Department of Pediatrics

About the Department

Welcome to the Department of Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. The department combines state-of-the-art technology with a nurturing environment to care for children’s specific needs, whatever their illness or injury.

The department includes some 300 faculty members and hundreds of residents and fellows who teach, learn and care for the children of Los Angeles — with a focus on the underserved — and advance the science of pediatric medicine.

About the Department of Pediatrics

D. Brent Polk, MD

“The faculty and staff in pediatrics is an integrated team of national leaders developing preventive, diagnostic, prognostic and therapeutic approaches to a wide variety of childhood disorders.”
D. Brent Polk, MD, Chair, Chair of Pediatrics and Vice Dean for Child Health, Keck School of Medicine of USC,Director, the Saban Research Institute
Chair’s Corner


The Department of Pediatrics creates hope and builds healthier futures for children in Southern California and far beyond our state’s borders. We care for children, adolescents, young adults, families and each other while advancing the frontiers of medical knowledge and preparing future pediatric leaders.

Clinical Activities

The Department of Pediatrics’ multidisciplinary clinical team of physicians, nurses and support staff offers health education, prevention and clinical services for children and adolescents — from basic wellness checks to care of acute injuries and chronic diseases in more than 30 pediatric specialties.

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Department News

Biodegradable scaffold (left) and human tissue-engineered liver (right) (Photo courtesy of The Saban Research Institute at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles)

Functional human tissue-engineered liver generated from stem and progenitor cells

A research team led by investigators at The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has generated functional human and mouse tissue-engineered liver from adult stem and progenitor cells. Tissue-engineered Liver (TELi) was found to contain normal structural components such as hepatocytes, bile ducts and blood vessels. The study has been published online in the journal Stem Cells
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Department Events

Research Seminar: Molecular Characterization of the Human Infant Airway

Research Seminar: Molecular Characterization of the Human Infant Airway

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Saban Auditorium, 4661 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Keck School Events

USC Stem Cell Seminar: Jan Nolta

USC Stem Cell Seminar: Jan Nolta

Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center Auditorium, 1st floor conference room
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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