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Welcome to the UTMB Department of Pediatrics and Children's Hospital web site. UTMB has a long history in pediatrics, and Children's is the oldest pediatric hospital in Texas. We are proud to carry on this tradition of providing superior care for the children of Texas. Here at Children's Hospital, we don't view families as mere visitors, but as support and encouragement for our young patients. This patient and family-centered philosophy has brought the families that we treat closer to their health care providers. We are committed to growing as our community grows to provide the best care for the children of Texas.

We are also conscious of the great responsibility that we have for educating the next generation of pediatricians and we strive for excellence in both professional and ethical training. Our cutting edge research focuses on improving the health of children in areas including vaccine development, environmental health risks, and health risk behavior.

To our wonderful team of faculty and staff here at UTMB Children's, pediatric health care means more than just a group of doctors: it's a gathering of the best minds available to provide accurate treatment of each child's medical problem. We are dedicated to understanding and promoting optimal child health and function and we pledge to treat your child as we would our own.

Our goal is to provide leadership in endeavors that promote the health of children.

Dr. Joan Richardson