The Rheumatology Program of Rady Children’s Specialists of San Diego offers comprehensive care for the full spectrum of pediatric rheumatology diseases. All of our specialists are board certified in rheumatology, have faculty appointments at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, and are part of the UC San Diego Department of Pediatrics.

We provide care to children from a large catchment area, which includes Mexico, Orange County, southern Texas, Nevada, and Arizona. Care is provided at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego and satellite offices in San Diego and southern Riverside counties. As we are known for our expertise in diagnosing pediatric rheumatologic conditions, our program is major referral source for pediatricians with complex cases.

For the children we see, a multidisciplinary care approach provides the best outcomes. We refer children with joint or muscle problems who need a specific exercise program for occupational and physical therapy. And we work with other pediatric specialists when additional expertise is needed. An example of this is the Lupus Clinic, a collaboration between the Rhematology and Nephrology divisions.

We encourage families to get involved with the Arthritis Foundation, which helps fund a summer camp for kids, provides support for an annual educational mini-symposium, supports an annual holiday party, and helps coordinate the transition for teenagers from pediatric rheumatologists to adult specialists. The Foundation also holds a yearly Arthritis Walk and Jingle Bell 5K run to raise awareness and educate the public about rheumatic diseases.

Along with providing expert care, we are involved in cutting-edge research to advance the treatment of pediatric rheumatologic diseases. We also educate future specialists by training pediatric residents at UC San Diego and Balboa Naval Medical Center, as well as adult medicine fellows from UC San Diego and Scripps Health.

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Contact Information

  • Information & Appointments: 858-966-8082
  • Occupational Therapy: Jill Peck-Murray, 858-966-5829
  • Physical Therapy: Elizabeth Hall: 858-966-5829 ext. 5432 or Larry Berman, 760-294-9255, ext. 6565
  • Nurse Care Coordinators for Drs. Szer, Sheets and Chang: 858-576-1700, ext. 4267