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Pediatric Rheumatology

The faculty physicians in the Pediatric Rheumatology division at IU School of Medicine practice as part of Riley Rheumatology, one of the larger groups of physicians specializing in inflammatory, autoimmune diseases and arthritis in childhood in the United States. This pediatrics specialty team teaches medical students, residents in pediatrics and internal medicine, and post-doctoral fellows. They are involved in educating other physicians through their teaching at national and international meetings.

Multi-Institutional Collaboration

It is an exciting time in pediatric rheumatology. Science is advancing rapidly in the field—with improved understanding of the mechanisms of inflammation, modern medicine now has medications to treat once debilitating or life-threatening diseases and give people back their quality of life. The diseases treated in this specialty area of pediatric medicine are uncommon or rare, and collaborative research has taken off.

Division Leadership

Division Chief
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Susan H. Ballinger, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

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Pediatric rheumatology faculty participate in research studies that are observational and interventional. Investigators explore the natural course of a disease, what triggers flares and remissions, and how to control the disease, offering advanced therapies to those who need them while studying their effectiveness.
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Clinical Care

Clinical Care

To help provide newly developing medications available only through clinical trials to patients and their families, faculty in this specialty area are also members of the Pediatric Rheumatology Collaborative Study Group, who organize many of the ongoing clinical trials in this specialty area.
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The Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship at IU School of Medicine offers personal mentorship and a flexible curriculum that allows each trainee to achieve his/her career goals as a pediatric rheumatologist.
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