Thomas Griffin, MD, PhD

  • Pediatric Rheumatology
Thomas Griffin, MD, PhD


Atrium Health Provider
Accepts New Patients
Treats Only Children


Practicing Specialties

  • Pediatric Rheumatology

Clinical Interests

  • Arthritis
  • Arthroplasty
  • Arthroscopy And Reconstructive Surgery
  • Behcet's Disease
    • Bursitis
    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • Chronic Recurrent Multifocal Osteomyelitis
    • Enthesitis Related Arthritis
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Granulomatosis With Polyangitis
    • Henoch Schoenlein Purpura
    • Hip Problems
    • JIA
    • Juvenile Ankylosing Spondylitis
    • Juvenile Arthritis
    • Juvenile Dermatomyositis
    • Juvenile Gout
    • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
    • Juvenile Psoriatic Arthritis
    • Kawasaki Disease
    • Linear Scleroderma
    • Lupus
    • Lyme Disease
    • Mixed Connective Tissue Disease
    • Morphea
    • Myelogram
    • Myositis
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Polyarteritis Nodosa
    • Polymyositis
    • Raynaud's Phenomenon
    • Reactive Arthritis
    • Rheumatic Disease
    • Rheumatic Fever
    • Rheumatoid Arthritis
    • Rheumatology
    • Scleroderma
    • Sjogren's Syndrome
    • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (Lupus)
    • Systemic Onset Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
    • Takayasu's Arteritis
    • Uveitis
    • Vasculitis
    • Wagener's Granulomatosis


  • English


“My goal is to help children with rheumatic diseases overcome the many challenges they face. Many recent advances in our understanding of how to treat autoimmunity have enabled rheumatologists to have a greater impact on patient outcomes.” 

Dr. Griffin is board certified in pediatric rheumatology. He specializes in juvenile arthritis, lupus, dermatomyositis, scleroderma, vasculitis and other pediatric rheumatic diseases. He serves as director of Pediatric Rheumatology at Atrium Health Levine Children's Hospital Specialty Care Hickory. 

Dr. Griffin is involved in collaborative research through the Pediatric Rheumatology Collaborative Study Group (PRCSG), the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA) and the Pediatric Rheumatology Collaborative Outcomes and Improvement Network (PR-COIN). 

He received his medical degree at Case Western Reserve University and completed a residency at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. He then completed a fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. 

Outside of work, Dr. Griffin loves spending time with his wife and 2 children. He is also a member of the Charlotte Master Chorale and enjoys playing golf.


Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatric Rheumatology

Medical Education

  • Case Western Reserve University


  • Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Pediatrics


  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Pediatric Rheumatology


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