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Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



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"I believe it's important to get to know my patients and what they are like outside the clinical setting. I feel each child and teen should have a voice, so I make sure I speak to them and not around them."

My Biography & Research


I have always enjoyed puzzles and taking care of others, especially children. Pediatric rheumatology is a fun, challenging and quickly growing field. We take different pieces of a puzzle and put them together to help children with rheumatic diseases feel better and live healthy lives — even with a chronic condition.

As a pediatric rheumatologist, I enjoy caring for children with all rheumatic diseases, including juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM). I have a longstanding interest in widespread chronic pain and fibromyalgia conditions, and I am also experienced in musculoskeletal ultrasound to help evaluate arthritis. We use this exciting new tool to help us monitor kids with rheumatic diseases.

I believe it's important to get to know my patients and what they are like outside the clinical setting. I feel each child and teen should have a voice, so I make sure I speak to them and not around them. We often get to work together for years, given the chronic nature of some of our conditions in rheumatology. So it's important to me to build a trusting relationship with my patients and their parents and families. I consider it an honor to be a part of their medical team.

The Rheumatology Division may be small, but we are a family filled with wonderful schedulers, medical assistants, nurses, doctors and social workers. We also value education greatly and have excellent physicians in fellowship training along with medical students in their rotations. We are very fortunate to have skilled physical and occupational therapists on site.

There are still numerous questions about our diseases, such as why they occur and how we treat them best. We are very active in research and offer many opportunities to contribute, so patients and families may also meet some of our skilled research assistants.

In our research, we collaborate with experts in pain psychology and neurobiology to understand the mechanisms of chronic widespread pain and interventions to help treat patients' pain. I’m also interested in furthering the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound in the evaluation and management of children with arthritis. We want to explore how ultrasound might be useful for monitoring other rheumatic diseases.

Whenever I get the chance, I enjoy traveling to new places and experiencing new cultures and foods.

Clinical Interests

Fibromyalgia; joint hypermobility; juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA); systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Rheumatology, Lupus

Research Divisions


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My Education

MD: West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, 2002.

Residency: Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, 2005.

Certification: Pediatrics, 2005, 2015; Pediatric Rheumatology, 2011.

My Publications

Randomized clinical trial of Fibromyalgia Integrative Training (FIT teens) for adolescents with juvenile fibromyalgia - Study design and protocol. Kashikar-Zuck, S; Briggs, MS; Bout-Tabaku, S; Connelly, M; Daffin, M; Guite, J; Ittenbach, R; Logan, DE; Lynch-Jordan, AM; Myer, GD; et al. Controlled Clinical Trials. 2021; 103.

Preliminary Evidence for the Fibromyalgia Integrative Training Program (FIT Teens) Improving Strength and Movement Biomechanics in Juvenile Fibromyalgia: Secondary Analysis and Results from a Pilot Randomized Clinical Trial. Black, WR; Dicesare, CA; Thomas, S; Pfeiffer, M; Williams, SE; Kitchen, K; Ting, TV; Myer, GD; Kashikar-Zuck, S. Clinical Journal of Pain. 2021; 37:51-60.

Feasibility and acceptability of an innovative adherence intervention for young adults with childhood-onset systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Harry, O; Crosby, LE; Mara, C; Ting, TV; Huggins, JL; Modi, AC. Pediatric Rheumatology. 2020; 18.

Musculoskeletal ultrasound in children: Current state and future directions. Brunner, E; Ting, T; Vega-Fernandez, P. European Journal of Rheumatology. 2020; 7:289-237.

Immunome perturbation is present in patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis who are in remission and will relapse upon anti-TNFα withdrawal. Leong, JY; Chen, P; Yeo, JG; Ally, F; Chua, C; Hazirah, SN; Poh, SL; Pan, L; Lai, L; Lee, ES C; et al. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. 2019; 78:1712-1721.

Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis-Associated Lung Disease: Characterization and Risk Factors. Schulert, GS; Yasin, S; Carey, B; Chalk, C; Do, T; Schapiro, AH; Husami, A; Watts, A; Brunner, HI; Huggins, J; et al. Arthritis and Rheumatology. 2019; 71:1943-1954.

Novel Ultrasound Image Acquisition Protocol and Scoring System for the Pediatric Knee. Ting, TV; Vega-Fernandez, P; Oberle, EJ; De Ranieri, D; Bukulmez, H; Lin, C; Moser, D; Barrowman, NJ; Zhao, Y; Benham, HM; et al. Arthritis Care and Research. 2019; 71:977-985.

Utility of the PROMIS Pediatric Pain Interference Scale in Juvenile Fibromyalgia. Fussner, LM; Black, WR; Lynch-Jordan, A; Morgan, EM; Ting, TV; Kashikar-Zuck, S. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2019; 44:436-441.

Self-management and adherence in childhood-onset systemic lupus erythematosus: what are we missing?. Harry, O; Crosby, LE; Smith, AW; Favier, L; Aljaberi, N; Ting, TV; Huggins, JL; Modi, AC. Lupus. 2019; 28:642-650.

Serum S100A8/A9 and S100A12 Levels in Children With Polyarticular Forms of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: Relationship to Maintenance of Clinically Inactive Disease During Anti-Tumor Necrosis Factor Therapy and Occurrence of Disease Flare After Discontinuation of Therapy. Hinze, CH; Foell, D; Johnson, AL; Spalding, SJ; Gottlieb, BS; Morris, PW; Kimura, Y; Onel, K; Li, SC; Grom, AA; et al. Arthritis and Rheumatology. 2019; 71:451-459.