Kerstin Gerhold

Current Leadership Positions

Head, Section of Pediatric Rheumatology
Department of Pediatrics and Child Health

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, University of Manitoba

Lead, WRHA Child Health Pain Program Every Child Every Time
Department of Pediatrics and Child Health and the WRHA Child Health Program

Clinical Focus

As a pediatric rheumatologist, Dr. Gerhold works with children and adolescents with rare, multi-system and often complex rheumatic diseases.  Her team provides clinical care to patients between 0 and 18 years of age with juvenile idiopathic arthritis, connective tissue diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus or dermatomyositis, vasculitides, and with autoinflammatory diseases. With her special interest in chronic and complex pain, she is working on the establishment of an interdisciplinary clinic for children and adolescents with chronic pain conditions here in Manitoba.

Research Projects

  • Healthcare utilization in children and adolescents with chronic pain (Principal Investigator)
  • Collaborating to improve care for children and teens with chronic pain (Co-Investigator)
  • The Biologic Basis of Co-existent Uveitis and Arthritis in Children: Towards Early Detection, Targeted Treatment, and Prevention (Principal Investigator on Site)
  • The Canadian Alliance of Pediatric Rheumatology Investigators National Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Registry (Principal Investigator on Site)


Epidemiology (Master of Science)
Berlin School of Public Health, Charité- Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Faculty of Medicine of the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Pediatric Rheumatology
Clinic of Pediatric Pulmonology and Immunology, Department of Pediatrics
Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany

Habilitation in Pediatrics (Dr. med. habil.)
Charité- Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Faculty of Medicine of the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

General Pediatrics
Clinic of Pediatric Pulmonology and Immunology, Department of Pediatrics
Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany

Basic Medical Science (Post-Doc)
Laboratory of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, Clinic of Pediatric Pulmonology and Immunology, Department of Pediatrics, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany

Doctorate (Dr. med.)
Faculty of Medicine of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Faculty of Medicine of the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

Current Clinical Interests

  • Long-term outcome and prognosis of chronic pain in children and adolescents with or without an underlying medical condition
  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
  • Uveitis
  • Autoinflammatory diseases
  • Diversity in access to care
  • Transition to adult care


Find Dr. Gerholds publications here.

Book Chapter

Joint pain in children. In L. Arendt-Nielsen & S. Perrot (Eds.), Pain in the Joints (245 - 262).
Gerhold K, Clinch, J, von Baeyer CL (2016). Washington, DC, USA


Impact of disease activity and treatment of comorbidities on the risk of myocardial infarction in rheumatoid arthritis.
Meißner Y, Zink A, Kekow J, Rockwitz K, Liebhaber A, Zinke S, Gerhold K, Richter A, Listing J, Strangfeld A.  Arthritis Res Ther.
2016;18(1):183. doi: 10.1186/s13075-016-1077-z.
PMID: 27495156

An overlapping phenotype of Osteogenesis imperfecta and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome due to a heterozygous mutation in COL1A1 and biallelic missense variants in TNXB identified by whole exome sequencing. 
Mackenroth L, Fischer-Zirnsak B, Egerer J, Hecht J, Kallinich T, Stenzel W, Spors B, Mundlos S, Kornak U, Gerhold K, Horn D.
Am J Med Gen A 2016;170(4):1080-1085.
PMID: 26799614

The gut resistome is highly dynamic during the first months of life.
von Wintersdorff C, Wolffs P, Savelkoul P, Nijsen R, Lau S, Gerhold K, Hamelmann E, Penders J. 
Future Microbiology 2016;11:501-510.
PMID: 27064174

Health-related quality of life in patients with long-standing rheumatoid arthritis in the era of biologics: data from the German biologics register RABBIT. 
Gerhold K*, Richter A*, Schneider M, Bergerhausen HJ, Demary W, Liebhaber A, Listing J, Zink A, Strangfeld A.
Rheumatology 2015;4(10):1858-1866.
PMID 26001633 *Kerstin Gerhold and Adrian Richter contributed equally to this study.

New insights into the hygiene hypothesis in allergic diseases: Mediation of sibling and birth mode effects by the gut microbiota. Gut Microbes. 
Penders J, Gerhold K, Thijs C, Zimmermann K, Wahn U, Lau S, Hamelmann E.
PMID: 24637604 (Review)

The phenotype of TNF-receptor associated autoinflammatory syndrome (TRAPS) at presentation: a series of 158 cases from the EUROFEVER/EUROTRAPS international registry.
Lachmann HJ, Papa R, Gerhold K, Obici L, Touitou I, Cantarini L, Frenkel J, Anton J, Kone-Paut I, Cattalini M, Bader-Meunier B, Insalaco A, Hentgen V, Merino R, Modesto C, Toplak N, Berendes R, Ozen S, Cimaz R, Jansson A, Brogan PA, Hawkins PN, Ruperto N, Martini A, Woo P, Gattorno M; Paediatric Rheumatology International Trials Organisation (PRINTO), the EUROTRAPS and the Eurofever Project.  Ann Rheum Dis 2014;73(12):2160-2167.
PMID: 23965844

The risk of infections associated with rheumatoid arthritis, with its comorbidity and treatment.
Listing J, Gerhold K, Zink A. 
Rheumatology. 2013;52:53-61.
PMID: 23192911

Definition, diagnosis and therapy of chronic widespread pain and so-called fibromyalgia syndrome in children and adolescents. Systematic literature review and guideline.
Zernikow B, Gerhold K, Bürk G, Häuser W, Hospach T, Illhardt A, Mönkemöller K, Richter M, Schnöbel-Möller E, Häfner R.
Schmerz. 2012;26:318-330.
PMID: 22760465

Etiology and pathophysiology of fibromyalgia syndrome.
Sommer C, Häuser W, Burgmer M, Engelhardt R, Gerhold K, Petzke F, Schmidt-Wilcke T, Späth M,  Tölle T, Üçeyler N, Wang H, Winkelmann A, Thieme K. 
Schmerz. 2012;26:259-267.
PMID: 22760458

Dr. med. habil. Kerstin Gerhold

Office phone: 204-787-2020
Office fax: 204-787-2475 

Mailing address: 
RR149 – 800 Sherbrook Street
Winnipeg, MB R3A 1M4