Rheumatology has a strong research program that includes both clinical and basic research into inflammatory rheumatic diseases of childhood. The members of this program are at the leading edge of new research initiatives in pediatric rheumatology through active collaborations with many organizations. These include:
- Canadian organizations such as the Canadian Pediatric Rheumatology Association (CPRA) and the Canadian Network for Improved Outcomes in SLE (CaNIOS)
- North American organizations such as the Children’s Arthritis and Rheumatic diseases Research Association (CARRA) and the Pediatric Rheumatology Collaborative Study Group (PRCSG)
- International organizations such as the Pediatric Rheumatology International Trials Organization (PRINTO)
Ongoing research into pediatric rheumatic diseases is integrated routinely into the clinical program to ensure the best care and quality improvement.
Teaching is an important part of the pediatric rheumatology team’s mission. The pediatric rheumatologists, together with their team members, teach medical students, residents, and other health professionals from Canada and around the world. The division has one of only three Royal College approved training programs for pediatric rheumatology in Canada.
A multidisciplinary care and research team provides clinical care for children and youth with rheumatic diseases. This team includes pediatric rheumatologists, research associates, nurses, pediatric rheumatology physiotherapists and occupational therapists, and a social worker. In addition to the pediatric rheumatology team, we may also work closely with other pediatric sub specialists, such as pediatric orthopedic surgeons, pediatric dermatologist, pediatric ophthalmologists, pediatric radiologists and other pediatric specialists. This coordinated team approach is a holistic model of health care that best addresses the broad impact of these chronic diseases.
David Cabral, MBBS, FRCPC, Division Head
Kristin Houghton, MD, MSc, FRCPC, FAAP, Dip Sports Med
Ross Petty, MD, PhD, FRCPC, Professor Emeritus
Lori Tucker, MD, FAAP
Stuart Turvey, MBBS, DPhil
Jaime Guzman, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Kimberly Morishita, MD, MHSc, FRCPC
Andrea Human, MD
Mercedes Chan, MBBS, MHPE, FRCPC
Dr. Kelly Brown, PhD
Physiotherapists and occupational therapists