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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

Elizabeth Winzeler, PhD elected to the national academy of medicine

Dr. Winzeler is a Professor in the Division of Host Microbe Systems and Therapeutics in the Department of Pediatrics.  Recognized as one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine, new members of the National Academy of Medicine are acknowledged for their contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care and public health. 

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Mamata Sivagnanam, MD, selected to be new Pediatric residency program director  

It is with great pleasure we announce that Mamata Sivagnanam, MD will be the new Pediatric Residency Program Directory, the role currently held by Dr. Mark Sawyer. Dr. Sivagnanam was selected for this position after a vigorous national recruitment and a unanimous recommendation by the search committee that was fully supported by select faculty members and department leaders. 

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Victor nizet, md, receives the 2022 d.c. white award from the american association of microbiology (ASM)

It is with great pleasure we announce that Victor Nizet, MD is the recipient of the 2022 prestigious D.C. White Award from the American Association of Microbiology (ASM). Named in memory of the renowned microbial ecologist David C. White, this award recognizes lifetime accomplishments in the realms of interdisciplinary research and mentorship.

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