Rheumatologic diseases often affect multiple systems in the body, so a careful evaluation of the entire patient is needed to determine the correct diagnosis and the extent of involvement. This requires a careful history and review of systems, so time is taken to complete a thorough history and exam. Evaluation may also involve labs, imaging, and referrals to other medical specialists and ancillary health professionals, such as physical or occupational therapy. Once a diagnosis is reached, it is important to discuss alternatives and options for treatment, allowing the patient and family to make informed decisions regarding their course of treatment. Discussions about the effect of medical conditions on school and other activities of daily life are also an important part of the management of patients with rheumatologic disorders. While many of our conditions are chronic, there are effective treatments available, so patients can live normal active lives.
Dr. Boon is a board-certified Pediatric Rheumatologist who diagnoses and treats childhood inflammatory diseases such as systemic lupus, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, juvenile dermatomyositis and other forms of vasculitis and autoinflammatory disorders. In addition to her medical degree from UC Irvine, Dr. Boon earned a Master's degree in Public Health Nutrition from UCLA. She has clinical interests in lupus and other forms of vasculitis and in nutritional issues in patients with Rheumatologic disease. In her free time she enjoys cooking, gardening and textile crafts.
Dr. Boon has specific interest in the prevalence of Celiac Disease in patients referred to Rheumatology for joint pain, and in musculoskeletal hypermobility and excess weight in pediatric patients with non-arthritic joint pain. She has interest and experience in outreach clinics to bring care closer to patients in remote areas.
Pediatric Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology
B.S., Nutrition, UC Berkeley, Berkeley CA 1976
M.D., UC Irvine, Irvine CA 1989
M.S., Public Health, UCLA, Los Angeles CA 1981
Pediatrics, CHOC Children's Hospital, Orange CA 1995-1996
Pediatrics, CHOC Children's Hospital, Orange CA 1996-1998
Chief Resident, CHOC Children's Hospital, Orange CA 1998-1999
Pediatric Rheumatology, CHOC Children's Hospital, Orange CA 1999-2002
Castle Connolly Top Doctors List annually since 2011,
Boon SJ, McCurdy D. Childhood systemic lupus erythematosus. Pediatr Ann. 2002 Jul;31(7):407-17. doi:10.3928/0090-4481-20020701-06. PMID:12149795.
Boon SJ. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Perkin RM, Swift JD, Newton DA, Anas NG (eds). Pediatric Hospital Medicine, Textbook of Inpatient Management, Second Edition, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 2008;10(70):407-411.
Boon SJ. Unusual Rheumatologic Diseases. Perkin RM, Swift JD, Newton DA, Anas NG (eds). Pediatric Hospital Medicine, Textbook of Inpatient Management, Second Edition, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 2008;10(72A-D):416-418.
Boon SJ. Unusual Vasculitic Diseases. Perkin RM, Swift JD, Newton DA, Anas NG (eds). Pediatric Hospital Medicine, Textbook of Inpatient Management, Second Edition, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 2007 Oct;10(73A-H):419-421.