About the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine

With more than 40 faculty members who care for inpatients and outpatients alike, General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine is the largest division in the Department of Pediatrics. Learn more about the division’s clinical programs as well as its research and educational missions.

The Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine provides comprehensive clinical care in both inpatient and outpatient settings, education to students, residents and fellows, and research expertise to major problems affecting child and adolescent morbidity and mortality.The Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine provides comprehensive clinical care in both inpatient and outpatient settings, education to students, residents and fellows, and research expertise to major problems affecting child and adolescent morbidity and mortality.

The largest division in the Department of Pediatrics, this interdisciplinary group is comprised of more than 40 faculty and others focused on improving child health. The division includes physicians, nurse practitioners, PhDs, social workers and child development specialists in addition to clinical and research support staff. Many members hold leadership roles throughout the Healthcare System including leaders in research, education, advocacy and clinical services.

The division works both independently and collaboratively with other departments and Centers across the University, and participates in ground-breaking and nationally recognized research including:

  • Prevention and treatment of childhood obesity
  • Injury prevention (firearms, violence, and child maltreatment)
  • Alcohol and other substance use prevention
  • Adolescence (vaccination and STD prevention)

Faculty teaches fellows, residents, medical and public health students. Learning occurs in all of the clinical and research settings, and additionally, faculty also teaches formal courses in the School of Medicine and the School of Public Health.

Inpatient clinical care is a traditional strength of the division. Over half of children admitted to N.C. Children’s Hospital each year are cared for by members of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, including babies admitted to the Newborn Nursery.

Many division members have a particular interest and expertise in the care of hospitalized and complex children and adolescents. General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine currently supervises two separate inpatient services: the newborn nursery and a pair of consultation services. The first consultation group provides evaluations and treatment recommendations for children who may be hospitalized because of abuse or neglect. The second service provides general pediatrics consultations, and also helps to coordinate all medical admissions and transfers into the hospital.

Additionally, the division cares for approximately 20 percent of the outpatients seen by the Department of Pediatrics. The primary care clinic trains future pediatricians and provides high-quality primary care for children who often cannot be seen elsewhere; it has one of the largest groups of children with Medicaid of any local clinic.

The Diagnostic and Complex Care clinic offers second opinions and ongoing management of complex medical issues for patients referred by local pediatricians. Other services and programs include a constipation and abdominal pain clinic, adolescent medicine services and outpatient circumcisions.

Outpatient care for abused or neglected children is also provided by the division, which runs the state-wide NC Child Medical Evaluation Program. This network of medical and mental health clinicians evaluates children for concerns of abuse and/or neglect across the state and helps ensure safety and well-being for its patients.

To learn more about the division and to meet the team, visit the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine’s website.

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