Our Mission

The mission of the Department of Pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine — to improve the health of children and adolescents through excellence in patient care, research, teaching and community service — is embraced by our faculty and staff who are deeply committed to the welfare of children and adolescents.

The mission of St. Louis Children’s Hospital (SLCH) is to "Do What's Right for Kids!" The hospital leads the development of innovative, cost-effective approaches in prevention, primary care and specialty services, with the ultimate goal of improving the health of all children. SLCH has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s best children’s hospitals and holds nursing’s highest honor, the Magnet designation. 

The Department of Pediatrics has received renewal through 2017 of its designation as a "Child Health Research Center of Excellence" by the National Institutes of Health. This Center, supported by its third $2 million grant, is using models it developed to study pathology of diseases that affect children, focusing on human developmental biology. Such study will give insight into the pathology of the diseases as well as potential treatments. 

In 2006, the Children’s Discovery Institute was established as a partnership between Washington University and St. Louis Children’s Hospital involving faculty, students and professional staff throughout the university’s academic and medical community. The Children’s Discovery Institute supports broad, interdisciplinary research initiatives within four specific areas: childhood cancer, musculoskeletal diseases, pulmonary disease and congenital heart disease. 

A few additional examples of leadership in clinical research and practice include the medical and surgical treatment of intractable seizures and spastic diplegia, which have made the hospital a leading center for the care of children with neurological disorders. The physiologic basis for apnea in premature infants was described by Washington University faculty. Major contributions to research also have been made in the areas of sudden infant death, immunodeficiency disease, vaccine development and juvenile hypertension.

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