Rheumatology in the department of pediatrics


The Pediatric Rheumatology Program at Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford is a comprehensive multidisciplinary specialty care center for diagnostic, consultative and treatment services for children and adolescents with rheumatic diseases. The spectrum of diseases seen in this program range from the classical rheumatic diseases of childhood including juvenile arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, systemic lupus erythematosus, dermatomyositis, scleroderma, and vasculitis to the diagnostic evaluation of fever of unknown origin, post-infectious autoimmune syndromes, autoimmune phenomena associated with non-rheumatic diseases, musculoskeletal pain, and somatoform disorders.

The multidisciplinary core team includes pediatric rheumatologists Christy Sandborg MD, Tzielan Lee, MD, Imelda Balboni, MD, PhD, Joyce Hsu, MD, MS, Jennifer Frankovich, MD, MS, Michal J Cidon, MD, Elizabeth Mellins MD, Quoc Du, RN, MSN, CPNP, Jeanette Kennedy, RN, MSN, CNS, as well as a rheumatology nurse specialist, pediatric physical therapist, pediatric occupational therapist, and pediatric licensed clinical social worker. Consultative team members include pediatric physical medicine, psychiatry, psychology and dietary as well as the entire spectrum of pediatric specialty and subspecialty services available at Stanford.

The goal of the Pediatric Rheumatology Special Care Center is to provide the highest quality of medical care for these children and adolescents in the most cost-efficient environment that facilitates functioning in their home and community.  Additionally, we are committed to the advancement of understanding and treatment of pediatric autoimmune disorders through clinical and basic science research projects, as well as the training of future pediatricians and pediatric rheumatologists to recognize and treat childhood rheumatic diseases.

The Division of Pediatric Rheumatology at Stanford is proud to be a leader in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of childhood rheumatologic diseases.  The division has been providing patient care and research in this field for almost 40 years.  Our commitment to pediatric and adolescent patients with these disorders is reflected by the clinical services and patient care we provide and extends to cutting-edge research performed by division members and staff, as well as the training and education of physicians about these disorders.

The director of the division, Christy Sandborg MD, through her leadership in the American College of Rheumatology, the Arthritis Foundation, and the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA) is well-positioned to ensure the state-of-the-art clinical and health care delivery knowledge base needed for a successful program in this environment, as well as helping to shape the future of pediatric rheumatology nationally.

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