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Care for rheumatic and autoimmune disorders and their effect on children

Maimonides Children’s HospitalRheumatic and autoimmune diseases can affect various parts of a child’s body, including joints, muscles, and connective tissues. At Maimonides Children’s Hospital, we’ve made great strides in advanced pediatric rheumatology and autoimmune care. Our rheumatologists have years of experience specializing in the care of children and adolescents with a variety of vascular, bone, and joint disorders. Our expert team of nurse practitioners and nurses are at your service, dedicated to your child’s well-being.

Conditions we treat

  • Acute rheumatic fever (ARF) – An inflammatory disease from strep throat or scarlet fever
  • Autoimmune encephalitis – A type of brain inflammation
  • Hypermobility syndrome – When joints are more flexible than the average person’s
  • Juvenile dermatomyositis – Causes skin discoloration and muscle weakness
  • Juvenile lupus (SLE) – Causes inflammation in the body and organ damage
  • Lyme disease – Causes a rash, often in a bull’s-eye pattern, and flu-like symptoms
  • Raynaud’s disease – Causes decreased blood flow to the extremities
  • Scleroderma – Causes hardened, shiny skin
  • Vasculitis – Causes blood vessels to become inflamed

Treatments we offer

  • Complete diagnostic capabilities and treatment
  • Laboratory and radiologic testing
  • Thorough education about the condition for the child and family


Call (718) 283-7500 to make an appointment with Maimonides Children’s Hospital 

Meet Our Team

Risa Ann Alperin, MD

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Philip J. Kahn, MD

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