The pediatric rheumatology section at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences strives to provide cutting edge clinical care to children with inflammatory diseases such as Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, and Juvenile Dermatomyositis as well as a variety of other collagen vascular diseases.
The faculty is actively involved in teaching medical students, pediatric residents, and adult rheumatology fellows. They are often called on to give lectures statewide as well as nationally. The section is also involved in multiple clinical trials on a national and international level. These trials are of vital importance as advances continue to be made in the treatment of these complicated diseases. It is essential that pediatric trials be done by those experienced in caring for children to assure the safety and well-being of the trial participants and to ultimately gain access to new therapies for children.
Our rheumatologists provide care for children in Arkansas as well as from all surrounding states. They attend in the outpatient clinic 5 days a week on the Arkansas Children’s Hospital campus and provide 24-hour call coverage for emergencies. They do monthly outreach clinics at the UAMS/ACH facility in Lowell, AR. The rheumatologists also are available for consultation on inpatients at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. In addition, they are available for telephone consultation from referring physicians.
Patients are seen on referral from their primary care physician. Referral is a simple matter of placing a call to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital appointment center at 501-364-4000. Pertinent clinical data pertaining to the child should be faxed to 501-364-5339. The referring physician’s office will be notified within 24-48 hours of the appointment date and time. Our section strives to keep wait times for new appointments short.
Amidst this busy schedule, our physicians make time to volunteer for MedCamps of Arkansas giving children the opportunity to experience Arthritis Camp each summer. The camp is held at Camp Aldersgate in Little Rock. A typical week of camp includes an adapted ropes challenge course, archery, arts and crafts, fishing, horseback riding, canoeing/boating, swimming, and for the older campers, an introduction to SCUBA diving. This camp experience is vital for the campers in that they meet fellow campers with similar problems as their own, and their camp experience is not limited by any physical problems they may have. Many of these children would never be able to attend summer camp because of financial limitations. In addition, because of their diagnoses, medications, and physical limitations, they would not be allowed to attend a “non-medical” camp.
Helpful Phone Numbers:
- Rheumatology office 501-364-3686
- Rheumatology fax 501-364-5339
- Appointment center 501-364-4000