The Bristol-Myers Squibb Pediatric Rheumatology Center provides comprehensive diagnosis, education, treatment and follow-up for children with rheumatic diseases.
As a program of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, children and their families benefit from the on-site resources of an academic medical center as well as the presence on our campus of Children’s Specialized Hospital, the nation’s largest pediatric rehabilitation hospital.
The Bristol-Myers Squibb Pediatric Rheumatology Center Goals
The Bristol-Myers Squibb Pediatric Rheumatology Center was established to meet the urgent need for an interdisciplinary, multifaceted community-based pediatric rheumatology program in New Jersey. Its objectives are to:
- Provide the best possible patient care for children with rheumatologic disorders
- Enhance the teaching and training of medical students, residents, and students in allied health professions
- Conduct clinical and translational research in the causes and treatment of these complex disorders
- Improve the understanding of these diseases by the community through a series of programs aimed at the schools and community-based organizations
Diagnosis and Treatment
Rheumatic diseases in children are complex, chronic conditions with fluctuating courses that frequently go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. The disorders are life threatening and poorly understood; therefore early diagnosis is essential to properly manage these children to prevent potential long-term complications affecting growth, development and quality of life.
Rheumatic diseases are diverse and frequently involve several areas of the body including joints, muscles, the spine and the skin. Some of the most common types of rheumatic disease diagnosed and treated by our professionals include:
- Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
- Systemic lupus erythematosus
- Mixed connective tissue disease
- Hypermobility syndromes
- Reactive arthritis
- Lyme arthritis
- Juvenile dermatomyositis
- Systemic sclerosis
- Linear scleroderma
- Periodic fever syndromes
- Regional musculoskeletal pain syndromes
- Other autoimmune diseases
The Bristol-Myers Squibb Pediatric Rheumatology Center’s clinical team is led by a pediatric rheumatologist who works closely with other nurses and practitioners based on specific individual patient needs. Specialties include adolescent medicine, cardiology, dermatology, gastroenterology, hematology/oncology, nephrology, pulmonology, physicial/occupational therapy and orthopedics.