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Board Members

Pediatric rheumatologists,researchers and families, working hand in hand to support groundbreaking, life-changing research and treatment for children living with arthritis and lupus.

Dr. Ian Yip

Chairman of the Board

Dr. Ian Yip graduated summa cum laude from Washington University, St Louis in 1986. In 1990, he received his Medical Doctor degree from Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Yip then completed his residency and fellowship training at the UCLA Medical Center and their affiliated hospitals. Dr. Yip is board certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is also board certified in Clinical Nutrition by the American Board of Nutrition, and the American Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists.

Dr. Yip is currently Associate Clinical Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, as well as Director of the Nutrition Medical Center with offices located at the 100 UCLA Medical Plaza in Westwood and at the Warner Medical Center in Woodland Hills. Dr. Yip is married and a devoted father to his son and twin daughters. A nutrition, cancer prevention and obesity specialist, he is an active community educator, teaching nutrition and wellness to both children and adults.

As the father of a child with lupus, Dr. Yip is also dedicated to funding new research and discoveries in the pediatric rheumatology field.

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Dr. Deborah McCurdy


Dr. McCurdy is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, the Director of Pediatric Rheumatology, and the Director of the Pediatric Rheumatology Training Program at UCLA. She received her medical degree from the Drexel University School of Medicine in Philadelphia and trained in Pediatric Rheumatology at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. On completion of her training, she moved to Children's Hospital Orange County and became the Director of Rheumatology in 1997 until moving to UCLA in 2003.

Twenty percent of her time is dedicated to the education of fellows, residents and medical students. In addition to her clinics at UCLA-Westwood campus, she also holds clinics at UCLA Harbor, Olive View, and Ventura Medical Center. On the first and third Tuesdays of each month, Dr. McCurdy holds a Pediatric Lupus Clinic at UCLA in conjunction with Dr. Ora Yadin (Professor of Pediatrics & Nephrology).

Dr. McCurdy’s research interests include DNA repair in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and candidate genes in the pathogenesis of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis and SLE.

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