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Homaira Rahimi, M.D.

Pediatrics

Clinical Interests

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

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 275-4733

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Biography

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.

Research

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.

Credentials

Faculty Appointments

Specialties

  • Pediatric Rheumatology
  • Pediatrics - American Board of Pediatrics

Education

2000
BS | Seton Hall University, College of Arts and Sciences
Biology

2011
MTR | University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine
Master of Science in Translational Research

2004
MD | University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Medicine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

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

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

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

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Awards

2015
Research Workshop, Travel Award
Sponsor: American College of Rheumatology

2011
European Workshop for Rheumatology Research, Travel Award
Sponsor: American College of Rheumatology

2010
Winner, Annual Poster Symposium
Sponsor: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

2008
Medicine/Pediatrics Leadership Award
Sponsor: Children's Hopsital of Philadelphia

2008
Amgen/Wyeth Rheumatology Fellowship Training Award
Sponsor: American College Rheumatology Research Foundation

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Publications

Journal Articles

9/1/2016
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.

7/2016
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.

4/2015
Bouta EM, Banik PD, Wood RW, Rahimi H, Ritchlin CT, Thiele RG, Schwarz EM. "Validation of power Doppler versus contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging quantification of joint inflammation in murine inflammatory arthritis." Journal of bone and mineral research : the official journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.. 2015 Apr 0; 30(4):690-4.

Books & Chapters

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

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