Maria Dall'Era, MD

Director of the Lupus Clinic

Dr. Maria C. Dall'Era, a rheumatologist, is director of the Lupus Clinic and director of the Department of Medicine Clinical Trials Center. In addition to caring for patients, Dall'Era has a special research interest in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and participates in clinical trials of treatment for generalized lupus and lupus nephritis, an inflammation of the kidney caused by lupus. Through her research, she hopes to develop new and advanced therapies for patients suffering from SLE.

Dall'Era completed a medical degree, internal medicine residency and chief residency and fellowship training in rheumatology at UCSF. Dall'Era also holds the position of professor of medicine at UCSF.


Lupus Clinic
400 Parnassus Ave., Floor B1
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-2497
Fax: (415) 353-2530

Hours: Monday to Friday,
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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UCSF School of Medicine 1997


UCSF Medical Center, Internal Medicine 2000
UCSF Medical Center, Internal Medicine 2001


UCSF Medical Center, Rheumatology 2004

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Dall'Era M, Cisternas MG, Snipes K, Herrinton LJ, Gordon C, Helmick CG. The Incidence and Prevalence of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus in San Francisco County, California: The California Lupus Surveillance Project. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2017 10; 69(10):1996-2005.
  2. Qu H, Shewchuk RM, Alarcón G, Fraenkel L, Leong A, Dall'Era M, Yazdany J, Singh JA. Mapping Perceptions of Lupus Medication Decision-Making Facilitators: The Importance of Patient Context. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2016 Dec; 68(12):1787-1794.
  3. Aranow C, Kamen DL, Dall'Era M, Massarotti EM, Mackay MC, Koumpouras F, Coca A, Chatham WW, Clowse ME, Criscione-Schreiber LG, Callahan S, Goldmuntz EA, Keyes-Elstein L, Oswald M, Gregersen PK, Diamond B. Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial of the Effect of Vitamin D3 on the Interferon Signature in Patients With Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2015 Jul; 67(7):1848-57.
  4. Dall'Era M, Levesque V, Solomons N, Truman M, Wofsy D. Identification of clinical and serological factors during induction treatment of lupus nephritis that are associated with renal outcome. Lupus Sci Med. 2015; 2(1):e000089.
  5. Dall'Era M, Cisternas MG, Smilek DE, Straub L, Houssiau FA, Cervera R, Rovin BH, Mackay M. Predictors of long-term renal outcome in lupus nephritis trials: lessons learned from the Euro-Lupus Nephritis cohort. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2015 May; 67(5):1305-13.
  6. Ashouri JF, Davis JL, Farkas A, Durack JC, Ramachandran R, Dall'Era M. A young woman with systemic lupus erythematosus and extensive mesenteric vasculitis involving small and medium vessels. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2012 Dec; 64(12):1928-33.
  7. Dall'Era M. Mycophenolate mofetil in the treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus. Curr Opin Rheumatol. 2011 Sep; 23(5):454-8.
  8. Yazdany J, Trupin L, Gansky SA, Dall'era M, Yelin EH, Criswell LA, Katz PP. Brief index of lupus damage: a patient-reported measure of damage in systemic lupus erythematosus. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2011 Aug; 63(8):1170-7.
  9. Dall'era M, Chakravarty EF. Treatment of mild, moderate, and severe lupus erythematosus: focus on new therapies. Curr Rheumatol Rep. 2011 Aug; 13(4):308-16.
  10. Dall'Era M, Stone D, Levesque V, Cisternas M, Wofsy D. Identification of biomarkers that predict response to treatment of lupus nephritis with mycophenolate mofetil or pulse cyclophosphamide. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2011 Mar; 63(3):351-7.
  11. Dillon SR, Harder B, Lewis KB, Moore MD, Liu H, Bukowski TR, Hamacher NB, Lantry MM, Maurer M, Krejsa CM, Ellsworth JL, Pederson S, Elkon KB, Wener MH, Dall'Era M, Gross JA. B-lymphocyte stimulator/a proliferation-inducing ligand heterotrimers are elevated in the sera of patients with autoimmune disease and are neutralized by atacicept and B-cell maturation antigen-immunoglobulin. Arthritis Res Ther. 2010; 12(2):R48.
  12. Dall'Era M, Wofsy D. Connective tissue diseases: Belimumab for systemic lupus erythematosus: breaking through? Nat Rev Rheumatol. 2010 Mar; 6(3):124-5.
  13. Dall'Era M, Wofsy D. Biologic therapy for systemic lupus erythematosus. Discov Med. 2010 Jan; 9(44):20-3.
  14. Dall'Era M, Wofsy D. Systemic lupus erythematosus clinical trials-an interim analysis. Nat Rev Rheumatol. 2009 Jun; 5(6):348-51.
  15. Dall'Era M, Chakravarty E, Wallace D, Genovese M, Weisman M, Kavanaugh A, Kalunian K, Dhar P, Vincent E, Pena-Rossi C, Wofsy D. Reduced B lymphocyte and immunoglobulin levels after atacicept treatment in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus: results of a multicenter, phase Ib, double-blind, placebo-controlled, dose-escalating trial. Arthritis Rheum. 2007 Dec; 56(12):4142-50.
  16. Gillis JZ, Dall'era M, Gross A, Yazdany J, Davis J. Six refractory lupus patients treated with rituximab: a case series. Arthritis Rheum. 2007 Apr 15; 57(3):538-42.
  17. Dall'Era M, Wofsy D. Clinical trial design in systemic lupus erythematosus. Curr Opin Rheumatol. 2006 Sep; 18(5):476-80.
  18. Dall'era MC, Cardarelli PM, Preston BT, Witte A, Davis JC. Type I interferon correlates with serological and clinical manifestations of SLE. Ann Rheum Dis. 2005 Dec; 64(12):1692-7.
  19. Dall'Era M, Davis JC. Systemic lupus erythematosus. How to manage, when to refer. Postgrad Med. 2003 Nov; 114(5):31-7, 40.

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