TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionBaylor College of Medicine
DepartmentDepartment of Pediatrics
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    Hacettepe University, Ankara, TurkeyDoctor of Medicine MD06/1998Medical School
    Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJPediatrics06/2008Residency
    Columbia University New York Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, NYPediatric Rheumatology09/2011Fellowship
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    2018 - 2019Best Teacher of the Year (2018 and 2019) by Pediatric Rheumatology Fellows, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH
    2017John Shulz Quality Improvement Award, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH
    2008 - 2009Consensus Treatment Plan (CTP) development and implementation, Columbia University, New York, NY

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    Dr. Yildirim Toruner’s mission as a pediatric rheumatologist is to improve outcomes of care of children with rheumatic diseases and raise awareness about juvenile arthritis, lupus and other rare rheumatic diseases through better education of patients and families as well as other medical professionals. She strongly supports and practices shared decision-making strategies while taking care of her patients: each patient and family’s preferences for disease management, medication and treatment choices need to be addressed along with most recent scientific developments.

    Dr. Yildirim Toruner’s research interest is in quality improvement (QI) methods and patient-reported outcomes (PRO) measure development, validation, and implementation in clinical care. She is involved in multiple QI projects locally and nationally. She serves as the site Principle Investigator for the Pediatric Rheumatology Care and Outcomes Improvement Network ( This multi-hospital learning network brings together care teams with parents and patients, employing QI science to improve the outcomes of care of children with rheumatic disease.

    Dr. Yildirim Toruner is the current chair of the Implementation Science workgroup within Childhood Arthritis and Research Alliance (CARRA). Implementation Science is the scientific study of methods that promote the systematic uptake of research findings and other evidence-based practices into routine practice to improve the quality and effectiveness of health services. Integration of QI and Implementation approaches can support improved health outcomes and continuous learning.

    She is currently involved in CARRA as a group leader for CTP development in treatment of refractory Kawasaki Disease. She was previously involved in CTP development for treatment of lupus nephritis as well as treatment of PFAPA (periodic fever, aphthous stomatitis, pharyngitis and adenitis syndrome). She is working on implementation of CARRA CTPs by using implementation science methods.

