Megan Curran, MD
Associate Professor, Pediatrics-Rheumatology

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Medical School:
  • MD, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (2003)
Undergraduate School:
  • BA, Stanford University (CA) (1996)
Residency:
  • Miami Children's Hospital Program, Pediatrics (2006)
Fellowships:
  • University of California (San Francisco) School of Medicine Program, Pediatric Rheumatology (2009)
Languages: English, Spanish
Department: Pediatrics-Rheumatology

Professional Titles

  • Fellowship Director, Pediatric Rheumatology
  • Co-chair, Department of Pediatrics Committee on Fellowship Education

Research Interests

I am a member of the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA). We enroll eligible and interested patients with various rheumatic diseases into CARRA's registry and treatment studies. I am a co-leader in developing a research registry for our juvenile myositis patients at the University of Colorado. I also have a scholarly interest in medical education, specifically competency based education and assessment at the pediatric fellowship level, and participate in national research projects about pediatric fellowship education.

Publications

  • Ardalan K, Adeyemi O, Wahezi DM, Caliendo AE, Curran ML, Neely J, Kim S, Correll CK, Brunner EJ, Knight AM. Parent Perspectives on Addressing Emotional Health for Children and Young Adults With Juvenile Myositis. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2021 Jan;73(1):18-29. PubMed PMID: 32986925
  • Turner DA, Schwartz A, Carraccio C, Herman B, Weiss P, Baffa JM, Chess P, Curran M, Dammann C, High P, Hsu D, Pitts S, Sauer C, Aye T, Fussell J, Kesselheim J, Mahan J, McGann K, Myers A, Mink R. Continued Supervision for the Common Pediatric Subspecialty Entrustable Professional Activities May Be Needed Following Fellowship Graduation. Acad Med. 2021 Jul 1;96(7S):S22-S28. PubMed PMID: 34183598
  • Wang C, Simpkin C, Vielkind M, Galambos C, Lin C, Liptzin DR, Curran ML. Childhood-Onset Sjögren Syndrome Presenting as Pulmonary Hemorrhage. Pediatrics. 2021 Aug;148(2). PubMed PMID: 34321337
  • Ochfeld E, Curran ML, Chiarella SE, Ardalan K, Khojah A. A Case Report of SAVI Mimicking Early-Onset ANCA Vasculitis. J Clin Immunol. 2021 Oct;41(7):1652-1655. PubMed PMID: 34089458
  • Weiss PG, Schwartz A, Carraccio CL, Herman BE, Turner DA, Aye T, Fussell JJ, Kesselheim J, Mahan JD, McGann KA, Myers A, Stafford DEJ, Chess PR, Curran ML, Dammann CEL, High P, Hsu DC, Pitts S, Sauer C, Srivastava S, Mink RB. Achieving Entrustable Professional Activities During Fellowship. Pediatrics. 2021 Nov;148(5). PubMed PMID: 34667096
  • Ardalan K, Adeyemi O, Wahezi DM, Caliendo AE, Curran ML, Neely J, Kim S, Correll CK, Brunner EJ, Knight AM. Parent Perspectives on Addressing Emotional Health for Children and Young Adults with Juvenile Myositis. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2020 Sep 28. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 32986925
  • Thakral A, Pinto D, Miller M, Curran ML, Klein-Gitelman M, French DD. Direct Healthcare Costs Associated with Oligoarticular Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis at a Single Center. Int J Rheumatol. 2020;2020:5640425. PubMed PMID: 32952562
  • Mink R, Herman BE, Carraccio C, Aye T, Baffa JM, Chess PR, Fussell JJ, Sauer CG, Stafford DEJ, Weiss P, Curran ML, Dammann CEL, High PC, Hsu D, Kesselheim JC, Mahan JD, McGann KA, Myers AL, Pitts S, Turner DA, Schwartz A. Agreement of Program Directors With Clinical Competency Committees for Fellow Entrustment. J Med Educ Curric Dev. 2020 Jan-Dec;7:2382120520936613. PubMed PMID: 32844115
  • Theisen E, Lee DE, Pei S, Schauder DM, Chiu YE, Brandling-Bennett H, Curran ML, Klein-Gitelman M, Co DO, Arkin LM. Hypergammaglobulinemic purpura of Waldenström in children. Pediatr Dermatol. 2020 May;37(3):467-475. PubMed PMID: 32104943
  • Michels KL, Kurup SP, Curran ML, Alperin R, De Leon E, Mets-Halgrimson R. A case of acquired Brown syndrome treated with adalimumab. J AAPOS. 2020 Jun;24(3):167-169. PubMed PMID: 32087325
  • Duvvuri B, Pachman LM, Morgan G, Khojah AM, Klein-Gitelman M, Curran ML, Doty S, Lood C. Neutrophil Extracellular Traps in Tissue and Periphery in Juvenile Dermatomyositis. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2020 Feb;72(2):348-358. PubMed PMID: 31403247
