Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship


The Hospital for Special Surgery        



     The Division of Pediatric Rheumatology at the Hospital for Special Surgery is one of the premier institutions in Pediatric Rheumatology.  Nationwide there exists an extreme shortage of trained pediatric rheumatology faculty with a slowly increasing number of American Board of Pediatrics certified pediatric rheumatologists providing staffing to 128 medical schools in the United States.  There still are not pediatric rheumatologists at every medical school.  At the present time this shortage is aggravated by the limited number of certified pediatric rheumatology fellowship training programs.  As of 2004 there were approximately 45 trainees nationwide spread across three required years of fellowship training.  Some of these trainees are international in origin and expect to return to their home country.  As a result the shortage of trained pediatric rheumatologists in the United States is expected to persist for at least ten to fifteen years into the future.


    As one of the certified pediatric rheumatology training programs, the Division of Rheumatology at the Hospital for Special Surgery is committed to maintaining a high standard of excellence and providing additional faculty to support research, teaching, and clinical care activities at universities throughout the United States.  Past graduates of our program have won multiple awards and accolades from the American College of Rheumatology and other rheumatic disease related programs.


     At this time we are participating in the national resident matching programs ( and interested applicants should register with ‘the match.’  If you are a bright pediatrician with an interest in a challenging academic career caring for children with rheumatic diseases contact us.  The fellowship is three years as mandated by the American Board of Pediatrics and includes comprehensive training in all aspects of rheumatic disease.  Closely integrated with the adult rheumatology training program at the Hospital for Special Surgery, the Department of Pediatrics at New York Presbyterian Hospital, and the Orthopedic residency program at Hospital for Special Surgery, this is one the most outstanding pediatric rheumatology training opportunities in the world.  We look forward to training the next generation of leaders in pediatric rheumatology.  The application form can be found here




Thomas J. A. Lehman MD

Chief, Division of Pediatric Rheumatology

Hospital for Special Surgery, and

Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Sanford Weill Medical Center of Cornell University





212-606-1938 fax


Hospital for Special Surgery

535 E 70th St

New York, NY 10021