Immunology and Rheumatology

The Division of Pediatric Immunology and Rheumatology evaluates and treats children with immunologic diseases, with special emphasis on allergies, immune deficiency diseases and rheumatology. The division provides a variety of support services. As one of the NIH-funded Pediatric AIDS Treatment Centers, the division offers comprehensive evaluation and treatment for infants at risk for developing HIV and children and adolescents with HIV.

Click here to learn more about the services offered at UMMC.

For appointments call:410-706-8220


Vicki J. Tepper, PhD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics; Director, Pediatric AIDS Program
Special Interests: Pediatric Psychology; Adherence to HIV Treatment; Psychological and Psychosocial Adjustment to Chronic Illness
Degree: Vanderbilt University
Certification: Licensed Psychologist

Douglas C. Watson, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics; Pediatric AIDS Clinical Director
Special Interests: Pediatric HIV; Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Medical Degree: Washington University Residency: Washington University, Pediatrics
Fellowship: Case Western Reserve University, Pediatric Infectious Diseases; National Institutes of Health, Laboratory of Developmental and Molecular Immunity
Certification: Pediatrics; Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Melissa Hawkins-Holt, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics 
Medical Degree: University of Maryland School of Medicine
Residency: University of Maryland Medical System, IM/Ped Combo
Fellowship: University of Maryland Medical System, Pediatric Rheumatology
Certification: Rheumatology


  • Sandra Dean
  • Thomas Dossey-McKinnon, LGSW
  • Debra Houck, CRNP
  • Susan Lovelace, CRNP