Maria Dall’Era, MD LuCIN Chair

Leadership & Board › Maria Dall’Era, MD

Maria Dall’Era is the Jean S. Engleman Distinguished Professor and Chief of the Division of Rheumatology at UCSF. She is the Director of the UCSF Lupus Clinic and the Rheumatology Clinical Research Center.

Maria is a practicing rheumatologist and clinical researcher who leads an integrated research program focused on three closely related goals: (i) improving our understanding of the molecular and epidemiologic basis for SLE, (ii) developing novel approaches to the treatment of SLE and lupus nephritis, and (iii) finding biomarkers that predict treatment response and long-term outcome in patients with lupus nephritis. She is currently the protocol chair of an NIH-funded clinical trial in lupus nephritis, the PI of a CDC-funded longitudinal lupus cohort of patients throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, and a co-PI on various translational studies focused on lupus nephritis and cutaneous lupus. She received the Edmund L. Dubois Memorial Lectureship Award from the American College of Rheumatology and the Ephraim Engleman Award for Excellence in Arthritis Research.

In her role as Director of the UCSF Lupus Center, she cares for > 200 lupus patients and oversees the training of rheumatology fellows, medical residents, and students. The Lupus Clinic is a referral center for patients from all over Northern California. She also serves on the Steering Committee of the 21st Century Lupus Conference and the ACR-sponsored annual Winter Rheumatology Symposium.