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Karen Brandt Onel, M.D.

Pediatric Rheumatology

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Biographical Info

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), chronic non-infectious osteomyelitis, 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 define evidence-based best treatment practices for children with JIA, SLE and recurrent non-infectious osteomyelitis.

Dr. Onel has authored numerous papers, reviews and book chapters on pediatric rheumatology. In addition, she serves as a reviewer for many scientific journals, is on the editorial board of Pediatric Rheumatology and is Associate Editor for Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism.

Honors and Awards

• Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors, 2014-2021

• Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2018-2021

• New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2018-2021

• Chicago Magazine Top Doctors, 2012, 2014, 2016

• Amgen Pediatric Rheumatology Visiting Professorship, 2014, 2015

• Chicago Arthritis Walk Medical Honoree, 2013

• ACR Pediatric Rheumatology Research Award, 1994

• Fellowship ACR Senior Rheumatology Scholar Award, 1994

• Mitchell Spivak Memorial Prize in Pediatrics, 1989

• Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation, 1989
Alpha Omega Alpha, 1988

Board Certifications
American Board of Pediatrics
American Board of Pediatrics (Pediatric Rheumatology)
Clinical Expertise
Lupus
Juvenile Arthritis
Vasculitis
Chronic Osteomyelitis
Dermatomyositis
Periodic Fever Syndromes
Languages
English
Education 
  • M.D.
    Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
    1989
  • B.A.
    Yale University
    1985
Appointments 
  • Attending Physician
    Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Attending Pediatrician
    NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
    Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

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