Founded in 1989, the Division of Pediatric Rheumatology is the largest pediatric program in South Florida providing comprehensive, multidisciplinary diagnosis, treatment and support for families whose children suffer from the following types of disorders:
Because many of these conditions are difficult to diagnose, the Division of Pediatric Rheumatology can draw on the expertise of the many specialists at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital. More than 5,000 patients visit the division each year, and our specialists work closely with referring physicians from the community.
The division's interdisciplinary team includes physical therapy, occupational therapy, social work, behavioral medicine, pharmacy and dietary. The team also helps to teach the child and family about controlling these chronic diseases and achieving a high quality of life.
Through the hospital's Research Institute, the division is involved in ongoing studies on juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, dermatomyositis and other conditions, including clinical trials of medications. The division's faculty also teach medical residents and students through rotations and conferences.
For parents, the Division of Prediatric Rheumatology also provides numerous support services, including opportunities to meet and network with other parents, as well as participation in Camp Funrise programs.