About the Department of Pediatrics

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We are improving the well-being of children through renowned clinical and research programs.

One of the most renowned programs in the nation, the Department of Pediatrics primarily offers care at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, with services also provided at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, Good Samaritan Hospital, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, and the clinics of Keck Medicine of USC and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Medical Group.

The Department of Pediatrics is divided among a number of renowned, highly collaborative, specialty divisions:

Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine
Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Cardiology
Clinical Immunology and Allergy
Emergency and Transport Medicine
Endocrinology and Metabolism
Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
General Pediatrics
Oncology
Hospital Medicine
Infectious Diseases
Maternal-Child and Adolescent Center for Infectious Diseases and Virology
Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Medical Genetics 
Neonatal Medicine
Nephrology
Neurology
Psychiatry
Pulmonology
Research on Children, Youth and Families
Rehabilitative Medicine
Rheumatology

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
The Department of Pediatrics’ work at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles emphasizes research, tertiary clinical services and educational programs aimed at the development of academic pediatricians and pediatric community leaders. The faculty is large and highly specialized and covers a broad range of competencies. The hospital’s four centers — Heart; Cancer and Blood Diseases; Orthopedics and Endocrinology; and Diabetes and Metabolism — represent large-volume multidisciplinary programs of national prominence.

LAC+USC Medical Center
The Department of Pediatrics’ work at LAC+USC Medical Center includes providing pediatric care at Women’s and Children’s Hospital (WCH) and Clinics, three Northeast Healthcare Network Comprehensive Health Centers (El Monte, Hudson and Roybal), 17 Los Angeles County juvenile detention facilities and MacLaren’s Children Center. These efforts are complemented by nationally recognized clinical and research programs, including those in allergy and immunology, infectious diseases, maternal health, mental health and violence intervention.

Facts & Figures

  • The Department of Pediatrics’ training programs include 500 medical students, 86 full-time residents, three chief residents and 114 fellows
  • Children’s Hospital Los Angeles was seventh in the nation in the 2015–16 U.S. News & World Report rankings. The hospital ranked among the country’s top 10 for programs in cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, neonatology, orthopedics and urology.
  • In terms of funding from the National Institutes of Health, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is among the top 20 hospitals in the nation and among the top 10 children’s hospitals.
  • The department includes 220 faculty based at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles; 70 faculty based at LAC+USC Medical Center; 11 faculty who oversee medical education; and four faculty who lead college health services on the USC University Park Campus.
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  • Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has one of the largest and most diverse patient populations in the United States, making it an ideal hub to train future pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists.
  • Children’s Hospital is the only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center in Los Angeles.

Our Mission

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The Department of Pediatrics is dedicated to providing the highest-caliber care to the children of Southern California regardless of their socioeconomic status. From wellness checks and prevention to treatment and surgery for complex illnesses and injuries, we bring state-of-the-art, compassionate clinical care to every child and family we meet. Meanwhile, our research initiatives push forward the boundaries of pediatric medicine to combat cancer, brain disorders, obesity, diabetes and other devastating conditions to help children the world over.