Improving the Lives of Children With Rheumatic Disease Through High-quality and Innovative Care, Training and Research


Pediatric rheumatologists at Nationwide Children’s Hospital provide comprehensive care and consultation services for children with suspected or definite rheumatic diseases and non-surgical musculoskeletal problems.

Our mission is to improve the lives of children with rheumatic disease through high-quality and innovative care, training and research. Our vision is that children with rheumatic disease are able to live without limitations.

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Meet Our Leadership

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Stacy P. Ardoin

Stacy P. Ardoin, MD, is Section Chief of Rheumatology and director of the Lupus, Vasculitis and Glomerulonephritis Clinic at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Our Clinics

Rheumatology Clinic
Outpatient Care Center
555 S. 18th Street
Columbus, OH 43205
Phone: (614) 722-5525
Fax: (614) 722-3194
Mon. – Fri. 8 am – 4 pm

Dublin Close to Home Center
5675 Venture Drive
Suite A
Dublin, Ohio 43017
Phone: (614) 355-8400
Fax: (614) 355-8410

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Lupus, Vasculitis and Glomerulonephritis Clinic

The Lupus, Vasculitis and Glomerulonephritis Clinic at Nationwide Children’s provides state-of-the art, evidence-based, compassionate, family-centered care to children and adolescents with lupus, vasculitis and glomerulonephritis disorders.

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Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Clinic

The Department of Rheumatology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital offers a Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Clinic to provide comprehensive care for the needs of our clinic patients.

Hemato-Immuno-Lymphoproliferative (HILP) Clinic

The Hemato-Immuno-Lymphoproliferative (HILP) Clinic provides consultative services for patients with actual or concerning features for Hematologic and Immunologic dysfunction. 

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Neuroimmunology Clinic

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Neuroimmunology Clinic provides evidence-based, family-centered clinical care for infants, children and teens with autoimmune disorders that affect the central nervous system, known as neuroimmune disorders.

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Hypermobility Clinic

The Hypermobility Clinic at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is a family-centered clinic that evaluates and develops an individualized treatment plan to reduce joint pain and complications related to joint hypermobility. 

Meet Our Patients

Alyssa T

Read Alyssa's Story

Name: Alyssa T.
Condition(s): Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis JIA
Age Today: 27 Years

At the age of 15, when most kids are busy with friends, school and just being kids – Alyssa was dealing with lower back pain, fevers and a general achy feeling. It was really interfering with her being able to enjoy the things the other kids were.


Read Megan's Story

Name: Megan
Condition(s): Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis JIA

Megan was a normal, healthy baby until she experienced a febrile seizure at 11 months old that seemingly launched her immune system into attack mode. At 18 months she still wasn’t walking, and no longer crawled.

Dezzaray K

Read Dezzaray's Story

Name: Dezzaray K.
Condition(s): Linear/Localized Scleroderma
Age Today: 14 Years

My daughter spent her third birthday in the emergency room because she stopped walking. I later noticed a white streak on her foot and her right leg was rock hard.

Courtney R

Read Courtney's Story

Name: Courtney R.
Condition(s): Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis JIA
Age Today: 25 Years

Courtney was diagnosed with JIA, better known as Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, in July of 2015. Courtney and her family didn’t even realize that kids could get arthritis too.

Alexandra J

Read Alexandra's Story

Name: Alexandra J.
Condition(s): Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis JIA
Age Today: 14 Years

Even though Alexandra is young, she’s been dealing with JIA for a while. She began receiving care and treatment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Rheumatology Clinic before she was even 2 years old.


We participate in clinical research, but our first priority is always patient care. We would never treat a patient, or their parent, with any less respect or care if they did not participate in research. We believe it would be unethical, and we would never participate in any research that we thought might harm our patients. Children's has an institutional review board that has very strict rules about how research involving patients must be performed. We also have available the facilities and expertise of Pediatric Clinical Trials International (PCTI). 

Since the number of children with arthritis, or lupus, for example is small in comparison to adults, it is essential for multiple pediatric rheumatology centers to participate in collaborative research. Otherwise, it will be impossible to have enough patients in certain studies to reach meaningful conclusions. 

Most of the pediatric rheumatologists in the United States have come together to form a group called the Pediatric Rheumatology Collaborative Study Group, or PRCSG. This group is lead by pediatric rheumatologists who have great experience in designing and performing clinical research. We belong to the PRCSG, and are committed to only doing studies of high quality – that is those that are well designed and likely to give very useful results. 


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Quality Improvement

In keeping with our mission, the Rheumatology section is actively engaged in measures to improve the care and outcomes of children with rheumatic diseases. Our team is leading the way in improving outcomes in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis and Childhood-Onset Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. We partner with national collaboratives such as PR-COIN. Further, we have made strides in improving vaccinations, screening for mental health, social determinants of health, and transition to adult care. Prevention of harm is another area of focus through improved screening for uveitis and hydroxychloroquine-related retinopathy, and prevention of pregnancy in adolescents on teratogenic medications. The team is supported by a quality data technician and Quality Improvement Specialists. Fellows can lead an independent quality improvement project during their training with appropriate data support.

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