Rabheh Abdul Aziz

Rabheh Abdul Aziz

Rabheh Abdul Aziz MD, MS

UBMD Pediatrics


Pediatric Rheumatology; Pediatrics

Accepting new patients

Professional Summary:

I diagnose, and care and advocate for, children with rheumatic diseases such as systemic lupus, juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM), vasculitis and juvenile idiopathic arthritis. I have particular expertise in JDM. I am careful and thoughtful in my approach to my patients who have chronic, complex rheumatologic diseases, because these illnesses have major effects on all aspects of my patients’ lives. My goal is to meet the complex needs of my patients and their families by working to control disease activity, preserve normal physical, social and emotional growth and development, minimize chronic disability and deformity and achieve disease remission. I understand the everyday difficulties families of children with rheumatic diseases often encounter, and I help them cope with the challenges of hospitalization, frequent outpatient visits and long-term treatment that includes injectable medications. I educate my patients and their families as much as possible, to help foster cooperation and compliance with my care.

I also customize my patients’ care by paying special attention to the psychosocial aspects of illness that can negatively influence adapting to chronic rheumatic diseases: e.g., depression, anxiety and sleep disturbance. I coordinate a team of health care professionals in rheumatology, physical therapy, occupational therapy and psychology to address these coexisting conditions with my patients and their families. Additionally, I support families as they make teachers and other school personnel aware of their children’s daily needs.

My research focus is JDM. My goal is to understand its etiology and why its manifestation is different from one patient to another. Another goal is to advance physicians’ ability to diagnose and care for patients with rheumatologic disease—research that will ultimately make a difference in patients’ quality of life. Medical students, residents and fellows are welcome to work with me on research projects.

I work with pediatric residents during their monthlong elective in rheumatology, teaching them how to diagnose and treat rheumatic disease. I also work with immunology fellows during their rotation in rheumatology. I help them develop an understanding of the presentations, natural history and complications of rheumatologic conditions in children. I also help trainees better understand autoimmunity and biologics—particularly, the mechanisms of how biologics work and how they are applied in patient care.


Pediatric Rheumatology, Pediatrics

Patients Treated:

Children, Adolescents

Additional Languages:

Fluent Arabic

Physician Gender:



Oishei Children‘s Outpatient Center
1001 Main Street
3rd Floor
Buffalo, New York 14203
Phone: (716) 323-6240
Fax: (716) 323-0296
Accepting new patients

Insurance Accepted:
  • Aetna U.S. Healthcare
  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield of WNY Inc
  • CIGNA HealthCare
  • Community Blue (HMO)
  • Community Blue Advantage
  • Coventry
  • Empire
  • Fidelis
  • Independent Health Association (HMO)
  • Independent Health Medisource
  • Lifetime Benefit Solutions / RMSCO
  • MVP Healthcare
  • Magnacare
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Nofault
  • North American Administrators
  • Nova
  • Preferred Care
  • Railroad Medicare
  • TriCare/Champus
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • Univera Health Care (HMO)
  • Veterans Administration
  • WellCare
  • Workers Comp

Board Certifications:

  • Certification, Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)

Education and Training:

  • Fellowship, Pediatric Rheumatology, Ohio State University (2016)
  • MS, Medical Science, Ohio State University (2016)
  • Residency, Pediatrics, Damascus University (2005)
  • MD, Medicine, Damascus University (2000)

Awards and Honors:

  • Top Doctors (2024)
  • Top Doctors (2023)
  • Recognition of journal reviewer (2022)
  • Recognition of journal reviewer (2021)
  • Recognition of preceptor (2021)
  • University at Buffalo Office of Inclusion and Cultural Enhancement: Faculty Award of Excellence for Promoting Inclusion and Cultural Diversity (2020)
  • University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences: Pediatric Resident Teacher of the Year (2019)
  • Damascus University: Top 20 Medical School Students (2000)
  • Damascus University: Student Exchange Program with Egypt (1999)

Research Profile:

This UBMD physician is also a member of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, teaching the next generation of doctors and researching to advance care in WNY and beyond. Learn more about this physician's research and teaching activities, as well as view credentials, publications, professional involvement and more below.

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