Department of Pediatrics

Department of Pediatrics

Children's Hospital Los Angeles ranks fifth in the nation on the 2013-14 U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll of children's hospitals- one of only 10 children's hospitals in the country, and the only one in California, to make the prestigious list. One of only 12 children's hospitals designated a "Top Hospital" for 2012 by The Leapfrog Group, Children's Hospital Los Angeles is also designated a Magnet Hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center- an honor held by only 7 percent of hospitals nationwide.

The Department is comprised of two distinct programs that interrelate on an educational, clinical and scientific level, but maintain separate divisional administration (except for neonatology) and unique identities. Although they have a common mission, the goals and objectives of each component are focused and appropriate to their facilities and opportunities.

At CHLA, the emphasis is on research, tertiary clinical services and educational programs that are aimed at the development of academic pediatricians and pediatric community leaders. The faculty is large (325 faculty members, including members of other departments), highly specialized and covers a broad range of competencies. There are four Centers at CHLA, representing large-volume, multidisciplinary programs of national prominence. They are: Heart, Cancer and Blood Diseases, Orthopedics and Endocrinology, and Diabetes and Metabolism.

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A team of plastic surgeons from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) traveled 7,500 miles to Jordan, where they operated on dozens of children with physical deformities too complicated to be treated by doctors at the King Hussein Medical Center in Amman.

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    Thomas Coates, MD, professor of pediatrics and pathology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and section head of hematology in the division of hematology oncology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, along with four other co-principal investigators, recently received a five-year, $9.5 million grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

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