Rheumatology: Why Children's Medical Center?
- The medical staff at Children's includes 4 board certified/board eligible pediatric rheumatologists. They monitor the progress of approximately 1,000 pediatric rheumatology patients a year. There are only 270 pediatric board-certified rheumatologists in the country.
- The rheumatologists work in collaboration with UT Southwestern, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital and Baylor to form the Center for Pediatric Rheumatology, aiding in the treatment of pediatric rheumatology patients.
- Marilynn G. Punaro, M.D. - Pediatric Rheumatology Division Director
- Alisa C. Gotte, M.D.
- Lorien A. Nassi, M.D.
- Tracey B. Wright, M.D.
- Elizabeth Pullman, RN
- Laura Salazar, PAR
- Terry Spencer, RN
Description of services:
Outpatient clinic for children (birth - 17 years old) new to rheumatology and inpatient consultative services for patients with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases of childhood and diseases thought to be collagen-vascular in origin.
Procedures performed or problems diagnosed and treated:
Diseases most commonly treated include:
- Juvenile arthritis
- Systemic lupus erythematosus
Other reasons for referral may include:
- Prolonged joint pain or swelling
- Non-traumatic musculoskeletal pain
- Fever of unknown origin
Information for referral sources:
- 17 years or younger
- This service provides a clinic for patients new to rheumatology and inpatient consultations at Children's.
- Most children diagnosed with arthritis will receive medical care in the rheumatology clinics at The Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.
- Children with newly diagnosed Systemic Lupus Erythematosus will be followed clinic at Children's