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 the Columbia University Medical Center's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Mailman School of Public Health and with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and 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 founding of Babies Hospital dates to 1887. In support of a 21st century program in pediatric medicine and surgery, the new Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital was opened in 2003. It is among the eleven finest children's hospitals in the US News and World Report 2011-2012 survey. The medical and surgical complexity of the patients cared for at the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital are among the highest in the US and the cutting edge clinical programs led by our faculty draw patients from the region, the nation and increasingly from around the world.
There are 150 of the best and brightest young physicians from across the US and around the world in our residency and 22 fellowship programs. These enthusiastic, energetic, and dazzlingly intelligent young people represent the future of American medicine. Our responsibility is to assure them the finest training and the best mentorship imaginable, and to help them become the outstanding clinicians, educators and scientists and tomorrow's leaders.
The Department of Pediatrics is committed to use-inspired science and translational research that focuses discovery and moves it to application. Our renowned faculty are addressing the greatest threats facing children in the 21st century including obesity and malnutrition, diabetes, infectious diseases, asthma, prematurity, and neglect and abuse. We value the community we serve and in conjunction with the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital have developed partnerships with agencies and stakeholders in the Washington Heights-Inwood community to address health issues of local importance. Through such partnerships we are building effective programs that result improve the health and well-being of our community's children.
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.
The focus of the Department of Pediatrics has not changed in 120 years. We are here to make a difference in the lives of children.