Pediatric Rheumatology

The Pediatric Rheumatology Section focuses on children and teenagers who have arthritis and other inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. Juvenile idiopathic arthritis or JIA (formerly called juvenile rheumatoid arthritis or JRA) is the most common cause of chronic arthritis in children, but there are also other diseases in which arthritis is but one of many symptoms, such as lupus, dermatomyositis, and vasculitis, among others.
Children with JIA and other rheumatic diseases should be evaluated and treated by certified pediatric rheumatologists - pediatricians who have received years of special extra training to care for these patients. There are currently less than 300 board-certified pediatric rheumatologists in the United States. The Pediatric Rheumatology Section at the JMS Children’s Hospital is one of the largest pediatric rheumatology centers in North America with five pediatric rheumatologists. Our physicians are nationally and internationally recognized leaders in the field of pediatric rheumatology and research, and have received numerous honors from their peers and patients including:
  • American College of Rheumatology (Clinician Scholar Educator Award, Visiting Professorships in Pediatric Rheumatology) 
  • America’s Top Pediatricians
  • Arthritis Foundation 
  • Best Doctors in America
  • Castle Connelly Guide: Best Doctors in the New York Metropolitan Area
  • New Jersey Monthly Magazine Best Doctors
  • New York Magazine Best Doctors
  • NJ’s Favorite Kids Docs
  • Who’s Who in America
Our doctors have worked and collaborated in research to improve the treatment and care of children with rheumatic diseases, and have published many articles and chapters, including a pediatric rheumatology textbook:
Our primary goal is for our patients to live normal, healthy, happy, and productive lives.  In the last 20 years, the care of children with arthritis and other rheumatic diseases has dramatically improved. Many extremely effective treatments are now available, and treatment options continue to expand.  We believe that the sooner the correct diagnosis is established and appropriate treatment begun, the better patients do in the long run. We strive to educate patients and families about their illness and how to manage it to help them return to their normal activities.
Symptoms of arthritis in children can include limping, pain and swelling of the involved joint or joints, and irritability and stiffness in the morning that improves as the day goes on. Some children can have fever and rash associated with their arthritis. Symptoms of the other conditions associated with arthritis are quite varied, but can involve specific skin rashes, fever, weakness, weight loss and eye inflammation.



Dr. Yukiko Kimura on Living Better on the Go

Friday, Mar 27 2015


Dr. Kimura speaks about the advancements in treating children with pediatric rheumatology, and the pediatric rheumatology program at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital at HackensackUMC.


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