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Rheumatology

Committed to the diagnosis and compassionate care of children with pediatric rheumatic diseases


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.


Treatments

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

Physicians

Name Areas of Special Interest
C. Egla 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
Jeffrey A. Dvergsten, MD Juvenile arthritis and dermatomyositis; systemic-onset juvenile idiopathic arthritis; research interests in pathogenesis of pediatric inflammatory diseases
Heather A. Van Mater, MD, MS Juvenile arthritis, juvenile dermatomyositis, CNS vasculitis, cost-effective treatment in pediatric rheumatology

Staff

NameRole
Whitney Diebolt, OTR/L Occupational Therapist
Janet Hobble, RN Nurse Clinician
Kelly Mieszkalski, MA Clinical Trials Manager
Tara Presser, PT Physical Therapist
Sheila Rittgers, MSW, LCSW Clinical Social Worker
Sylvia Sichi, RN Nurse Clinician
Janet Wooton, RN Research Coordinator
Fellows
Angela Bryan, MD Second-year fellow
Laura Lewandowski, MD Third-year fellow
Administrative Staff
Yolande Ahmed Staff Assistant
Karen Brown Administrative Assistant
Kristin Johnson GME Program Coordinator
Renee Joyner Medical Secretary
Janine Edmundson Administrative Manager


Clinic Hours and Location

Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center
Rheumatology Clinic, Second Floor
2301 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27710
Tel: 919-684-6575
Fax: 919-684-6616

Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Duke Children’s and WakeMed Children's Specialty Services
23 Sunnybrook Road, Suite 200
Raleigh, NC 27610
Tel: 919-862-1200

Hours: Monday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


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 return appointments, please call 919-668-4000 or 919-684-6575, option 1.
  • For urgent calls during business hours or to speak with the secretary, call the divisional office at 919-684-6575 option 2.
  • For nurse advice or prescription refills, call 919-684-6575, option 3.
  • 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).