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Welcome to the UC San Diego Department of Pediatrics

We offer the most advanced medical care available to the patients we serve and are dedicated to advancing medical knowledge through basic science and applied clinical research and to sharing our discoveries for the benefit of all children worldwide.

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The Department of Pediatrics is RECRUITING!

We are currently seeking Assistant, Associate, and Full Professors in various clinical, research and leadership roles. 

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Message from the Chair

I hope this website gives you a broad introduction to our Department, including an overview of our comprehensive clinical programs, our extensive clinical and basic science research efforts, and our diverse educational opportunities for students, residents and fellows. The Department’s mission reflects these aims. We strive to: 1) deliver the highest quality clinical care to our patients, 2) conduct cutting-edge biomedical research targeting diseases that impact the health and potential of infants, children and adolescents, and 3) train the next generation of pediatricians by fostering education at all levels and by integrating the latest scientific and medical advances into the curriculum.


About Us

Gabriel Hadad

Gabriel G. Haddad, MD
Chair, Department of Pediatrics

News & Highlights

Best life: experimental treatment for cystinosis featuring dr. cherqui

Dr. Stephanie Cherqui  and her  experimental gene therapy approach to treating cystinosis featured in WMC Action News 5's Best Life

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Seema Aceves

seema aceves and team identified a new signaling pathway in eosinophilic esophagitis that could lead to new therapeutics 

Increased production of LIGHT by T Cells in eosinophilic esophagitis promotes differentiation of esophageal fibroblasts toward an inflammatoryphenotype

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Rob Knight

department of pediatrics' rob knight receives pioneer award

Rob Knight, PhD, awarded the Pioneer Award; Omar Akbari, PhD, and Shadi Dayeh, PhD, receive the New Innovator Award, recognizing innovative approaches to biomedical research

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