Karen B. Onel, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Section Chief, Pediatric Rheumatology
An expert in pediatric rheumatology, Karen Onel, MD, cares for children and teens with arthritis and other autoimmune disorders. In particular, she diagnoses and treats: lupus, juvenile arthritis, vasculitis, uveitis (an inflammatory disorder of the eye), dermatomyositis and the periodic fever syndromes. Her goal is to work with the patient and his/her family to create a long-term care plan that will lead to improved quality of life.
Dr. Onel's research focuses on gaining a greater understanding of the causes of rheumatic illnesses, as well as evaluating the safety and tolerability of new treatments. She is collaborating with other institutions to establish a clinical database that will allow physician-scientists to study the childhood rheumatic diseases more effectively.
Dr. Onel has authored numerous papers, reviews and book chapters on pediatric rheumatology. In addition, she serves as a reviewer for several scientific journals, including Arthritis and Rheumatism, Lupus, Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism and Pediatric Rheumatology.
The University of Chicago Medicine
University of Chicago Pediatric Specialists
University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's at Edward
Year Started Practice
Cornell University Medical College
Internship and Residency
Babies Hospital, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York
The Hospital for Special Surgery, New York (pediatric rheumatology)
American College of Rheumatology
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Read More About Dr. Onel
Under Dr. Onel's care, Nick Pecoraro's juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) symptoms improved significantly. With treatment and occupational therapy, he began participating -- and excelling -- in athletic activities. Read Nick's story.
When Skylar Houseman was diagnosed with uveitis -- chronic inflammation of the middle layer of the eye -- her parents brought her to Dr. Onel, who has helped stabilize the young girl's vision. Read Skylar's story.
Dr. Onel talks about caring for a child with rheumatic disease in an advertorial that originally appeared in Chicago Parent.
View a partial list of Dr. Onel's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.