2023 GSR Annual Meeting
June 9-11, 2023
Lake Lanier Islands

Guest Speakers

Shamik Bhattacharyya, MD, MS

Shamik Bhattacharyya, MD, MS is the Chief of the Division of Spinal Cord Disorders and a board-certified neurologist. He attended Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and completed residency in neurology at the Harvard Neurology Residency Program of Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He started the multidisciplinary spine neurology clinic at the Comprehensive Spine Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in collaboration with neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, anesthesia, and physiatry. Clinically, he treats the full range of spinal cord disorders. Academically, he is particularly interested in inflammatory causes of spinal cord dysfunction. Dr. Bhattacharyya has published his work in renowned international journals and presented at many conferences.
Anisha Dua, MD, MPH

Anisha Dua, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology, Director of the Northwestern Vasculitis Center, and Director of the Rheumatology Fellowship Program at Northwestern Medicine. She completed medical school and a Master's in Public Health at George Washington University, followed by residency and fellowship training in Rheumatology at Rush.

Dr. Dua currently leads a multidisciplinary team in the clinical management of vasculitis patients and is expanding the clinical and translational research initiatives in collaboration with the Vasculitis Foundation at Northwestern. She recently assisted in the development of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Guideline for the Treatment and Management of Vasculitis by serving on the Literature Review Team and as leader of the patient panel. She is on the Board of Directors for the Vasculitis Foundation and a member of the Scientific Advisory Council for the Rheumatology Research Foundation. She has served in leadership capacities both locally and nationally through the American College of Rheumatology, the Vasculitis Foundation, and the ACGME in the areas of education as well as vasculitis.
Sampath Prahalad, MD, MSc

Sampath Prahalad, MD, MSc, is the Division Chief of Rheumatology at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. He also serves as Marcus Professor of Pediatric Rheumatology and Professor of Pediatrics and Human Genetics at Emory University School of Medicine.

Dr. Prahalad received a MSc from the University of Cincinnati, Diploma of Child Health (DCH) from Royal Collage of Physicians and a MBBS from Sri Venkateswara University Medical College in India. Dr. Prahalad's career vision is to understand the epidemiology and genetics of childhood rheumatic diseases, specifically juvenile idiopathic arthritis and childhood onset systemic lupus erythematosus.
Carla Scanzello, MD, PhD

Carla Scanzello, MD, PhD is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in the Division of Rheumatology. Her research focuses on understanding the molecular stimuli and clinical consequences of synovial inflammation in osteoarthritis (OA) and meniscal injury. Their team has identified specific inflammatory pathways that are over-expressed in patients with early-stage knee OA, including Toll-like receptor pathways and chemokine-mediated pathways. We are now exploring how these pathways impact OA development and progression after joint injury in animal models, incorporating pain-related outcomes with with translational relevance. The ultimate goal of our laboratory's work is to develop novel anti-inflammatory strategies to reduce pain and disability from OA.