Pediatric Rheumatology Physicians

The Division of Pediatric Rheumatology'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.

Rafael F Rivas-Chacon, MD

Director, Division of Rheumatology

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Pediatric rheumatology

Arielle D Hay, MD


Primary Office: Miami

Additional Offices: Aventura, Weston

Clinical Interests: Hypermobility Syndrome, juvenile arthritis, juvenile dermatomyositis, juvenile systemic lupus erythematosus and transition of care for adolescents with chronic illness

Yonit Sterba Rakovchik, MD

Pediatric Rheumatologist

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Offices: Boynton Beach, Miami, Weston

Clinical Interests:

Childhood-onset lupus, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, juvenile dermatomyositis and transition of care

† This physician is not employed by Nicklaus Children's Hospital.


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