Renee F Modica

Renee F Modica, MD, MSED

Clinical Associate Professor

Department: MD-PEDS-IMMUNOLOGY
Business Phone: (352) 294-5252
Business Email: modicar@ufl.edu

About Renee F Modica

I am Renee Modica, MD, and I am a clinical associate professor of pediatric rheumatology in the University of Florida Department of Pediatric Rheumatology. I earned my medical degree from SUNY Health Science Center in Brooklyn, New York. After completing my degree, I completed pediatrics residency at Orlando Regional Healthcare System. I then completed my Master of Science degree at the University of Southern California.

My passion for pediatric rheumatology was inspired first by my grandfather, who practiced medicine in the early 1900’s, and then by my father and brother who both followed in his footsteps. I began volunteering in a hospital as a teenager where I shared my family’s intellectual curiosity and fulfillment in caring for patients during their time of greatest need. When I began working with children and adolescents, I felt inspired by their imagination and resilience and knew that I wanted to be a helping partner in their medical journeys. Pediatric rheumatology is an innovative and challenging field and I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in the Childhood Arthritis Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA) Registry as well several clinical trials.

My clinical interests include juvenile arthritis, dermatomyositis, vasculitis, scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus and periodic fever syndromes. As a clinical educator my goal is to teach learners, patients and their families about recognizing and treating rheumatic conditions while providing comprehensive care for my patients. I strive to be a supportive colleague and hospitable consultant to assist in caring for complex patients with autoimmune disorders. I am so grateful to my patients for the privilege of entrusting and allowing me to help support them for their medical needs.

My favorite ways to spend time outside of my work in medicine include travelling, snow skiing, cooking and spending time with friends and family.

Accomplishments

UF Health Shand’s Hospital 4% merit increase
2018 · UF Health
a. 2018 UF Health Shand’s Hospital 10-year service
2018 · UF Health
d. UF Health Shand’s Physician Customer Service Award
2015 · UF Health
UF Health Shand’s Patient Recognition Award
2015 · UF Health
Juvenile Arthritis Connect Day Medical Honoree
2014 · Arthritis Foundation, Florida Chapter
Juvenile Arthritis Walk Honorary Doctor
2011 · Arhtritis Foundation, Florida Chapter
Juvenile Arthritis Walk Honorary Doctor
2010 · Arthritis Foundation, Florida Chapter

Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
2014-2018
MDT7400 Elect Top/Pediatrics
2023
BMS6813 Intro Clin Med 3

Board Certifications

  • Pediatric Rheumatology
    American Board of Pediatrics

Clinical Profile

Specialties
  • Pediatrics
Subspecialties
  • Pediatric Rheumatology
Areas of Interest
  • Antiphospholipid syndrome – APS
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Scleroderma
  • Sjögren syndrome
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Uveitis

Research Profile

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)

