Dr. Rafael Federico Rivas-Chacon, MD

Director, Division of Rheumatology
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

Rafael Federico Rivas-Chacon, M.D., is board-certified in internal medicine and rheumatology and has been Director of the Rheumatology Division at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital since 1989.

A native of El Salvador, Dr. Rivas-Chacon earned his medical degree at the University of El Salvador School of Medicine. After completing a rotating internship and one year of internal medicine in El Salvador, he completed an internal medical internship and residency at Mount Carmel Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Rivas-Chacon came to Miami in 1986 as a rheumatology fellow at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital, and V. A. Medical Center. He then completed a pediatric rheumatology fellowship at Northwestern University Ann & Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.

He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics Rheumatology Section and the American College of Rheumatology and a member of other professional societies. He has published peer review articles and has been involved in a number of research activities including industry sponsored clinical trials.

Academic appointments:

Assistant Professor at Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Rheumatology at Nova Southeastern University-College of Osteopathic Medicine

Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Rheumatology University of Miami, School of Medicine.

Editor, Rheumatology Section of International Pediatrics


Medical School – University of El Salvador, San Salvador, El Salvador
Internship – Internal Medicine Mount Carmel Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio
Residency – Internal Medicine Mount Carmel Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio
Fellowship – Rheumatology Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Florida
Fellowship – Pediatric Rheumatology Ann & Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital Chicago, Illinois

Other Activities

Dr. Rivas-Chacon is the founder, organizer and medical director of Camp Funrise, a one week sleep-away camp for children with Rheumatic conditions; Camp Funrise was the first of its kind in South Florida was active for 26 years.

He is also the founder of Juvenile Arthritis Program, an Interdisciplinary Group for the Management of patients with Rheumatic Diseases which was also active for 26 years.

Selected Publications

Garg, M., de Jesus, AA., Chapelle, D., Dancey, P., Herzog, R., Rivas-Chacon, R., Muskardin, T.L.W., et al (2017). Rilonacept maintains long-term inflammatory remission in patients with deficiency of the IL-1 receptor antagonist. JCI insight, 2(16), pii: 94838. View in Pubmed

Schnellbacher, C., Ciocca, G., Menende,z R., Aksentijevich, I., Goldbach-Mansky, R., Duarte, A.M., Rivas-Chacon, R. (2013). Deficiency of Interleukin-1 receptor antagonist responsive to anakinra. Pediatric Dermatology, 30(6), 758-760. View in Pubmed

Papazian, Ó., Rivas-Chacón, R. (2013). Metabolic myopathies. Revista de Neurologia, 57(Suppl 1), S65-S73. View in Pubmed

Ebrahim, M., Gabay, M., Rivas-Chacon, R.F. (2011). Evidence of acute mycoplasma infection in a patient with incomplete and atypical kawasaki disease: a case report. Case Reports in Medicine, View in Pubmed

AARA Doctor Chacon

Rafael F. Rivas-Chacon, MD, PA

3200 SW 60th Court #105
Miami, FL 33155
Phone: 305-663-8505
Fax: 305-663-6878

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine Rheumatology – Certified and MOC compliant
American Board of Internal Medicine – Certified

Areas of Special Interest

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
Periodic Fevers
Juvenile Dermatomyositis
Pediatric and Adolescent Systemic Lupus erytematosus
Chronic Multifocal Osteomyelitis