Bianca LangMD

Division of Pediatric Rheumatology, Professor


Phone: 902-470-8827
Fax: 902-470-7217
Mailing Address: 
Division of Pediatric Rheumatology
IWK Health Centre
PO Box 9700
5850-5980 University Ave.
Halifax, NS B3K 6R8
Research Topics:
  • Pediatric rheumatic disease
  • Juvenile arthritis
  • Juvenile dermatomyositis
  • Kawasaki disease
  • Steroid-associated osteoporosis in children
  • Transition of care


Dr. Lang is a pediatric rheumatologist at the IWK Health Centre, and Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at Dalhousie University. She has expertise in the diagnosis and management of a wide variety of pediatric rheumatic illnesses and is active in teaching at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.


  • BSc (Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S.)
  • MD (Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S.)
  • FRCPC Pediatrics (IWK Health Centre, Halifax, N.S. and Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON)
  • FRCPC Rheumatology (Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON)

Research interests:

Dr. Lang’s main research interest is in the area of juvenile dermatomyositis. Other areas of focus include Kawasaki Disease, pediatric steroid-associated osteoporosis, transition of youth from pediatric to adult healthcare, and juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

Selected publications:

  • Stringer E, Scott R, Mosher D, MacNeill I, Huber A, Ramsey S, Lang B.  Evaluation of a Rheumatology Transition Clinic.  Pediatr Rheumatol Online J. 2015 Jun 11;13: 22.
  • Rodd C, Lang B, Ramsay T, Alos N, Huber AM, Cabral DA, Scuccimarri R, Miettunen PM, Roth J, Atkinson SA, Couch R, Cummings EA, Dent PB, Ellsworth J, Hay J, Houghton K, Jurencak R, Larche M, LeBlanc C, Oen K, Saint-Cyr C, Stein R, Stephure D, Taback S, Lentle B, Matzinger M, Shenouda N, Moher D, Rauch F, Siminoski K, Ward LM and the Canadian STOPP Consortium. Incident Vertebral Fractures among Children with Rheumatic Disorders 12 Months Post-Glucocorticoid Initiation: a National Observational Study. Arthritis Care Res. 2012; 64(1): 122-131.
  • Huber AM, Robinson AB, Reed AM, Abramson L, Bout-Tabaku S, Carrasco R, Curran M, Feldman BM, Gewanter H, Griffin T, Haines K, Hoeltzel MF, Isgro J, Kahn P, Lang B, Lawler P, Shaham B, Schmeling H, Scuccimarri R, Shishov M, Stringer E, Wohrley J, Ilowite NT, Wallace C, and members of the Juvenile Dermatomyositis Sub-Committee of the Children’s Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance. Consensus Treatments for Moderate Juvenile Dermatomyositis: Beyond the First Two Months Results of the Second Children’s Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance Consensus Conference. Arthritis Care Res 2012; 64(4): 546-553.
  • Huber AM, Giannini EH, Bowyer SL, Kim S, Lang B, Lindsley CB, Pachman LM, Pilkington C, Reed AM, Rennebohm RM, Rider LG, Wallace CA, Feldman BM. Protocols for the initial treatment of moderately severe juvenile dermatomyositis: Results of a Children's Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance Consensus Conference. Arthritis Care Res 2010; 62(2): 219-25.


  • Staff Pediatric Rheumatologist, IWK Health Centre (1989-present)
  • Head, Division of Rheumatology, Department of Pediatrics, IWK Health Centre (2002-2016)
  • Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, Dalhousie University


  • Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA)
  • American College of Rheumatology (ACR)
  • Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA)
  • Canadian Association of Pediatric Rheumatology Investigators (CAPRI)
  • Canadian Pediatric Society (CPS)

Services and activities:

  • Pediatric Section, Canadian Rheumatology Association – Chair (2006-2010)
  • Pediatric Section, Canadian Rheumatology Association – Past Chair (2010-2013)
  • Royal College (RCPSC) Rheumatology Examination Board (2007-2013)
  • CAPRI Executive Committee (2007-2013)
  • The Canadian STOPP (Steroid-associated osteoporosis in the pediatric population)
  • Research Consortium – Executive Committee (2003-present)
  • Juvenile Dermatomyositis Working Group at the American College of Rheumatology - Chair (2000-present)
  • The Childhood Arthritis Advisory Council of the Arthritis Society (Canada)- member (2013-present)

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