Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Pediatrics

Rheumatology Fellowship

Program Summary and Eligibility

Thank you for your interest in the pediatric rheumatology fellowship at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.  Our three-year fellowship program training content is in accordance with the guidelines created by the ACGME’s Residency Review Committee for Pediatrics. The first year of fellowship is weighted toward clinical training; in the second and third years, the majority of time is spent working on research projects.  Fellowship applicants must complete an ACGME-approved residency in pediatrics from a US based institution before entering our program.  Please contact our division for more information regarding our fellowship or for an application.

Pediatric Rheumatology Division

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.

New components, personnel, and projects are continually being incorporated into our multifaceted division.  We work closely with all divisions at Lurie Children’s as well as with our adult rheumatology colleagues next door at Northwestern's Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Center (MCRC), led by Director Leena Sharma, MD.  We also work closely with the Immunology Diagnostic Laboratory directed by Aaruni Khanolkar, MBBS, PhD, D(ABMLI), who also heads the Flow Cytometry Laboratories. Other collaborators include Charles Sisung, MD, Medical Director and Gadi Revivo, DO, the Assistant Medical Director of the Pediatric and Adolescent Rehabilitation Program at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

Hospital and Clinical Experience

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago is ranked the #1 children's hospital in Illinois and #6 in the country in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report survey of children's hospitals. Our division’s attending physicians supervise a resident-run inpatient service at Lurie Children’s and each follow a large panel of outpatients.  Outpatient visits to our clinics number over 5,600 per year. In the recent academic year, faculty saw over 1,000 new outpatients at Lurie Children’s and its suburban outreach clinics, in addition to managing the care of about 100 inpatients.  Our physicians care for patients with a variety of diagnoses including juvenile idiopathic arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, juvenile dermatomyositis, autoinflammatory syndromes, scleroderma and various vasculitides.  The division utilizes a team approach to patient care. Members of the team include six skilled nurses and a pediatric nurse practitioner.  Our team also includes professionals in social work, physical and occupational therapy.


The Division of Rheumatology’s faculty and fellows are actively engaged in research and clinical trials covering numerous aspects of rheumatologic disease.

These endeavors have fostered new approaches to diagnosis, treatment and translational research for many of these conditions, including:

The Division participates in national multicenter research coordinated through the Pediatric Rheumatology Collaborative Study Group (PRCSG), which focuses on drug trials, and the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA), which focuses on disease management.

Other research interests in the division include:

Our fellowship program’s research component offers the opportunity for fellows to design and conduct a substantive research or scholarly project of their own as well as participate in the division’s overall research and QI initiatives. From this, our fellows have successfully published as well as formulated plans for ongoing research and scholarship post fellowship. Fellows are encouraged to seek out mentorship, form relationships and to work in an interdisciplinary manner with physicians and scientists across the larger Northwestern/McGaw community, including not only those in our Division and the Department of Pediatrics but also in adult Rheumatology in the Department of Medicine (including the opportunity to participate in their NIH T32 training grant), the Department of Medical Social Sciences, the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute and the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS). The T32 in particular, offers mentorship and financial support for trainees. Fellows also have the opportunity through the university to pursue specific coursework useful to developing their research skills and, if desired, a Master of Sciences.

For more information on our faculty’s recent publications, please click on the faculty name above to be taken to their profile page.

Program Director

Megan Curran, MD

Contact Information

Jean Waller
Sr. Administrative Assistant
Fellowship Coordinator
Division of Rheumatology
Ann & Robert H. Lurie
Children's Hospital of Chicago
225 E. Chicago Avenue #50
Chicago, Illinois  60611
Phone: 312-227-6271
Fax: 312-227-9417


For fellowship salary information, visit McGaw Medical Center for Graduate Medical Education.

Housestaff Research Portal

Feinberg has the infrastructure and resources to assist McGaw trainees interested in conducting scientific research. Visit our Housestaff Research Portal to learn more.