Pediatrics has 16 divisions, each focused on providing the best education for future physicians and the best care for children and their families.
See below for descriptions of each division. To see a list of faculty members in each division, click a link at right.
During adolescence, children undergo a multitude of rapid physiological, psychological, cognitive and social changes that may affect their overall growth and health. At MU Children's Hospital, their special needs are addressed with comprehensive health care available to adolescents both on an inpatient and outpatient basis. Adolescent medicine physicians practice in the Pediatric and Adolescent Specialty Clinic.
The Pediatrics Cardiology division offers comprehensive multidisciplinary team management for congenital and acquired heart disease, from fetal-life through young adulthood. The division has state-of-the-art non-invasive diagnostic equipment. Services include fetal cardiology care in collaboration with maternal-fetal medicine as well as inpatient and outpatient evaluation of children and young adults with heart disease. Pediatrics cardiology team members collaborate with teams from around the state and around the United States in order to provide the best possible care for you and your child. Pediatrics cardiology care is offered at Children’s Hospital Cardiology Center at MU Children's Hospital.
The pediatrics Critical Care division provides care to children with life-threatening medical illnesses, traumatic injuries and in varying stages of recuperation from diagnostic, medical and or surgical interventions. The purpose of the care provided is to assist the child to reach his or her optimum state of health and to assist the family in learning to provide the care needed after discharge.
Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics
The autism, developmental and behavioral pediatrics division addresses the complex, inter-related problems of infants and children with disabilities. Individualized assessments and programs are designed to meet the special needs of the child and the family. Assessment and programs are based on a team approach that includes specialists in developmental pediatrics, speech and language pathology, psychology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, audiology, social services and nutrition.
Faculty members in the division lead nationally recognized patient care, education and research programs at the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment.
Diabetes and Endocrinology
The pediatrics diabetes and endocrinology division provides state-of-the-art care to children throughout Missouri who have endocrinologic disorders including diabetes mellitus. The division has a comprehensive diabetes management program with a team approach to care.
Other important components of the divisional mission include health care education in endocrinology for students, resident physicians, graduate fellows and other health professionals and a major research program with projects involving both general endocrinology and diabetes mellitus.
In the subspecialty of pediatrics gastroenterology, Children's Hospital provides consultation for patients with gastrointestinal problems from infancy through adolescence. Find information for patients.
The general pediatrics division offers primary pediatric care for children from birth to age 19, including well-child checks, immunizations and treatment for routine illnesses. Appointments can be scheduled in advance with the pediatrician of your choice. We welcome interviews with our pediatricians to help in your selection of a physician. Find information for patients.
Genetics is the medical specialty that provides diagnosis, counseling and care for families and individuals of all ages who have or are at risk for a genetic disorder or birth defect. Some people come to a genetics clinic to learn whether a disorder is inherited and what the chances are their children will be affected. Other people with genetic disorders receive ongoing care at the clinic.
Children's Hospital at University of Missouri Health Care has genetics clinics in Columbia and various satellite sites throughout the state. Medical geneticists and genetic counselors provide evaluation, diagnostic testing, counseling, and follow-up care at these clinics.
Hematology and Oncology
The pediatrics hematology and oncology division offers diagnosis, consultation and treatment for childhood blood disorders and malignancies. With a comprehensive hemophilia center, a sickle-cell center and membership in the Children's Oncology Group, complete diagnosis and care for all hematologic diseases are offered. Find information for patients.
Hospitalists are doctors whose primary professional focus is the general medical care of hospitalized patients. Their activities include patient care, teaching, research and leadership related to hospital care. Hospital medicine is a specialty organized around a site of care (the hospital) rather than an organ (like cardiology), a disease (like oncology) or a patient's age (like pediatrics). However, unlike medical specialists in the emergency department or critical care units, hospitalists help manage patients through the continuum of hospital care.
The pediatrics infectious diseases division is devoted to the diagnosis, treatment and overall care of children suffering from infectious diseases of all types. The division offers the most qualified and experienced pediatrics infectious disease specialist in mid-Missouri, and care for kids and adolescents on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. Services combine leading-edge health care with a kid-friendly, personalized touch.
The neonatology division is responsible for providing full service care for sick newborns according to their individual needs. The care is most often given directly with the assistance of a multidisciplinary team that includes nurses, respiratory therapists and social services. Some infants require surgical intervention as part of their global management; in those cases, the neonatologist will coordinate and manage the care in conjunction with the appropriate pediatrics surgical sub-specialist. Find information for patients.
The Nephrology division provides care for children with all types of kidney diseases and congenital abnormalities of the urinary tract. The division offers a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic services including evaluation and treatment of high blood pressure, cystic kidney diseases, kidney biopsy, kidney transplantation, and all types of dialysis. Find information for patients.
The pediatrics neurology division offers comprehensive evaluation and management services to children with developmental, behavioral, and neurologic problems.
We offer expert management for children with neurological problems including, but not limited to, seizures, movement disorders, cerebral palsy, developmental anomalies of CNS, headaches, demyelinating disorders and neuromuscular diseases.
The physicians have expertise in the evaluation and management of complex epilepsy utilizing state-of-the-art realtime video EEG monitoring and ambulatory studies. The division offers access to a variety of specialized services including new technologies to improve seizure management and motor control.
We are part of the University of Missouri Comprehensive Level 4 Epilepsy Center, which specializes in the presurgical evaluations for medically refractory epilepsy.
In addition to providing clinical services, the division is training the physicians of tomorrow and contributing new knowledge to improve the lives of children with brain tumors and other rare brain diseases. Find more information for patients.
Pulmonary Medicine, Cystic Fibrosis and Allergy
The pediatrics pulmonary medicine, cystic fibrosis and allergy division takes care of children with respiratory diseases such as asthma, hay fever, cystic fibrosis, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, sleep apnea, ventilator-dependent conditions, etc. We have a comprehensive multidisciplinary team approach to the diseases. Testing for allergy, pulmonary function tests, exercise challenge, methacholine challenge, sleep study, bronchoscopy, etc. are available. Find information for patients: pulmonary medicine and sleep medicine.
The pediatrics rheumatology division is devoted to the diagnosis, treatment and overall care of children suffering from juvenile arthritis. The division offers the most qualified and experienced pediatrics rheumatology specialist in mid-Missouri, and care for kids and adolescents on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. Services combine leading-edge health care with a kid-friendly, personalized touch. Find information for patients.