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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

karen mestan, md, new division chief for neonatology

It is with great pleasure that we announce Karen K. Mestan, MD will be joining the Department of Pediatrics at UC San Diego and Rady Children’s Hospital this fall as Division Chief of Neonatology.

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Victor Nizet

Start-up Receives up to $15 M to Develop Nanoparticle Therapy for Sepsis Licensed from UC San Diego

San Diego-based Cellics Therapeutics and the Nizet Laboratory have received an award of up to $15M from Boston-based accelerator CARB-X to develop a macrophage cellular nanosponge designed to treat sepsis.

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tariq rana inducted into national academy of investors 

Dr. Tariq Rana has been named a 2020 fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). The NAI Fellows are chosen for a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions. Election to NAI fellow status is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to truly prolific academic inventors.

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