Letter from the Chairman

stagno sergio-2008The Department of Pediatrics provides a diverse and extensive spectrum of medical expertise from primary care to subspecialty services. Currently, there are over 170 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, social workers, child life, speech and occupational therapists to treat many diseases including cystic fibrosis, heart, childhood cancers, diabetes, muscular dystrophy, asthma, sleep disorders, chronic dialysis, rheumatology and immune deficiencies.

Comprehensive medical and rehabilitative services for mentally retarded, developmentally disabled and birth-injured children are offered in collaboration with the Sparks Clinics at the UAB Civitan International Research Center. We also offer emergency counseling for poison incidents through the Poison Information Center.

Our Division of Neonatology provides coverage for the UAB Medical Center and Children's of Alabama as well as four private, not-for-profit community hospitals. The Hospital Medicine service provides an efficient, patient care focused program for managing admission for busy primary care physicians (PCPs).

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.

Our commitment to academic training remains strong.  Our programs boast 20 pediatric residents and 55 pediatric subspecialty residents.  Our three-year UAB ABP pass rate is 98%, 100% in 2012.  In 2012, the Department had over $62 million in research funding.

Each year, Department faculty and Children's of Alabama provide specialized medical care for ill and injured children offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central 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 41 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 for the past three years by US News & World Report.


Sergio Stagno, MD
Katharine Reynolds Ireland
Distinguished Professor and Chair
UAB Department of Pediatrics
Physician-in-Chief, Children's Hospital
Past President, University of Alabama Health Services Foundation