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    1. Bingham CA, Harris JG, Qiu T, Gilbert M, Vora SS, Yildirim-Toruner C, Ferraro K, Lovell DJ, Taylor J, Mannion ML, Weiss JE, Laxer RM, Shishov M, Oberle EJ, Gottlieb BS, Lee TC, Pan N, Burnham JM, Fair DC, Batthish M, Hazen MM, Spencer CH, Morgan EM, Pediatric Rheumatology Care and Outcomes Improvement Network. Pediatric Rheumatology Care and Outcomes Improvement Network's Quality Measure Set to Improve Care of Children With Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2023 12; 75(12):2442-2452. PMID: 37308458.
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    2. Mruk VM, Wise KA, Driest K, Oberle EJ, Ardoin SP, Sivaraman V, Stevens J, McGinnis A, Gallup J, Mitchell B, Lemle S, Jones S, Maher J, Berlan ED, Barbar-Smiley F, Yildirim-Toruner C. Preventing Teen Pregnancies on Teratogenic Drugs by Quality Improvement and Behavioral Economics. Pediatrics. 2022 Dec 06. PMID: 36472082.
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    3. Gorelik M, Chung SA, Ardalan K, Binstadt BA, Friedman K, Hayward K, Imundo LF, Lapidus SK, Kim S, Son MB, Sule S, Tremoulet AH, Van Mater H, Yildirim-Toruner C, Langford CA, Maz M, Abril A, Guyatt G, Archer AM, Conn DL, Full KA, Grayson PC, Ibarra MF, Merkel PA, Rhee RL, Seo P, Stone JH, Sundel RP, Vitobaldi OI, Warner A, Byram K, Dua AB, Husainat N, James KE, Kalot M, Lin YC, Springer JM, Turgunbaev M, Villa-Forte A, Turner AS, Mustafa RA. 2021 American College of Rheumatology/Vasculitis Foundation Guideline for the Management of Kawasaki Disease. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2022 04; 74(4):538-548. PMID: 35257507.
    4. Gorelik M, Chung SA, Ardalan K, Binstadt BA, Friedman K, Hayward K, Imundo LF, Lapidus SK, Kim S, Son MB, Sule S, Tremoulet AH, Van Mater H, Yildirim-Toruner C, Langford CA, Maz M, Abril A, Guyatt G, Archer AM, Conn DL, Full KA, Grayson PC, Ibarra MF, Merkel PA, Rhee RL, Seo P, Stone JH, Sundel RP, Vitobaldi OI, Warner A, Byram K, Dua AB, Husainat N, James KE, Kalot M, Lin YC, Springer JM, Turgunbaev M, Villa-Forte A, Turner AS, Mustafa RA. 2021 American College of Rheumatology/Vasculitis Foundation Guideline for the Management of Kawasaki Disease. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2022 04; 74(4):586-596. PMID: 35257501.
    5. Yildirim-Toruner C, Pooni R, Goh YI, Becker-Haimes E, Dearing JW, Fernandez ME, Morgan EM, Parry G, Burnham JM, Ardoin SP, Barbar-Smiley F, Chang JC, Chiraseveenuprapund P, Del Gaizo V, Eakin G, Johnson LC, Kimura Y, Knight AM, Kohlheim M, Lawson EF, Lo MS, Pan N, Ring A, Ronis T, Sadun RE, Smitherman EA, Taxter AJ, Taylor J, Vehe RK, Vora SS, Weiss JE, von Scheven E, MAS for the CARRA Implementation Science Workgroup. Translating research into practice-implementation recommendations for pediatric rheumatology; Proceedings of the childhood arthritis and rheumatology research alliance 2020 implementation science retreat. Pediatr Rheumatol Online J. 2022 Feb 07; 20(1):10. PMID: 35130904; PMCID: PMC8822721.
    6. El Tal T, Ryan ME, Feldman BM, Bingham CA, Burnham JM, Batthish M, Bullock D, Ferraro K, Gilbert M, Gillispie-Taylor M, Gottlieb B, Harris JG, Hazen M, Laxer RM, Lee TC, Lovell D, Mannion M, Noonan L, Oberle E, Taylor J, Weiss JE, Toruner CY, Morgan EM. Consensus Approach to a Treat-to-target Strategy in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Care: Report From the 2020 PR-COIN Consensus Conference. J Rheumatol. 2022 05; 49(5):497-503. PMID: 35105705.
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    7. Smitherman EA, Goh I, Pooni R, Vora SS, Yildirim-Toruner C, von Scheven E. Implementation Science in Pediatric Rheumatology: A Path to Health Equity. Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 2022 02; 48(1):331-342. PMID: 34798956.
    8. Brown RA, Barbar-Smiley F, Yildirim-Toruner C, Ardura MI, Ardoin SP, Akoghlanian S. Reintroduction of immunosuppressive medications in pediatric rheumatology patients with histoplasmosis: a case series. Pediatr Rheumatol Online J. 2021 Jun 07; 19(1):84. PMID: 34098976; PMCID: PMC8185916.
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    9. Goh YI, Bullock DR, Taylor J, Pooni R, Lee TC, Vora SS, Yildirim-Toruner C, Morgan EM, Pan N, Harris JG, Warmin A, Wiegand K, Burnham JM, Barbar-Smiley F. Exploring Pediatric Tele-Rheumatology Practices During COVID-19: A Survey of the PRCOIN Network. Front Pediatr. 2021; 9:642460. PMID: 33748049; PMCID: PMC7970043.
