Welcome

Nearly one in five children will have a chronic or complex illness during childhood that will require care by a pediatric subspecialist. The Department of Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine is here to meet and overcome the medical challenges children face, and to get them back out there laughing and playing again.   

Each year, our dedicated medical experts treat tens of thousands of children from all 100 North Carolina counties and beyond, always regardless of the family’s ability to pay. In every instance, we understand that treating a sick child is more than doing tests, giving medicine or performing surgery. Our providers are dedicated to providing family-centered care for each patient through our mission to CARE – aligning clinical care, advocacy, research and education.

The Department is consistently ranked among the top programs in the country. And, our Pediatrics Residency Program has a proud history of training pediatricians for more than six decades. Even so, we are always striving to improve, and to make this already world-class institution even better. 

Whether caring for a child born prematurely or helping improve the quality of life for a child with Type 1 diabetes, we aim to provide the highest-quality, compassionate care. Our faculty is also involved in a wide array of clinical, translational and basic research – sometimes working closely with others from across the University of North Carolina to ensure the best outcomes that lead to advances in treatment and cures. 

Among our 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.

As a national leader in keeping all children healthy, happy and safe, we aim to be the best partner and resource for families throughout the health care process. Please take a moment to learn more about what we have to offer and how we’re constantly expanding and improving patient care, research programs and education opportunities. 

Sincerely,
Kevin Kelly, MD
Interim Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Interim Physician-in-Chief, N.C. Children's Hospital