Department Goals

The faculty of the Department of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine are unified by an unflinching commitment to excellence, professionalism, service, and discovery. We believe that our success as a department is dependent upon exceptional achievement in each of our core missions of clinical care, research, and education.

Overview of the Department of Pediatrics


The Department of Pediatrics contains 88 full-time faculty, which includes 8 faculty with a PhD. Of the total, 35 percent are associate or full professors, 66 percent are women, and 14 percent are underrepresented minorities.

Clinical Programs

The department’s clinical programs provide a full range of clinical services to an extraordinarily diverse patient population from within Boston as well as the greater New England region. The clinical services have a distinguished history of providing care to vulnerable patient populations. The integration of the department’s compelling social mission with a rigorous academic tradition creates an especially rich environment for patient care, training, and discovery.

Research Programs

The department’s research programs foster a spirit of inquiry in the department’s clinical and educational programs, and bring new preventive, diagnostic, and treatment modalities to our patient population. The department has an outstanding record of recruiting talented young researchers, 12 of whom have received K and/or other career development awards. Over the past 10 years, the department has received over $25 million in research grants. These projects derive from a rich tradition of mentorship and critical thinking, and are fostered by a supportive and collegial environment that encourages faculty and trainees to work and learn collaboratively. In the current academic year, the department’s faculty and trainees secured approximately $5 million in research funds from governmental and private agencies.

Educational Programs

The department’s educational programs have a long-standing tradition of training national leaders in research, clinical care, and medical education. The present faculty enthusiastically embrace this tradition and are eager to promote the development of the next generation of leaders in medicine. The Boston Combined Residency Program (BCRP) in Pediatrics was formed to meet the needs of the future, bringing together the training programs of Boston Medical Center (formerly Boston City Hospital) and Boston Children’s Hospital. Boston Medical Center has a long and important history of clinical research, advocacy, public policy, and primary care training for pediatricians. Boston Children’s Hospital is the nation’s leading research and training institution dedicated to the care of children, adolescents, and young adults with unusual and complex medical problems. Currently, the BCRP has over 120 residents with almost 40% having an advanced degree. The goals of the department’s educational programs are to attract the most outstanding trainees, enforce rigorous standards of achievement, develop a learning environment and individualized programs of study that help trainees reach their full potential, and to create an exemplary mixture of professionalism, service, and integrity.