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Message from the Chair

Scott Rivkees

Welcome to the University of Florida Department of Pediatrics, a leading national program in pediatrics. Our mission is to expand the frontiers of pediatric clinical care, trainee education, and exceptional pediatric-related research, as we strive for excellence, creativity and innovation.

The University of Florida Department of Pediatrics is home to more than 120 faculty members and more than 60 trainees. Reflecting our “move forward” attitude, we are actively expanding our clinical, basic science and translational research programs. Indicative of these efforts, we are proud that the department had a 40% increase in funding from the National Institutes of Health over the past year.

One of our major goals is to train the next generation of superb clinicians, physician-scientists and leaders for our field. Our training programs for residents and fellows are unique and outstanding. We are the only medical school in the United States to offer five distinct residency tracks in: Primary Care, Public Health, Global Health, Medical Education and Research. Our fellowship programs feature a dynamic curriculum and opportunities to train with world-renowned clinicians and scientists.

We are a recognized leader in many areas of pediatric medicine. Our clinical programs are based in the UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. We proudly care for the children of our community and the state of Florida. We are a major destination center for children with complex medical problems that require specialized attention from all over the United States and overseas.

We are especially grateful to partner with the wonderful members of the Gainesville and Florida community, along with motivated University of Florida alumni, for their incredible support of our clinical and research programs.

Collectively, our dedicated staff, trainees and faculty will continue the ascent of the University of Florida Department of Pediatrics and UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital into one of the best pediatric programs in the nation.

All the best,
Scott A. Rivkees, M.D.