Edward M. Behrens, MD

Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

  • Education and Training

    Medical School

    MD - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA


    Pediatrics -The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA


    Pediatrics - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA


    Pediatric Rheumatology - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

    Additional Training

    Medical Student Research Training Fellowship - Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

    Board Certification


  • Titles and Academic Titles

    Attending Physician

  • Centers and Programs
  • Publications


    Slade K, Canna SW, Kreiger PA, Behrens EM. Interferon-gamma and toll-Like receptor 9 collaborate to cause both leukopenia and anemia In a murine model of macrophage activation syndrome by two distinct mechanisms [abstract oral presentation]. American College of Rheumatology Scientific Meeting; 2011 Nov 5-9; Chicago, IL.


    Posters and Presentations


    Behrens EM. The antigen presenting cell – link between innate and adaptive immunity [presentation]. American Association of Immunology Course in Immunology; 2012 Jul; Philadelphia, PA.

    Behrens EM. The expanding spectrum of macrophage activation syndrome [presentation]. CIS Annual Primary Immunodeficiency Meeting; 2012 May; Chicago, IL.

    Behrens EM. Lyme disease: separating fact from myth [presentation]. Advanced Pediatric Nursing National Conference; 2012 May; Philadelphia, PA.

    Behrens EM. The continuing quest toward understanding macrophage activation syndrome: abBedside to bench to bedside journey [presentation]. Rapp Visiting Professorship/OUHSC Grand Rounds; 2012  Feb; Oklahoma City, OK.

    Behrens EM. Dissecting the cytokine network of the macrophage activation syndrome [presentation]. Distinguished Speaker Series, Humigen; 2012 Jan; Hamilton, NJ.


    Behrens EM. Rationale of IL-6 receptor blockade in macrophage activation syndrome [presentation]. Translational Immunology Summit; 2011 Dec; La Jolla, CA.

    Behrens EM. Careers in academic pediatric rheumatology [presentation]. ACR Scientific Meeting; 2011 Nov; Chicago, IL.

    Behrens EM. The role of IL-10 in protecting against macrophage activation syndrome [presentation]. Amplimmune; 2011 Aug; Gaithersburg, MD.

    Behrens EM. Success in starting an academic pediatric rheumatology career [presentation]. Pediatric Rheuamtology Fellows Conference; 2011 Jul; Crystal City, VA.

    Behrens EM. IFNg and IL-10 form a complex self-regulating network that determines the severity of macrophage activation syndrome [presentation]. Temple University Autoimmunity Retreat; 2011 May; Philadelphia, PA.


    Behrens EM. Complementary and alternative medicine in pediatric rheumatic diseases [presentation]. National Juvenile Arthritis Conference; 2010 Jul; Philadelphia, PA.

    Behrens EM. Juvenile idiopathic arthritis: diagnosis, treatment, outcomes [presentation]. Advanced Nurse Practitioner Conference; 2010 Jul; Philadelphia, PA.

    Behrens EM. TLR induced MAS: a novel animal model [presentation]. Department of Hematology Grand Rounds, Temple University; 2010 May; Philadelphia, PA.

  • Editorial and Academic Positions

    Editorial positions

    Review editor

    Frontiers in Primary Immunodeficiencies


    Peer Reviewer

    Up To Date – Allergy and Immunology Section

    Book Reviewer

    Neonatology Secrets: 1st Edition

    Ad-Hoc Reviewer

    Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal
    Clinical Immunology
    Nature Clinical Practice Rheumatology
    Journal of Clinical Rheumatology
    Arthritis & Rheumatism
    European Journal of Pediatrics
    International Archives of Allergy and Immunology
    Clinical and Vaccine Immunology
    Journal of Clinical Investigation  

    Academic committees

    2011-2012, Rheumatology T32 Executive Committee
    2009-present, School of Medicine MD/PhD Admission Committee