About Patrick Whelan, MD, PhD

Patrick Whelan MD PhD is a member of the Pediatrics Faculty at Harvard Medical School.  He is an arthritis specialist in both pediatrics and adult medicine, in practice at MGH since 1999. His PhD thesis work, performed at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, presented an early characterization of the "immunologic synapse" and the health consequences of its absence in children with leukocyte adhesion deficiency (LAD). He undertook fellowship training in rheumatology at Brigham & Women's and Children's Hospital, and subsequently completed a fellowship in AIDS Oncology at MGH. His research interests include unusual vasculopathies affecting children and primary causes of the rheumatic diseases, and he has also done work on the interface between medical ethics and public policy. His 2010 article dealing with implementation of the Affordable Care Act was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Departments, Centers, & Programs:




Mass General for Children: Pediatric Rheumatology Program
55 Fruit St.
Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care
Suite 6C
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-726-2730

Medical Education

  • PhD, Baylor College Of Medicine
  • MD, Baylor College Of Medicine
  • Residency, Green Hospital of Scripps Clinic
  • Residency, Scripps Memorial Hosp.
  • Fellowship, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital

American Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Rheumatology, American Board of Internal Medicine

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      1. Sharma S, Whelan P, etal. Degos disease in pregnancy. Obs Med 2016. Epub 6/2/2016.
      2. Shapiro L, Whelan P, Magro C. Case 18-2014: A man with a rash, myalgia, and weakness. NEJM. 2014;371(14):1361.
      3. Gaffney EM, Kmiec DW, Whelan JP. America Undecided (Los Angeles: Amazon Press, 2012), 243 pp. Medicolegal and bioethical analysis of political opposition to the 2010 Affordable Care Act.
      4. Hill CA, Whelan P,  et al. Clinical Problem Solving. Arch ORL, Head & Neck Surg. 2012;138(3):317-319.
      5. Whelan P. Abortion Rates and Universal Health Care. NEJM 2010:362(13)e45.
      6. Whelan JP & A Zembowicz. CPC: A 22-Month-old boy with the rapid growth of firm subcutaneous nodules. NEJM. 2006: 354:2697-2704.
      7. Whelan P. Link between RA and cancer. Z Rheum. 2006;65:497-504.


      1. Whelan P. Clin manifestations and diagnosis of rheum vasculitis. 2017;25.1. www.uptodate.com
      2. Whelan P. Epidemiology and pathogenesis of rheum vasculitis. 2017;25.1. www.uptodate.com
      3. Whelan P. Treatment of rheum vasculitis. 2017;25.1. www.uptodate.com
      4. Whelan P. Zika Virus Infection. LA Ped Society. 2016;3(1)
      5. Whelan P. When not to worry about HSP. LA Ped Society. 2014;1(1)


      1. Whelan P, Childhood uveitis, In: Childhood Uveitis, C. Stephen Foster et al., eds.  2011; chapter 7.
      2. Whelan JP & DT Scadden. Cancer in the Immunosuppressed Patient, In: Oncology: An Evidence-Based Approach. 2006; ch 96.




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