Ann Marie Szymanski, M.D., is a second year clinical fellow as part of the Children’s National Health System/NIAMS Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship. Her primary research interest involves examining the disease pathogenesis of systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (sJIA) and other inflammatory diseases of childhood.
Dr. Szymanski is involved in the investigation of patients with sJIA and related autoinflammatory conditions. She seeks to characterize the disease course, manifestations, and progression of sJIA over time through a natural history protocol of sJIA and related conditions. We also look to elucidate the pathogenic mechanisms of sJIA through genetic and molecular investigations. Through our studies, we aim to identify clinical, genetic, and molecular clues that may predict the disease course and prognosis in sJIA; and search for the optimal therapeutic agents and approaches for individual children with sJIA.