Pediatric Lupus Clinic

The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital provides services and opportunities to help children, adolescents and teens with lupus.

Our Circle of Support

Our team of specialists helps you manage your child's illness, along with the support of a community of other patients and parents.

Pediatric Lupus Clinic circle of support diagram

What to Expect

At Comer Children's our comprehensive approach to lupus care offers many benefits for children and their families, including:

  • Help with managing complicated medication schedules
  • Counseling on lifestyle changes like nutrition, rest and exercise
  • Advice on communicating with school, teachers and peers
  • Visit with a support group and family education group on the same day as your doctor’s appointment
  • Opportunities to participate in research

You’ll have a three-hour visit every three months.

Your child's appointment will be scheduled at either 12:45 p.m. or 3 p.m. on the second or third Thursday of the month. We are located on the fourth floor of Comer Children’s Hospital in in Hyde Park.

The clinic covers the cost of your parking and public transportation, as well as a meal with other patients.
You’ll meet with each of your child's providers in one extended appointment, including:
  • A pediatric rheumatologist, who will examine your child, ask questions about your child's health and order lab tests
  • A pediatric nephrologist, who checks your child's kidneys, if needed
  • A pharmacist, who reviews your child's medications and suggests strategies for taking them properly
  • A nurse educator, who meets with your family to help you better understand and manage your child's disease
  • A social worker and/or a child life specialist, who helps you with the daily challenges of living with pediatric lupus

Your child can attend a support group with other adolescent patients, led by a child life specialist.

Additionally, you can meet with other parents and caretakers in a lupus education class.

Meet Our Pediatric Rheumatology Team