The Pediatric Rheumatology Section is staffed by five board-certified pediatric rheumatologists, three registered nurses, a research nurse and coordinator, trained office staff, a child life specialist and a social worker. In addition, we work closely with physical therapists, occupational therapists, pain management specialists and psychologists at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in order to provide the most comprehensive and up-to-date care available. Support groups and special educational programs are also offered.
The staff of the Pediatric Rheumatology Section is dedicated to providing outstanding high quality patient-centered care for all our patients. Section members are actively involved in pediatric rheumatology research and education, and are members and leaders of the North American pediatric rheumatology research network, CARRA (Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance), which spans over 100 sites. The physicians of the Pediatric Rheumatology Section are active in research studies and clinical trials, and have authored many articles, chapters and textbooks in pediatric rheumatology, and have been recognized as “best doctors” in local and national surveys by their peers. The Physicians and staff of the section are also active supporters of the Arthritis Foundation (AF). We have worked with the AF in creating, organizing and staffing the Juvenile Arthritis Family Day, which is an educational day for parents and patients with rheumatologic diseases. The section has also assisted the AF in creating and staffing a week-long summer camp for children with rheumatologic diseases which both educates them about their condition as well as provides a fun environment to meet and bond with other children with similar illnesses.
Doreen Tabussi, BSN, RN, CPN
Christa Orr, BSN, RN, NE-BC