St. Christopher's Section of Rheumatology provides comprehensive services for the evaluation and treatment of children with a wide spectrum of acute and chronic rheumatic disorders. A multi-disciplinary approach draws on the experience of nurse clinicians, occupational and physical therapists and other support staff.
Consultative or chronic care is provided to children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, dermatomyositis, lyme disease, acute rheumatic fever, vasculitis syndromes, periodic fever disorders, musculoskeletal pain syndromes and scleroderma. Special programs exist for the assessment and care of children with periodic fever syndromes and chronic musculoskeletal pain. Care is coordinated with other services, such as occupational and physical therapy, ophthalmology, orthopedic surgery, nutrition, and social work.
The Section is a member of the nationwide Pediatric Rheumatology Collaborative Study Group, which enrolls selected children from the United States with various pediatric rheumatic disorders in trials of newer medications, long term pharmacologic surveillance, and population studies. The Section actively participates in several research protocols designed to advance progress in the field of pediatric rheumatology.
Through the section's participation in a statewide Children's Arthritis Network, one of our pediatric rheumatologists also sees patients at a site in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The section also provides clinical services at the Shriner's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (215) 427-5051.
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children has highly qualified experts who are specially trained to work with the individual and the unique needs of infants and pediatric patients. The team is led by Donald Goldsmith, MD, Chief, Section of Rheumatology. To view a list of our specialists, click here.