Welcome to the Department of Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine! Although most of us think of children as generally healthy, nearly one of five will have a chronic or complex illness during childhood that will require care by a pediatric subspecialist. With more than 2.3 million children living throughout the state, this is a challenge to say the least.

Each year, our dedicated medical experts treat more than 70,000 children at North Carolina Children's Hospital and more than two dozen satellite outreach clinics throughout the state. In every instance, we understand that treating a sick child is more than doing tests, giving medicine or performing surgery. We are caring for a child and a family—perhaps your child, your family. We take this responsibility very seriously.

The Department has a faculty of nearly 150 physicians, every one of whom is dedicated to the care of children, from the tiniest premature infant to the critically injured adolescent. Among these doctors are experts in every pediatric and pediatric surgical subspecialty you can imagine—and even those that might not readily come to mind. Our goal? To be here if and when you need us.

We are proud to be champions in children's health here in North Carolina, throughout the Southeast and beyond. The Department is already considered one of the top 25 pediatric programs in the country and ranked 14th nationally for our innovative, multidisciplinary research. Even so, we are always striving to improve, to make this already world-class institution even better.

While you're here, we invite you to learn more about what we have to offer and how we're expanding and improving our clinical offerings, research programs and educational opportunities. You will soon see that the Department is not only a community partner and resource for information and support but also a national leader in proactively keeping all children healthy, happy and safe.

Wesley Burks, MD
Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Physician-in-Chief, N.C. Children's Hospital