Paediatric Rheumatology

... because kids get arthritis too!


Zone B, First Floor
Paediatric Medical Day Unit
Victoria Hospital
800 Commissioners Road East
London, ON



Deb Tait, Medical Secretary
Tel: 519-685-8266
Fax: 519-685-8156


Our Program

Our Team

Our Program

The London Health Sciences Centre Paediatric Rheumatology program has witnessed an impressive growth since its beginnings in 2009.

The Division of Rheumatology at Children’s Hospital, LHSC, offers a comprehensive range of services for the evaluation and treatment of children with acute and chronic paediatric rheumatic diseases and has clinics to assess children for the following conditions:

  • Lupus
  • Neonatal Lupus
  • Juvenile Dermatomyositis
  • Morphea
  • Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
  • Juvenile Spondyloarthritis
  • Systemic Vasculitis
  • Autoinflammatory Syndromes

We also assess and treat patients with various other forms of musculoskeletal pain. We work closely with our colleagues in ophthalmology, orthopedics, dermatology, neurology, nephrology, adolescent medicine, radiology, nursing, child life, social work, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. We often interact with The Arthritis Society around advocacy projects, community resources, and therapeutic services for our patients.

Our research activities are predominantly clinical and we are involved in national and international collaborative studies of childhood rheumatic diseases.

Our mandate is to provide excellent clinical care, educate families and patients, and undertake research studies into systemic inflammatory disorders and inflammatory diseases of the bones and joints in childhood.

Our Team


Dr. Roberta Berard, MD, FRCPC, MSc
Pediatric Rheumatologist
Associate Professor of Paediatrics
University of Western Ontario
Tel: 519-685-8266
Fax: 519-685-8156

Dr. Erkan Demirkaya, MD, MSc
Paediatric Rheumatologist
Professor of Paediatrics
University of Western Ontario
Tel: 519-685-8266
Fax: 519-685-8156

Michelle Diebold RN, BScN
Nurse Case Manager, Paediatric Rheumatology
Tel: 519-685-8500 ext. 75693
Fax: 519-685-8156

Danielle Diotte RN, BscN
Nurse Case Manager, Paediatric Rheumatology 
Tel: 519-685-8500 Ext. 75693
Fax: 519-685-8156

Ruth Aitchison MSW, RSW
Social Worker
Paediatric Diabetes and Rheumatology
Tel: 519-685-8500 ext. 57915

Sue MacQueen PT, BScPT, ACPAC
Advanced Clinician Practitioner in Arthritis Care
The Arthritis Society
Direct Tel: 519-743-4141, ext 1107
Toll-Free Tel: 1-800-321-1433, ext. 1107
Fax: 519-743-4142

Cindy Stewart
Rheumatology Physiotherapist
Tel: 519-685-8500 Ext. 52827

Michelle Bridge, OT Reg. (Ont.), ACPAC
Advanced Clinician Practitioner in Arthritis Care
Arthritis Society
1-800-321-1433, ext. 1239
Fax: 519-433-7035