Founded in 1971, the Division of Rheumatology at Lurie Children's provides state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment for children who have rheumatologic associated musculoskeletal and inflammatory conditions. Our team of experts is the largest in Illinois. We provide coordinated care through our multidisciplinary clinics for a variety of conditions.
Our team of specialists is led by Marisa Klein-Gitelman, MD, MS, who has served as the division head since 2002. Together they treat a variety of childhood rheumatic diseases. Dr. Klein-Gitelman has expertise in pediatric lupus, vasculitis, uveitis and neuro inflammatory diseases. Special areas of expertise for Kaveh Ardalan, MD, MS, and Megan Curran, MD, are juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM) and scleroderma, and for Michael Miller, MD, in juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and patient centered outcomes. Megan Hiskey MSN, APN, is our advancded practice nurse whose areas of expertise are JIA and Uveitis. Charles Sisung, MD, has expertise in rehabilitation of children with rheumatic diseases and pain syndromes. Lauren Pachman, MD, is the director of the FOCIS Center of Excellence In Clinical Immunology and head of the Cure JM Program of Excellence in Juvenile Myositis Research.
Our physicians are at the forefront of advances in treatment to ensure they provide our patients with the best care possible. We take specialized and evidence-based approaches to diagnosing and treatment. The following is a list of some of the conditions we treat.
The Division of Rheumatology is engaged in research targeted to improve quality and outcomes for children who live with autoimmune and autoinflammatory disorders including childhood forms of arthritis, lupus and vasculitis.
Keeping with our belief that quality education is inseparable from our quality patient care, we partner with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine to train tomorrow’s leading pediatric physicians. As the pediatric teaching hospital for the Feinberg School, we offer several opportunities for residents to further their education in a pediatric specialty.
The Division of Rheumatology offers a three-year ACGME accredited fellowship training program in pediatric rheumatology. The first year of fellowship is weighted toward clinical training; in the second and third years, the majority of time is spent on research training and execustion. Fellowship applicants must complete an ACGME-approved residency in pediatrics from a US based institution before entering our program. For more information on the program or to learn how to apply, please review the Rheumatology Fellowship page on the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics website.
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