Rheumatology

Our division provides comprehensive services for children with rheumatic diseases. We see and evaluate children with musculoskeletal pain, fever of unknown origin or other inflammatory conditions.

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History

The Rheumatology service at the MCH was started in the 1970s by Dr. Hannah Straczynski. Over the years, the division expanded under the direction of Dr. Julie Paquin and Dr. Ciaran Duffy. The division focuses on clinical care, teaching of postgraduate students, and clinical research. Dr. Claire LeBlanc is the current director of the Rheumatology division.

Our team

The Rheumatology team is composed of four pediatric rheumatologists who are experts in treating children with all types of rheumatic diseases (those that affect joints, muscles). Each rheumatologist has more than 10 years experience. The team also includes two clinical nurses, a social worker, one medical secretary, an administrative secretary, a physiotherapist, an occupational therapist, and a research coordinator.

Department head:
 

Dr. Claire LeBlanc

Staff members

Where the care happens

Your child will be seen in the Rheumatology clinic. Each of our physicians has their own clinic time but they also take part in combined clinics with other services in the hospital such as Orthopedics and Dermatology. Patients may also be seen in our external Rheumatology clinic (located at The Children’s Clinic, 5100 de Maisonneuve, 2nd floor). We also provide pediatric rheumatology services at the Shriners Hospital and at Hôpital Val d’Or for the RUIS Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Dr. Claire LeBlanc also runs a sport medicine clinic located in the West Island.

Programs and services

Our division provides comprehensive services for children with rheumatic diseases. We see and evaluate children with musculoskeletal pain, fever of unknown origin or other inflammatory conditions. We offer our services in our clinics (outpatient services), but also provide care to children who are admitted to the hospital, as well as children who come to the Emergency room.

Conditions and treatments

The main diseases we treat are juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), connective tissue diseases (like lupus, scleroderma, dermatomyositis), systemic vasculitis (like Kawasaki disease), and periodic fever syndromes. Dr. LeBlanc also sees children with sport-related conditions.

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Room: A 02.3343 , Glen site

Phone : 514-412-4400 ext. 22621
Fax : 514-412-4365