Department of Pediatrics


Located at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the Department is a proud member of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, with 288 full-time faculty. The Department of Pediatrics continues to grow in the:

  • Number of faculty members
  • Development of new and important research programs
  • Strength and extension of its clinical service to an ever-larger area within Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

The Department of Pediatrics is consistently cited among the premier academic pediatric departments in the country and is allied with CHOP, one of the finest children's hospitals in the world. In 2009, the Hospital was ranked number one for pediatrics by U.S.News & World Report for the seventh consecutive year with four divisions being ranked #1 (Neonatal Care, Cancer, Respiratory Diseases and Diabetes, and Endocrine Disorders). In addition, Parents magazine ranked CHOP as the best pediatric hospital in the United States. In 2009, three divisions within the Department of Pediatrics (Emergency Department, Neonatology and Pulmonary Medicine) were rated #1 in the nation by Parents magazine.

In collaboration with the leadership of the Children's Hospital Research Institute, the Department supports key areas of research reflected in the creation of nine Research Affinity Groups.

Two hundred and thirty-eight members of the Department of Pediatrics perform basic, translational and clinical research. In addition to other external funding supporting our investigators, members of our department are the recipients of 154 R-series awards, 39 institutional and individual Career Development Awards and five Training Grants from the National Institutes of Health. We remain second in NIH research grants among children’s hospitals and department of pediatrics.

The Department of Pediatrics is committed to excellence in clinical care, research and education. I hope this Web site will provide you with all of the information you may need and will answer any questions you may have.

Alan R. Cohen, M.D.
Physician-in-Chief and Chair
Department of Pediatrics

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