Leadership | UC Davis Children's Hospital


  • Satyan Lakshminrusimha, M.D., M.B.B.S

    Pediatrician-in-Chief, UC Davis Children’s Hospital
    Chair, Department of Pediatrics
    Dennis and Nancy Marks Endowed Chair in Pediatrics
    Professor, Department of Pediatrics

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  • Shinjiro Hirose, M.D.

    Vice-Chair, Department of Surgery
    Chief, Division of Pediatric General, Thoracic and Fetal Surgery
    Director of Pediatric Surgery, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California
    Medical Director of Pediatric Trauma
    Professor, Department of Surgery

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  • Brenda Chagolla, R.N., M.S.N., C.N.S., N.E.A.-BC

    Associate Chief Nursing Officer

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  • JoAnne Natale, M.D., Ph.D.

    Associate Chief Medical Officer
    Vice Chair for Quality and Safety, Department of Pediatrics

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  • Daphne Say, M.D.

    Vice Chair, Ambulatory Pediatrics
    Director, Pediatric IBD Program
    Director, Pediatric Acute Infection Management (AIM) Services
    Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics

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  • Ann Tompkins, MS-CCC/SLP

    Director, Ambulatory Operations, Women’s and Children’s Services

Awards and recognitions
US News & World Report best Children’s Hospital badge

Ranked among the nation’s best children’s hospitals

A U.S. News & World Report best children’s hospital in diabetes & endocrinology, nephrology, and orthopedics*. (*Together with Shriners Children’s)

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Magnet Recognition Program logo

Magnet Program Designation

Nursing excellence at UC Davis Medical Center again receives national recognition.

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Children's Miracle Network logo

Proud member of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the country. UC Davis Children’s Hospital is one of only 9 CMN hospitals in California.

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American College of Surgeon's Verified Center: Children's Surgery Verification

Level I Children’s Surgery Center

Our hospital is verified as a level I Children’s Surgery Center by the American College of Surgeons. Level I centers have children’s surgeons in every discipline, with pediatric anesthesiologists and operating rooms available 24 hours a day.

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ImproveCareNow logo

A national research network

The nationwide organization of care centers unites clinicians, researchers and families to help care for kids with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

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ACLP accreditation logo

Training the next generation of child-life specialists

The Association of Child Life Professionals accredited UC Davis’ Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy internship program where interns train in medical play, surgical and procedural preparations and more.

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AACN Beacon Award for Excellence badge

Beacon Award for Excellence

The Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) recognizes hospital units that employ evidence-based practices to improve patient and family outcomes.

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Blue California Blue Distinction Center

Highly rated maternity care

Recognized for expertise and commitment to quality care for vaginal and cesarean section deliveries; better overall patient satisfaction; and a lower percentage of early elective deliveries.

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Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology

Center of Excellence – Obstetric anesthesia service

The SOAP Center of Excellence designation sets a benchmark for expected care that helps improve national standards by providing quality metrics for institutions that offer obstetric anesthesia care.

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Fetal Health Stewardship Partnership logo

Hope for families with fetal syndrome diagnoses

A parent-founded nonprofit organization, providing information for families facing fetal syndrome diagnoses.

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Baby Friendly USA Award

A baby-friendly hospital

The highly prestigious Baby-Friendly designation by Baby-Friendly USA demonstrates adherence to the highest standards of breast¬feeding care built on evidence-based practices.

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Project ADAM Sacramento logo

Community emergency preparedness

UC Davis Children’s Hospital cardiac emergency preparedness program reaches out to schools to ensure that staff, students and families are trained on how to perform CPR and use automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

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Extracorporeal Life Support Organization logo

Recognized for excellence in life support

UC Davis Medical Center has been recognized for exceptional commitment to evidence-based processes and quality measures, training, patient satisfaction, and clinical care.

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