Rabheh Abdul Aziz MD, MS

Rabheh Abdul Aziz

Rabheh Abdul Aziz
MD, MS

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Pediatrics

Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences


Specialty/Research Focus

Pediatric Rheumatology; Pediatrics

Contact Information
UBMD Pediatrics
Division of Allergy/Immunology and Rheumatology
1001 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: (716) 323-6240
Fax: (716) 323-0296
rabhehab@buffalo.edu


Patient Care

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Professional Summary:

I diagnose, and care and advocate for, children with rheumatic diseases such as systemic lupus, juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM), vasculitis and juvenile idiopathic arthritis. I have particular expertise in JDM. I am careful and thoughtful in my approach to my patients who have chronic, complex rheumatologic diseases, because these illnesses have major effects on all aspects of my patients’ lives. My goal is to meet the complex needs of my patients and their families by working to control disease activity, preserve normal physical, social and emotional growth and development, minimize chronic disability and deformity and achieve disease remission. I understand the everyday difficulties families of children with rheumatic diseases often encounter, and I help them cope with the challenges of hospitalization, frequent outpatient visits and long-term treatment that includes injectable medications. I educate my patients and their families as much as possible, to help foster cooperation and compliance with my care.

I also customize my patients’ care by paying special attention to the psychosocial aspects of illness that can negatively influence adapting to chronic rheumatic diseases: e.g., depression, anxiety and sleep disturbance. I coordinate a team of health care professionals in rheumatology, physical therapy, occupational therapy and psychology to address these coexisting conditions with my patients and their families. Additionally, I support families as they make teachers and other school personnel aware of their children’s daily needs.

My research focus is JDM. My goal is to understand its etiology and why its manifestation is different from one patient to another. Another goal is to advance physicians’ ability to diagnose and care for patients with rheumatologic disease—research that will ultimately make a difference in patients’ quality of life. Medical students, residents and fellows are welcome to work with me on research projects.

I work with pediatric residents during their monthlong elective in rheumatology, teaching them how to diagnose and treat rheumatic disease. I also work with immunology fellows during their rotation in rheumatology. I help them develop an understanding of the presentations, natural history and complications of rheumatologic conditions in children. I also help trainees better understand autoimmunity and biologics—particularly, the mechanisms of how biologics work and how they are applied in patient care.

Education and Training:

  • MS, Medical Science, Ohio State University (2016)
  • Fellowship, Pediatric Rheumatology, Ohio State University (2016)
  • Residency, Pediatrics, Damascus University (2005)
  • MD, Medicine, Damascus University (2000)

Employment:

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, University at Buffalo (2016-present)
  • Clinical Director, Rheumatology, Oishei Children's Hospital (2016-present)
  • Attending Physician, Rheumatology, UBMD Pediatrics, Oishei Children's Hospital (2016-present)
  • Pediatric Specialist, Ministry of Health Hospital, Saudi Arabia (2005–2010)
  • Volunteer Pediatrician, Damascus Country Side, Syria (2005)

Awards and Honors:

  • Damascus University: Top 20 Medical School Students (2000)
  • Damascus University: Student Exchange Program with Egypt (1999)

Grants and Sponsored Research:

  • June 2018–August 2018
    Lyme Arthritis on the Uptick in Western New York Area
    Rheumatology Research Foundation
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $1,000
  • June 2018–August 2018
    Infection at Time of Presentation and During the Course of Juvenile Dermatomyositis
    Rheumatology Research Foundation
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $500
  • May 2015–April 2017
    Complement C4 in Disease Risk and Pathogenesis of Juvenile Dermatomyositis
    Cure JM Foundation
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $50,000

Journal Articles:

Books and Book Chapters:

  • Abdul Aziz R, Spencer C. "How to Diagnose and Treat Juvenile Dermatomyositis". Dermatomyositis: Diagnosis, Risk Factors and Treatment Options. 2017.

Abstracts:

  • Abdul Aziz R, Spencer CH, Bout-Tabaku S, Yu CY, Adler B, Lintner KE, Moore-Clingenpeel M. The Role of Muscle MRI in Detecting a Flare-up of Juvenile Dermatomyositis. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2016; 68(S10).
  • Abdul Aziz R, Christman A, Jones K, Ardoin SP, Bout-Tabaku SM. Pre-Visit Planning and Quality Improvement in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2014; 66(S3).

