Message from the Chair

Terence S. Dermody, MD in bench laboratory space

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  Comprised of 19 divisions, four centers, and three specialty institutes, we are a close-knit group of dedicated faculty, fellows, residents, students, and professional staff committed to one goal: discovering and delivering the best care to the most kids.

Located in one of America’s most livable cities, Pitt Pediatrics is housed within the 315-bed UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, ranked in 2019 by U.S. News and World Report as the ninth best pediatric hospital in the United States.  Our clinicians serve children across western and central Pennsylvania, western Maryland, eastern Ohio, and northern West Virginia.  With over 12,000 inpatient stays, one million outpatient visits, and 24,000 surgical procedures performed in 2019, many parents turn to Pitt Pediatrics and Children’s Hospital because of our internationally recognized patient-centered care. 

Home to one of the most innovative pediatric research programs in the country, Pitt Pediatrics receives over $34 million in annual support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The 300,000 square foot John G. Rangos Sr. Research Center houses our state-of-the-art basic and translational research laboratories.  We frequently form multidisciplinary groups extending throughout the University of Pittsburgh’s vast research enterprise, our neighboring institutions, and local start-up companies.  In 2019, our researchers published over 700 peer-reviewed papers on new treatments and scientific discoveries.

Above all, Pitt Pediatrics maintains the finest medical training and educational programs.  Multiple residency and fellowship opportunities that extend across our divisions allow us to place education at the intersection of teamwork, service, and personal development.  We value and actively promote diversity in all programs, including the recruitment of underrepresented minorities and women to our residency, fellowships, and faculty. 

Since the founding of the Western Pennsylvania Medical College in 1886, Pitt physicians have consistently delivered breakthroughs in pediatric medicine.  From routine procedures to cutting-edge treatments for severely ill children, we consistently push the boundaries to achieve the impossible.  

Even in today’s challenging and uncertain times, Pitt Pediatrics continues as a worldwide leader in pediatric healthcare, education, and discovery.  The children who depend on our care every day deserve no less.

Hail to Pitt!

Terence S. Dermody, MD

Vira I. Heinz Distinguished Professor and Chair of Pediatrics
Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Physician-in-Chief and Scientific Director
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh