Lupus Foundation of Southern California Hosting Informational and Q&A Event for Patients and Supporters

San Diego, CA – May 1, 2019

The Lupus Foundation of Southern California (LFSC) is a patient-oriented, nonprofit group made up primarily of volunteers. On Saturday, May 11 from 9–11:30 a.m. in the United Way Building at 4699 Murphy Canyon Rd. in San Diego 92123, the LFSC is hosting a free doctors panel discussion where patients and their supporters can ask questions of an exceptional group of lupus experts, including a rheumatologist, pediatric rheumatologist, dermatologist, dentist, family practitioner, and pharmacist. Snacks and drinks will be served for attendees.

“It is important for lupus patients and their caregivers to get a good cross-section of medical disciplines to meet with because lupus attacks so many areas of a patient’s body,” said Elizabeth Savage, Executive Director of the LFSC. “Patients and doctors can discuss their concerns as well as hope for treatment in the future in the setting of our informative panel discussion.”

“This panel discussion will be an excellent opportunity for patients, family, and friends to learn more about lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease, from this outstanding group of medical experts,” said Dr. Mitsuo Tomita, M.D., Panel Moderator.

The Panelists

Dr. Evelyn Ascough, DDS, specializes in general and cosmetic dentistry for children, teens, and adults. She received advanced training at UCLA in esthetic dentistry and has more than 20 years of experience.

Dr. Arthur Mabaquiao, M.D., graduated from Loma Linda University School of Medicine, completed his internal medicine residency in 1998 at the University of California, Irvine, and Rheumatology Fellowship at UCI in 2000. He has been in his private practice in San Diego since 2005.

Dr. Courtney O’Bryan, D.O., graduated from Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2013. She completed her family medicine residency at Advocate Illinois Masonic in Chicago.

Dr. Tara Paravar, M.D., is an associate professor in dermatology, UCSD School of Medicine. She completed her residency in dermatology at the University of Texas at Houston/MD Anderson Cancer Center, received her medical degree from UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, and completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Dr. Robert Sheets, M.D., is a pediatric rheumatologist at Rady Children’s Hospital and a clinical professor of pediatrics at UCSD School of Medicine.

Dr. Mitsuo Tomita, M.D., 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.

Dr. Jason Yee, PharmD, graduated from UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy and is currently an acute care pharmacy practice resident at UCSD.

About the Lupus Foundation of Southern California

The LFSC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing services and support for patients in San Diego county and beyond. The LFSC hosts monthly support groups in San Diego, focuses on community outreach at functions like health fairs, and holds events such as doctors panel discussions and an annual golf tournament and walk. For more information, visit