James T Cassidy award for distinguished service to Pediatric Rheumatology 2007


Delivering the best care - with great care

Thomas J. A. Lehman MD

Dr. Lehman is Chief, Division of Pediatric Rheumatology at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Cornell University Medical College.

A fellow of both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Rheumatology, Dr. Lehman is also a member of the New York Academy of Medicine, the Harvey Society, and the Western Society for Pediatric Research.

Dr. Lehman graduated phi beta kappa from the University of California at Berkeley in 1970, then cum laude from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia in 1974. He completed his residency in Pediatrics at Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles and the University of California San Francisco (VMC campus) in 1977. This was followed by a two year fellowship in Pediatric Rheumatology with Dr. Virgil Hanson at Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles from 1977 to 1979.

Following this Dr. Lehman served two years of active duty in the US Navy (LtCdr USNR) as head of the Pediatric Rheumatology Section at the US Naval Hospital in San Diego.

From 1981 to 1983 Dr. Lehman was a medical staff fellow in the Arthritis Branch at the National Institutes of Health with a dual emphasis on the care of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus animal models of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

In 1983 Dr. Lehman returned to Los Angeles as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Southern California in the Division of Rheumatology at Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles.

In 1987 Dr. Lehman came to the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York as Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Rheumatology. He was promoted to full Professor in 1995.

Dr. Lehman is the author of more than 40 peer reviewed publications in pediatric rheumatology as well as over 25 invited manuscripts and textbook chapters. Many of these publications are devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus in childhood, while others are on animal models of rheumatic diseases (including JRA and Kawasaki Disease) and scleroderma.   Recently he completed a book for parents, patients, and health professionals to help them recognize children with rheumatic diseases and make sure they are getting the best possible care (It’s not just growing pains – Oxford University Press 2004) Dr. Lehman has pioneered new therapies and now widely adapted therapies for children with lupus, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, uveitis, scleroderma, and dermatomyositis.  He is a recognized expert in the rheumatic diseases of childhood with many educational and scientific presentations for the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Rheumatology, the Arthritis Foundation, The Lupus Foundation, the Scleroderma Foundation, and many medical societies around the world. He serves on review committees for the NIH, the Lupus Foundation, the Canadian Arthritis society, the March of Dimes, and the Veterans Administration as well as being a manuscript reviewer for multiple journals.  In addition he is the section editor for Pediatric Rheumatology in Current Rheumatology Reports, and Rheumatology UptoDate, which are, specialized publications for physicians. 

Under his direction the Division of Pediatric Rheumatology at the Hospital for Special Surgery has become one of the preeminent Pediatric Rheumatology programs for both patient care and physician education.  The Division now includes three full time faculty members, four clinical fellows and one research fellow as well as research associates and nurse clinicians.  Patients and physicians from around the world have journeyed to the Hospital for Special Surgery to benefit from the special expertise of the program.  The Hospital for Special Surgery has one of only 18 approved training programs for fellows in Pediatric Rheumatology and trains fellows from around the world.

Dr. Lehman believes that research and teaching are critical to the development of pediatric rheumatology, but proper and attentive care of the child with arthritis and except in emergency situations proper respect for the feelings of the child and his family must come before all else.

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    Dr. Tom Lehmans experience and compassion are evident on every page of this book, and they help guide the readerchild, parent, and healthcare professional alike through the world of childhood arthritis.  This book is an absolute gem written with a single goal in mind:  improve the lives of kids with arthritis. -- Jack Klippel, M.D. President and CEO of the Arthritis Foundation


     Dr. Lehman has given parents and families of children with arthritis the first book that speaks to the parent and child as equals.  His book explains the illnesses, the medications, the lab tests, and the disease course in simple, understandable lay language and givens them valuable insight into how a pediatric rheumatologist thinks.  Bravo!-- Charles Spencer, M.D., Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, University of Chicago, La Rabida


It’s not just growing pains.
A guide to childhood muscle, bone, and joint pain,
rheumatic diseases and the latest treatments


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It has always been a frustration trying to answer the many questions I have received from people over the web.  I can’t take the time and give them the detail I would like to.  I have to take care of my patients.  This book is a distillation of my experience answering questions for parents and health professionals over 25 years of practice.  If you want to know about the diseases, the tests, the medications, or how to be sure you are getting the best care– If you are the family member of a child with joint pains, this book will give you the answers.  If you are a general physician, a pediatrician, or a nurse who cares for children with these diseases it will answer many of the questions families ask you, and you can recommend it to them.  It will also answer many of your questions about what shots to give, what precautions to take, and the other questions families, pediatricians, and other health care providers have asked me over the years.


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