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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Appointments & Referrals

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Pediatric Infectious Disease and the COVID-19 Response

As pediatric infectious disease specialists, our division provides a wide range of clinical services to children here locally in Charlottesville, as well as across the commonwealth and beyond.
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Helping NICU Babies Get Home Faster: The iPad Program

We run a remote monitoring program for high-risk populations. Four years ago, we developed and integrated a platform that can connect to a medical record here at the Children’s Hospital. Now, parents can enter information and it transfers directly to their record. We can treat high-risk kids across the Commonwealth as if they were in the hospital. We started with high-risk kids with cardiac issues, then chemotherapy, then cystic fibrosis, and now premature infants. Our next goal is to help kids receiving solid organ transplants.
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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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Pediatric News

Keep up with your child’s health with UVA’s Children’s Hospital—find healthy snacks,  sleep advice, and heart-warming stories of brave pediatric patients. Get a monthly review for health care professionals with the Pediatric Pharmacotherapy’s monthly newsletter. And stay up to date on the latest research and awards with the Child Health Research Center and the Kids Matter Newsletter.  Four great resources dedicated to keeping you informed with all of UVA’s Pediatric News.

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Pediatrics always loves to welcome babies! This is the beautiful Tyler Elizabeth Newton, born at 11lb 6oz on 4/10 to Heather and Brandon Newton. Heather writes Kids Matter and she loves bragging about all the great stuff we do. Now we get to brag about her! Congratulations!


So proud of our 40th Annual, FIRST VIRTUAL Birdsong Pediatric Conference. It was well attended and the talks were superb. Even great discussions. Thanks especially to Drs. Ann Kellams and Ken Norwood, our co-chairs!

We are thankful for you today, and now, because you are leading the response to this COVID pandemic. And, we are thankful for you always because of your never-ending dedication towards caring for children. @UVAPediatrics @UVaNICU @UVA_PICU

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