About the Department/College of Medicine

The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine is one of the top biomedical research institutions in the nation and ranked 42nd overall and 20th among public medical schools for NIH funding in FY17.  The U.S. News and World Report research ranking places the College 13th among public institutions for 2018, and the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics ranked 27th overall and 13th in NIH funding among all public pediatric departments nationwide in FY17. The ACGME-accredited pediatric residency program at the Children’s Hospital trains 47 pediatric residents.

The Stead Family Department of Pediatrics comprises the medical and research staff of University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, one of the nation’s top-ranked pediatric care and research institutions. It is the only university-affiliated hospital in Iowa devoted solely to the care of infants, children, adolescents and young adults, and is Iowa’s only accredited Level 1 Regional Resource Pediatric Trauma Center. In 2018-19 University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital ranked in four pediatric specialties in the Best Children’s Hospitals U.S. News and World Report, including cancer, neonatology, nephrology, and orthopedics, and is the only hospital in Iowa to be nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report for children’s care. A new 190-bed children’s hospital opened in February 2017.

More than 200 pediatricians, pediatric subspecialists, child psychologists, and doctoral-level scientists make up the faculty of the UI Department of Pediatrics.

Clinical Care

The University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital at UI Hospitals and Clinics is the only comprehensive care hospital for children in Iowa, providing treatment for children across the state of Iowa as well as other areas of the Midwest. UI Hospitals and Clinics and UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital together deliver quality care in collaboration with University of Iowa Physicians, the state’s largest multi-specialty medical and surgical group practice composed of faculty physicians of the Carver College of Medicine.

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If you are looking for a program where expectations are high, patient volume and diversity are excellent, and a multitude of didactic and bedside teaching opportunities are provided, then you’ve come to the right place. We have placed major emphasis on our training programs, and we offer outstanding residency training experiences in pediatrics and medicine-pediatrics and superb fellowship training experiences that allow young physicians to further their postgraduate training with internationally recognized experts. The result is a training experience that prepares our graduates to be outstanding clinicians and academic leaders with the skills needed to advance the health of young people throughout the world.


Our faculty receive millions of dollars annually in research funding that supports the rapid translation of laboratory discoveries into new treatments. Our NIH funding has ranked in the top 20 for the last 15 years, many of those years in the top 10. Our department is known nationally and internationally for its work in genetic and environmental contributors to pediatric disease. Other groundbreaking research includes treatment for asthma and cystic fibrosis; anemia and transfusion of pre-term infants; prevention/intervention/treatment of diabetes in children; breastfeeding promotion and support; epilepsy; neuromuscular disorders; fetal programming of cardiovascular disease; inflammatory bowel disease; feeding disorders; and disruptive behaviors.

About our New Hospital

  • Construction began: Fall 2012
  • Hospital opens: Early 2017
  • Cost: Approximately $360 million – funded through bonds, patient revenue, and private gifts. No tax dollars being used.
  • Location: South of, and connected to, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
  • Size: 507,000 square feet in new construction plus 56,250 square feet of renovated existing space
  • Number of floors: 14 floors (12 above ground, 2 below ground)

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