Children's Hospital Colorado


At Children’s Hospital Colorado, we treat the big things, the small things and everything in between.

About the Pediatric Rheumatology Program

The Pediatric Rheumatology Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of children, teens and young adults with autoimmune conditions, such as juvenile idiopathic arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus and vasculitis.

We are the only pediatric rheumatologists in in a five-state-region. Our patients come from all over Colorado and surrounding states. Patients are referred from private local and regional community physicians, local agencies, health departments, inpatient providers and from parents themselves.

Why choose Children’s Hospital Colorado for the treatment of rheumatology conditions?

The Pediatric Rheumatology team at Children's Colorado treats only children, teens and young adults – making us experts when it comes to caring for kids. The entire medical team and all of the ancillary services, including the phlebotomists, radiology technicians and physical and occupational therapists, are specially trained to work with pediatric patients.

We use a family-centered approach to care. We individualize treatment plans for each patient and involve families in the medical decision-making process. Verbal and written educational materials are provided regarding each patient’s condition and medications. We also routinely work with teachers and schools if special accommodations are required.

Our multidisciplinary team includes three pediatric rheumatologists with more than 55 years of combined experience in this field. The team also consists of a nurse practitioner, physician assistant, two nurses and a staff assistant.

Rheumatology conditions we treat

  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (previously known as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Mixed connective tissue disease
  • Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (previously known as Wegener’s granulomatosis)
  • Microscopic polyangiitis
  • Henoch-Schonlein purpura
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Scleroderma
  • Antiphospholipid antibody syndrome
  • Chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis

Rheumatology service

The Rheumatology Program staffs three multidisciplinary clinics:

  • A monthly nephrology/rheumatology clinic for patients with autoimmune kidney disease,
  • A combined clinic with hematology every other month to see patients with antiphospholipid antibodies, and
  • A monthly clinic with orthopedics, where we see children with chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis.