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Full-Spectrum Care That Provides Answers

Because rheumatic conditions affect kids differently than adults, many families who face these types of illnesses often don’t get the straightforward answers they need. Here, our dual-specialized rheumatology and immunology provider leads a team that can provide the kind of care and answers you need. Through individualized treatment plans and family-centered care, our experts will support and guide your family as we navigate your child’s treatment journey together.

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Akaluck (Ben) Thatayatikom, MD

Meet Our Medical Director

Akaluck (Ben) Thatayatikom, MD

Dr. Thatayatikom, affectionately known by his patients as Dr. Ben, is the only physician in Central Florida who holds certifications in both pediatric rheumatology and immunology. This dual-specialty approach to care benefits children with specific autoimmune diseases that cause problems in joints and the musculoskeletal system.

Delivering the Utmost Expertise for Every Condition

AdventHealth for Children is home to comprehensive pediatric rheumatology and immunology care. Beyond childhood arthritis, we also treat systemic autoimmune diseases, immune-mediated diseases and immune destruction. From inflammatory conditions that affect their joints, muscles, bones and internal organs to autoimmune conditions where their immune system attacks the body’s own healthy tissues, our team has you covered.

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Specialized Care Through Musculoskeletal Ultrasounds

At AdventHealth for Children, we offer non-invasive, radiation-free musculoskeletal ultrasounds to enhance your child’s care. This procedure allows our experts to thoroughly assess your child’s response to treatment and helps improve joint injection accuracy and outcomes.

Patient testimonial for Noah and Jonah Pohlman

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Author title Noah and Jonah's Mom

Compassionate Care for the Whole Family


Dr. Akaluck Thatayatikom, has been a rock to our family, directing the care of Noah and Jonah since 2013. Dr. Ben is a brilliant rheumatologist and is always thinking of ways to improve Noah and Jonah's quality of life, while living with a chronic illness.

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Author title Noah and Jonah's Mom

Rheumatology and Immunology Frequently Asked Questions

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Start Here for the Care Your Family Deserves

Now is the time to focus on your child, not logistics. Our multidisciplinary care team not only helps children get the medical care they need and deserve, they also help families find hope and confidence. Whatever the need, big or small, we’re here to support every member of the family throughout your child's care journey.