Expert Lupus Doctor Says No COVID-19 in His Patients

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“Expert Lupus Doctor Says No COVID-19 in His Patients”

By Donna Garner


Daniel J. Wallace, MD, FACP, MACR is a board-certified internist and rheumatologist.  He is one of the most respected rheumatologists and lupus experts in the entire United States.  Dr. Wallace is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and is the Associate Director of the Rheumatology Fellowship Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he also serves on the Board of Governors.

Dr. Wallace has authored nearly 450 peer reviewed manuscripts, 30 book chapters, eight textbooks (on lupus, osteoarthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome and fibromyalgia); and his practice includes caring for 2,000 lupus patients, the largest lupus cohort in the United States

On 4.7.20, Dr. Daniel J. Wallace was asked about the possible preventive (prophylactic) use of hydroxychloroquine (i.e., Plaquenil) in his Lupus patients.

Dr. Wallace said that he has had 800 Lupus patients (unique visits) since Sept. 1, 2019 who are taking hydroxychloroquine (a.k.a., HQ).  He has not had a single one of these patients who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. 

In the Cedars Sinai Hospital where he also works, there has only been one person with Lupus who has been hospitalized; but that patient was taking HQ only intermittently —

Dr. Mehmet Cengiz Oz (born in Cleveland, Ohio from Turkish immigrant parents – his father also a doctor) is a board certified cardiothoracic surgeon and has served as the vice chair of Columbia’s Department of Surgery. He has his own syndicated TV show on which he discusses breakthroughs in the field of medicine and answers people’s questions about their health.

In a recent conversation that Dr. Oz had with Dr. Daniel Wallace, the lupus specialist mentioned that in his 46 years of treating thousands of lupus patients with HQ, he has never seen any serious side effects.   

This set Dr. Oz’s mind in motion.  He decided to try to find out if any lupus patients around the country have contracted COVID-19. He is now working with major health insurance companies to encourage them to do a deep dive into their data to see if lupus patients may perhaps be gaining preventive results against COVID-19 by taking HQ.  This could be vital information for the general public to know if it indicates that there is something in HQ that prevents people from contracting COVID-19.   

Dr. Oz has also set up a site on his webpage to encourage any lupus patients in the United States who have contracted COVID-19 to submit their information to him:


Dr. Daniel Wallace’s Curriculum Vitae and Cedars Sinai bio:


4.8.10 – “Dr. Marc Siegel opens up about his father, 96, and his successful use of hydroxychloroquine” — By Edmund DeMarche – Fox News

4.5.20 — “Doctors in the Trenches Bring Hope Against COVID-19”– By Donna Garner – EdViews.org

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    I have occasional flairs and wonder about the COvid vaccine particularly because it is a live vaccine at this time. Does the doctor recommend it for all Lupus patients?
    Thank you!

  2. August Accetta

    Plaquenil is greatly helpful with the inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. It’s mechanism of action involves the suppression of the immune system to some degree. COVID-19 kills people Because of their exaggerated immune response to the virus. This is why plaquenil works in early disease. It dampens or suppresses the cytokine storm which would otherwise lead to pneumonia.
    To deny that plaque when L is effective in early Covid disease is to also deny that it is affective in rheumatic arthritis and lupus. This is oxy moronic.

  3. Bill

    The libs are blinded by their hatred of Trump. If Trump said hydroxychloroquine was bad the libs would fall all over themselves to get you to take it

  4. Vincent H.

    Correlation does not imply causation. Holy hell that’s basic sophomore HS science stuff. Have some deep misgivings about the good doctor. For one why Sept 2019 as the start of that time range? There was likely either 0, or barely a handful of covid patients in CHINA based on genetic analysis.
    Secondly, should we take a random sample of 800 people in LA and screen them for active covid symptoms it’s most likely you’ll find a handful. Pos Antibody rates in socal run about 4%. Of those most were asymptomatic. But lupus patients followed by a rheumatologist aren’t a random sample. That they practice stringent social distancing due to chronic illness should be taken into account as well.

    So many questions. Sad that I didn’t see them answered here

    • Bill

      In hi (46) years of treating patients with HQ. are you BLIND!!

  5. I,m livid how Dr Oz and Dr Wallace thru alot of reviewing have agreed Hydroxychloroquine should be OK,d for preventive use for COVID19. While because of Hacks on MSNBC and CNN I might die because of my COPD if I contract it. Yes I,m a Veteran and they provide me with Oxygen and Arithzinicin because of the bouts with pnuemonia. I look on youtube and see the French Study which was enough evidence for Macron and Merkle Also today a billionair in Australia has bought millions of doses and their Health Care system has agreed to let Drs prescribe it now. Even a Deocratic Representive in Michigan Miss Whimsett swears by it after it saving her. The South Dakota Governor has her whole Meat Plant doiung a study