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About Us

Healing children. Empowering progress. It’s not only what we do, it’s who we are.

At UC Irvine’s Department of Pediatrics, helping children lead healthier lives is more than a mission — it’s our passion. Through our three strategic priorities — Discover. Teach. Heal. — we are committed to excellence in pediatric care, education and research to improve the lives of children throughout Southern California.

We bring real-world academics, scientists and clinicians together — all in a single department — to collaborate, uncover new knowledge through research, and effectively apply that knowledge to advance children’s health. The result is simple: We take better care of children today, and we work tirelessly to bring them a better future.


Improving health outcomes for children starts with research. Yet no area of biomedical research is more delicate or complex because pediatricians must not only address a child’s immediate illness, but also the long-term impact a disease or its therapy may have on growth, development and health over the child’s lifetime.

By exploring this epigenetic revolution, we are devising new ways to bring translational science to clinical applications, while ensuring new discoveries are rapidly implemented and responding to the unmet needs we learn from listening to our community. UC Irvine School of Medicine is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 50 medical schools for research, and we in the Department of Pediatrics are proud of our research efforts, which have led to countless discoveries that we are putting to work in clinical programs today.


Not only do we have one of the nation’s largest pediatric residency programs, we are dedicated to producing the best-trained pediatricians in the industry. Our program, which includes major affiliations with CHOC Children’s Hospital of Orange County and Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach, is one of only a handful of programs in the nation that gives residents access to two free-standing children’s hospitals.

It also gives medical students the unique opportunity to interact with a wide range of professionals, including community physicians, basic and applied scientists, and health policy administrators. This educational diversity attracts medical students seeking a wide range of pediatric careers, from primary care physicians to researchers in translational science.

We are proud to offer post-doctoral training programs, including fellowships in neonatal intensive care, pulmonary medicine, hematology and neurology. Going forward, we also hope to add opportunities for advanced degrees, including master's and Ph.D. programs, further extending our educational reach.


From asthma to obesity, autism to epilepsy, Department of Pediatrics physicians are national leaders in creating new pathways for diagnosis and therapy. Blending cutting-edge therapies, diverse training and compassionate care, our physicians work tirelessly to bring new clinical treatments to the bedside at three major medical centers: CHOC Children's, UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange and Miller Children’s.

Consistent with our forward-looking mission, we also are making strides toward addressing today’s most complex challenges in a creative way. We’re focused on facilitating a better transition of care from pediatric to adult healthcare, creating a medical home for children with chronic diseases and disabilities and improving communication between providers.

Finally, working with strategic thinkers across the university, the region and the country, we are is working to ensure that our physicians continue to provide the best quality of care in the most efficient manner to all children in region, particularly in these times of enormous national change in the funding and delivery of healthcare.

Our goal: Innovative compassion on all fronts.