Pediatric Rheumatology

To make an appointment with UofL Physicians - Pediatric Rheumatology, call 502-588-4910. After hours (after 5 p.m. and on weekends), please call Norton Children's Hospital at 502-629-6000.

UofL Physicians – Pediatric Rheumatology is a rheumatology practice for children up to 21 years of age.  We treat a number of conditions that cause joint pain or stiffness, muscle diseases and connective tissue diseases like Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Scleroderma, as well as non-infectious fever conditions.

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, or JIA (previously known as Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis/JRA) is the most common group of diseases that cause childhood chronic arthritis. It can be a mild condition but JIA can produce serious life-long complications. Often, children’s arthritis occurs when the immune system causes the body’s natural defenses to attack healthy tissue.

Sometimes this swelling and pain occurs for an unknown reason (known as idiopathic arthritis). It can also be caused by an infection in the joint or associated with another disease such as Lyme disease.

Rheumatoid conditions in children require experience and expertise to properly diagnosis and treat. UofL Physicians – Pediatric Rheumatology specialists provide a coordinated, long-term and multidisciplinary team approach towards management of individual patients.

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louisville rheumatic diseases

UofL Physicians – Pediatric Rheumatology sees children with a number of rheumatic diseases and conditions affecting bones, muscles and tissues.

  • Complaints of musculoskeletal pain or weakness
  • Suspected connective tissue disorders
  • Suspected autoimmune disorders
  • Non-operative sports medicine conditions
  • Unexplained fevers and/or fatigue

Louisville Pediatric Care

For diagnosis and treatment of these pediatric rheumatic conditions we offer:

  • Consultations
  • Ongoing care
  • Coordination of care with other pediatric divisions

Physicians in this practice may not see patients at all locations listed below. For details, please call the appointment line for the location you are interested in visiting.

After hours (after 5 p.m. and on weekends), please call Norton Children's Hospital at 502-629-6000.

The fax number is 502-588-9554.

Click here to view a map of all UofL Physicians pediatric practices located downtown.

Offices and Clinics

  • UofL Physicians - Pediatric Rheumatology
    210 E. Gray St.
    Suite 602
    Louisville, Kentucky 40202
    502-588-4910
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Hospital Affiliations

  • Norton Children’s Hospital

Rheumatoid conditions in children require experience and expertise to properly diagnosis and treat. UofL Physicians – Pediatric Rheumatology specialists provide a coordinated, long-term and multidisciplinary team approach towards management of individual patients.

Drs. Schikler and Schmidt are recognized leaders in the field of Pediatric Rheumatology and are committed to advancing the standard of care and quality of life for children with rheumatological diseases.

Dr. Schikler is Chairperson of the Section on Rheumatology Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  In addition, Dr. Schikler is an active member of the Childhood Arthritis & Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA), serving on a number of committees as well as an active member of the Pediatric Rheumatology Data Research group.  Dr. Schmidt serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Ohio Valley Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation and a member of the Louisville chapter’s Advisory Board.  Dr. Schmidt also serves on the CARRA Juvenile Dermatomyositis Committee and is active in PENTA: the Pediatric Rheumatology Regional consortium.

Next Steps

For more information or to make an appointment,
call 502-588-6000