  • Liu K, Tomlinson G, Reed AM, Huber AM, Saarela O, Bout-Tabaku SM, Curran M, Dvergsten JA, Eberhard BA, Jung LK, Kim S, Ringold S, Rouster-Steven KA, Tesher M, Wahezi DM, Feldman BM. Pilot study of the juvenile dermatomyositis consensus treatment plans: a CARRA Registry study. J Rheumatol. 2020 Apr 1. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 32238513
  • Curran ML, Hayward K, Mehta J. Online Resources for Enhancing Clinical Knowledge and Skills. Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 2020 Feb;46(1):37-60. PubMed PMID: 31757286
  • Shenoi S, Hayward K, Curran ML, Kessler E, Mehta JJ, Riebschleger MP, Foster HE. Telemedicine in pediatric rheumatology: this is the time for the community to embrace a new way of clinical practice. Pediatr Rheumatol Online J. 2020 Oct 31;18(1):85. PubMed PMID: 33129319
  • Khojah AM, Miller ML, Klein-Gitelman MS, Curran ML, Hans V, Pachman LM, Fuleihan RL. Rituximab-associated Hypogammaglobulinemia in pediatric patients with autoimmune diseases. Pediatr Rheumatol Online J. 2019 Aug 28;17(1):61. PubMed PMID: 31462263
  • Duvvuri B, Pachman LM, Morgan G, Khojah AM, Klein-Gitelman M, Curran ML, Doty S, Lood C. Neutrophil Extracellular Traps in Tissue and Periphery in Juvenile Dermatomyositis. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2019 Aug 12. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31403247
  • Curran ML, Martin EE, Thomas EC, Singh R, Armana S, Kauser A, Zaheer EA, Sherry DD. The pediatric rheumatology objective structured clinical examination: progressing from a homegrown effort toward a reliable and valid national formative assessment. Pediatr Rheumatol Online J. 2019 Feb 8;17(1):5. PubMed PMID: 30736800
  • Arkin LM, Buhr K, Brandling-Bennett H, Chiu Y, Chong B, Curran M, Hunt R, Paller AS, Werth VP, Klein-Gitelman M, von Scheven E, Ardalan K. Practice-based differences in paediatric discoid lupus erythematosus. Br J Dermatol. 2019 Oct;181(4):805-810. PubMed PMID: 30768778
  • Kim S, Kahn P, Robinson AB, Lang B, Shulman A, Oberle EJ, Schikler K, Curran ML, Barillas-Arias L, Spencer CH, Rider LG, Huber AM. Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance consensus clinical treatment plans for juvenile dermatomyositis with skin predominant disease. Pediatr Rheumatol Online J. 2017 Jan 11;15(1):1. PubMed PMID: 28077146
  • Klein-Gitelman MS, Curran ML. The Challenges of Adolescence, Mood Disorders, and Chronic Illness. J Pediatr. 2015 Dec;167(6):1192-4. PubMed PMID: 26421489
  • Arkin LM, Ansell L, Rademaker A, Curran ML, Miller ML, Wagner A, Kenner-Bell BM, Chamlin SL, Mancini AJ, Klein-Gitelman M, Paller AS. The natural history of pediatric-onset discoid lupus erythematosus. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2015 Apr;72(4):628-33. PubMed PMID: 25648823
  • Brunner HI, Klein-Gitelman MS, Zelko F, Thomas EC, Hummel J, Nelson SM, Huggins J, Curran ML, Roebuck-Spencer T, Beebe DW, Ying J. Validation of the Pediatric Automated Neuropsychological Assessment Metrics in childhood-onset systemic lupus erythematosus. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2013 Mar;65(3):372-81. PubMed PMID: 22933364
  • Curran ML. A 6-year-old girl with new boots. Pediatr Ann. 2012 Mar 12;41(3):e1-4. PubMed PMID: 22390311
  • Curran ML. A 14-year-old with joint pain and antinuclear antibodies. Pediatr Ann. 2012 Mar 12;41(3):e1-4. PubMed PMID: 22390310
  • Curran ML. A 16-month-old with left knee swelling. Pediatr Ann. 2012 Mar 12;41(3):e1-4. PubMed PMID: 22390309
  • Hersh AO, Pang S, Curran ML, Milojevic DS, von Scheven E. The challenges of transferring chronic illness patients to adult care: reflections from pediatric and adult rheumatology at a US academic center. Pediatr Rheumatol Online J. 2009 Jun 8;7:13. PubMed PMID: 19505332
  • Leidolf EM, Curran M, Scout, Bradford J. Intersex mental health and social support options in pediatric endocrinology training programs. J Homosex. 2008;54(3):233-42. PubMed PMID: 18825861
  • Parry BL, Curran ML, Stuenkel CA, Yokimozo M, Tam L, Powell KA, Gillin JC. Can critically timed sleep deprivation be useful in pregnancy and postpartum depressions?. J Affect Disord. 2000 Nov;60(3):201-12. PubMed PMID: 11074109
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Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Pediatrics, fellow
  • American College of Rheumatology, fellow
  • Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance, member
  • Association of Pediatric Program Directors, member