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    10. Amarilyo G, Rothman D, Manthiram K, Edwards KM, Li SC, Marshall GS, Yildirim-Toruner C, Haines K, Ferguson PJ, Lionetti G, Cherian J, Zhao Y, DeLaMora P, Syverson G, Nativ S, Twilt M, Michelow IC, Stepanovskiy Y, Thatayatikom A, Harel L, Akoghlanian S, Tucker L, Marques MC, Srinivasalu H, Propst EJ, Licameli GR, Dedeoglu F, Lapidus S, CARRA PFAPA Consensus Treatment Plan Workgroup. Consensus treatment plans for periodic fever, aphthous stomatitis, pharyngitis and adenitis syndrome (PFAPA): a framework to evaluate treatment responses from the childhood arthritis and rheumatology research alliance (CARRA) PFAPA work group. Pediatr Rheumatol Online J. 2020 Apr 15; 18(1):31. PMID: 32293478; PMCID: PMC7157990.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    11. Sivaraman V, Wise KA, Cotton W, Barbar-Smiley F, AlAhmed O, MacDonald D, Lemle S, Yildirim-Toruner C, Ardoin SP, Ardura MI. Previsit Planning Improves Pneumococcal Vaccination Rates in Childhood-Onset SLE. Pediatrics. 2020 01; 145(1). PMID: 31879277.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    12. Jaggi P, Grcic M, Kovalchin J, Wilhelm CM, Yildirim-Toruner C, Texter K. Using the Electronic Medical Record to Correlate Kawasaki Disease Phenotypes With Clinical Outcomes. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2018 May 15; 7(2):119-123. PMID: 28383697; PMCID: PMC7107491.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    13. Boneparth A, Radhakrishna SM, Greenbaum LA, Yen E, Okamura DM, Cooper JC, Mason S, Levy DM, Sule SD, Jensen PT, Yildirim-Toruner C, Ardoin SP, Wenderfer SE. Approach to Membranous Lupus Nephritis: A Survey of Pediatric Nephrologists and Pediatric Rheumatologists. J Rheumatol. 2017 Nov; 44(11):1619-1623. PMID: 28916546.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    14. Nativ S, Isgro J, Rodrigues T, Yildirim-Toruner C, Starr A, Saiman L, Imundo L, Eichenfield A, Costa-Reis P. Major infections in a cohort of 120 patients with juvenile-onset systemic lupus erythematosus. Clin Immunol. 2013 Dec; 149(3):442-9. PMID: 24211846.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    15. Mina R, von Scheven E, Ardoin SP, Eberhard BA, Punaro M, Ilowite N, Hsu J, Klein-Gitelman M, Moorthy LN, Muscal E, Radhakrishna SM, Wagner-Weiner L, Adams M, Blier P, Buckley L, Chalom E, Eichenfield A, Fish N, Henrickson M, Hersh AO, Hollister R, Jones O, Jung L, Levy D, Lopez-Benitez J, McCurdy D, Miettunen PM, Quintero-del Rio AI, Rothman D, Rullo O, Ruth N, Schanberg LE, Silverman E, Singer NG, Soep J, Syed R, Vogler LB, Yalcindag A, Yildirim-Toruner C, Wallace CA, Brunner HI, Carra SLE Subcommittee, Ch?deville G. Consensus treatment plans for induction therapy of newly diagnosed proliferative lupus nephritis in juvenile systemic lupus erythematosus. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2012 Mar; 64(3):375-83. PMID: 22162255; PMCID: PMC3457803.
      Citations: 56     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    16. Yildirim-Toruner C, Diamond B. Current and novel therapeutics in the treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2011 Feb; 127(2):303-12; quiz 313-4. PMID: 21281862; PMCID: PMC3053574.
      Citations: 56     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    17. Yildirim-Toruner C, Kimura Y, Rabinovich E. Hodgkin's lymphoma and tumor necrosis factor inhibitors in juvenile idiopathic arthritis. J Rheumatol. 2008 Aug; 35(8):1680-1. PMID: 18671328.
      Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    18. Husain S, Yildirim-Toruner C, Rubio JP, Field J, Southern MS Genetics Consortium, Schwalb M, Cook S, Devoto M, Vitale E. Variants of ST8SIA1 are associated with risk of developing multiple sclerosis. PLoS One. 2008 Jul 09; 3(7):e2653. PMID: 18612409; PMCID: PMC2440423.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    19. Yildirim-Toruner C, Subramanian K, El Manjra L, Chen E, Goldstein S, Vitale E. A novel frameshift mutation of FOXC2 gene in a family with hereditary lymphedema-distichiasis syndrome associated with renal disease and diabetes mellitus. Am J Med Genet A. 2004 Dec 15; 131(3):281-6. PMID: 15523639.
      Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
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