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.


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 largest children's hospital in the United States, Texas Children's was #4 of only 10 hospitals nationally designated by U.S. News and World Report in 2018 for Honor Roll status in pediatrics. Texas Children's ranked among America's best in all 10 specialty areas that were evaluated, including:

  • Pulmonology (1st)
  • Cardiology & Heart Surgery (1st)
  • Neurology and Neurosurgery (3rd)
  • Nephrology (kidney disorders) (3rd)
  • Gastroenterology & GI Surgery (4th)
  • Urology (4th)
  • Cancer (6th)
  • Diabetes & Endocrinology (6th)
  • Orthopedics (15th)
  • Neonatology (21st)