PACE Medical Advisory Board - University Of Arizona

Sydney Rice, MD

Dr. Rice as a member of PACE’s Medical Advisory Board provides medical expertise for the Foundation’s advancement of clinical and research development in CPAE.  She is currently the Co-Director of the world-class Childhood Autoimmune Encephalopathy Program at the University of Arizona, Tucson, which was created via collaboration with the NIH.  The program has both a clinical and research focus, centering on diagnostic and basic science analysis for making continued headway in medical interventions and treatment of CPAE disorders.


Dr. Rice is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the UA medical school of Pediatrics and is also a recognized expert in the field of pediatric autism.  She teaches in both basic science and clinical medical curricula and is the director of the University of Arizona LEND (Leadership in Education for Neurodevelopmental Disabilities), a Maternal Child Health funded program that supports professionals in 15 different professions to learn to work together on interdisciplinary teams.


Dr. Rice holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, a master’s degree in health evaluation sciences from the University of Virginia and

a doctorate in medicine from the University of Arizona.