Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital

Pediatric Rheumatology

We provide comprehensive, long-term care for children with rheumatic diseases.

The Pediatric Rheumatology program offers expert care in the Tampa Bay region for children of all ages with rheumatic diseases.

Rheumatologists at Johns Hopkins All Children’s diagnose and treat a range of autoimmune and autoinflammatory diseases that affect children’s connective tissues, joints and muscles, including different forms of arthritis, lupus, periodic fevers and other conditions. There are a number of conditions that may begin with bone and join pain that our rheumatology team can diagnose and help to make sure your child receives proper treatment and care.

Because the autoimmune and autoinflammatory diseases we treat are chronic and often continue into adulthood, we work with our patients and their families to provide education on living with a chronic disease and closely monitor for any side effects associated with their medications.

Our rheumatology team includes board certified pediatric rheumatologists, a rheumatology nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist and a fully supportive nursing and office staff.

Many rheumatic diseases can affect multiple organs and body systems. We collaborate with physicians in other specialties throughout the hospital, depending on our patients’ individual needs.

Some of the specialists at Johns Hopkins All Children’s we collaborate with can include physiatrists, and physical and occupational therapists for children with joint and muscle diseases, gastroenterologists, pulmonologists, neurologists, ophthalmologists, pain specialists, psychologists and others to assist with long-term management of chronic conditions.

Conditions we treat include:

  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • Juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM)
  • Localized scleroderma
  • Systemic scleroderma
  • Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Vasculitis, including granulomatous with polyangiitis (also called Wegener’s granulomatosis), microscopic polyangiitis and Takayasu’s arteritis
  • Mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD)
  • Periodic fever syndromes
  • Chronic relapsing multifocal osteomyelitis (CRMO)
  • ​Other autoimmune and autoinflammatory disorders

Request an appointment

Please call 727-767-7438 to request an appointment. We see patients by appointment only. A referral from your child’s primary care physician is required to make an appointment.

The practice will see new patients up to 17 years old. All initial appointments are scheduled at the St. Petersburg office with follow-up appointments available in St. Petersburg, Sarasota, and Tampa.

The physicians in the Pediatric Rheumatology program at Johns Hopkins All Children’s see patients in the following locations:

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Outpatient Care, St. Petersburg (main campus)

601 5th St. S
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Outpatient Care, Tampa

12220 Bruce B Downs Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33612

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Outpatient Care, Sarasota

5881 Rand Blvd.
Sarasota, FL 34238

Records from your primary or referring physician must be sent in advance in order to schedule an appointment. This includes demographic and insurance information, office notes, lab results, radiology reports and a referral.