The Division of Pediatric Rheumatology is committed to the diagnosis and care of children with pediatric rheumatic diseases. Our division consists of four board-certified pediatric rheumatologists. Divisional members are all actively involved in research relating to pediatric rheumatologic diseases. We educate medical students, residents and rheumatology fellows in the field of pediatric rheumatology and have an active fellowship program. We are involved in the local and national level in bettering the lives of children with chronic rheumatic diseases.
The Division of Rheumatology serves patients with pediatric rheumatic diseases such as juvenile arthritis, dermatomyositis, systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, sarcoid, inflammatory uveitis, periodic fevers, vasculitis, Wegener's granulomatosus, Takayasu's arteritis, Behcet's disease and fibromyalgia.
We evaluate, diagnose and treat chronic joint pain and swelling, periodic fevers, lupus and lupus-like rashes, muscle weakness with rash or calcinosis (calcium deposits in the skin/muscle) and scleroderma including linear scleroderma, morphea, and systemic sclerosis.
Treatment modalities include medical management, joint injections with sedation, intravenous therapies, physical and occupational therapy and psychosocial support.
Physicians and Staff
|Name||Areas of Special Interest|
|Jeffrey A. Dvergsten, MD||Juvenile arthritis and dermatomyositis; systemic-onset juvenile idiopathic arthritis; research interests in pathogenesis of pediatric inflammatory diseases|
|Egla C. Rabinovich, MD, MPH||Childhood rheumatic diseases, lupus, JRA, childhood osteoporosis, dermatomyositis, localized (linear) scleroderma, morphea, uveitis|
|Laura E. Schanberg, MD||Pediatric rheumatic diseases, pediatric systemic lupus erythematosus, pain in children with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, musculoskeletal pain syndromes including juvenile fibromyalgia|
|Heather A. Van Mater, MD, MS||Juvenile arthritis, juvenile dermatomyositis, CNS vasculitis, cost-effective treatment in pediatric rheumatology|
|Kelly Anthony, PhD||Psychologist|
|Whitney Diebolt, OTR/L||Occupational Therapist|
|Janet Hobble, RN||Nurse Clinician|
|Kelly Mieszkalski, MA, CPT||Research Coordinator|
|Tara Presser, PT||Physical Therapist|
|Sheila Rittgers, MSW, LCSW||Social Worker|
|Sylvia Sichi, RN||Nurse Clinician|
|Jennifer Stout||Clinical Research Coordinator|
|Janet Wooten, RN||Research Coordinator,
Nurse Clinician for Pain Clinic
|Evelyn Wu, MD||First-year fellow|
|Angela Robinson, MD||Second-year fellow|
|Ed Fels, MD||Fourth-year fellow|
|Yolande Ahmed||Staff Assistant|
|Terry Hales||GME Program Coordinator|
|Renee Joyner||Medical Secretary|
|Amy Seidel||Administrative Manager|
|Kristin J. Welsh||Financial Management Analyst|
Clinic Hours and Location
Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center
Rheumatology Clinic, Second Floor
2301 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27710
Tuesdays, 9:30am - 5:00pm (first and third of each month)
Wednesdays, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Fridays, 8:00am - 5:00pm (first and third of each month)
Appointments and Contact Information
To serve our patients and referring physicians, faculty physicians covering pediatric rheumatology are always on call to answer questions and provide consultation.
- For new and return appointments, please call 919-668-4000 or 919-684-6575, option 1.
- For urgent calls during business hours, call the divisional office at 919-684-6575 option 2.
- For urgent calls after business hours, on weekends, or on holidays, please call 919-684-8111 and ask the operator to page the pediatric rheumatologist on call.
- For physicians requesting consultations or making referrals, please call the divisional office at 919-684-6575, option 2, or the Duke Consultation and Referral Center at 800-MED-DUKE (800-633-3853).
- Big Packs on Little Backs
- Arthritis Care for Kids
- Osteoporosis in Children
- Growing Pains
- The Real Deal On: Aching Joints
- New Clues to Healing Arthritis Caused by Traumatic Injury
- Pediatric Division of Rheumatology
(Duke School of Medicine)
- Pediatric Clinical Trials (Rheumatology)
Duke Pediatric Rheumatology Family Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) Day
- When: Saturday, February 25, 2012
- Where: Durham Regional Hospital [Directions]
- Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm
- Contact: Sylvia Sichi, 919.668.4885
- Alliance for Lupus Research
- Arthritis Foundation
- Arthritis and Rheumatism
- American College of Rheumatology
- Behcet's Organisation Worldwide
- Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance
- Fibromyalgia Association
- International League of Associations for Rheumatology (ILAR)
- Lupus Foundation of America
- Marfan Foundation
- National Psoriasis Foundation
- The Myositis Association
- Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation
- Spondylitis Association of America
- United Scleroderma Association
- Wegener's Granulomatosis Association
- Even Kids Can Feel the Pain
(The Herald Sun)