|Letter from the Chairman|
The Department of Pediatrics provides a diverse and extensive spectrum of medical expertise from primary care to subspecialty services. Currently, there are approximately 160 full-time faculty in general pediatrics and 16 subspecialty divisions.
The Department offers a full range of services through its capabilities as a comprehensive pediatric care center. Services include a multidisciplinary team approach involving physicians, psychologists, nurses, nutritionists and social workers to treat many diseases including cystic fibrosis, childhood cancers, diabetes, muscular dystrophy, asthma, sleep disorders, chronic dialysis, rheumatology and immune deficiencies. The Department also provides comprehensive medical and rehabilitative services for mentally retarded, developmentally disabled and birth-injured children in collaboration with the Sparks Clinics at the UAB Civitan International Research Center. Other services include a noted diagnostic and treatment, and cardiovascular surgery, program for heart disease in infants, children and adolescents, and emergency counseling for poison incidents through the Poison Information Center.
Each year, Department faculty oversee more than 163,000 outpatient visits, including approximately 60,000 patients seen through the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Division. Pediatric faculty manage more than 9,800 subspecialty and general pediatric inpatient admissions per year. In addition, the Neonatology Division provides coverage for the UAB Medical Center and Children's of Alabama as well as four private, not-for-profit community hospitals.
The Department's most recent initiatives include: strengthened Childhood Obesity and Nutritional programs, creation and development of a Pediatric Deep Sedation program, accreditation of the Pediatric Sleep Disorders Center, the Solid Organ Transplant initiative, the Juvenile Diabetes Center initiative, and the Rheumatoid Arthritis Initiative.
Sincerely,Sergio Stagno, MD
Katharine Reynolds Ireland
Distinguished Professor and Chair
UAB Department of Pediatrics
Physician-in-Chief, Children's Hospital
President, University of Alabama Health Services Foundation