Practice Locations

Children's Hospital Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
13123 East 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
720-777-1234

Hospital Affiliation
  • Children's Hospital Colorado

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Pediatric Rheumatology, Board Certification (2010)
  • Pediatrics, Board Certification (2006)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Immune System - Autoimmune Disorders
  • Immune System
  • Child and Teen Health - Pediatric Diseases and Conditions
  • Child and Teen Health
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles - Arthritis
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles
Clinical Interests
juvenile myositis, systemic sclerosis

Care Philosophy
My passion is teaching pediatric rheumatology trainees to treat children, adolescents and young adults with all rheumatic diseases, especially juvenile myositis and systemic sclerosis. I teach our fellows to practice patient and family centered care, with the idea that as physicians, our job is to educate patients and families about their symptoms, diagnoses and treatment options, and together we come to decisions about treatment plans.

Personal Interests
I am an avid animal lover and enjoy traveling with my husband Adam, who is a math professor at CU Denver, especially to places where there are exotic animals and/or tropical landscapes. We enjoy hiking Colorado trails with our pit bull mix Hazel and Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Greta.

Volunteer Activities
Cure JM Foundation (juvenile myositis)

Public Speaking
Yes
I enjoy educating medical trainees and practicing health care professionals about the early recognition of pediatric rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (2003)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BA, Stanford University (CA) (1996)
Residency Programs:
  • Miami Children's Hospital Program, Pediatrics (2006)
Fellowships:
  • University of California (San Francisco) School of Medicine Program, Pediatric Rheumatology (2009)
Languages: English, Spanish
Department: Pediatrics-Rheumatology
Contact Us
CU Anschutz
Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place
Campus Box C290
Aurora, CO 80045

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