|Types of Scleroderma: All
Ages: Juvenile and Adult
Insurance: Medicare; Not Medicaid
The scleroderma section at West Michigan Rheumatology is led by Dr. Richard W. Martin. They treat all types of scleroderma (both localized and systemic) and all ages, which makes them an especially good center for children with any form of scleroderma (morphea, linear, en coup, or systemic).
Scleroderma often takes many years to diagnose because of insidious onset, vague initial symptoms, and low physician and public awareness. It is typically diagnosed and treated by rheumatologists, but because it is a rare and very complex disease, there are only a few dozen scleroderma specialists in the United States. Expert care can be crucial for proper screening, diagnosis, patient education, clinical trials, and treatment. (Also see: What is Scleroderma?, Diagnosis of Scleroderma and Scleroderma Expert Directory)
West Michigan Rheumatology
1155 East Paris SE Ste 100
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
West Michigan Scleroderma Specialty Clinic. WMR has provided advanced and committed care for persons with scleroderma and raynaud's phenomenon for over 15 years. West Michigan Rheumatology.
Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Pediatric Rheumatology Clinic. Dr. James Birmingham directs the pediatric rheumatology specialty clinic at the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital (DCH). West Michigan Rheumatology.
Although there may be other doctors in this clinic or division, these are the only ones listed specifically as scleroderma experts by the center as of our last update.
Richard W. Martin, MD MA (Adults Only)
Andrew J. Head, MD (Adults Only)
Aaron Eggebeen, MD (Juveniles and Adults; All Ages)
James Birmingham, MD (Juveniles and Adults; All Ages)
Eric Slavin, MD
This center reports that they diagnose and treat all types of scleroderma, including localized (morphea, linear, en coup) and limited or diffuse systemic sclerosis. (Also see Difficult Diagnosis and Types of Scleroderma)
This center reports that they are able to treat all ages, including Juvenile Scleroderma (Childhood Scleroderma).
This center accepts Medicare, but they do not accept Medicaid for new patients. Read about their Insurance Policies.
This center is a member of the Scleroderma Clinical Trials Consortium (SCTC), which means that they participate in SCTC peer-reviewed international clinical trials for scleroderma.
12/28/2017: Page information verified by Vanessa Hamann, ISN Scleroderma Expert List Coordinator. No changes. JEF
10/20/2017: Page information verified by Vanessa Hamann, ISN Scleroderma Expert List Coordinator. References to Michigan State University College of Human Medicine removed. SLE.
03/22/2016: Page information verified by Vanessa Hamann, ISN Scleroderma Expert List Coordinator. Dr. Slavin added; Medicaid not accepted for new patients. SLE.
01/05/12: Page published.
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