Steven Spalding, MD


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Steven Spalding, MD
Department: Center for Pediatric Rheumatology and Immunology
Location: Richard E. Jacobs Health Center
Mail Code A120
33100 Cleveland Clinic Blvd.
Avon, OH 44011
Type of Doctor:
Children & Adolescents Only

Biographical Sketch

Steven Spalding, MD is Head of the Center for Pediatric Rheumatology at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Spalding has a dual appointment in the Pediatric Institute and Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital as well as within the Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Disease.  He is also a member of the Center for Vasculitis Care and Research. Dr. Spalding earned his medical degree from Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton and completed his pediatric residency and pediatric rheumatology fellowship at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in general pediatrics and pediatric rheumatology. He is a member of several professional societies, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Rheumatology, Childhood Arthritis & Rheumatology Research Alliance, Northeast Ohio chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, Vasculitis Foundation, and Pediatric Rheumatology Collaborative Study Group.

Dr. Spalding has presented, published and participated in research on a variety of pediatric rheumatology subjects, including pediatric vasculitis, juvenile arthritis, recurrent fever syndromes, and neonatal lupus. He is considered a national expert in the care of children with vasculitis. Dr. Spalding is currently leading research efforts in a variety of conditions including pediatric Wegener's granulomatosis, childhood onset Churg-Strauss Syndrome and Takayasu arteritis.  In addition, he is actively involved in a number of international and national trials related to conditions in pediatric rheumatology.  His clinical interests include pediatric vasculitis, recurrent fever/autoinflammatory syndromes, treatment of JIA, quality of care in JIA, and treatment of pediatric uveitis.

Dr. Spalding sees patients in a variety of regional locations including main campus and Avon Family Health Center. He is also available for electronic consults via the MyConsult service offered by Cleveland Clinic.

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Pediatric Rheumatology
Pittsburgh, PA USA
Residency - Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA USA
Internship - Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA USA
Medical School - Wright State University School of Medicine
Dayton, OH USA
Undergraduate - Miami University
Oxford, OH USA


  • Pediatrics- Pediatric Rheumatology

Specialty Interests

juvenile idiopathic arthritis, pediatric rheumatology, pediatric vasculitis, recurrent fever syndromes

Awards & Honors

Distinguished Fellows Award, American College of Rheumatology, 2007


  • American College of Rheumatology
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Association
  • Pediatric Rheumatology Collaborative Study Group
  • Vasculitis Foundation

Treatment & Services

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

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Languages Spoken

  • English