About Us

Message from the Chair

July 1, 2016

The Department of Pediatrics at the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University is committed to innovation and excellence in clinical medicine, education, research, community health, global health, and the development of our faculty. Critical to our success has been our long-term partnerships with Columbia University Medical Center’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Mailman School of Public Health, and the NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital (formerly Babies Hospital).

Our history is a rich one. The origin of Columbia University’s heritage in pediatric medicine dates from 1769; the Babies Hospital dates to 1887. Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital opened in 2003 and is among the finest children’s hospitals in the United States, and the top-ranked children’s hospital in the New York metropolitan area by U.S. News & World Report. The medical and surgical complexity of the patients cared for at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital are among the highest in the United States and the cutting-edge clinical programs led by our faculty draw patients from the region, the nation, and, increasingly, from around the world.

Our pediatric residency and 22 fellowship subspecialty programs attract 150 of the best and brightest young physicians from across the United States and around the world. These enthusiastic and energetic young physicians are destined to become the clinicians, educators, scientists, and leaders of tomorrow.

The Department of Pediatrics is part of Columbia Children’s Health, a consortium of more than 400 pediatric specialists in 33 specialty areas offering the greatest depth and breadth of pediatric care in the region. Over the past five years, we have developed exciting new programs in cancer genomic medicine, neuro-intensive care, palliative care, celiac disease, gut motility disorders, pulmonary hypertension, gut disorders in children with autism, and bone marrow transplantation for sickle cell disease. We’ve also established comprehensive clinics for evaluation and treatment of children with undiagnosed diseases, medical complexity, immunodeficiencies, food allergies, and vascular anomalies.

The Department of Pediatrics is committed to using inspired science and translational research that focuses on novel discovery to address the greatest threats facing children in the 21st century, including obesity and malnutrition, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, infectious diseases, genetic disorders, asthma, prematurity, and adolescent health. Our physician-scientists lead these endeavors, informed and guided by their clinical experiences, and driven to move their discoveries to application. We are proud to have the largest number of National Institutes of Health research grants of all the pediatric programs in the New York metropolitan area.

We value serving our community. In conjunction with the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, we have developed partnerships with agencies and stakeholders in New York City’s Washington Heights-Inwood community to address health issues of local importance.

We also recognize an obligation to children everywhere and are expanding our global health programs, building on our international research, education, and clinical efforts in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean, and enlarging our partnership with organizations like the American-Austrian Foundation and Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.

The focus of the Department of Pediatrics has not changed in more than 125 years. We are here to make a difference in the lives of children.

Lawrence R. Stanberry, MD, PhD
Chair of the Department of Pediatrics
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