Pediatrics | UC Davis Health


From our primary and specialty clinics to our nationally recognized children’s hospital and research programs, we make your child our priority.

Medically reviewed by Joseph Shen, M.D. on June 12, 2023.

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Defining the Future of Children’s Health

At UC Davis Health, we combine compassionate, family-centered care with leading-edge science. Our physician researchers work at the forefront of pediatric medicine, discovering new ways to improve children’s health. Whether your child needs a check-up or life-saving heart surgery, our commitment to you is the same — exceptional care.

Our Difference

Expertise and Excellence

Our pediatric specialists are leaders in their fields. Their expertise has earned UC Davis Health national recognition in several pediatric subspecialties. As an academic medical center, we train the next generation of physicians to serve patients and their communities.

Innovative Research

Our researchers work tirelessly to understand pediatric diseases and find new ways to diagnose and treat them. Through our many pediatric clinical trials, your child may have access to promising new treatments before they become broadly available.

Comprehensive Care

At UC Davis Health, you can easily access nearly every healthcare service your child needs. We offer routine care and more than 30 subspecialties. Our renowned UC Davis Children’s Hospital features state-of-the-art surgical, trauma and intensive care.

Dedicated Clinics

Specialty clinics provide streamlined, focused care for a single condition, such as sickle cell disease or diabetes. We gather teams of specialists around your child with coordinated testing, treatment and support.

Emotional Support

A medical procedure or hospital stay can be challenging for your child and family. Our child life specialists use play therapy and other techniques to lessen fear and anxiety. Child life is one of many support services we offer to help you navigate your child’s care journey.

Convenient Locations

We know that sometimes you need care close to home. We offer pediatric care at our main Sacramento campus and other locations across Northern California. With telemedicine, you and your provider can also access our specialty care physicians from any location.

Our Areas of Expertise

When children need care, families turn to us for our advanced skills and extensive experience. We also serve as a leading referral center for physicians across the Sacramento region seeking the highest quality care for their patients.

Highlights of Our Services:

Pediatric Cancer Care

Through UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, we provide expert care for children with cancer and blood disorders. As a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center, we have a track record for pioneering research, advanced treatments and personalized care.

Find out more about pediatric cancer care
Fetal Care and Treatments

Our fetal care specialists treat severe health conditions before birth (in utero). Early treatment may save your baby’s life and prevent future disability. We provide advanced fetal surgery for some developmental disorders, tumors and problems that arise in utero.

Learn more about fetal care and treatment
Endocrine Disorders Care

Endocrine disorders include type 1 and type 2 diabetes and diseases related to growth, puberty and hormone function. Our pediatric endocrine teams feature physicians, nurses, dietitians and social workers who work together for the health of your child.

Explore what we offer for pediatric endocrinology
Pediatric Heart Center

Our Pediatric Heart Center offers the full range of tests and treatments for pediatric cardiac conditions. When possible, our pediatric heart specialists choose minimally invasive surgery, which means fewer incisions and a quicker recovery time.

Read more about pediatric cardiology
Pediatric and Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

Our PICU sees more than 1,600 critically ill children each year. With one nurse for every two patients and critical care physicians on site around-the-clock, your child receives constant monitoring. Our large, private rooms and sofa beds provide a comfortable place for you to stay close to your child.

See more about pediatric critical care

Leading-Edge Children's Care: Achievement Highlights

Earning national recognition requires the hard work of dedicated physicians and researchers. UC Davis Health is renowned for advancements across pediatric specialties that improve the lives of your child and family.

Some of our notable achievements include:

Surgery Plus Stem Cell Therapy for Spina Bifida

Our researchers work constantly to advance the field of fetal care. We are part of a groundbreaking national clinical trial that combines fetal surgery and stem cell treatment. This new approach could improve the outlook for children with spina bifida.

Listen to our podcast on this innovative spina bifida treatment
Pacemakers for Children

UC Davis Health is home to the first procedure to implant a leadless, retrievable pacemaker in a child. Our specialists implant the device through a vein in your child's neck, where it travels to their heart. With no wires (leads), this pacemaker can be easily removable for battery replacement. This new device helps regulate heart rate for children with rare congenital heart conditions.

Learn more about pacemaker implantation
Level I Children’s Surgery Center Designation

UC Davis Children’s Hospital has earned level 1 Children’s Surgery Verification from the American College of Surgeons. This verification requires us to meet the highest standards for your care team and quality improvement.

Find out why level 1 verification matters

"Managing Chronic Health Conditions," Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),

"Child Injury," CDC, 

Why Children’s Health Matters

Your child’s early health — starting before birth — provides a foundation for well-being throughout their life. Research shows that negative experiences as a child can disrupt health into adulthood.

Supporting your child’s physical and mental health and their educational, social and emotional development requires hard work and commitment. But seeing your children grow up strong and healthy is worth the effort.

  • At least 4 in 10 school-aged children have at least one chronic health condition that requires ongoing healthcare.
  • Every 4 seconds, an injury sends a child to the emergency department.
  • Having a skilled and compassionate healthcare team on your side can help you navigate the ups and downs of childhood.
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Awards and Recognitions
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Ranked among the nation’s best hospitals

A U.S. News & World Report best hospital in cancer, cardiology, heart & vascular surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, ENT, geriatrics, neurology & neurosurgery, obstetrics & gynecology, and pulmonology & lung surgery.

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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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Ranked Sacramento’s #1 hospital

Ranked Sacramento’s #1 hospital by U.S. News, and high-performing in COPD, colon cancer surgery, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure, hip fracture, hip replacement, kidney failure, leukemia, lymphoma & myeloma, lung cancer surgery, ovarian cancer surgery, pneumonia, prostate cancer surgery, stroke, TAVR, uterine cancer surgery, gastroenterology & GI surgery, and orthopedics.

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The nation’s highest nursing honor

UC Davis Medical Center has received Magnet® recognition, the nation’s highest honor for nursing excellence.

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“Most Wired” for acute care

UC Davis Health has been recognized as a level 10 out of 10 in the Digital Health “Most Wired” program from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). The honor recognizes excellence in using technology to improve the delivery of care.

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“Most Wired” for ambulatory care

UC Davis Health has been recognized as a level 10 out of 10 in the Digital Health “Most Wired” program from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). The honor recognizes excellence in using technology to improve the delivery of care.

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World-class cancer care

One of ~56 U.S. cancer centers designated “comprehensive” by the National Cancer Institute.

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A leader in health care equality

For the 13th consecutive year, UC Davis Medical Center has been recognized as an LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leader by the educational arm of America’s largest civil rights organization.

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