Department of Pediatrics

The UVA Department of Pediatrics and the UVA Children’s Hospital share a common goal to enhance the health and well-being of children and families through collaborative medical care, education of professionals dedicated to pediatric healthcare, breakthrough research that improves lives, leadership and community service.

Our Pediatrics Residency Program and Pediatric Fellowships offer opportunities to train in a supportive environment in one of the most livable cities in the U.S. Our highly motivated residents and fellows choose UVA for its reputation and commitment to teaching and learning. With experts from multiple sub-specialties providing mentorship, students are prepared to confidently provide highly complex critical care.

Meet UVA Children's Pediatrician, Dr. James Nataro

Dr. James Nataro came to UVA in September 2010, and he currently serves as the physician in chief for UVA Children's Hospital and the chair of the Department of Pediatrics. He is an attending physician in inpatient general pediatrics, and until recently, pediatric infectious diseases. His research focuses on intestinal health, especially diseases of developing countries. He's also involved in teaching upcoming healthcare professionals.

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Charlie's Tricycle

Charlie Davison was born with Thantophoric Dysplasia Type I Dwarfism, a rare type of dwarfism. The students in the Biomedical Engineering program at University of Virginia wanted to help Charlie by building him a tricycle that looked less like a medical machine, and more like a kid's toy.
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Eight UVA Children’s Hospital Specialties Nationally Ranked

We are excited to tell you that the UVA Children’s Hospital has eight specialties ranked among the top 50 nationally in the 2019-2020 “Best Children’s Hospitals” guide released today by U.S. News & World Report.
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Support Kids in Our Community and Beyond

UVA Children’s Hospital never turns families or patients away, even if they are unable to pay for their care. Along with helping with the needs of patients and their families, gifts from people just like you provide seed funding for essential research in childhood diseases right here at UVA. Any gift, no matter the size, makes a difference.
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Proud to announce that Dr. Rachel Moon has been named Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professor! Takes effect August 25. Congratulations Rachel, an outstanding teacher, clinician and investigator!

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