Professional Memberships:

  • American Academy of Pediatrics (2013–2016)
  • Pediatric Rheumatology Care and Outcomes Improvement Network (2013–2016)
  • American College of Rheumatology (2013–present)
  • Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (2013–present)
  • Syrian Association of Pediatrics (2000–2010)
  • Saudi Council of Health Specialists (2000–2010)

Presentations:

  • "Juvenile Dermatomyositis" Rheumatology Workshop for Pediatric Residents, University at Buffalo (2018)
  • "Periodic Fever and Autoinflammatory Syndromes" 1st Year Medical Student Lecture, University at Buffalo (2018)
  • "Pediatric Rheumatology Overview" Immunology Fellow Lecture, Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo (2017)
  • "What You Need to Know about SLE and KIA" Pediatric Resident Lecture, Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo (2017)
  • "What Unusual Kidney Disease Would You See in Lupus?" Research Day, University at Buffalo (2017)
  • "Cell-Bound Levels of Complement Activation Products on Erythrocytes E-C4d and E-C3d May Reflect Disease Complications of Juvenile Dermatomyositis" Global Conference on Myositis (2017)
  • "Low Gene Copy Number of Total C4 and Complement C4A Deficiency Are Strong Genetic Risk Factors for Idiopathic Inflammatory Myopathies of European Ancestry" Global Conference on Myositis (2017)
  • "Periodic Fever" 1st Year Medical Student Lecture, University at Buffalo (2017)
  • "Periodic Fever and Autoinflammatory Syndromes" 1st Year Medical Student Lecture, University at Buffalo (2017)
  • "Juvenile Dermatomyositis" Rheumatology Workshop for Pediatric Residents, University at Buffalo (2016)
  • "Critical Cases in Rheumatology" PICU Conference, Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo (2016)
  • "The Role of Muscle MRI in Detecting a Flare-up of Juvenile Dermatomyositis" Annual Conference, American College of Rheumatology (2016)
  • "JIA at the Age of Biologics" Pediatric Grand Rounds, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo (2016)
  • "A Quality Improvement Initiative to Increase Follow-Up with an Urinalysis in Henoch-Schönlein Purpura: A Retrospective Review and Prospective Study" 23rd Congress, Paediatric Rheumatology European Society (2016)
  • "Current Issues in Pediatric Rheumatology" Bi-Monthly Meeting, Buffalo Pediatric Society (2016)
  • "Introduction to Rheumatology" Immunology Fellow Lecture, Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo (2016)
  • "Juvenile Dermatomyositis" Pediatric Grand Rounds, Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo (2016)
  • "Spondyloarthropathy in Children" Pediatric and Adult Rheumatology Grand Rounds, Ohio State University (2015)
  • "Complement Abnormalities in Children with Lupus and Dermatomyositis" Pediatric and Adult Rheumatology Grand Rounds, Ohio State University (2014)
  • "Pre-Visit Planning and Quality Improvement in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis" Pediatric Rheumatology Symposium, American College of Rheumatology (2014)
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Service Activities:

  • Linda Basta Memorial Charity Walk; Coordinator (2018)
  • University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences: Problem-Based Learning Session - Polymyositis; Facilitator (2018)
  • University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences: Scholarly Oversight Committee (GI Fellow and Endocrinology Fellow); Committee Member (2017–2018)
  • AMIGO Program: Stanford University Rheumatology Fellow; Mentor (2016–2017)
  • American College of Rheumatology: Annual Meeting (San Francisco, CA); Participant (2015)
  • Pediatric Rheumatology Care and Outcomes Improvement Network: Annual Meeting (Cincinnati, OH); Participant (2015)
  • American College of Rheumatology: Annual Meeting (Boston, MA); Participant (2014)
  • Pediatric Rheumatology Care and Outcomes Improvement Network: Annual Meeting (Cincinnati, OH); Participant (2014)
  • Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance: Annual Meeting (Orlando, FL); Participant (2014)
  • Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal; Peer Reviewer (2014–2018)
  • American College of Rheumatology: Annual Meeting (San Diego, CA); Participant (2013)
  • Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo: Research; Volunteer (2012–2013)
  • Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo: Pediatrics Ward; Volunteer (2012)
  • Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo: Pediatric Intensive Care Unit; Volunteer (2012)

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Contact Information

UBMD Pediatrics
Division of Allergy/Immunology and Rheumatology
1001 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: (716) 323-6240
Fax: (716) 323-0296
rabhehab@buffalo.edu

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