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Education Programs

21st Annual Cheri Woo Scleroderma Education Seminar

This free educational event was hosted on Zoom on Saturday, May 14, 2022. 

Guest Speakers:

10 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.Opening Remarks
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. – Jeffrey Robinson, M.D. and Daniel Seifer, M.D. 

Jeffrey Robinson, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, School of Medicine.  His academic interests include advancing the care of pulmonary hypertension through clinical trials. Clinically, his main interests are the care of patients with pulmonary hypertension and autoimmune-related lung disease. 

Daniel Seifer, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, School of Medicine.  He has particular interests in immunology, physiology, operational efficiency, the integration of technology into clinical practice, and in promoting & practicing a humanistic approach to medicine.  

Drs. Robinson and Seifer presented on the topic of:  Pulmonary Hypertension and Interstitial Lung Disease in Scleroderma 

11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Break 
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Ginny Maril, Ph.D. 

Ginny Maril, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist serving the states of California and Texas.  She specializes in working with college students and young adults, as well as survivors of sexual trauma, and those living with chronic illness and their caregivers. 

Dr. Maril presented on the topic of:  Staying Mentally Well While Living With Scleroderma 

12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. – Lunch Break 
1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. – Joanna Harper, Pharm.D. 

JoAnna Harper, Pharm.D. is a multiple-state licensed consultant pharmacist, specializing in pain management, with personal emphasis in Scleroderma and Lupus.  She brings a unique first-hand approach to the effects of medications in Scleroderma patients, with her early childhood diagnosis of Raynaud’s, scleroderma, and lupus, along with a host of other conditions related to scleroderma. 

Dr. Harper presented on the topic of:  CBD and THC:  Are They Right For Me? 


Education Programs

The Oregon chapter offers scleroderma education programs locally with leading experts in the field to help individuals understand their disease, cope with the challenges of their symptoms, and find their best path forward. Our chapter also helps to identify local resources that are available to individuals affected by scleroderma through public and private entities.

Go to school at the Foundation’s YouTube Channel. There are a variety of topics and videos which make understanding scleroderma easier!