Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship
The Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship at Saint Louis University Medical Center is one of the oldest in the country. It is one of the original 12 accredited by the ACGME in 1992. Over this time period, we have trained 13 pediatric and med/peds fellows, of which 4 are now heads of their academic pediatric rheumatology divisions and two are now pediatric rheumatology fellowship training program directors. The Pediatric Clinic at Cardinal Glennon is the 8th largest in the country. We have seen over 6,000 pediatric patients over the last 16 years, including almost 4,000 from the state of Missouri and 2,000 from the state of Illinois. The program has two new and follow-up patient clinics on Mondays and Thursdays at Cardinal Glennon and pediatric patients are also seen daily at the Saint Louis University Doctors Office Building and Des Peres Hospital.
The Pediatric Fellowship Program also has an active research program involving studies of juvenile arthritis and systemic lupus with over 200 publications and 200 presentations over the last 20 years being presented on these topics. Research grants funded by the NIH have been obtained for studies in juvenile arthritis and multiple studies have been performed in patients with childhood systemic lupus and other connective tissue diseases. Research projects continue with studies on rheumatoid factor and anti-CCP antibodies and their isotypes and different epitopes. Studies continue on systemic lupus patients looking at regulatory T cells and cellular function and this is funded until 2017 by a R01 grant from the NIH. The program is accredited for two positions.