• Research Faculty

  • A photo of Hermine Brunner.

    Hermine I. Brunner, MD, MSc Director, Division of Rheumatology

    is a pediatric rheumatologist with a special interest in clinical and translational research, focusing on pediatric lupus. Her research is focused on biomarker discovery for children with lupus and the testing of new medications for various pediatric rheumatic diseases. Dr. Brunner is also involved in trial design and provides statistical support at Cincinnati Children's and is pioneering the development of outcome measures and improving the quality of care for children with lupus and other pediatric rheumatic diseases.

    Visit the Brunner Lab.


    A photo of Edward Gianni.

    Edward H. Giannini, MSc, DrPH

    serves as project director for numerous clinical trials, and has vested a considerable part of his research career in the methodological aspects of conducting clinical trials in children with rheumatic diseases. In 2011 he received the ‘American College of Rheumatology Distinguished Clinical Investigator Award’ from among its 15,000 members.


    A photo of Alexei Grom.

    Alexei A. Grom, MD

    is a pediatric rheumatologist with a special interest in the pathways associated with the development of macrophage activation syndrome, a life-threatening complication of systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (SJIA). His work includes a strong translational component; along with studying the mechanisms behind these conditions, his lab is researching potential biomarkers that could facilitate early diagnosis and treatment.
    Visit the Grom-Thornton Lab.


    A photo of Michael Henrickson.

    Michael Henrickson, MD, MPH Clinical Director, Division of Rheumatology

    focuses on health policy development to improve national pediatric rheumatology workforce capacity. Strategies include creative policy solutions for current workforce challenges, developing telemedicine for pediatric rheumatology outreach to underserved regions, and establishing national benchmarks for clinical productivity. His second research interest is the development of global health initiatives to address the epidemiologic shift in developing countries to chronic conditions, including pediatric rheumatic diseases.


    A photo of Jennifer Huggins.

    Jennifer L. Huggins, MD Fellowship Program Director, Division of Rheumatology


    A photo of Daniel Lovell.

    Daniel J. Lovell, MD, MPH Associate Director, Division of Rheumatology

    focuses on the performance of interventional clinical trials in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and other rheumatic diseases. He has served as the PI for >30 multicenter, interventional trials in JIA. Dr. Lovell is also involved in the development and validation of outcome measures and clinical response definitions for JIA, JDM and childhood onset systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).


    A photo of Esi Morgan DeWitt.

    Esi Morgan DeWitt, MD, MSCE

    focuses on the development and validation of patient reported outcomes measures using modern psychometric approaches, including item response theory, for improved health assessment in children. A second major research focus concerns improving clinical outcomes of patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis through the science of quality improvement.


    A photo of Sherry Thornton.

    Sherry L. Thornton, PhD

    her research focuses on finding and functionally evaluating targets for the treatment of rheumatic disease, with a particular interest in the role of angiogenesis in human arthritis and animal models of arthritis. A second interest is the use of reagents to label inflammatory cells for visualization during arthritis as a potential clinical tool, and for evaluation of cell types during the course of disease in animal models.
    Visit the Grom/Thornton Lab.


    A photo of Tracy Ting.