Rheumatology

The Division of Rheumatology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is the largest and most comprehensive pediatric rheumatology program in the western United States. The Division addresses the immediate need for access to the very best pediatric rheumatology care for thousands of children and their families in California, Nevada and other neighboring states by combining excellence in clinical care, research and fellowship training.

Our doctors treat rheumatic diseases including juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, dermatomyositis, scleroderma, vasculitis and a wide array of inflammatory and degenerative eye diseases.

The treatment team consists of six full-time pediatric rheumatologists, who are supported by a nurse coordinator, clinical social worker, research study coordinator, designated occupational and physical therapists and other support staff.

Treatment is facilitated using a multidisciplinary team approach and there is close collaboration with other divisions, including Rehabilitation, Orthopaedics, Nephrology and Bone Marrow Transplantation.

Commonly Treated Conditions

The Division treats inflammatory and non-inflammatory rheumatic diseases, including:

  • Systematic lupus erythematosus
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Scleroderma
  • Vasculitis

In addition, the Division maintains a focused complement of clinical research, designed to realize long-term benefits for children with airway disorders.

Programs and Services

  • Comprehensive assessment of a child's disorder and extent of physical disability. 
  • Access to full radiological and laboratory testing on campus
  • Psychosocial function assessment and assistance
  • Child and family education and goal setting
  • Development of a comprehensive treatment plan, including specialized consultative services
  • Prompt management of acute crises
  • Referral for financial assistance, community services, vocational rehabilitation and support
  • Facilitating assistance with educational needs of our patients, helping to assist with I.E.P.   

Education and Training

Learn more about our Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship Program.

Research Efforts

An active research program involves key collaborations with other medical institutions. The Division has been instrumental in the development of the international Pediatric Rheumatology Research Network, further ensuring that our patients can benefit from cutting-edge treatments as they become available. Our hospital is the national and international leader in clinical trials for cutting-edge therapies for autoimmune diseases.

Family Support Groups

Families Living with Rheumatic Diseases, a program that provides regular discussion groups on specific topics supportive to our patients and their families.