Welcome to the Division of Dell Children’s Pediatric Rheumatology. Patients from the surrounding counties are served by the Division of Pediatric Rheumatology.
Children and adolescents are seen in the Pediatric Rheumatology outpatient program, and also as inpatients at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas.
The pediatric rheumatology program works closely with pediatric specialists (nephrology, allergy/immunology, orthopedics, ophthalmology, hematology/oncology, gastroenterology, infectious disease, neurology, surgery, physical/occupational therapy) in coordinating your child’s care and evaluation.
Please call 512-628-1880 and select Option 1 to schedule an appointment. We must receive all documents BEFORE an appointment can be made. Please make certain all required patient records, list of medications (drug name, amount and frequency), are received by the Division of Pediatric Rheumatology prior to the child’s scheduled appointment.
Please bring the following to your appointment:
- Valid Insurance Card and Driver’s License
- Referral/Authorization – Provided by Your Healthcare Provider (Physician)
- Updated Immunization Record
To provide the highest level of evidence-based, state-of-the-art family-centered care to children with rheumatic disease.
The clinic provides comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis, management and follow-up of rheumatic conditions including:
- Juvenile Spondyloarthritis
- Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (Previously known as Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis)
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease associated Arthritis
- Reactive Arthritis
- Fever of Unknown Origin (FUO)
- Henoch-Schönlein Purpura (HSP)
- Juvenile Dermatomyositis
- Juvenile Polymyositis
- Kawasaki Disease
- Morphea (localized scleroderma)
- Periodic Fever Syndromes (Auto-Inflammatory Syndromes)
- Raynaud’s Phenomenon
- Systemic Lupus Erythematosus & related connective tissue diseases
- Uveitis (non-infectious)
Pediatric Rheumatology referrals can be made by your primary care provider or medical specialist, depending on the requirements of your insurance plan. If you are a patient or patient’s family member and wish to make a self-referral, please obtain authorization from your insurance provider. All documentation (patient records, lab tests, x-rays, etc.) and authorization(s) must be obtained BEFORE an appointment can be made for any patient. All requested documentation can be faxed to us at 512-628-1881.
Telephone Calls, Lab Results and Prescription Refills
Telephone calls are taken during business hours, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Urgent messages left after 3 p.m. Monday through Friday may not be returned until the next business day. All other calls will be returned in order of medical priority. Most calls are answered the same day.
If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. For urgent matters after hours (weekends, weeknights, holidays) please contact your primary care provider first or call Medlink at (512) 323-5465 to have the rheumatologist on call contacted. Please note that scheduling appointments and medication refills are to be done during business hours only.
Lab, X-ray, etc. Results
If you are calling for lab results, please call 512-628-1880 Option 4. Due to our patient volume, please allow the office staff and the lab sufficient time to process your labs/studies. Most results are available within 5 to 7 business days. Now and then, specialized labs are ordered which require at least 14 business days. Laboratory, X-ray, etc. results will not be left on answering machines or similar devices. Results will not be faxed to patients. Formal requests to our medical records office must be made to obtain copies of lab or radiology results.
Please call your pharmacy first for all medication refills. A laboratory evaluation or a clinic visit may be required prior to authorizing a prescription refill. Please note refill authorizations may take up to 2 business days to process. Medication refills will not be called in on evenings or weekends.
Research & Quality Improvement
- Clinical trials in Juvenile Arthritis
- Implementation of transition program for adolescents and young adults with chronic rheumatic disease
Residents & Medical Students
Our pediatric rheumatology division is dedicated to providing medical students and residents with education regarding clinical presentation, diagnosis and management of children with rheumatic disease. We offer 1-week elective rotations for medical students during the subspecialty portion of their pediatrics clerkship and 3-4 week electives for pediatric residents.
Pediatric Rheumatology Research
- Childhood Arthritis & Rheumatology Research Alliance
- Pediatric Rheumatology Clinical Research Study Group