About Us

The Department of Pediatrics has 16 divisions and programs that provide services at the main hospital or one of the many satellites and clinics. Serving over 35,000 patients a year, Children’s Health Services is the most comprehensive and multidisciplinary outpatient practice for children in North Central Florida. Further, the Department seeks to capitalize our unique position on the major research campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville to offer comprehensive training in pediatrics.

With over 130 outstanding faculty members, comprising the full range of subspecialty and general pediatrics, the quality and diversity of the faculty creates a well-balanced experience in our pediatric residency program, offering a superb entry point either into the practice of pediatrics or into further subspecialty training and an academic career.

Finally, transferring the outcomes of medical science research to the care of patients is a major emphasis of the departmental faculty and the research staff. The UF Department of Pediatrics faculty work in multidisciplinary teams with researchers in the five other Health Science Center colleges, as well as those from across the campus.

Message from the Associate Chair for Research

Barry Byrne

Faculty in the Department of Pediatrics are the main drivers for pediatric research, teaching and service in the College of Medicine at the University of Florida. We are also joined by faculty in many other departments and colleges in research studies with high impact on the health of infants, children and adolescents.

During the past years, we have witnessed continued growth and expansion of our clinical, educational, research, and service missions, working in sync with the strategic goals of the College of Medicine and University. Our department has been central to several of the top priorities for the university-wide strategic plan; including, neuroscience, genetics, cancer, and life-course research.

The Department is committed to fostering innovation and advancing discovery in the biomedical and psychosocial aspects of child health and human development, to educating and training Pediatric scientists, and to directly translating basic scientific discoveries into new patient-oriented therapies.

Our faculty work in multidisciplinary teams with researchers in the five other Health Science Center colleges, as well as those from across the University. The focus of team efforts are often grown out of our Centers and Institutes, including the Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute, the UF Genetics Institute, the Powell Gene Therapy Center, and the UF&Shands Cancer Center.

I invite you to learn more about pediatric research at the University of Florida. Please contact me if you would like to learn more about our ongoing and upcoming projects.

Barry Byrne, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Associate Chair for Research