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Homaira Rahimi, M.D.


Clinical Interests

Fibromyalgia Syndrome; Hypermobility Syndrome; Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis; Patello-Femoral Pain Syndrome; Raynaud's Phenomenon; Rheumatology; Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

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Appointment: (585) 275-4733

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


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.



  • Pediatric Rheumatology
  • Pediatrics - American Board of Pediatrics


BS | Seton Hall University, College of Arts and Sciences

MD | University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

MTR | University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine
Master of Science in Translational Research

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/2008 - 06/30/2011
Fellowship in Pediatric Rheumatology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

07/01/2005 - 06/30/2008
Residency in Internal Medicine / Pediatrics at The University Hospital

07/01/2004 - 06/30/2005
Internship in Internal Medicine / Pediatrics at The University Hospital

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Research Workshop, Travel Award
Sponsor: American College of Rheumatology

European Workshop for Rheumatology Research, Travel Award
Sponsor: American College of Rheumatology

Winner, Annual Poster Symposium
Sponsor: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Medicine/Pediatrics Leadership Award
Sponsor: Children's Hopsital of Philadelphia

Amgen/Wyeth Rheumatology Fellowship Training Award
Sponsor: American College Rheumatology Research Foundation

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Journal Articles

Huber AM, Kim S, Reed AM, Carrasco R, Feldman BM, Hong SD, Kahn P, Rahimi H, Robinson AB, Vehe RK, Weiss JE, Spencer C, . "Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance Consensus Clinical Treatment Plans for Juvenile Dermatomyositis with Persistent Skin Rash." The Journal of rheumatology.. 2017 44(1):110-116. Epub 2016 Nov 01.

Rahimi H, Bell R, Bouta EM, Wood RW, Xing L, Ritchlin CT, Schwarz EM. "Lymphatic imaging to assess rheumatoid flare: mechanistic insights and biomarker potential." Arthritis research & therapy.. 2016 Sep 1; 18:194. Epub 2016 Sep 01.

Kuzin II, Kates SL, Ju Y, Zhang L, Rahimi H, Wojciechowski W, Bernstein SH, Burack R, Schwarz EM, Bottaro A. "Increased numbers of CD23(+) CD21(hi) Bin-like B cells in human reactive and rheumatoid arthritis lymph nodes." European journal of immunology.. 2016 Jul 0; 46(7):1752-7. Epub 2016 May 06.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: The Childhood Vasculitides
Book Title: Netter's Pediatrics
Author List: Rahimi H, Weiss P
Published By: Elsevier Inc.2011