Professor Sandra V. Navarra, MD, FPCP, FPRA

Professor Sandra V. Navarra, MD, FPCP, FPRA

University of Santo Tomas, Manila,
Philippines

Sandra Navarra is Professor and Head of Rheumatology at University of Santo Tomas and Consultant Rheumatologist at St. Luke’s Medical Center in the Philippines. She served as Secretary-General, Head of the Education Committee, chaired the special interest group on systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) of the Asia Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology (APLAR), and was past-President of the Philippine Rheumatology Association.

Professor Navarra co-founded the Arthritis Care and Research Foundation of the Philippines, where she is currently Scientific Programmes Director, and the Lupus Foundation of the Philippines where she has served as Medical Adviser. Currently President and CEO of the Rheumatology Educational Trust Foundation Inc. (RETFI), she is the prime mover of the Lupus Inspired Advocacy (LUISA) Project for lupus education and research, and the People Empowerment for Arthritis and Lupus (PEARL) Movement for lay education and medical assistance programmes.

Professor Navarra is an experienced clinical trials investigator and has published widely in the field of lupus and other rheumatic diseases. She is a well-known lecturer in a broad range of topics in rheumatology and has received several university and national awards for her contributions to education and research.

Professor Navarra has organised several national and regional educational meetings including the Ten Topics in Rheumatology – Asia (November 2009), the first Asian Lupus Summit (November 2012), and the Asian Lupus Summit by the Lupus Academy (March-April 2014), all held in the Philippines.

Professor Navarra is a member of the Lupus Academy Steering Committee and has been involved in the planning and development of the 4th

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