The faculty of the Department of Pediatrics provides a diverse and extensive spectrum of medical expertise and health care services, from primary care to subspecialty services. Over the past five years the department has experienced significant growth in the number of full-time medical pediatric faculty. Currently there are over 170 full-time faculty in general pediatrics and subspecialty divisions.
The faculty of the Department of Pediatrics at Children's of Alabama (COA) records more than 160,000 outpatient visits, including approximately 50,000 patients seen through the pediatric emergency medicine division. More than 9,800 subspecialty patients and general pediatric inpatient admissions are managed annually by the pediatric faculty. In addition, the Neonatology division provides coverage for the UAB Medical Center as well as four private, not-for-profit community hospitals. Total inpatient days are in excess of 78,000.
The Department of Pediatrics has a major commitment to research and consistently ranks in the top 20 among all departments of pediatrics in the country in NIH funding. Through research, we are contributing to a better understanding of the causes of many life-threatening diseases as well as advancing many new forms of treatment.
Our Pediatric Residency program consistently has a pass rate of 100% for both pediatrics and med peds. Only 16 of 200 (8%) US Pediatric Residency Training Programs have pass rates of 95% or higher.
Children's of Alabama is ranked among the nation's best children's hospitals by U.S. News & World Report magazine.
Ten COA pediatric specialty services are included among the top 50 in the United States: Pediatric Cancer, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Neonatology, Nephrology, Neurosurgery and
Neurology, Pulmonology, Orthopedics and Urology.
Children's Russell Hospital is a 750,000 square-foot, $400 million expansion facility on the health system's downtown Birmingham campus. The facility allows COA to manage projected growth in patient volume, provide for anticipated medical technology needs, and accommodate the planned consolidation and expansion of pediatric services.
Children's of Alabama is the only hospital in the state dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children and one of the 10 busiest pediatric medical centers in the U.S. It is one of only about 45 freestanding acute care hospitals of its kind in the nation.