Rheumatology


Clinical research aims to optimize the treatment
of juvenile arthritis through diverse projects.

Pediatric Rheumatology diagnoses and treats children with autoimmune disorders, including juvenile arthritis, lupus, myositis, scleroderma, and various vasculitides. A variety of treatment options are available from intraarticular corticosteroid joint injections to newer biologic agents that target inflammatory cytokines. Laboratory research in the division covers basic mechanisms of T lymphocyte function. Clinical research aims to optimize the treatment of juvenile arthritis through diverse projects.

Division contact:
Wendy Baker, Administrative Supervisor
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Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m –4:30 p.m.

Office and Appointments: 205-638-9438
Fax: 205-638-9439

After hours, weekends, and holidays:
Physician on call, contact CHA operator 205-638-9100

When to call your primary care physician
  • Medicine refills
  • Live immunizations
  • Tuberculosis screening
  • Ophthalmology visits

Clinic & Infusion Suite Location:
1601 4th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35233

Parking Deck:
Parking in the Children's Park Place Deck on 5th Avenue South, the entrance to this deck is at the corner of 16th Street and 5th Avenue. For questions about parking or special needs, call 205-638-9200.

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Referring Physicians

Dr. Peter Weiser is now seeing patients at our Huntsville and Montgomery Satellite Clinic locations. Contact the clinics for available appointments. Referral Form


History

The Division of Pediatric Rheumatology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham/Children's Hospital of Alabama was created in the summer of 2007 in response to a great need for pediatric rheumatic care in the state of Alabama, the largest state population without a Pediatric Rheumatologist at the time. A partnership among the University, the Children's Hospital, the local chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, and the greater Birmingham community helped to establish new clinic space, the creation of an endowed chair in Pediatric Rheumatology, and ongoing support for the growth of the Division of Pediatric Rheumatology. The Division maintains strong ties with the ;Arthritis Foundation local chapter; and the outstanding; adult Rheumatology division at UAB.

There are currently 5 clinical faculty members and 3 Pediatric Rheumatology nurse practitioners with ongoing recruiting efforts to expand the physician-scientist base of the Division of Pediatric Rheumatology. Overriding goals of the division are to: 1) provide state of the art care to all children with rheumatic disorders in Alabama and the surrounds; 2) conduct well-funded cutting edge research in the basic, clinical, and translational sciences as they relate to rheumatology and immunology; 3) educate the medical and lay communities in Alabama regarding diagnosis and management of pediatric rheumatic diseases; and 4) train additional Pediatric Rheumatologists to further populate the southeastern United States via an ACGME-accredited Pediatric Rheumatology training program (approved in 2009).