Stead Family Department of Pediatrics

  • About Us

    Dr. Christensen with patient

    More than 200 pediatricians, pediatric subspecialists, child psychologists, and doctoral-level scientists make up the faculty of the UI Department of Pediatrics.

    Clinical Care

    The University of Iowa Children’s Hospital at UI Hospitals and Clinics is the only comprehensive care hospital for children in Iowa, providing treatment for children across the state of Iowa as well as other areas of the Midwest. UI Children’s Hospital is ranked among the nation's best children's hospitals in 10 specialties according to the 2011-12 Best Children's Hospitals survey conducted by U.S. News & World Report. In 2012 UI Children’s Hospitals admitted 5,157 patients for inpatient care and saw 106,193 outpatient visits. UI Hospitals and Clinics and UI Children's Hospital together deliver quality care in collaboration with University of Iowa Physicians, the state's largest multi-specialty medical and surgical group practice composed of faculty physicians of the Carver College of Medicine.

    The new University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, scheduled for opening in the spring of 2016, is designed as a healing environment that improves the health and well-being of children and their families. Plans include expanding existing programs and developing new services on-site and throughout Iowa to meet the current and future needs of Iowa’s children.


    Fellows with Patient

    If you are looking for a program where expectations are high, patient volume and diversity are excellent, and a multitude of didactic and bedside teaching opportunities are provided, then you've come to the right place. We have placed major emphasis on our training programs, and we offer outstanding residency training experiences in pediatrics and medicine-pediatrics and superb fellowship training experiences that allow young physicians to further their postgraduate training with internationally recognized experts. The result is a training experience that prepares our graduates to be outstanding clinicians and academic leaders with the skills needed to advance the health of young people throughout the world.


    Staber in LabOur faculty receive millions of dollars annually in research funding that supports the rapid translation of laboratory discoveries into new treatments. Our NIH funding has ranked in the top 20 for the last 15 years, many of those years in the top 10. Our department is known nationally and internationally for its work in genetic and environmental contributors to pediatric disease. Other groundbreaking research includes treatment for asthma and cystic fibrosis; anemia and transfusion of pre-term infants; prevention/intervention/treatment of diabetes in children; breastfeeding promotion and support; epilepsy; neuromuscular disorders; fetal programming of cardiovascular disease; inflammatory bowel disease; feeding disorders; and disruptive behaviors.