The Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine began in 1978 under the direction of Dr. "Buzz" Kaufman, with the primary focus of delivering excellent patient care and trainee education. Over the past decades the division has grown significantly and houses leaders in palliative care, complex and subacute care, homecare, and medical care for incarcerated youth. We provide care in many locations including Rady Children's Hospital's main campus, Grossmont Hospital, and other specialty service sites.

Division Chief

Erin Fisher, MD, FAAP 

Our division is proud to serve as the primary teaching facility for all UCSD medical students and for medical residents training in pediatrics, medicine-pediatrics, and family practice. We train medical residents from UCSD and 5 other local programs. We are one of the first academic institutions to create a Pediatric Hospital Medicine fellowship program and have been integrally involved in the growth of the field of PHM. We are highly active in quality improvement and clinical research in various areas including human factors related to quality improvement, obesity, sepsis, patient safety, clinical pathways, complex care, and patient experience, among others.


UCSD and Rady Children’s Hospital powerhouse, Dr. Erin Fisher, is an integral force in defining clinical and professional roles and responsibilities of aspiring and practicing pediatric hospitalists. As an editor for the newly revised Pediatric Hospital Medicine Core Competencies, Dr. Fisher describes the importance of this publication: READ HERE


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