The Division of Rheumatology at Lurie Children's provides state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment fo​r ch​ildren who have problems involving their musculoskeletal system. In 2012, the division ranked first in pediatric volume in Illinois for rheumatology services.


Our team of experts includes board-certified physicians in the areas of pediatric dermatology; allergy and imm​unology; pediatric rheumatology; and child and adolescent psychiatry​.

Our multidisciplinary specialists include:


Our team brings together leaders in specific areas of pediatric rheumatic disease treatment. Together they serve as a national and international resource. The division also includes special progra​ms for juvenile dermatomyositis​ (JDM) and systemic lupus erythematosus​ (SLE).

Division head Marisa Klein-Gitelman, MD, oversees the care of children with systemic lupus; Lauren Pachman, MD, is internationally recognized for her research and care of children with JDM; Michael Miller, MD, has a special interest in juvenile rheumatoid arthritis; and Charles Sisung, MD,​ has expertise in rehabilitation of children with rheumatic diseases and pain syndromes. 

The division offers a three-year fellowship program​ focusing on clinical training and research projects. Learn more about our fellowship.


Our pediatric spec​ialists treat a variety of conditions, including:

  • ​Juvenile myositis
  • Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus​


If you’d like to request an app​ointment with one of our specialists, call 1.800.543.7362 (1.800.KIDS DOC®). You can also request an appointment online​.


Your support is ​important in helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of patients and families. Lurie Children’s relies on philanthropic funding to enhance its programs, services and research for children. To learn more, please contact the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at foundation@luriechildrens.org, call 312.227.7500 or make a gift today.

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Learn how to make an appointment at Beaumont Children’s Hospital by visiting their website.