Erica Lawson, MD

Dr. Lawson is a pediatric rheumatologist at the University of California, San Francisco, where she joined the faculty in 2013. She provides care to children, teens and young adults with chronic rheumatic disease. Dr. Lawson’s main research interest is the improvement of long-term outcomes and access to care for individuals with childhood-onset chronic illness, with a focus on health disparities. Her current work seeks to understand the predictors of health outcomes during the transition to adulthood, and to improve the quality of care during this period. Dr. Lawson also serves as Program Director for the UCSF Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship.
2018 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training, University of California
Certificate in Implementation Science, 2014 - Epidemiology, UCSF
Fellowship training, 2012 - Pediatric Rheumatology, UCSF
Certificate in Clinical Research, 2011 - Epidemiology, UCSF
Residency training, 2008 - Pediatrics, University of Washington / Seattle Children's Hospital
MD, 2005 - Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis
BA, 2001 - English Language & Literature, University of Michigan
Honors and Awards
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, UCSF School of Medicine, 2020
  • The Caring Tree Award, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, 2016
  • Jessica Saul Award for Exceptional Service to Youth and their Families, Arthritis Foundation, 2013
  • Distinguished Fellow Award, American College of Rheumatology, 2012
  • George F. Gill Prize in Pediatrics, Washington University School of Medicine, 2005
  • Distinguished Student Scholarship, Washington University School of Medicine, 2001
  1. Co-Design of an Electronic Dashboard to Support Coproduction of Care in Pediatric Rheumatic Disease: Human-Centered Design and Usability Testing.
  2. Social determinants of health influence disease activity and functional disability in Polyarticular Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.
  3. Translating research into practice-implementation recommendations for pediatric rheumatology; Proceedings of the childhood arthritis and rheumatology research alliance 2020 implementation science retreat.
  4. Transitioning to Adulthood with a Rheumatic Disease: A Case-Based Approach for Rheumatology Care Teams.
  5. Implementation of rheumatology health care transition processes and adaptations to systems under stress: a mixed methods study.
  6. Community poverty level influences time to first pediatric rheumatology appointment in Polyarticular Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.
  7. Engaging patients and parents to improve mental health intervention for youth with rheumatological disease.
  8. Differences in Healthcare Transition Views, Practices, and Barriers Among North American Pediatric Rheumatology Clinicians From 2010 to 2018.
  9. Disease activity and health-care utilization among young adults with childhood-onset lupus transitioning to adult care: data from the Pediatric Lupus Outcomes Study.
  10. US Adult Rheumatologists' Perspectives on the Transition Process for Young Adults With Rheumatic Conditions.
  11. Patterns of Healthcare Use and Medication Adherence among Youth with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus during Transfer from Pediatric to Adult Care.
  12. Longitudinal disease- and steroid-related damage among adults with childhood-onset systemic lupus erythematosus.
  13. Multisite Randomized Clinical Trial Evaluating an Online Self-Management Program for Adolescents With Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.
  14. Final adult height of patients with childhood-onset systemic lupus erythematosus: a cross sectional analysis.
  15. Adverse pregnancy outcomes in adolescents and young women with systemic lupus erythematosus: a national estimate.
  16. Depression Risk in Young Adults With Juvenile- and Adult-Onset Lupus: Twelve Years of Followup.
  17. Developing the Process for Transferring Care from Pediatric to Adult Providers.
  18. Early Outcomes in Children With Antineutrophil Cytoplasmic Antibody-Associated Vasculitis.
  19. Paediatric rheumatic diseases: Navigating the transition from paediatric to adult care.
  20. Comparing Presenting Clinical Features in 48 Children With Microscopic Polyangiitis to 183 Children Who Have Granulomatosis With Polyangiitis (Wegener's): An ARChiVe Cohort Study.
  21. CE-41 Disease activity and health care utilisation among young adults with childhood-onset lupus transitioning to adult care: data from the paediatric lupus outcomes study.
  22. A population-based study of infection-related hospital mortality in patients with dermatomyositis/polymyositis.
  23. Reasons for failure to receive pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations among immunosuppressed patients with systemic lupus erythematosus.
  24. Choosing Wisely: the American College of Rheumatology's Top 5 for pediatric rheumatology.
  25. Educational and vocational outcomes of adults with childhood- and adult-onset systemic lupus erythematosus: nine years of followup.
  26. Atypical cases of scleroderma en coup de sabre.
  27. A168: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus In-Hospital Mortality Risk Across Ages: A National Estimate.
  28. HIV risk perception and distribution of HIV risk among African, Caribbean and other Black people in a Canadian city: mixed methods results from the BLACCH study.
  29. Perception of transition readiness and preferences for use of technology in transition programs: teens' ideas for the future.
  30. Do adult disease severity subclassifications predict use of cyclophosphamide in children with ANCA-associated vasculitis? An analysis of ARChiVe study treatment decisions.
  31. Improving transition readiness and quality of life (QOL) with a pediatric lupus health passport.
  32. Long-term education and employment outcomes in pediatric-onset systemic lupus erythematosus.
  33. Increased sensitivity of the European medicines agency algorithm for classification of childhood granulomatosis with polyangiitis.
  34. Assessing the performance of the Birmingham Vasculitis Activity Score at diagnosis for children with antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-associated vasculitis in A Registry for Childhood Vasculitis (ARChiVe).
  35. Healthcare quality in systemic lupus erythematosus: using Donabedian's conceptual framework to understand what we know.
  36. Self-management skills in adolescents with chronic rheumatic disease: A cross-sectional survey.
  37. A brief history of testosterone.