0000-0001-5250-759X

Publications

2023
Bortezomib is efficacious in the treatment of severe childhood-onset neuropsychiatric systemic lupus erythematosus with psychosis: a case series and mini-review of B-cell immunomodulation in antibody-mediated diseases
Clinical Rheumatology. 42(7):1965-1979 [DOI] 10.1007/s10067-023-06559-y.
2023
Case Report: Refractory macrophage activation syndrome requiring high-dose anakinra, emapalumab, and etoposide therapy in early-onset systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis associated with adenoviremia.
Frontiers in pediatrics. 11 [DOI] 10.3389/fped.2023.1336554. [PMID] 38322244.
2023
Does kidney biopsy in pediatric lupus patients “complement” the management and outcomes of silent lupus nephritis? Lessons learned from a pediatric cohort.
Pediatric nephrology (Berlin, Germany). 38(8):2669-2678 [DOI] 10.1007/s00467-022-05859-w. [PMID] 36688943.
2021
The Diagnostic Performance of Early Sjögren’s Syndrome Autoantibodies in Juvenile Sjögren’s Syndrome: The University of Florida Pediatric Cohort Study.
Frontiers in immunology. 12 [DOI] 10.3389/fimmu.2021.704193. [PMID] 34249010.
2019
End-stage renal disease secondary to anti-glomerular basement membrane disease in a child with common variable immunodeficiency.
Clinical nephrology. Case studies. 7:1-6 [DOI] 10.5414/CNCS109510. [PMID] 30838168.
2019
Overlapping dermatologic diagnoses in severe Crohn’s disease with duel genetic mutations.
International journal of dermatology. 58(11):e214-e216 [DOI] 10.1111/ijd.14520. [PMID] 31209857.
2018
Impact of systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis/Still’s disease on adolescents as evidenced through social media posts
Open Access Rheumatology: Research and Reviews. Volume 10:73-81 [DOI] 10.2147/oarrr.s165010.
2017
Biologic therapies for refractory juvenile dermatomyositis: five years of experience of the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance in North America.
Pediatric rheumatology online journal. 15(1) [DOI] 10.1186/s12969-017-0174-0. [PMID] 28610606.
2017
BK viruria and viremia in children with systemic lupus erythematosus.
Pediatric rheumatology online journal. 15(1) [DOI] 10.1186/s12969-017-0156-2. [PMID] 28399927.
2016
A Case of Polyarteritis Nodosa Associated with Vertebral Artery Vasculitis Treated Successfully with Tocilizumab and Cyclophosphamide.
Case reports in pediatrics. 2016 [DOI] 10.1155/2016/7987081. [PMID] 27018080.
2016
The family journey-to-diagnosis with systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis: a cross-sectional study of the changing social media presence.
Open access rheumatology : research and reviews. 8:61-71 [PMID] 27843371.
2015
Goldenhar Syndrome Associated with Extensive Arterial Malformations.
Case reports in pediatrics. 2015 [DOI] 10.1155/2015/954628. [PMID] 26688769.
2015
Review article: BK virus in systemic lupus erythematosus.
Pediatric rheumatology online journal. 13 [DOI] 10.1186/s12969-015-0033-9. [PMID] 26293687.
2014
Tocilizumab in the Treatment of Refractory Uveitis in Children
Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. 73(2):588-589 [DOI] 10.1136/annrheumdis-2014-eular.3773.
2013
B-Cell depletion and immunomodulation before initiation of enzyme replacement therapy blocks the immune response to acid alpha-glucosidase in infantile-onset Pompe disease.
The Journal of pediatrics. 163(3):847-54.e1 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jpeds.2013.03.002. [PMID] 23601496.
2012
Pediatric musculoskeletal examination for juvenile arthritis.
Pediatric annals. 41(11) [DOI] 10.3928/00904481-20121022-08. [PMID] 23152981.
2012
Pediatric Rheumatology Practitioners Experience With Biologics in Juvenile Dermatomyositis: Survey Results.
Arthritis and Rheumatism. 64:S119-S120
2010
Do United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) scores predict in-training test performance for emergency medicine residents?
The Journal of emergency medicine. 38(1):65-9 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jemermed.2008.04.010. [PMID] 18950974.
2010
Trimming the fat: identification of risk factors associated with obesity in a pediatric emergency department.
Pediatric emergency care. 26(10):709-15 [DOI] 10.1097/PEC.0b013e3181f39879. [PMID] 20881910.
2009
Teaching musculoskeletal physical diagnosis using a web-based tutorial and pathophysiology-focused cases.
Medical education online. 14 [DOI] 10.3885/meo.2009.Res00301. [PMID] 20165527.
2008
Selection and Validation of Pediatric Rheumatology Educational Objectives for Pediatric Residency Core Curriculum
Arthritis and Rheumatism. 58
2006
Epstein-Barr virus-associated B cell lymphoproliferative disease in a child with neonatal-onset multisystem inflammatory disease.
Arthritis and rheumatism. 55(5):823-5 [PMID] 17013844.
2005
Neonatal-onset multisystem inflammatory disorder: the emerging role of pyrin genes in autoinflammatory diseases.
Archives of dermatology. 141(2):248-53 [PMID] 15724022.

Grants

Oct 2023 ACTIVE
CTOA
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: UNIV OF FLORIDA
Jul 2021 – Nov 2023
Real-World Treatment Patterns and Outcomes in Patients with Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) and other Clinical Conditions Treated with Emapalumab across Treatment Centers in the US
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: SOBI

Education

Masters of Science
2005 · University of Southern California
Medical Degree
1998 · SUNY Health Science Center
Residency – Pediatrics
1998 · Orlando Regional Healthcare System

Contact Details

Phones:
Business:
(352) 294-5252
Emails:
Business:
modicar@ufl.edu
Addresses:
Business Mailing:
PO BOX 100296
GAINESVILLE FL 326100296
Business Street:
1600 SW ARCHER RD
GAINESVILLE FL 326100296