About our pediatric rheumatology clinics
The Department of Pediatric Rheumatology at Children’s Hospital Colorado specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of children, teens and young adults with autoimmune conditions, such as juvenile idiopathic arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus and vasculitis.
We are the only team of pediatric rheumatologists in a five-state-region. Our patients come from all over Colorado and surrounding states, referred from local and regional physicians, health departments, inpatient providers and parents themselves.
Why choose us for pediatric rheumatology care
Pediatric rheumatology experts at Children's Colorado treat only children, teens and young adults — making us experts when it comes to caring for kids. The entire medical team and all services, including phlebotomists (lab technicians), radiology technicians, and physical and occupational therapists are specially trained to work with pediatric patients.
We use a family-centered approach to care, creating individualize treatment plans for each patient by involving families in the medical decision-making process. Verbal and written educational materials are provided regarding each patient’s condition and medications. We also routinely work with teachers and schools if special accommodations are required.
Our multidisciplinary team includes three pediatric rheumatologists with more than 55 years of combined experience in treating kids’ autoimmune conditions. We also have a specialized nurse practitioner, physician assistant, two nurses and a staff assistant who help to:
- Create a family-centered approach to care with parents at the core of our care team.
- Individualize treatment plans for each patient and involve families in the medical decision-making process.
Our pediatric rheumatology program and multidisciplinary clinics
Our Department of Pediatric Rheumatology is on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. For questions and appointments, please call 720-777-6132. We offer three multidisciplinary clinics for patients with rheumatology conditions that overlap with other pediatric specialties.
Nephrology and Rheumatology Clinic
This is one of the few clinics in the country dedicated to children with autoimmune conditions affecting the kidneys, such as lupus and vasculitis. When the kidneys are harmed, they have trouble removing the waste and extra water from the blood to make urine. We monitor our patients’ symptoms and watch for any signs of kidney problems.
During your visit, you’ll meet with a pediatric rheumatologist and a pediatric nephrologist who perform a physical exam, review lab results and discuss your child’s treatment plan. Our specialized pediatric nurse will help with any home or school needs, and we may refer your child to a physical therapist, pediatric dietitian, family navigator or social worker.
Children’s Colorado provides these clinics two times per month. You can make an appointment by calling our Kidney Center at 720-777-6263.
Pediatric Hematology and Rheumatology Clinic
This multidisciplinary clinic takes place every other month for patients with autoimmune blood clotting disorders. These disorders, such as antiphospholipid antibody disease, cause blood clots in the arteries and veins. Blood clots put children and adolescents at risk of dangerous complications. These include heart attacks, strokes, miscarriages and pulmonary embolism, which is when a blood clot blocks an artery in a lung. Our team provides testing, evaluation, treatment and counseling. We hold appointments in our Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center. You can make an appointment by calling 303-724-0362.
Orthopedic and Rheumatology Clinic
This monthly clinic brings together experts in pediatric rheumatology and pediatric orthopedics to treat the complex needs of children with chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis (CRMO). With CRMO, inflammation of the bone causes pain and swelling. Regular visits in our Orthopedics Clinic allow our doctors to track your child’s bone inflammation, watch for medication side effects and adjust treatment as needed. To make an appointment, call 720-777-4944.