Programs, Centers & Institutes

The Department of Pediatrics is rich in expertise with numerous collaborations across the University of Minnesota and M Health Fairview. The department is proud to be part of these many programs and centers in support of our research, education, and clinical mission.

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Adoption Medicine Clinic

The Adoption Medicine Clinic is a global leader in adoption medicine, research, education and advocacy. Our providers have completed over 30,000 pre-adoption reviews for children in over 40 countries. We provide pre-adoption consultations, medical reviews, travel counseling, and comprehensive post-adoption care.

ALD & Leukodystrophy Center

The ALD and Leukodystrophy Center at the University of Minnesota has unsurpassed experience treating leukodystrophy patients. Our physicians lead the field in several areas of research and continue to explore innovative ways to improve treatment success.

Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant & Cellular Therapy Program

The Pediatric Blood & Marrow Transplant & Cellular Therapy Program is an internationally respected pioneer in the area of blood and marrow transplantation (BMT). The first successful human allogenic bone marrow transplant was performed at the University of Minnesota in 1968. Other “firsts” include the first transplant to treat a patient with lymphoma (1975), the first transplant to treat an inherited metabolic disease (1982), and the world’s first umbilical cord blood transplant performed using pre-implantation genetic testing to ensure a perfect tissue match (2000). Our clinical program is recognized as the second largest unrelated donor transplant program in the country and one of the largest umbilical cord blood transplant centers in the world.

Birth to Three Clinic & Early Childhood Mental Health Program

The Birth to Three Clinic and Early Childhood Mental Health Program provides mental health evaluation and assessment of social-emotional development and focuses on eliminating the gap in services for children ages zero to three. The Program provides therapeutic interventions for parents and children, including guidance and resources for effective parenting.

Brain Tumor Program

The University of Minnesota Brain Tumor Program continually distinguishes itself as a national leader in the field of neuro-oncology by combining the principles of outstanding clinical care and education with cutting-edge research.

Center for Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH) and Disorders of Sex Development (DSD)

The Center for Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH) and Disorders of Sex Development (DSD), is a multidisciplinary clinical care and research facility that is built upon a unique collaboration between healthcare professionals at the M Health Fairview Masonic Children's Hospital and the Minnesota Department of Health Newborn Screening program (MDH-NBS).

Center for Neurobehavioral Development

The Center for Neurobehavioral Development is a research center that houses over thirty studies about children's cognitive and neurobehavioral functioning. Our research projects are supported by major granting agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

Center for Pediatric Obesity Medicine (CPOM)

The Center for Pediatric Obesity Medicine is an interdisciplinary research center at the University of Minnesota focusing on improving outcomes for youth afflicted with obesity and related conditions.

Childhood Cancer Survivor Program

The University of Minnesota Childhood Cancer Survivor Program cares for survivors of all ages—children and adults. 

Developmental Biology Center

The Developmental Biology Center is a group of some 50 faculty who share an interest in the processes that create the form and function of the biological world around us. We invite you to peruse our web site, see the breadth and depth of our research, and participate in our activities.

Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) Center

The M Health Fairview Masonic Children's Hospital is an international leader in the treatment of epidermolysis bullosa (EB), an often life-threatening skin-blistering disorder.

Gene Therapy Center

The Gene Therapy Center provides MPS mutation analysis and the MPSTest™—a screening method for mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) and related diseases. MPS diseases are genetic lysosomal storage diseases (LSD) caused by the body’s inability to produce specific enzymes, leading to damage in the heart, bones, joints, respiratory system and central nervous system.

Global Pediatrics Program

The mission of the Global Pediatrics Program is to improve the health and development of the world’s most vulnerable children in partnership with health professionals at home and abroad to ensure that every child reaches his or her full potential.

Healthy Youth Development Prevention Research Center (HYD-PRC)

The Healthy Youth Development Prevention Research Center (HYD-PRC) is one of the premier sites in the country for adolescent health research.  We collaborate with state and local organizations and communities to provide training, conduct research, and disseminate findings related to best practices in health youth development.  Researchers are learning about the best methods for providing teens with the necessary skills and opportunities to live healthy and meaningful lives.

Heart Center

The multidisciplinary Heart Center combines academic research and skilled practitioners with medical device technology to provide the best possible care and support for patients and their families.

With dedicated heart surgeons and specialists who work together to repair heart defects in children, a 12-bed intensive care unit exclusively for heart patients, and private rooms that help avoid infections and other complications, the Heart Center at M Health Fairview Masonic Children's Hospital provides state-of-the-art services such as ablation, ventricular-assist devices, catheterization, surgery and transplantation.

Lysosomal Disease Network

Lead by Dr. Chester Whitley in our Division of Pediatric Genetics and Metabolism, the Lysosomal Disease Network uses combined and integrated efforts in order to focus limited resources to create a network of centers with expertise in lysosomal diseases in order to solve major challenges in diagnosis, disease managament, and therapy. 

Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain

The Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain (MIDB) brings together University experts to advance brain health from the earliest stages of development across the lifespan, to support each person’s journey as a valued community member.

Minnesota Cystic Fibrosis Center

The Minnesota Cystic Fibrosis Center is dedicated to providing the best possible care and support for patients and their families. Using a preventive model of care, our patients have achieved a higher level of wellness as evidenced by our superb outcomes.

Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS) Center

Our MPS Center is internationally recognized for our expertise, innovative treatment approaches, and research. Patients are cared for by experts in the areas of audiology, blood and marrow transplantation, cardiology, ear, nose and throat, endocrinology, genetics, neurology, neuropsychology, neuroradiology, ophthalmology, orthopeadic surgery, and pulmonology. This multidisciplinary team approach ensures that the care we provide best meets the unique needs of each patient and family.

Neurodevelopmental Program in Rare Disease (NPRD)

The Neurodevelopmental Program in Rare Disease (NPRD) serves to deepen the understanding of the functional, quality of life, and mental health impacts of rare diseases. NPRD focuses on research that serves to further characterize neurocognitive and neurobehavioral courses of disease, identify sensitive prognostic indicators of outcomes, and clarify and raise awareness about under-studied disease aspects in the rare disease community.

Otto Bremer Trust Center for Safe & Healthy Children

With a multidisciplinary team, Otto Bremer Trust Center for Safe and Healthy Children aims to provide an evidence-based, developmentally and psychologically supportive consultation and examination. Our Center accepts referrals for inpatient and outpatient consultation for all types of abuse and neglect. To make a referral just contact our SAFE Pager at (612) 273-SAFE (7233).

Program in Infection & Immunity

The Program in Infection and Immunity (formerly known as CIDMTR) promotes interdisciplinary interactions among highly accomplished teams of investigators with expertise in Infectious Diseases, Microbiology and Immunology. Our mission is to discover mechanisms of pathogenesis that can be translated into new treatments and strategies for prevention of infectious diseases.

State Adolescent Health Resource Center (SAHRC)

The State Adolescent Health Resource Center (SAHRC) is geared towards strengthening the knowledge and skills of state MCH professionals so they can more effectively improve the health of adolescents.

Total Pancreatectomy - Islet Autotransplantation Program

M Health Fairview has the world's largest total pancreatectomy auto islet transplant program. Our Total Pancreatectomy - Islet Autotransplantation (TPIAT) program has been successfully isolating pancreatic islets since 1977 when the procedure was first developed by Dr. David Sutherland at the University of Minnesota.

Youth and AIDS Projects (YAP)

The Youth and AIDS Projects is a non-profit organization in collaboration with the University of Minnesota's Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health that provides HIV testing, HIV medical case management, HIV prevention services, and health education programs for young people living in the Twin Cities.