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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

Cherqui Lab

a tornado at the front door, a tsunami at the back door

20-year-old born with rare disease arrives at crossroads: continue toward future most likely leading to early death or become first patient to undergo new gene-and-stem cell therapy led by Dr. Stephanie Cherqui

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Mother leaning in affectionately to her small child who is sitting in a grocery cart

¡Màs Fresco! more fresh nutrition incentive program receives nifa grants!

Led by Project Director and UCSD Pediatrics faculty, Dr. Kay Rhee, the ¡Màs Fresco! More Fresh Nutrition Incentive Program has been awarded grants by the NIFA

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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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