Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital Pediatric Rheumatology Program offers state of the art care for children with rheumatic diseases and their families. Rheumatologists at JHACH diagnose and treat inflammatory diseases that affect connective tissues, joints and muscles. These rheumatic diseases include juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.
There are many other conditions that may begin with bone and joint pain that rheumatologists can help diagnose and make sure your child gets the proper treatment and care.
The Pediatric Rheumatology Program has two board certified pediatric rheumatologists, a rheumatology nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, and a fully supportive nursing and office staff. Many rheumatology patients also benefit from Johns Hopkins All Children's pediatric occupational therapy and pediatric physical therapy.
What We Treat
The Pediatric Rheumatology Program
- Juvenile ideopathic arthritis
- Systemic Lupus erythematosus
- Cutaneous Lupus
- Juvenile dermatomyositis
- Localized Scleroderma
- Systemic Scleroderma
- Sjogren Syndrome
- Mixed connective tissue disease
- Periodic Fever Syndromes
- Other autoimmune and autoinflammatory disorders
Meet Our Team
Dr. Nickeson has been a member of the medical staff since 1993. In 2009 he completed terms of service as chairman of the Gulf Coast Regional Board and member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. Previously he received the Distinguished Service Award and Community Leader of the Year Award from the Gulf Coast region. He has been selected by his peers as a top doctor in Tamba Bay on the Castle Connolly Survey for the past six years.
A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Dr. Nickeson completed his pediatric residency at Baylor College of Medicine and his pediatric rheumatology fellowship at Texas Children's Hospital, Houston.
Laisa Santiago, MD comes to Johns Hopkins All Children's after doing her fellowship at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago in pediatric rheumatology and residency in pediatrics at Miami Children's Hospital in Miami. She earned her medical degree from the Universidad Central del Caribe in Puerto Rico, where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha American Medical Honor Society. She is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric rheumatology.
How to Make an Appointment
- Call 727-767-7438 or the toll free number 800-456-4543, ext. 77438.
- Press 3 if you are a new patient and need an appointment.
- Press 4 if you are a current patient and want to schedule a follow-up appointment.
- An appointment will be made for the first available time.
However, if you or your primary doctor feels that your child needs to see a rheumatologist before the next available appointment, your doctor will need to discuss this with the pediatric rheumatologist.
Records from your primary or referring doctor 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. It is very important that the specialists have all the information they need so your child receives the best care possible. Once this information is received, the scheduler will call you to make the appointment. Our fax number is 727-767-8270.
601 5th St. South
5th Floor, Suite 502
St Petersburg, Florida 33701