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 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 turning 18 to an adult rheumatologist is facilitated through our Transition Clinic, which is run by both Pediatric and Adult Rheumatology.
The Pediatric Immunology Team provides comprehensive diagnostic services and management for children with immune deficiency and concerns about immune function and regulation. We provide care for children with Severe Combined Immune Deficiency, Combined Immune Deficiency, Hypogammaglobulinemia, Agammaglobulinemia, Complement Disorders, Chronic Granulomatous Disease, and many other immune problems.
We are a collaborative service and work closely with colleagues in Infectious Diseases, Respirology, Hematology/Oncology, Gastroenterology, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, and General Pediatrics, as well as Allied Health providers including nurses, dieticians, and social workers to provide comprehensive care for our patients. In partnership with her adult Immunology colleagues, Dr. Brager is able to provide care through the transition to adulthood.
Dr. Michelle Batthish
Assistant Professor, Rheumatology
Dr. Tania Cellucci
Assistant Professor, Rheumatology
Dr. Peter Dent
Dr. Liane Heale
Locum Pediatric Rheumatologist
Dr. Rae Brager
Assistant Professor, Immunology
Education and Research
The Division is a regular contributor to undergraduate medical education through teaching sessions, clerkship placements, and electives. Postgraduate trainees in pediatrics, rheumatology, allergy & immunology and physical medicine & 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 and quality improvement are also areas of interest for several members of our Division.
Joint Injection Program
Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis is one of the most common chronic conditions in children, and theJoint Injection Programis providing improved and faster access to one of the most effective treatments.
In preparation for their transition to adult care, patients have the opportunity to meet with adult rheumatologists in the Rheumatology Transition Clinic run by both Pediatric and Adult Rheumatologists. This process will promote seamless transition from child to adult health systems for youth.