Welcome to the Department of Pediatrics
We advance the health of infants, children and adolescents worldwide through innovative medical care, research, training and advocacy. With 366 pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists our department is one of the largest in the Stanford University School of Medicine.
As a leader in pediatric medicine, we depend on the contributions of a large support staff, whose expertise and dedication serve to facilitate the department's administrative, clinical, education and research operations. In partnership with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, our programs and services offer state-of-the-art primary and specialty care. Our researchers and clinicians collaborate across the bench-to-bedside-to-backyard continuum, transforming their discoveries into the most effective diagnostics, treatments and prevention therapies available today. As part of Stanford University, we prepare future leaders in pediatric medicine by offering broad-based training in general pediatrics, critical care and pediatric subspecialties within a variety of ambulatory, inpatient and community settings. Tightly integrated with our educational activities, these programs provide hands-on learning to equip our graduates with the skills they'll need as future advocates of children's health.
Ranked among the top in the nation, we attract medical students, interns, residents and postdoctoral fellows from around the world. While teaching the skills required by tomorrow’s physician leaders, the programs challenge trainees to explore and develop their interests through basic science, clinical and community-based research. As described above, the LPCHS serves as the Department’s primary clinical site. LPCHS is the main referral hospital for a large network of pediatricians throughout the Bay Area and a nationally recognized tertiary and quaternary care center for children with complex and acute conditions. Faculty members also provide services through Stanford University Hospital and the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Our faculty conduct outreach services to ensure the highest standard of care locally and across 8 states including the western U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii.
Mary Leonard, MD, MSCE, Department Chair
Mary Leonard, MD, MSCE, is Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine, the Adalyn Jay Physician in Chief at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, and Director of the Child Health Research Institute. She assumed these positions on July 1, 2016. More
- Rebecca Blankenburg, MD, MPH, Associate Chair of Education (Residency)
- Jeffrey Feinstein, MD, MPH, Associate Chair of Education (Fellowships)
- Mark Kay, MD, PhD, Associate Chair of Research (Basic)
- Margaret Paternek, PhD, Director of Finance and Administration
- Christy Sandborg, MD, Associate Chair of Clinical (Hospital Affairs)
- Gary Shaw, DrPH, Associate Chair of Research (Clinical)
- Sheri Spunt, MD, Associate Chair of Adolescent/Young Adult Programs
In the Department of Pediatrics
In the U.S. News & World Report 2016-17 Best Children's Hospitals survey, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford has again received top honors. The Bay Area's largest health care enterprise exclusively dedicated to children and expectant mothers earned Best Children's Hospital Honor Roll status, making it the top ranked children's hospital in Northern California
On what Pediatrics chair Hugh O’Brodovich calls “the best day of the year” in the department, the promotions of seventeen faculty members were announced at the 2016 Pediatrics Awards and Promotions Day, held Friday at Freidenrich Auditorium.
Also announced on Friday at the 2016 Pediatrics Awards and Promotions Day were the recipients of Awards for Excellence commendations. Eight Pediatrics faculty and and one staff member received awards.
Division of Pediatric Cardiology fellows Kenneth Mah, MD, MS and Andrew Koth, MD received awards for abstracts describing their clinical research at the 27th Annual Western Society of Pediatric Cardiology (WSOPC) Conference, held in Park City, Utah on May 13-15, 2016.
The employees recognized for their outstanding effort are Megan Christofferson, Pediatric Gastroenterology, and Susan Freeman, Allergy/Immunology, Pediatric Rheumatology.