The Baylor College of Medicine Department of Pediatrics Section of Emergency Medicine consists of approximately 40 board-certified pediatric emergency specialists, 20 specially trained general pediatricians, 16 pediatric emergency fellows and 11 advanced level practitioners.
In addition to the academic responsibilities at Baylor College of Medicine, we collectively treat over 130,000 pediatric patients in the Houston metropolitan area across three clinical sites: Texas Children’s Hospital Main Campus, Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, and St. Luke’s, The Woodlands.
Section Vision, Mission & Strategies
- To improve the health outcomes of all children in emergent and urgent care settings.
- To provide the highest quality care, experience, education, research, advocacy and value
- Deliver individualized, patient-centered, compassionate, high-quality health care to acutely ill or injured children;
- Advance excellence in pediatrics through innovative and transformational research;
- Provide world-class education and training in pediatrics, child protection, global health, quality improvement, research, hospital administration and pediatric emergency care;
- Develop and foster collaboratives internal and external to Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital;
- Advance the safety and security for all children through advocacy for their medical, physical and emotional needs;
- Promote an environment that identifies and develops present and future health care leaders;
- Encourage and support a continuous state of surveillance, analysis and process improvement;
- Ensure that Texas Children's is the best possible place to work, practice, and receive care by increasing workforce engagement and promoting a culture of positive employee relations
Our accredited pediatric emergency fellowship is one of the largest and most highly competitive programs in the country. It offers one of the few specialized tracks in global health and provides fellows the opportunity to receive extensive exposure and training in quality, emergency ultrasound, prehospital pediatrics, disaster medicine, informatics, child abuse, simulation, community emergency medicine, trauma, hospital administration, customer service and advocacy.
Our faculty teaches and mentors trainees of all levels from numerous postgraduate programs, including Baylor College of Medicine, The University of Texas and the military services.
The section recently received funding for the development and initial evaluation of a multidimensional curriculum (bedside, didactic and simulation) for core medical students in a setting facilitated by dedicated PEM faculty.
Funded research efforts continue to expand into areas that include prehospital pediatrics, simulation, global health and emergency care.
EMS projects underway include the Emergency Medical Services for Children Target Issues grant measuring the outcome of integrating an evidence-based pediatric prehospital protocol for respiratory distress across three large urban EMS systems.
Collaborations with regional partners (e.g. Rice University) have led to global health opportunities that include a $2 million Saving Lives at Birth grant. The grant focuses on the development, distribution and study of a low cost bubble CPAP device for developing countries where neonatal mortality is high.
The section has also increased its participation in national research efforts in multicenter clinical trials as one of six nodes within the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network.
Many faculty possess or are pursuing additional postgraduate training in fellowships (e.g. child protection, global health and ultrasound), master’s degrees (e.g. business, education, clinical research, public health), or doctorate degrees.
Various faculty hold critical leadership positions or roles within state and national organizations including the Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council, Children's Hospital Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Red Cross and American Board of Pediatrics.