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The Department of Pediatrics provides a diverse and extensive spectrum of medical expertise from primary care to subspecialty services. Currently, there are over 250 faculty in general academic pediatrics and 19 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. We are committed to eliminating health inequalities and health disparities and to fighting racism and injustice.

Our commitment to academic training remains strong. We are training 72 categorical pediatric residents, eight pediatric-neurology residents, four pediatric-genetics residents, 16 medicine-pediatric residents and 74 pediatric subspecialty residents (fellows). Our six-year American Board of Pediatrics pass rate is 99%.

In FY 2020, the Department of Pediatrics faculty had 375 publications, research funding from the NIH of $21.5 million (placing us 16th among all departments of pediatrics in the United States) and total research funding totaling $33.1 million. 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 684,000 outpatient and nearly 15,130 inpatient visits to Children's from every county in Alabama and from 42 other states and seven foreign countries. With more than two 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.


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