Interim Director, Rheumatology
The Division of Rheumatology is nationally known for its clinical excellence, innovative programs, service orientation, and dedication to lay and professional education about childhood autoimmune and musculoskeletal diseases.
Our clinical activity continues to grow significantly, due to several new initiatives. As the primary medical spokesperson for the Michigan Juvenile Arthritis Initiative in 2001 and 2002, Dr. Barbara S. Adams has reached several hundred primary medical providers throughout the state with the spoken and written message that "Kids Get Arthritis, Too."
The Pediatric Rheumatology Service has instituted an extensive Parent-to-Parent (P-2-P) telephone support network that involves more than 53 families as parent "coaches". The Arthritis Foundation Michigan Chapter helps to support this network and uses it as a primary resource for all Michigan families with children who have been recently diagnosed with juvenile arthritis, lupus and other rheumatologic conditions.
Pediatric Rheumatology faculty members are active in research, examining the causes and appropriate treatment of childhood rheumatic disease. Research investigating the role of DEK protein in the development of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) and research into the safety and efficacy of new treatments for juvenile onset systemic lupus erythematosus have been sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation, Michigan Chapter, and by the national Arthritis Foundation.
The Pediatric Rheumatology Service maintains an active teaching role within pediatrics and within the Medical School. Our faculty promote effective teaching about childhood rheumatic diseases. In 1999, the service received accreditation for a new Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship Program, one of only 21 nationwide.
Contact Phone Numbers
General Information: 734-764-2224
Division of Pediatric Rheumatology
1500 East Medical Center Drive
D5200 Medical Professional Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5318