Sabrina A. Gmuca, MD MSCE

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Assistant Professor of Pediatrics 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 at Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
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.
MD (Doctor of Medicine)
State University of New York Downstate College of Medicine, 2011.
MSCE (Clinical Epidemiology)
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, 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 Pediatric Effectiveness 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 to positively impact the lives of youth with chronic pain and their families.

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. Oral presentation at Pediatric Academic Societies Conference April 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). Epub ahead of print. Apr 2023 Notes: doi: 10.1002/acr.25134.

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. Poster presentation at ACR PRSYM, New Orleans, LA Mar 2023.

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

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 Feb 2022.

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 Feb 2022.

Waqar-Cowles LN, Chuo J, Weiss PF, Gmuca S, LaNoue M, Burnham JM: Evaluation of pediatric rheumatology telehealth satisfaction during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pediatr Rheumatol Online J 19(170), December 2021.

Rutstein BH, Gmuca S, Gerber JS, Lim T, Argraves M, Ogdie A. : Validation of coding algorithms for the identification of herpes zoster among children. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. May 2021.

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