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Complicated rheumatologic disease requires careful evaluation and thoughtful, customized treatment. Our team of experts in the Division of Rheumatology at Children's Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) understand the complexity of these rheumatologic diseases.

Our specialists are among the best in the country, leading in groundbreaking research to create new therapies that have revolutionized children’s rheumatologic treatment. As experts in childhood medicine and rheumatology—the study of joints and autoimmune disease—our goal is to meet the complex needs of our patients and their families. We work with a child psychologist, psychiatrist and a social worker to integrate services and counseling for our patients and their families.

Treatment and therapies for children can be demanding, so we offer a variety of support services, including:  

  • Dedicated mental health support group for children with pediatric rheumatic disease
  • Family counseling
  • Social services
  • Support groups
  • The Susan Pincus Family Learning Place, a multimedia pediatric health information and resource center
     

OUR TEAM

Dawn M. Wahezi, MD

Our mission is to provide optimal healthcare to every patient through the delivery of comprehensive, interdisciplinary, state-of-the-art services and innovative research.

Dawn M. Wahezi, MD

Chief, Division of Pediatric Rheumatology, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore
Director, Fellowship Training Program
Associate Professor, Albert Einstein College of Medicine 

SERVICES & PROGRAMS

Receiving care at our facilities gives your child a huge advantage. Our pediatric rheumatologists are trained in both childhood medicine and rheumatology with access to state-of-the-art facilities and the latest clinical trials. Using a multidisciplinary approach to treatment and therapies, our pediatric rheumatologists work with more than 100 different pediatric specialists under one roof. 

We coordinate services and consultations with a variety of subspecialties such as:

  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Gastroenterology and Nutrition
  • Neurology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Nephrology
  • Physical Medicine Rehabilitation
  • Dermatology
  • Hematology and Stem Cell Transplant
  • Childhood Development
  • Pulmonary
  • Cardiology

Additionally, our team has developed several highly specialized, combined multi-disciplinary clinics including:

  • Lupus Nephritis
  • Rheumatololgy-Dermatology clinic
  • Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (also known as Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children – MIS-C)
  • Ultrasound clinic

Children have different needs than their adult counterparts and these conditions can have a major effect on their development, influencing educational, emotional and social requirements. 

Our specialists have expansive experience treating thousands of children with rheumatologic diseases, such as: 

• Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
• Lupus  (also called systemic lupus erythematosus)
• Juvenile dermatomyositis 
• Scleroderma 
• Fibromyalgia 
• Raynaud's phenomenon 
• Henoch-Schonlein purpura 
• Advanced Lyme disease
• Sjogren's syndrome 
• Other childhood autoimmune and connective tissue disorders.

Our facilities include a state-of-the-art infusion center for patients who need intravenous infusions and access to hands on ultrasonography.

Our team highly values our local community and works closely with numerous foundations including the Arthritis Foundation, Lupus Foundation of American, CureJM and the Scleroderma Foundation participating in community events, fundraisers and local patient support.

Education & Training

CHAM_MSHP_PS28_CHAMJAM_2012_04_029_316x210.jpgThe Pediatric Rheumatology fellowship at CHAM and Albert Einstein College of Medicine is a three-year program with the goal of training physicians to become leaders in pediatric rheumatology. Candidates are selected on the basis of excellence during their pediatrics training and medical school. Previous research experience is encouraged but not required for application to the program.

 





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RESEARCH

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The Rheumatology Division at CHAM is a national leader in children’s rheumatologic care and research.  Our research focuses on novel therapies for children with chronic arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus and scleroderma. We also concentrate on longitudinal investigations in lupus and juvenile dermatomyositis. Our center is an active participant in the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA), the largest national research consortium in the field of pediatric rheumatology. Our groundbreaking studies have helped to create new therapies that are revolutionizing the treatment of children and adolescents suffering from rheumatologic diseases and disorders.






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