McMaster University

McMaster University

Division of Rheumatology: child and adult
Contact Information
Dr. Michelle Batthish
Division Head, Rheumatology

Health Sciences Centre, 3A70
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1

Phone: 905-521-2100, ext. 75382  
Fax: 905-521-4968  

Division of Rheumatology

About Rheumatology

The Division of Rheumatology is committed to delivering excellent clinical care and participating in education and research efforts for children with inflammatory conditions.

Our team provides comprehensive diagnostic services and management for children with acute and chronic rheumatic diseases, including arthritis, dermatomyositis, systemic lupus erythematosus, vasculitis, scleroderma, inflammatory brain diseases, and autoinflammatory diseases. We also assess and treat patients with various other forms of musculoskeletal pain.

We work closely with our colleagues in ophthalmology, orthopedics, dermatology, neurology, nephrology, adolescent medicine, radiology, nursing, child life, social work, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. We often interact with The Arthritis Society around advocacy projects, community resources, and therapeutic services for our patients. Transitioning of patients to adult rheumatology is facilitated by Dr. Maggie Larche, who practices both adult and pediatric rheumatology.

The Division is a regular contributor to undergraduate medical education through teaching sessions, clerkship placements, and electives. Postgraduate trainees in pediatrics, rheumatology, allergy and immunology, physical medicine, and rehabilitation rotate through the clinical service on a regular basis and on electives. We are also involved in broader education projects in pediatric rheumatology, such as the development of educational materials for trainees and for patients and their families.

Our research activities are predominantly clinical and we are involved in national and international collaborative studies of childhood rheumatic diseases. Knowledge translation is also an area of interest for several members of our Division.

Division Members

Dr. Michelle Batthish
Assistant Professor, Rheumatology
Division Head

Dr. Tania Cellucci
Assistant Professor, Rheumatology

Dr. Peter Dent
Professor Emeritus

Dr. Maggie Larche
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology

What's New?

Joint Injection Program

Juvenile Indiopathic Arthritis is one of the most common chronic conditions in children, and the Joint Injection Program is providing improved and faster access to one of the most effective treatments.

Dr. Tania Cellucci, Assistant Professor in the Division of Rheumatology, was interviewed by CHCH Television regarding the prominence of juvenile arthritis and the 'buzz' surrounding non-medication therapies. Watch the video: Arthritis also affects children. (CHCH TV, March 27, 2013)


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