Pediatric Rheumatology

Pediatric Rheumatology

The largest and longest established multi-specialty clinic for children with rheumatic diseases in the region with a focus on family-centered care

Arthritis means inflammation of the joint and the condition affects nearly 300,000 children in the United States. Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis is one form of autoimmune rheumatic disease, where the immune system triggers inflammation in the joints for no apparent reason. Our team of dedicated and highly trained health care professionals help patients and their families manage these various rheumatic diseases. The staff includes four board-certified pediatric rheumatologists (out of only about 350 in the country). We treat children from birth through age 18, and provide both outpatient and inpatient care.

Group photo of 2018 Lulapalooza Camp for kids living with Lupus.

Photo of teenager ziplining at 2018 Lulapalooza Camp for kids living with Lupus.

Lupapalooza Camp for kids with lupus

What is Camp Lupapalooza?

Camp Lupapalooza is a weekend residential camp program to provide a true camp experience for children with Lupus. Camp Lupapalooza is hosted by Camp John Marc, at their state-of-the-art therapeutic camping facility near Meridian, Texas. Doctors, nurses, and other specialists are provided by Children’s Medical Center Dallas and Scottish Rite Children’s. The campers will be staying in air-conditioned cabins with trained volunteer cabin counselors. The campgrounds have been designed to be completely accessible with a specially trained staff. Days at camp are filled with swimming, canoeing, fishing, horseback riding, arts and crafts, photography, dance, singing, sports and games, and other fun activities. Camp Lupapalooza helps build independence and confidence. It allows these children the opportunity to interact with others with the same medical diagnosis, thus addressing issues of isolation and self-esteem. Camp Lupapalooza offers a nurturing setting for peer interactions, adventure, and new challenges. It will thus hopefully encourage self-responsibility and confidence in their own abilities.

Lupapalooza is held annually in September. For those interested in attending please contact Caroline Moher at 214-456-6282 or

Caring for the whole patient

We provide coordination of care across the various disciplines that are often involved with pediatric rheumatology patients. This includes ophthalmology and nephrology services, as well as physical and occupational therapy and psychosocial support. The physicians at Children’s Health are able to evaluate and treat your child and provide education to them and to you, to help with the self-management of these diseases.

This team approach, when added with access to the latest treatment overseen by physicians with years of experience, means that Children’s Health can give comprehensive and expert care for all ages of children and through all stages of treatment.

A center of excellence

Working in conjunction with UT Southwestern and Scottish Rite Hospital, the Center for Pediatric Rheumatology at Children's Health is able to bring extra depth and expertise to the treatment of rheumatology patients. Children’s Health has also been designated as a Magnet Hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Being a Magnet Hospital puts us in the top 7 percent of the world’s hospitals and is a reflection of the excellence of our nursing staff.

Meet the Care Team