrics at UC San Diego School of Medicine. He earned his medical degree at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in Bronx, N.Y. He completed his pediatric internship at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and pediatric residency at Children's Hospital Oakland in Oakland, Calif. He completed a pediatric rheumatology fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, where he also earned a Master's of Science in Health Services Research. He was on the faculty at Stanford from 2004-2011 and at Indiana University School of Medicine from 2011-2014, where he was also the pediatric rheumatology fellowship program director.

Dr. Chira is dedicated to treating all children, adolescents, and young adults with rheumatic diseases such as juvenile idiopathic arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, systemic vasculitis, systemic and localized scleroderma, and juvenile dermatomyositis. He conducts clinical research to improve the lives of children and youth with rheumatic disease and is actively involved as an investigator for clinical trials. His primary research focus has been on improving the transition process for children and adolescents from pediatric to adult healthcare systems. He is dedicated to teaching the next generation of medical students, residents, and fellows.

Dr. Chira is a member of the American College of Rheumatology and Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance. He is actively involved with the Arthritis Foundation on the local, regional and national levels.


Dr. Thomas F. Kelly, M.D.

Thomas F. Kelly, MD, is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist and perinatologist (a subspecialty of maternal-fetal medicine). His expertise includes medical complications of pregnancy and fetal diagnosis.

Dr. Kelly is a professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at UC San Diego School of Medicine. As a clinician-educator, he instructs medical students, residents, and fellows. Dr. Kelly supervises maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) fellows and residents in the high-risk pregnancy clinic at UC San Diego Health. He was the core clerkship director for Ob/Gyn and currently directs two fourth-year electives.

Dr. Kelly has co-authored abstracts, peer-reviewed articles, and book chapters. He is often invited to speak, lecturing on a wide range of maternal-fetal medicine topics, including liver disorders of pregnancy, fetal growth disorders, and managing obstetrical hemorrhage.

Dr. Kelly completed a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine and a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at UC San Diego School of Medicine. He earned his medical degree from the University of Nevada School of Medicine. Dr. Kelly is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and maternal-fetal medicine.

He is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a member of numerous professional organizations including the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and the American Professors of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Kelly is an oral examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, both for the general Ob/Gyn and MFM subspecialty exams. He also is active with the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative, serving on the Pregnancy-Associated Maternal Mortality Review Committee as well as the Preeclampsia and Sepsis Committees.


Our Moderator: Dr. Mitsuo Tomita, M.D.

Dr. Tomita was a family practice physician at Kaiser Permanente until he retired in 2008.  An Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSD School of Medicine, he received his medical degree from UCSF School of Medicine and completed his residency training in Fresno.

Things to Know

Saturday, May 15, 2021
10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Virtual Zoom Webinar Room
Further info to be provided upon successful registration

1. Registration for this event closes promptly on Friday, May 14, 2021, at 6:00 P.M.
2. Questions submitted during registration will receive top priority.
3. Your Zoom profile information should match the info provided during registration to ensure your admittance into the event.