Rheumatology Transitional Clinic (Pediatric and Adult)


Patient care transition from pediatric to adult rheumatology usually occurs between ages 18 and 24 years. During this period of time, young adults often experience unique challenges that lead to a substantial risk for nonadherence and poor outcomes. We have set up the Pediatric/Adult Transitional Clinic in Stony Brook University Hospital (SBUH). The Rheumatology transitional clinic is designed to provide a special service for pediatric patients to transition to adult patients smoothly. Our physicians at this clinic comprises pediatric rheumatologists and adult rheumatologist who are board certified in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Rheumatology. We also work with other physicians to provide a multidisciplinary care to our patients. Our ultimate goals are to provide quality care and to minimize potential complications during the transition from childhood into adulthood. 

Our Rheumatology Team:

Dr. Julie Cherian

Pediatric Rheumatology:
Co-Director Julie Cherian, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Rheumatology in Stony Brook Children’s Hospital.
She completed her pediatric rheumatology fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery/New York- Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell. She joined Stony Brook University in 2010 and has been serving as Chief of the Division of Pediatric Rheumatology. She is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Rheumatology.

Dr. Ayse Bag Ozbek

Adult Rheumatology:
Co-Director Ayse Bag Ozbek, MD

Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine in SBUH.
She trained as an adult rheumatology fellow in Presbyterian Hospital at Columbia University in New York. After completing pediatric residency at Istanbul University in Turkey, she trained in combined Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program in SBUH. She has joined Stony Brook University since 2015. She is board certified in Medicine, Pediatrics, and adult Rheumatology. 

We serve patients with rheumatic diseases that are not limited to the list below.

  • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA)
  • Systemic autoimmune diseases
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus 
  • Spondyloarthropathies, Psoriasis, Psoriatic arthritis
  • Dermatomyositis/Polymyositis
  • Scleroderma
  • Granulomatous with Polyangiitis (Wegener’s Granulomatosis)
  • Henoch-Schonlein Purpura
  • Uveitis
  • Polyarteritis Nodosa (PAN)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Autoinflammatory diseases/Periodic fever syndromes
  • Behcet’s Disease
  • Idiopathic pericarditis

Goals of the Rheumatology Transitional Clinic:
Our goals are to provide smooth transition from Pediatric to Adult Rheumatology and continuity of quality care for young adults. 





For appointments and patient care questions, please contact Rheumatology Clinics at Advanced Specialty Care at Commack Office and Stony Brook University Hospital

Pediatric Rheumatology:

Advanced Specialty Care
500 Commack Road, Suite 104
Commack, NY 11725

Tel. 631-638-0597 

37 Research Way Suite 104 

East Setauket NY 11733 

Tel. 631-444-5437

Adult Rheumatology: 

Advanced Specialty Care 

500 Commack Rd, Ste 103
Commack, NY 11725
Tel. 631-638-0160

26 Research Way
East Setauket, NY 11733
Tel. 631-444-0580