Dear Friends and Colleagues,

In the midst of busy clinics, complex medical and surgical inpatient care, teaching the next generation of care providers, pursuing discovery and everything else that fills our days here at Children’s of Alabama and UAB Pediatrics, we know it is important to take a moment to reflect on where we have been and where we are going.

Cohen Mitchell Cohen LabThis Academic Annual Report, which highlights accomplishments for the past year, is an opportunity to do just that. This has been a year of growth and discovery for Children’s of Alabama and UAB Pediatrics. Our research report details our accomplishments by division. In the Department of Pediatrics, we seek to discover new knowledge in order to improve the health of the children of Alabama, the region and the world. The clinical advances and research discoveries we describe here have a direct impact on children’s lives. That impact will be our legacy. We present in this report evidence of this impact as measured by major research accomplishments, grants, publications and awards. In fiscal year 2018, the Department of Pediatrics faculty had 358 publications, research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) totaling $15.8 million and total research funding of $29.5 million. In addition to our research accomplishments, our focus on safety and quality is always paramount. For the ninth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranked Children’s of Alabama’s pediatric specialty services among the top 50 in the nation. Eight specialties were ranked: Cancer, Cardiology and Heart Surgery, Diabetes and Endocrinology, Gastroenterology and GI Surgery, Neonatology, Nephrology, Neurology and Neurosurgery, and Pulmonology. We aim to build on these successes, expand the size and, importantly, the impact of our research in the coming years. We anticipate growth not only in our core areas of significant accomplishment—virology, therapeutic drug development, cancer, neonatal and rheumatology outcomes—but also in newer areas where the recruitment of talented young researchers will ensure continued and expanded success. We recruited 38 new faculty members, who will bring innovative patient care opportunities and new research discoveries to the Department and to the children of Alabama. This year we have compiled a history of the Department, and I invite you to browse it to see where we started and the tremendous accomplishments of those on whose shoulders we stand. The Kaul Pediatric Research Institute (KPRI) has continued to support investigators at Children’s and remains an important edge in helping our faculty achieve extramural funding through initial pilot and feasibility funding. In addition, this past year, Children’s added to its support of two new research funds that will further bolster our research efforts in the Pediatric Enterprise. Our clinical mission is to deliver exceptional, safe and accessible care to improve the outcomes for children in Alabama and elsewhere. From the simple to the most complex conditions, we work as a team to deliver the best care. Our achievements simply would not be possible without the physicians, nurses and staff who bring their talents and passion to the care of children every day, from everywhere in the state, the region and the nation. This coming year, we are finding ways to further increase access to our clinics, improve provider-to-provider communication and identify even more subspecialty services that we can offer to our patients and those who help care for them. No matter what the next year holds, please know that one thing always remains in focus: our commitment to serving the patients and families who look to us for healing and hope. Thank you for being part of that most worthy endeavor.

Mitchell B. Cohen, MD
Katharine Reynolds Ireland Professor
Chair, Department of Pediatrics
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Physician in Chief, Children’s of Alabama

Download the 2018 Department of Pediatrics Academic Annual Report