Rheumatology Program | Patient Resources

The Rheumatology Program at Boston Children’s Hospital strives to ensure that all children receive high quality care tailored to meet her unique needs. Our clinical team of doctors, nurses and social workers works together to develop individual care plans that meet the medical, emotional and informational needs of the child and her family.


The first step in the evaluation process is meeting with our nurse to talk about your child in more detail. At this time, the child’s height, weight and vital signs will be recorded. Our clinic social worker is also available to ensure that you fully understand our procedures and have access to all necessary resources and referrals.

Doctors who specialize in rheumatology will then perform an examination, review your child’s previous medical records and answer any questions or concerns. The results from these evaluations allow the medical team to fully understand your child’s situation and any related concerns.

Once we make a diagnosis, we sit down with the family to discuss the child’s treatment plan and therapeutic recommendations.


When appropriate, we use different kinds of medications that control inflammation and manage pain. These medications range from over-the-counter drugs like ibuprofen and naproxen to more potent anti-inflammatory drugs like sulfasalazoine and methotrexate and the newest biologic agents.

Other treatments for rheumatologic conditions may be needed, so, if needed, we will help you identify specialists in other Boston Children’s departments, from Physical and Occupational Therapy to Radiology, Nephrology, Dermatology or Orthopedics, and help you coordinate appointments and treatments with them.

We recognize the strong connection between a child’s illness and her emotions and environment. While we provide the highest quality care and treatment, we also know that a healthy lifestyle is equally important for children’s well-being, so we’ll help develop a plan to make sure they get regular exercise and adequate sleep, and alleviate stress through yoga, meditation and biofeedback.

Long-term Care

Although we cannot cure these diseases, our goal is to put your child’s condition into long-term remission by providing ongoing treatment as she grows up and goes through different stages of life.