The Department of Pediatrics ranks as one of the nation's largest, most diverse, and most successful pediatric programs as it plays a preeminent role in providing the highest quality comprehensive pediatric healthcare, research and education available.

The department is committed to providing superior programs of instruction for medical students and residents, advancing specialty knowledge in the medical sciences, particularly as it relates to the health problems of children, and maintaining its role as a major contributor to research training and scientific activities that enhance the health of children everywhere.

Training and Research

According to the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions, Baylor College of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics is ranked number one in the nation in funding from the National Institutes of Health.

The department has 1148 faculty members with a primary appointment in pediatrics and more than 450 trainees in general pediatrics and every recognized pediatric subspecialty. Baylor’s Department of Pediatrics received annual research funding of more than $100 million, including more than $40 million from the National Institutes of Health.

Healthcare (U.S. News and World Report)

Baylor College of Medicine has had a primary affiliation with Texas Children's Hospital since the hospital opened its doors in 1954. Baylor pediatric faculty members largely are based at and practice at Texas Children's.

The results of the 2019 U.S. News & World Report survey of Best Children’s Hospitals are in, and Texas Children’s Hospital is again among the best in the nation! 

This year, Texas Children’s, the largest children's hospital in the United States, tied for third place among all children’s hospitals nationally, a ranking no other pediatric hospital in the state has ever achieved. 

In addition, for the first time, Texas Children’s is ranked in the top 10 in each of the U.S. News & World Report-recognized pediatric sub-specialties. Six of our sub-specialties were ranked in the top 3 – two are ranked #1, two are ranked #2, and another two are ranked #3.

Texas Children's ranked among America's best in all 10 specialty areas that were evaluated by U.S. News and World Report in 2019 for Honor Roll status in pediatrics, including:

  • Cardiology and Congenital Heart Surgery is again ranked #1 in the nation, due in part to our increasing the number of RNs in the PICU with more than 2 years of experience, and exceeding thresholds in four-year combined risk-adjusted operative mortality.
  • Pulmonology is again ranked #1 in the nation. We decreased the percentage of patients readmitted to the hospital to address asthma-related symptoms, and exceeded thresholds in structure metrics, such as mean LOS for asthma patients.
  • Gastroenterology & GI surgery rose to #2 in the nation from #4, achieving successful Kasai procedures in biliary atresia patients and improving the percentage of patients experiencing prednisone-free admission.
  • Nephrology moved up a spot and is now ranked #2 in the nation, with a significant decrease in hemodialysis catheter associated BSI and an improvement in children younger than 5 years of age receiving hemodialysis.
  • Neurology and Neurosurgery remained at #3 in the nation, showing a significant improvement in 30-day unplanned return to the operating room for craniotomy and a decrease in readmission within 30 days of surgery for Chiari decompression patients.
  • Cancer is #3 in the nation, up from #6. We increased the five-year survival of patients with neuroblastoma and increased the percentage of patients who received intravenous treatment antibiotics within an hour of triage.
  • Urology (6th)
  • Neonatology (7th – Tie)
  • Diabetes & Endocrinology (8th)
  • Orthopedics (10th)