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Pediatric Rheumatology

We specialize in diseases and syndromes that attack or compromise your child's immune system. We are also actively involved in researching new methods and medications to give your child the best quality of life possible.

Specialized care.

If your child has complaints of pain in the joints, muscles, bones or tendons, or other symptoms of arthritis or an autoimmune disorder, your pediatrician or family doctor may refer you to us.

We diagnose and treat patients from birth through adolescence with inflammation of joints and muscles and autoimmune diseases, including juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatic fever, enthesitis, Kawasaki syndrome, scleroderma, lupus, vasculitis and others. We also collaborate with other pediatric specialists as needed, such as physical and occupational therapists, orthopedic surgeons, pain management specialists, ophthalmologists and GI doctors. 

If your child has vasculitis that affects his kidneys, we offer a vasculitis clinic with our pediatric nephrologists. The clinic makes it convenient for patients to see all of the specialists they need at once.

If your child requires intravenous infusion treatments to manage his illness, we have an outpatient infusion center staffed by physicians, residents and a dedicated registered nurse with expertise in pediatric infusion. 

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Contact Rheumatology


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Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Rheumatology, Akron
Considine Professional Building
215 West Bowery Street
Level 5
Akron, Ohio 44302
Fax: 330-543-8063
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Rheumatology, Boardman
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Rheumatology, Boardman
Leonard J. Fisher Family Building
6505 Market Street, Building A
Suite 1210
Boardman, Ohio 44512
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Rheumatology, Beachwood
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Rheumatology, Beachwood
3733 Park East Drive
Suite 230
Beachwood, Ohio 44122
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Rheumatology, Medina
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Rheumatology, Medina
Akron Children's Health Center
3443 Medina Road
Door 1 (Suite 108)
Medina, Ohio 44256
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Rheumatology, North Canton
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Rheumatology, North Canton
Akron Children's Health Center
6076 Whipple Avenue Northwest
North Canton, Ohio 44720
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Rheumatology, Boston Heights
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Rheumatology, Boston Heights
Akron Children's Health Center
328 East Hines Hill Road
Suite 3
Boston Heights, Ohio 44236
Fax: 330-543-8063
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Our Doctors/Providers

Department Heads:
Steven Spalding
Steven Spalding, MD

Vice President, Population Health; Director, Division of Rheumatology; Pediatric Rheumatologist

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Kathryn Cook, DO

Pediatric Rheumatologist

Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants:

Nancy Delnay, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner


Facts & Stats

Convenient Access
Convenient Access
Same day appointments, 6 locations, telehealth (coming soon)
Whole-Patient Care Plans
Whole-Patient Care Plans
Care plans for all aspects of patient's life
Best in Class
Best Patient Experience
95% of our families would recommend our providers and clinic
Collaborative Clinics
Collaborative Clinics
Specialists staff uveitis, vasculitis and psoriasis clinics
Excellent Outcomes
Excellent Outcomes
55% of patients report no disease-related limitations

Open Clinical Studies

The CARRA Registry for Pediatric Rheumatic Diseases

The CARRA Registry will help monitor the long term safety of current medications being used to treat pediatric rheumatic diseases. By collecting information from thousands of patients to evaluate their treatments, side effects and quality of life.

Learn more here.

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Currently recruiting

What Should Families Expect When They Come for an Appointment?

At Akron Children’s, your child’s health and safety is our priority. Please continue to bring your child for wellness visits, vaccinations or sick care appointments that keep children healthy. We want to assure you that we have taken additional precautions to ensure a safe environment for your child and family. The following are additional safety efforts, in addition to our normal cleaning protocols, that we are taking to help you be comfortable bringing your child to an appointment.

Limiting the Number of Caregivers and Face Covering

The number of caregivers permitted to accompany a child to an appointment is dependent on the department you are visiting. Everyone visiting an Akron Children's facility is asked to wear masks or face coverings, except for kids under 2 or those with sensory issues. Masks will be provided for visitors who do not bring their own.

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Checking In and Screening of Visitors

Akron Children's now offers Mobile Check-in to limit your exposure to others. You'll receive a text an hour before your child's appointment arrival time. Click the link in the text when you reach the Akron Children's facility for your child's appointment. You will receive a confirmation text that reminds you to wait in your car. Once we determine appropriate spacing is available inside the building, you'll receive a third text to let you know it's OK to come in for your appointment.

Immediately upon entering the building, your temperature will be taken, either by a thermal scanner or a greeter who will also ask you a few questions.

If you are in a waiting room, you’ll notice signs and a limited number of chairs. This is to remind our patients to keep 6 feet of physical distance between your family and others.

Precautions If You Suspect Your Child Has COVID-19

Call your child’s healthcare professional if your child is sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing and has been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. Your health care professional will work with Ohio’s public health department and the CDC to determine if your child needs to be tested for COVID-19.

View all the safety precautions Akron Children's is taking.

Some of the Conditions We Treat...

juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatic fever, kawasaki syndrome, scleroderma, lupus, enthesitis