Welcome to the UC San Diego Department of Pediatrics

Gabriel Haddad

Welcome to the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California San Diego and the Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. I hope this website gives you a broad introduction to our Department, including an overview of our comprehensive clinical programs, our extensive clinical and basic science research efforts, and our diverse educational opportunities for students, residents and fellows. The Department’s mission reflects these aims. We strive to: 1) deliver the highest quality clinical care to our patients; 2) conduct cutting-edge biomedical research targeting diseases that impact the health and potential of infants, children and adolescents, and 3) train the next generation of pediatricians by fostering education at all levels and by integrating the latest scientific and medical advances into the curriculum.

The Department of Pediatrics is the second largest department within the School of Medicine, comprised of 19 Divisions with 178 faculty members, 58 residents, 3 chief residents, 105 post-doctoral fellows including 57 M.D. fellows and 48 PhD fellows and 251 staff employees. All services are housed at either the Rady Children’s Hospital or the UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest.

The past few years have been a time of transition and transformation for the Department, characterized by changes in leadership, in patient care and in our teaching and research programs. Despite the inevitable challenges that we all face, I am confident about the Department’s direction and believe we are poised for unprecedented growth. The future is bright for pediatricians.

The potential to advance pediatric medicine through the translation of research into improved patient care is unparalleled in the history of biomedical sciences. Further, even with the major advances that have been made in the fields of Developmental Medicine and Genetics/Genomics over the last decade, many discoveries await that will have a bearing on the health and well-being of children everywhere.

I hope you get a sense of this energy and commitment to excellence as you visit our website. Please contact me if you have any comments or suggestions or if you would like additional information on the Department.


Gabriel G. Haddad, MD
Professor, Pediatrics & Neurosciences
Chairman, Department of Pediatrics, University of California, San Diego
Physician-in-Chief and Chief Scientific Officer, Rady Children's Hospital of San Diego