Rheumatology

The Section of Rheumatology is dedicated to providing the highest level of care to children with Rheumatic Diseases. The section’s goals are to:

  • Promote the highest quality interdisciplinary assessment and management practices to optimize child functioning and family support
  • Serve as a resource to primary care practitioners for children with rheumatic diseases
  • Enhance training and research so families will benefit from the best clinical and scientific advances with the highest standards of ethics, professionalism and advocacy

Clinical Programs:

  • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Progressive Systemic Sclerosis
  • Linear Scleroderma
  • Morphea
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Spondyloarthropathy
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Henoch-Schonlein Purpura
  • Kawasaki Disease
  • Wegener’s Granulomatosis
  • Takayasu’s Arteritis
  • Polyarteritis Nodosa
  • Lyme Disease
  • Reactive Arthritis
  • Acute Rheumatic Fever
  • Hypermobility Syndromes
  • Uveitis

The Section of Rheumatology provides care to children from a wide geographic region. Patients are seen at Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago satellite offices in Naperville, Illinois and Merrillville, Indiana, as well as various additional clinics across the Chicagoland suburbs. The service includes four board certified Pediatric Rheumatologists, a post-doctoral fellow, registered nurse, and research coordinator.  Each year the rheumatology service sees greater than 2000 outpatient visits.  The section has expertise on a wide range of clinical syndromes and facility with all current therapeutic options including biologic therapies. 

The University of Chicago is the only center in Illinois with a pediatric rheumatologist who is specially trained in the use of ultrasound and has a dedicated musculoskeletal ultrasound clinic.  Musculoskeletal ultrasound is a safe and effective tool that is used to complement the physical exam and aid in therapeutic intervention.  It allows us to “see” inside the joint as well as the surrounding tissues which can help with diagnosis of joint, ligament, or tendon pathology.  In children, musculoskeletal ultrasound can help in the diagnosis and management of arthritis and related conditions. Ultrasound-guided joint injections have been shown to be more accurate than blind injections and are associated with less procedural pain.

For more information about our clinical program, visit the Comer Children's Hospital website