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When your child is diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA), lupus or other rheumatologic disease, it raises urgent questions:

"Where can I find the best specialized doctor for this condition?"

"What facility offers the latest treatment options?"

"Is there expert medical care for my child close to home?"

You will find answers at the Rheumatology Department of The Children's Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM). Just minutes from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut suburbs, CHAM is home to the country's top pediatric rheumatologists. Our doctors have treated tens of thousands of children with:

  • JRA
  • Lupus–also called systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE
  • Scleroderma
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Raynaud's phenomenon
  • Henoch-Schonlein purpura
  • Advanced Lyme disease, Sjogren's syndrome and other childhood autoimmune and connective tissue disorders

What sets our department apart from others in the metro area?

National leadership in children's rheumatologic care and research. Your child's treatment at CHAM is overseen by Norman Ilowite, MD. A leading rheumatologic researcher, Dr. Ilowite directs current clinical trials at CHAM to explore promising new therapies. His groundbreaking studies helped create new therapeutics that are revolutionizing children's rheumatologic treatment.

More than 100 pediatric specialists under one roof. Children's rheumatologic disease is complex and can require treatment from many different medical specialists. At CHAM we coordinate under-one-roof care for your child from more than 100 pediatric experts in nephrology, ophthalmology, gastroenterology and nutrition, cardiology, hematology and stem cell transplant, neurology, adolescent medicine, childhood development, infectious disease and more.

Cool kid-friendly facilities that make visits fun. Waiting areas, lobbies and hospital rooms at CHAM include art, architecture and interactive materials that entertain and engage young minds. Our Carl Sagan Discovery Program is the nation's first science learning program integrated into a children's hospital.

Support services for the whole family. Rheumatologic disease and its treatment make demands on your family's time, energy and resources. We provide the support you need:

  • Family counseling
  • Social services
  • Support groups
  • The Family Learning Place, a hands-on multimedia educational center

Why see a pediatric rheumatologist?

Childhood arthritis is not the same as adult disease. Rheumatologic disease can have an impact on your child's developmental, educational, emotional and social life. Pediatric rheumatologists have the training and experience needed to manage the special issues of children, teens and their families.

Learn more about your child's rheumatologic disorder

To make informed decisions about your child's healthcare and treatment, learn all you can about JRA, lupus and other rheumatologic diseases. The following organizations provide many educational resources for families:

The Arthritis Foundation

American Juvenile Arthritis Organization (AJAO)

Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA)

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)

Lupus Foundation of America

Get the help you need for your child. Call CHAM today.

To learn more about our rheumatologic treatment or to make an appointment with one of our pediatric rheumatologists, call us at 718-741-2456. Please call today—we look forward to hearing about your child.