Rheumatology Fellowship

UF Health Shands Children's Hospital

The University of Florida Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship program is the only ACGME-accredited pediatric rheumatology training program in the state of Florida. The UF Pediatric Rheumatology program exists to produce pediatric rheumatologists who will impact the future of clinical care and innovative research for children living with rheumatologic conditions.

The program offers a clinic fellowship training. Applicants must have successfully completed a Pediatric Residency program.


In the US, it is estimated that there are 300,000 children with rheumatic conditions, but only 229 pediatric rheumatologists. The University of Florida has a rich patient volume and faculty expertise that foster educational enrichment for pediatric rheumatology fellows. UF Health is the only academic medical center in Florida with more than two board-certified pediatric rheumatologists and the necessary collaborating faculty across other closely-related specialties. The UF Health Pediatric Rheumatology service treats more than 2,000 pediatric rheumatology patients from more than 50 of the 67 counties in the state of Florida.

  • Fully funded for 3-year training
  • Variety of pediatric rheumatology experience in both outpatient and inpatient setting
  • Integration of rheumatology and immunology
  • Infusion center
  • Rheumatology musculoskeletal ultrasound experience and certification
  • Elective/rotation with sports medicine, nephrology, and adult rheumatology
  • 5 Mid-level providers

New Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship

The University of Florida College of Medicine, part of UF Health, has been awarded a grant to fund a pediatric rheumatology fellowship as part of a national effort to alleviate the desperate shortage of specialists nationally.


Melissa E Elder

Melissa E Elder M.D., Ph.D.

Professor & Chief
Phone: (352) 294-5252
Akaluck Thatayatikom

Akaluck Thatayatikom M.D.

Clinical Associate Professor
Phone: (352) 294-5252
Renee F Modica

Renee F Modica M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Phone: (352) 294-5252
Leandra Woolnough

Leandra Woolnough M.D., MSCS

Clinical Assistant Professor
Phone: (352) 294-8585


Applications are only accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS©). The University of Florida Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship program participates in the National Resident Match Program (NRMP©). Applicants must have successfully completed a Pediatric Residency program. We are now accepting applications for fellows beginning July 1. Applications will be accepted until December 1.

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Current and Past Fellows

Current Fellow

Luciana Brandao Paim

Clinical Fellow

Luciana Brandao Paim

Past Fellow

Roberto Borgia

Fellowship Completed January 2020

Roberto Borgia

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