Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Pediatrics


The Division of Rheumatology was founded in 1971 at Children's Memorial Hospital and transitioned to the new state-of-the-art Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago in 2012. Our division is composed of six faculty membersMarisa Klein-Gitelman, MD, MS has served as the division head since 2002.  Risa Alperin, MD is a full-time clinician specialist.  Megan Curran, MD is the pediatric rheumatology fellowship program director and the director of medical education for the division. Michael Miller, MD is the division’s clinical practice director and the director of research informatics at the Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute, our affiliated research institution.  Kaveh Ardalan, MD is a clinician and research physician.  Lauren Pachman, MD is the director of the FOCIS Center of Excellence In Clinical Immunology and head of the Cure JM Program of Excellence in Juvenile Myositis Research.


Residents will work alongside faculty who are board certified in pediatric rheumatology, pediatric physiatry (rehabilitation), and immunology and allergy subspecialties. The Division offers a three-year accredited fellowship program. Fellowship recipients are matched to the program through the NRMP Fall Specialties Match in conjunction with the ERAS application service.


The Division of Rheumatology’s faculty and residents are engaged in research that has fostered new approaches to both diagnosis and treatment of many conditions, including Juvenile Myositis, Childhood Onset Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Vasculitis.

The physicians of the division are active in research and clinical trials covering numerous aspects of rheumatology causes and treatments, specializing in the areas of pediatric lupus, vasculitis, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA), and Juvenile Myositis. The Division also participates in national multicenter research coordinated through the Pediatric Rheumatology Collaborative Study Group (PRCSG) and the Childhood Arthritits and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA).

Patient Care

In addition to state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment, the program focuses on family education, identifying support services and coordinating with home health to facilitate treatment. The interdisciplinary treatment approach may include collaboration with:

Our specialized immunodiagnostic laboratory and specialty clinics also offer residents access to unique experiences in patient care.

Marisa Klein-Gitelman, MD

Marisa Klein-Gitelman, MD
Division Head,

Contact Us

For more information, contact the Department of Pediatrics Division of Rheumatology.


Visit our fellowship page to learn more about advanced educational opportunities in the Division of Rheumatology.