Letter from the Chairman

Cohen-Mitchell-Cohen LabThe Department of Pediatrics provides a diverse and extensive spectrum of medical expertise from primary care to subspecialty services. Currently, there are over 180 full-time faculty in general pediatrics and 16 subspecialty divisions.

The Department is a comprehensive pediatric care center. Services include treatment for:
  • Allergic and immunodeficiency diseases
  • Emergency care
  • Diabetes, growth and other hormone problems
  • General pediatric conditions as well as adoption
  • Conditions of adolescents and young adults
  • Developmental and behavioral issues including autism
  • Cancer
  • Blood disorders including sickle cell disease
  • Critically ill newborns (Neonatal ICU)
  • Kidney diseases including dialysis and transplantation
  • Nervous system and muscle diseases including epilepsy, movement disorders and muscular dystrophy
  • Lung problems including asthma and cystic fibrosis
  • Sleep disorders
  • Arthritis and other autoimmune disorders
  • Congenital heart disease, heart failure and transplantation
  • Critically ill children and adolescents (PICU)
  • Gastrointestinal, liver and nutritional problems including inflammatory bowel disease and liver transplantation,
  • Infectious diseases
  • Cerebral palsy, spinal cord defects and injuries, brain injury and other conditions requiring Rehabilitation Medicine.
  • Hospitalized children (Hospital Medicine)

The newly completed expansion facility, the Russell Pediatric Hospital, has allowed for the expansion of a number of programs including:

The Pediatric Transplant Program has brought all aspects of pediatric organ transplant surgery together in one location, significantly enhancing the patient-centered care that is essential to these very sick children. 

The Joseph S. Bruno Heart Center, our pediatric cardiovascular facility, provides a single platform of care by placing key areas in adjacent proximities. On the same floor are cardiovascular (CV) operating rooms, a hybrid cath/operating room, catheterization laboratories, cardiovascular intensive care unit (CVICU), and a dedicated CV same day and post-anesthesia care unit.

We work together in a multidisciplinary team approach involving physicians, psychologists, nurses, nutritionists, social workers, child life, speech and occupational therapists. We are patient and family centered, evidence based and striving to be the best at getting better. We are discovering new knowledge to improve the care and outcomes of children in the future.

Our commitment to academic training remains strong.  We are currently training 63 pediatric residents, two pediatric-neurology residents, two pediatric-genetics residents, 16 medicine-pediatric residents and 57 pediatric subspecialty residents.  Our three-year UAB American Board of Pediatrics pass rate is 98%.  In 2014, the Department has over $95 million in total revenues.

Each year, Department faculty and Children's of Alabama provide specialized medical care for ill and injured children offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout Alabama. Last year, families made more than 670,000 outpatient and nearly 14,000 inpatient visits to Children's from every county in Alabama and from 45 other states and four foreign countries. With more than 2 million square feet, the newly expanded Children's Hospital is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. and has been ranked among the top children's hospital programs in the country by US News & World Report.

Sincerely,

Mitchell B. Cohen, MD
Professor and Chair
UAB Department of Pediatrics
Physician-in-Chief, Children's Hospital