Pediatrics about

The Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School strives to improve the lives of children through research, service, education, and advocacy.

Our mission is to:

  • generate new knowledge through research
  • apply this new knowledge to the highest quality health care for the prevention and treatment of illness in children
  • provide the best possible education of the next generation of medical students, physicians, and other health professionals in childhood disease prevention, treatment, research, and advocacy.

Through our mission, we positively impact children in our community, nation, and world.


The Department of Pediatrics was founded in 1915, with Julius P. Sedgewick, MD named its first chair.


The Department of Pediatrics has a long tradition of honoring faculty and learners who exemplify excellence in teaching, research, and service.


Excelling in our mission requires dedicated faculty leaders who lead our department in areas of research, education, and clinical care.


We provide expertise across the spectrum of pediatrics, with innovative research and comprehensive education to continually produce exceptional care for our patients and families.