Message from the Chair

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Mark W. Kline, M.D., Chair / Physician-in-Chief, Department of Pediatrics

Dear Colleagues,

The world today is as complex as it is massive. In medicine, the days of the all-knowing clinician, researcher or educator, have passed. Many of the challenges we face as physicians, scientists and medical leaders are so large and so complex that they require the contributions of entire multidisciplinary teams. We need absolutely everyone.

In the pursuit of excellence, diversity is a necessity.

Today, our Department of Pediatrics is more inclusive and more diverse than ever before, closely resembling the wonderfully diverse city in which we live and work. We embrace and celebrate diversity in its broadest sense. In fact, it is our view that diversity will be one of the key drivers of our march to preeminence in pediatric medicine. No program or department or children’s hospital has a prayer of achieving preeminence if its culture is exclusive or unwelcoming of segments of our community.

In a very real sense, our Department of Pediatrics is itself a community. We all share a passion for improving the health and lives of children and families, but we bring to that passion diverse and complementary backgrounds, experiences and areas of focus. Each of us brings to each discussion our own unique perspectives, and the conversations are very rich. The children, families and broader community we serve all benefit.

I, for one, am thrilled that I don’t have to contemplate a Department of Pediatrics populated by seeming clones of one another. Such a program could not possibly match the capabilities and potential of our amazingly diverse faculty and trainees. I hope you find our story informative and inspiring.


Mark W. Kline, M.D.

Department of Pediatrics J.S. Abercrombie Professor
Ralph D. Feigin Chair
Baylor College of Medicine

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