Sabrina A. Gmuca, MD MSCE

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Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Rheumatology) at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Attending Physician, Division of Rheumatology, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Senior Scholar, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Department: Pediatrics

Contact information
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Center for Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases
2716 South Street, 11-121
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-590-3260
Fax: 215-590-4750
BS (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)
University of Rochester, 2007.
State University of New York Downstate College of Medicine, 2011.
MSCE (Clinical Epidemiology)
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 2018.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

I am a board certified in General Pediatrics and Pediatric Rheumatology.
I have trained expertise in the treatment and management of pediatric chronic, non-inflammatory musculoskeletal pain, including amplified musuculoskeletal pain syndrome (AMPS), juvenile fibromyalgia syndrome and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). I serve as Director of the Center for Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome at CHOP. In addition, I routinely care for children and young adults with systemic lupus erythematosus, juvenile dermatomyositis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis and enthesitis.

Description of Research Expertise

I am Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and am a pediatric rheumatologist. I received my Master of Science in clinical epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania. I am an attending physician and medical director of the Center for Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome at CHOP and a core faculty member in both the PolicyLab and Center for Clinical Futures at CHOP. I seek to promote, conduct and disseminate research aimed at improving our understanding of the etiologic factors important in the development of chronic non-inflammatory musculoskeletal pain syndromes as well as advance the interdisciplinary treatment strategies for amplified pain to positively impact the lives of youth with chronic pain and their families. My research is funded through a K23 from NIAMS at the NIH.

Selected Publications

Jessica Campanile, Mackenzie McGill, David D. Sherry, and Sabrina Gmuca: Impact of a non-pharmacologic interdisciplinary program for youth with idiopathic chronic pain and their families. Pediatric Academic Societies Conference, Washington DC April 2023 Notes: Oral presentation.

Toupin-April K, Gaboury I, Proulx L, Huber AM, Duffy CM, Morgan EM, Li LC, Stringer E, Connelly M, Weiss JE, Gibbon M, Sachs H, Sivakumar A, Sirois A, Sirotich E, Trehan N, Abrahams N, Cohen JS, Cavallo S, Hindi TE, Ragusa M, Légaré F, Brinkman WB, Fortin PR, Décary S, Lee R, Gmuca S, Paterson G, Tugwell P, Stinson JN.: "I'd like more options!": Interviews to explore young people and family decision-making needs for pain management in juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Pediatr Rheumatol Online J 21(1): 74, Jul 2023.

Sherry DD, Mondal A, McGill M, Gmuca S.: Pediatric Complex Regional Pain Syndrome With and Without a History of Prior Physical Trauma at Onset. Clin J Pain 39(9): 437-441, Jun 2023.

Chang JC, Varghese SA, Behrens EM, Gmuca S, Kennedy JS, Liebling EJ, Lerman MA, Mehta JJ, Rutstein BH, Sherry DD, Stingl CJ, Weaver LK, Weiss PF, Burnham JM: Improving outcomes of pediatric lupus care delivery with provider goal setting activities and multidisciplinary care models. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken) Page: doi: 10.1002, Jun 2023 Notes: epub ahead of print.

Abel D, Chang J, Burnham J, Kenyon C, Gmuca S. : Assessing Medication Adherence in JIA: Pilot Phase Results from a Single-Center Quality Improvement Initiative. ACR PRSYM, New Orleans, LA Mar 2023 Notes: Poster presentation.

Lavallee C, Gmuca S, Lerman M.: Measurable Outcomes of an Ophthalmology and Rheumatology Coordinated Care Clinic. ACR PRSYM, New Orleans, LA Mar 2023 Notes: Poster presentation.

Gmuca S, Weiss PF, McGill M, Xiao R, Ward M, Nelson M, Sherry DD, Cronholm PF, Gerber JS, Palermo TM, Young JF, Rosenberg AR: The Feasibility and Acceptability of Resilience Coaching for Adolescent Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain: A Single-Arm Pilot Trial. Children 9(10): 1432, Sept 2022.

Sherry DD, Gmuca S, Christian CW: Recognizing medical child abuse in children presenting with chronic pain. Br J Pain 16(4): 433-438, Aug 2022.

Gmuca S, Sonagra M, Xiao R, Mendoza E, Miller KS, Thomas NH, Young JF, Weiss PF, Sherry DD, Gerber JS: Characterizing Neurocognitive Impairment in Juvenile Fibromyalgia Syndrome: Subjective and Objective Measures of Dyscognition. Frontiers in Pediatrics 4(1): doi: 10.3389, Feb 2022 Notes: epub.

Sonagra M, Jones J, McGill M, Gmuca S.: Exploring the Intersection of Adverse Childhood Experiences, Pediatric Chronic Pain, and Rheumatic Disease. Pediatr Rheumatol Online J 20(1): 14, Feb 2022.

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