Immunology & Rheumatology

Female physician smiles at a young girl as she gives her a checkup.Immunologists and rheumatologists are both experts of the human immune system as most rheumatic diseases (related to muscles, tendons or joins) have links to problems with the immune system.

In the U.S., it is estimated that there are 300,000 children with rheumatic conditions, but the number of pediatric rheumatologists to care for them is scarce. The UF Health Pediatric Rheumatology Program proudly treats more than 2,000 pediatric rheumatology patients a year from more than 50 of the 67 counties in Florida.

If your child is experiencing immune deficiencies or rheumatic conditions, the UF Health Pediatric Rheumatology & Immunology division stands out both regionally and nationally with a highly skilled staff that offers the most innovative treatments and leading-edge research.

Why choose us?

A female doctor laughs as she uses a stethoscope on a young female patient.Families come to UF Health from across the state and country for the type of care offered here, and here are just a few reasons why:

  • Home to some of the country’s leading specialists and researchers
  • UF Health Pediatric Rheumatology Program is the only center in North Florida that evaluates and treats children with rheumatic conditions
  • “Only pediatric rheumatology program in the state with four board-certified pediatric rheumatologists
  • Providers deliver care to the largest number of children and adolescents with rheumatic diseases in Florida
  • Only program in the state with an ACGME-approved pediatric rheumatology fellowship training program
  • Only program in North Florida to treat pediatric patients suffering from immune deficiency disorders
  • One of three sites in Florida to evaluate newborns who fail their screen for severe combined immunodeficiency, or SCID, and offer bone marrow transplantation for those affected infants

Within the UF Health Pediatric Rheumatology Program, our staff follows a collaborative team approach, working closely with faculty across other closely related specialties. By doing this, we are able to provide comprehensive clinical services to diagnose and manage children with rheumatic conditions, such as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatic fever, lupus and other autoimmune diseases.

Meanwhile, children with immunodeficiency diseases can be evaluated and treated in the Immunodeficiency and Transplantation Clinic, which includes a bi-weekly clinic for individuals with immune deficiency disorders, the only one of its kind in North Florida.

Research

The UF Health Pediatric Rheumatology & Immunology academic mission is to advance our discipline through research and discovery. Much of our research efforts have seen us work jointly in trials networks funded by NIH and other foundations, such as the Childhood Arthritis & Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA), which has centers in the U.S., Canada and Europe.

Our excellence in patient care stems from our devotion to actively participate in clinical investigations to formulate evidence-based therapies for pediatric rheumatic diseases and gain advanced knowledge of their long-term outcomes.

The UF Health Pediatric Rheumatology Program has a goal to produce pediatric rheumatologists who will redefine research and clinical care for children living with rheumatic conditions.