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Homaira Rahimi, M.D.

Homaira Rahimi, M.D.

Pediatrics , Pediatric Rheumatology

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About Me

Dr. Rahimi has a keen interest in juvenile idiopathic arthritis and all subcategories. I also have an interest in children with inflammatory myopathies, systemic lupus erythematosus, and mixed connective tissue disease.

Faculty Appointments

Associate Professor - Department of Pediatrics, Pediatric Rheumatology (SMD)


Residency & Fellowship

Fellowship, Pediatric Rheumatology, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. 2008 - 2011

Residency, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, The University Hospital-UMDNJ. 2005 - 2008

Internship, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, The University Hospital-UMDNJ. 2004 - 2005


MD | New Jersey Medical School. 2004


Research Workshop, Travel Award. 2015

European Workshop for Rheumatology Research, Travel Award. 2011

Winner, Annual Poster Symposium. 2010

Medicine/Pediatrics Leadership Award. 2008

Amgen/Wyeth Rheumatology Fellowship Training Award. 2008


Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a destructive, progressive disease that affects millions of adults, and its analogous disease in childhood, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, is the most common childhood rheumatic condition, affecting three hundred thousand children annually in the US. Dr. Rahimi's researc...
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a destructive, progressive disease that affects millions of adults, and its analogous disease in childhood, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, is the most common childhood rheumatic condition, affecting three hundred thousand children annually in the US. Dr. Rahimi's research interests focus on imaging of lymph nodes as a marker for arthritic flare in rheumatoid arthritis, lymphangiogenesis in arthritic flare in murine model of erosive arthritis. Despite optimal management, children continue to suffer from episodic bouts of arthritis or "flares" for unknown reasons. The objective of her current study "sGC beta1: A Potential Critical Regulator of the Lymphatic Pulse and Novel Target in Arthritic Flare" is to expand from animal studies that show lymphatic dysfunction as a key event in arthritic flare and to examine if molecular targets in lymphatic vasculature that maintain flow are valid drug targets to ameliorate flare and improve function and quality of life for patients. Overall, Dr. Rahimi will focus on evaluating the cause of arthritis flare, looking at the lymphatic vasculature as a possible contributor to arthritic flare.


Journal Articles

Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance Consensus Clinical Treatment Plans for Juvenile Dermatomyositis with Persistent Skin Rash.

Huber AM, Kim S, Reed AM, Carrasco R, Feldman BM, Hong SD, Kahn P, Rahimi H, Robinson AB, Vehe RK, Weiss JE, Spencer C,

The Journal of rheumatology.. 2017 January 44 (1):110-116. Epub 11/01/2016.

Lymphatic imaging to assess rheumatoid flare: mechanistic insights and biomarker potential.

Rahimi H, Bell R, Bouta EM, Wood RW, Xing L, Ritchlin CT, Schwarz EM

Arthritis research & therapy.. 2016 September 118 :194. Epub 09/01/2016.

Increased numbers of CD23(+) CD21(hi) Bin-like B cells in human reactive and rheumatoid arthritis lymph nodes.

Kuzin II, Kates SL, Ju Y, Zhang L, Rahimi H, Wojciechowski W, Bernstein SH, Burack R, Schwarz EM, Bottaro A

European journal of immunology.. 2016 July 46 (7):1752-7. Epub 05/06/2016.

Relationship Between Lymph Node Volume and Pain Following Certolizumab Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis Flare: A Pilot Study.

Rahimi H, Dieudonne G, Kheyfits V, Bouta EM, Wood RW, Barrett R, Moorehead S, Schwarz EM, Ritchlin CT

Clinical medicine insights. Arthritis and musculoskeletal disorders. 2016 9 :203-208. Epub 12/14/2016.

Validation of power Doppler versus contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging quantification of joint inflammation in murine inflammatory arthritis.

Bouta EM, Banik PD, Wood RW, Rahimi H, Ritchlin CT, Thiele RG, Schwarz EM

Journal of bone and mineral research : the official journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.. 2015 April 30 (4):690-4. Epub 1900 01 01.

In vivo quantification of lymph viscosity and pressure in lymphatic vessels and draining lymph nodes of arthritic joints in mice.

Bouta EM, Wood RW, Brown EB, Rahimi H, Ritchlin CT, Schwarz EM

The Journal of physiology.. 2014 March 15592 (6):1213-23. Epub 01/13/2014.

Aberrant regulation of the integrin very late antigen-4 in systemic lupus erythematosus.

Rahimi H, Maurer K, Song L, Akhter E, Petri M, Sullivan KE

Lupus.. 2013 March 22 (3):297-306. Epub 1900 01 01.

Power Doppler ultrasound phenotyping of expanding versus collapsed popliteal lymph nodes in murine inflammatory arthritis.

Bouta EM, Ju Y, Rahimi H, de Mesy-Bentley KL, Wood RW, Xing L, Schwarz EM

PloS one.. 2013 8 (9):e73766. Epub 09/09/2013.

Altered bone biology in psoriatic arthritis.

Rahimi H, Ritchlin CT

Current rheumatology reports.. 2012 August 14 (4):349-57. Epub 1900 01 01.

Validation of 3-dimensional ultrasound versus magnetic resonance imaging quantification of popliteal lymph node volume as a biomarker of erosive inflammatory arthritis in mice.

Ju Y, Rahimi H, Li J, Wood RW, Xing L, Schwarz EM

Arthritis and rheumatism.. 2012 June 64 (6):2048-50. Epub 02/21/2012.


Netter's Pediatrics (2011)

Chapter: The Childhood Vasculitides

Authors: Rahimi H, Weiss P

Publisher: Elsevier Inc. 2011

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