Webb, Kate Ryann, Dr

Paediatric Rheumatologist

Practice Number: 9990320100781940

HPCSA: MP 0638285

Qualifications: MB ChB (Wits), FC Paed (SA), Cert Rheumatology (SA)

Professional background

Dr. Kate Webb specialises in paediatric rheumatic conditions including juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and juvenile onset systemic lupus erythematosus (jSLE), in addition to general paediatrics.

Dr Webb trained in paediatrics and paediatric rheumatology at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital at the University of Cape Town, with a Discovery Foundation sub-speciality fellowship. She was awarded a competitive Action Medical Research fellowship to complete a PhD at University College London, UCLH and Great Ormond Street Hospitals. Her PhD thesis was entitled ‘Sex and puberty influence the innate immune system type 1 interferon response’ which explored how sex and puberty associate with the onset of lupus in young females. She has published widely in the field and presented at international congresses.

Dr Webb returned to South Africa as there is a desperate shortage of paediatric rheumatology services for children locally. She maintains close ties to the paediatric rheumatology department at Red Cross Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Webb aims to provide a centre for excellence for young people with rheumatic disease and their families as well as perform ongoing research into the causes of these diseases.

Special interests

Clinically, Dr Webb has an interest in paediatric rheumatic conditions such as juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), juvenile onset systemic lupus erythematosus (jSLE), paediatric vasculitis, granulomatous diseases, hereditary fever syndromes and patients with non-specific pain and inflammation.

Her research focusses on novel immunopathogenic pathways in jSLE, specifically in the type 1 interferon system.