The Emory-Children’s Center Division of Pediatric Rheumatology and Immunology pediatric team treats children and teens with rheumatic conditions, inflammatory diseases and immune issues with complete care and effective imaging.
We are one of only a handful of pediatric rheumatology centers in Georgia. Each year, we care for more than 2,000 children and teenagers, ages birth to 21. In addition to treating patients, we also participate in research and teaching opportunities.
Sampath Prahalad, M.D., M.S.,
Chief, Division of Pediatric Rheumatology and Immunology, was recently awarded the Henry Kunkel Young Investigator Award by the American College of Rheumatology. This award is given each year to a young physician scientist, age 45 or younger, who has made outstanding and promising independent contributions to basic or clinical research in the field of rheumatology.
Conditions & Diagnosis
Many of the conditions treated by the Division of Rheumatology staff involve swelling or pain in joints. Our team is involved in the diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of children with rheumatic diseases and primary immune deficiency disease, including:
- Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
- Juvenile ankylosing spondylitis
- Systematic lupus erythematosus
- Mixed connective tissue disease
- Pain amplification syndromes
We diagnose these conditions with the help of:
- Laboratory studdies
- Bone scan
- Computed tomography (CT) scan
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan
- Synovial biopsy