Health care providers invited to psoriasis update

“Current Updates in Psoriasis,” a program offered by the University Health System (UHS) and the UT Health Science Center, will take place Monday, Oct. 29, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at UHS’ University Center for Community Health, 701 S. Zarzamora St.

Physicians, nurses, residents, medical students and other health care providers are encouraged to attend to gain information on the current medications and changes in treatment options for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis patients living with these non-contagious lifelong diseases. Key medications, light therapy, physical exercise and other modalities will be discussed.

The program also will address the psychological factors associated with the disease.

George B. Hernandez Jr., president/CEO of UHS, will give the welcome at 9 a.m.

At 9:15 a.m., L. Ricardo Zunica-Montes, M.D., FACR, assistant professor of medicine/rheumatology, will discuss “Psoriatic Arthritis: An Overview.”

At 10:15 a.m., Roberto L. Jimenez, M.D., FAPA, clinical professor of psychiatry and chairman, Board of Managers, UHS, will discuss “Mental Health and Psoriasis.”

At 11 a.m., Thushan N. DeSilva, M.D., assistant professor of medicine/dermatology and cutaneous surgery, will discuss “Skin Manifestations of Psoriasis.”

Lunch and a bilingual panel discussion will follow.

Register by contacting Laura Fornos, program coordinator of UHS health services research, at (210) 358-5884 or

This program is funded by an unrestricted educational grant from Abbott and is also supported by the National Psoriasis Foundation.


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