Cohen-Mitchell-Cohen LabMitchell B. Cohen, M.D.
Katharine Reynolds Ireland Endowed Chair in Pediatrics Chair, Department of Pediatrics University of Alabama at Birmingham Physician-in-Chief, Children's of Alabama

The Department of Pediatrics provides a diverse and extensive spectrum of medical expertise from primary care to subspecialty services. Currently, there are over 210 full-time faculty in general academic pediatrics and 18 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
  • Primary pediatric care and training as well as international adoption and normal newborn care
  • Conditions of adolescents and young adults
  • Developmental and behavioral issues including autism
  • Cancer and 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 and CVICU)
  • 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 expansion facility was completed in 2012 and the Benjamin Russell Hospital Campus, has allowed for the expansion of a number of programs including:

The Pediatric Transplant Program, which 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, which provides a single platform of care by placing key areas adjacent to each other. 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 training 72 categorical pediatric residents, two pediatric-neurology residents, two pediatric-genetics residents, 16 medicine-pediatric residents and 63 pediatric subspecialty residents (fellows).  Our five-year American Board of Pediatrics pass rate is 100%. 

In FY 2016, the Department of Pediatrics faculty had more than 230 publications, research funding from the NIH totaling $17.5 million (placing us 12th among all departments of pediatrics in the United States) and total research funding totaling $29.8 million. This represents the third straight year of rising in the research rankings of Departments of Pediatrics. We are committed to pediatric discovery.

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 676,000 outpatient and nearly 16,000 inpatient visits to Children's from every county in Alabama and from 46 other states and 7 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 consistently been ranked among the top children's hospitals in the country by US News & World Report.

Sincerely,

Mitchell B. Cohen, MD
Katharine Reynolds Ireland Endowed Chair in Pediatrics
Chair, Department of Pediatrics
University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
Physician-in-Chief, Children's of Alabama