Message from the Chairman

Welcome to the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Chicago Medicine.

We are committed to providing superior, compassionate healthcare to all the children we serve, enabling each child to achieve his or her full potential. To honor our promise to always put our patients first and to be ever mindful of each child’s dignity and individuality, we must also be at the forefront of transformative discovery and innovation in pediatric medicine. We strive to provide the education and training experience that distinguishes great pediatricians from good ones and to foster the next generation of national and international leaders in child health. And our impact extends beyond Comer Children’s patients as we work to enhance the healthy well-being of all children in our community.

Our faculty, which includes more than 130 full-time faculty members and postdoctoral researchers, is second to none. Our dedicated physicians have been nationally ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals in three pediatric specialties: cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, and neurology and neurosurgery. We’ve been awarded our sixth consecutive A grade in hospital safety by The Leapfrog Group. And many from our department have been among the more than 100 physicians at the University of Chicago Medicine recognized as “Top Doctors” by Chicago magazine.

Without research, the care we deliver will only be as good as our current outcomes—and that simply isn’t good enough. In addition to teaching medical students, residents, and fellows, our faculty conduct cutting-edge translational and clinical research, assisted by world-class research resources. We believe we must innovate to succeed, and we set a high bar for rigorous scholarship. Our researchers’ close integration with basic scientists creates a bench-to-bedside culture that allows us to swiftly bring discoveries to the clinic.

The Department’s basic, translational, and clinical research is characterized by a fundamental commitment to original inquiry. Current areas of research include developmental cardiology, cancer biology and therapeutics, sickle cell disease, cellular therapeutics, infection in the critically ill child, epilepsy, sleep, informatics, development and injury in the neonate, the microbiome, and health outcomes research. In fiscal year 2015 alone, our department’s research awards from the NIH, CDC, and other sponsors have totaled more than $12 million.

We are dedicated to using exceptional expertise and talents to solve the health challenges that face many children, especially those in an urban environment. We seek clinical excellence from everyone in the department in order that we can accomplish our foremost goal of ensuring brighter tomorrows for the children we treat today. We encourage you to explore our website, learn more about our programs, and contact us about our clinical care mission, educational opportunities, and research programs of excellence. 

Cunningham_John_2015.jpgJohn M. Cunningham, MD
George M. Eisenberg Professor & Chair
Department of Pediatrics
Physician-in-Chief, Comer Children's Hospital