Office of the Chair


Hugh O' Brodovich, MD

Arline & Pete Harman Professor & Chair:

Department of Pediatrics, Stanford School of Medicine

Adalyn Jay Physician-in-Chief, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital

Director, Child Health Research Institute


Hugh O'Brodovich MD, is chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine and the Adalyn Jay Physician in Chief at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. He assumed these positions in January 2008.

He attended the University of Manitoba where he obtained his medical degree and training in pediatrics and pediatric respiratory medicine.  Read more...

About Us

We advance the health of infants, children and adolescents worldwide through innovative medical care, research, training and advocacy. With 366 pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists our department is one of the largest at the School of Medicine.

As a leader in pediatric medicine, we depend on the contributions of a large support staff, whose expertise and dedication serve to facilitate the department's administrative, clinical, education and research operations. In partnership with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, our programs and services offer state-of-the-art primary and specialty care. Our researchers and clinicians collaborate across the bench-to-bedside-to-backyard continuum, transforming their discoveries into the most effective diagnostics, treatments and prevention therapies available today.

As part of Stanford University, we prepare future leaders in pediatric medicine by offering broad-based training in general pediatrics, critical care and pediatric subspecialties within a variety of ambulatory, inpatient and community settings. Tightly integrated with our educational activities, these programs provide hands-on learning to equip our graduates with the skills they'll need as future advocates of children's health.


In the Department of Pediatrics

The Division of Adolescent Medicine is dedicated to promoting the physical and emotional well-being of adolescents through clinical care, research, and advocacy.

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The Division of Allergry, Immunology and Rheumatology conducts basic research and offers both inpatient and outpatient care for children and adults with immunological or allergic disorders. Laboratory research studies in our division are aimed at understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the immune system in health and disease and development of new diagnostic tests and therapies.

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The Division of Pediatric Cardiology is responsible for the diagnosis of congenital heart defects, performing diagnostic procedures such as echocardiograms, cardiac catheterizations, and electrophysiology studies, and for the ongoing management of the sequelae of heart disease in infants, children and adolescents.

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Patients who are admitted to the PICU are suffering from a life-threatening illness or injury or require intensive care to recover after major surgery. These patients are admitted to Lucile Packard Children's Hospital from communities throughout Northern California, largely in the nearby Bay Area.

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The Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at Stanford has a long tradition of major contributions in both medical research and education, as well as a strong commitment to the quality clinical care of children. Eight physicians and three fellows evaluate and treat children with diabetes, growth disorders, precocious and delayed puberty, sex chromosome disorders (particularly Turner syndrome), abnormal bone development, and other hormonal problems. The work done by the division successfully combines the worlds of clinical investigation and clinical care to improve the diagnosis and treatment of endocrine disorders.

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The Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition advances the treatment of pediatric gastrointestinal and liver disorders through the coordinated efforts of its patient care, research and educational activities. Gastrointestinal disease is one of the most common ailments affecting the health of infants and children worldwide. In the United States, one out of five children has chronic abdominal pain. Forty percent of children are significantly overweight or obese, and ten percent suffer from a failure to thrive.

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The Division of General Pediatrics seeks to improve the health and well-being of children through its advancements in clinical practice, medical education, research, and advocacy.

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Providing innovative patient care by:

  • Originating and translating discoveries to cure childhood cancer and blood diseases
  • Enhancing the lives of children with cancer or blood diseases, from birth to adulthood
  • Delivering superior outcomes through trans-disciplinary care
  • Training the next generations of leaders

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The goal of the Program in Human Gene Therapy is to develop gene transfer technologies and use them for hepatic gene therapy for the treatment of genetic and acquired diseases. The general approach is to develop new vector systems and delivery methods, test them in the appropriate animal models, uncover the mechanisms involved in vector transduction, and use the most promising approaches in clinical trials.  

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The mission of the Division of Pediatrics Infectious Diseases is provide care to children with suspected or known infections, to minimize the risk of serious pediatric infections, to serve as a resource, to provide aid to the community and to treat infectious complications effectively when they occur. In addition we strive to answer pertinent clinical and pathogen related questions through our research endeavors.

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The faculty and staff in the Division of Medical Genetics provide clinical genetic services at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital (LPCH) and Stanford Hospital and Clinics including general genetics and dysmorphology, metabolic genetics, prenatal genetics and cancer genetics. In addition, we participate in multi-specialty clinics for craniofacial anomalies, Down syndrome, neurogenetics and genetic disorders of the skin.

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Neonatal and Developmental Medicine is a diverse team of healthcare professionals who engage in groundbreaking research and collaborate with families to offer first-rate care to sick newborns.

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In 2004 the Centers for Disease Control reported that more than 15,000 children in the USA are living with Kidney Failure. This is many more than the number living with HIV/AIDS but less than the number with cancer. Unlike cancer, where most children with cancer are cured, this is not the case with Kidney Disease.  

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Our mission is to serve our patients with compassionate, family-centered, and evidence-based care.  We are committed to close collaboration with patients, families, and colleagues, and a scholarly approach to:

• Providing outstanding inpatient clinical care

• Educating future physician-leaders in pediatrics, and

• Leading the improvement of inpatient safety, quality and efficiency

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The Division of Pulmonary Medicine deals with the breath of life in all its aspects: control of breathing; sleep disorders; obstruction to airflow in the common diseases of upper and lower airways such as croup, bronchiolitis, asthma, cystic fibrosis, and bronchopulmonary dysplasia; restriction to lung function from disorders affecting the chest wall, the musculature, the nervous system, or lung tissue itself; congenital anomalies; accidents such as inhalation of foreign bodies, hydrocarbons, or toxic gases; secondary effects of non-pulmonary system disorders such as gastrointestinal reflux, myopathy, or cardiac dysfunction; disease of the upper respiratory tract including rhinitis and sinusitis; and so on.

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The Pediatric Division of Stem Cell Transplantation and Regenerative Medicine is very proud of the outstanding compassionate care that we provide our patients along with conducting state of the art basic and translational science on stem cell biology, cellular immunology and transplantation biology. The division is focused on the comprehensive evaluation and care of patients with complex hematological malignancies, bone marrow failure syndromes and a variety of genetic disorders where bone marrow transplantation can provide benefit.

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Clinicians, patients, and biomedical researchers are surrounded by data. This data comes from a variety of sources, including the billions of specific molecules that make up an individual genome sequence, personal behaviors tracked by wearable gadgets, the environmental factors and pollutants next door, the effects and side effects of medications, streams of text and pictures describing ourselves in social media, and even the clinical care delivered by health professionals, as represented in electronic health records.

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Kenneth Cox, MD

Associate Chair Clinical (Faculty Affairs)

Christy Sandborg, MD

Associate Chair Clinical (Hospital  Affairs)

Mark Kay, MD, PhD

Associate Chair, Basic Research

Gary Shaw, DrPH

Associate Chair, Clinical Research

Jeffrey Feinstein, MD, MPH

Associate Chair, Education (Fellowship Programs)

Rebecca Blankenburg, MD, MPH

Associate Chair, Education (Residency Programs)

Sheri Spunt, MD

Associate Chair, Adolescent / Young Adult Programs

Margaret Paternek, PhD

Associate Chair, Finance and Administration