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Improving the Lives of Children Through Service and Discovery

University of Missouri School of Medicine's Department of Child Health trains superior physicians, fosters innovation through discovery and application, and provides health care of the highest quality to patients throughout Missouri and beyond.

MU general pediatricians and experts in more than 30 pediatric subspecialties provide family-centered care at MU Children's Hospital and its outpatient clinics, as well as outreach clinics across Missouri. The department also operates outstanding programs and centers for autism and neurodevelopmental disorders, cancer and blood disorders, diabetes and asthma and allergies MU also offers its region's only pediatric cardiology group, as well as the only board certified pediatric endocrinologists in Missouri outside of Kansas City and St. Louis.

As part of a comprehensive academic health center located on a research intensive university, the Department of Child Health prides itself on educating physicians in an environment rich in innovative care and research. This atmosphere of compassion and discovery has benefited hundreds of pediatricians who have graduated from MU. Some serve rural U.S. communities, while others pursue careers that improve health globally.

MU physician-scientists and other researchers are committed to helping young patients lead healthier, happier lives by finding the best means to diagnose, treat and potentially cure pediatric disease. These scientists also are dedicated to preventing health problems through the promotion of child wellness. MU’s pediatric research programs focus on congenital diseases, or diseases present at birth. These exceptional programs represent the future of medicine, which will provide personalized and preventive care through advances in genetics. Lifesaving discoveries may be possible for the more than 20,000 diseases now recognized to have a genetic basis or disposition, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, autism, cystic fibrosis and juvenile arthritis. The causes of congenital diseases and birth defects also are connected to our environment. MU investigators are renowned for research that reveals how nutrition, medications, alcohol and other agents might harm the health of fetuses and newborns. Studies on genetics, nutrition and metabolism also are providing answers that could someday stop the growing epidemic of childhood obesity.

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