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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

mark sawyer among the chosen experts of the governor’s COVID-19 vaccine safety panel in california

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the COVID-19 Scientific Safety Review Workgroup, promoting the panel as an independent body capable of scrutinizing the trial results and risk assessments associated with any vaccine
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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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national clinical trial launches, will test promising vaccine against novel coronavirus 

Distinguished Professor Dr. Stephen Spector leads as principal investigator for the UC San Diego arm of the vaccine trial based upon a prototype developed by Moderna

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