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Welcome to the University of Florida Department of Pediatrics, Gainesville

Desmond SchatzThe UF Department of Pediatrics is dedicated to improving the health of infants, children and adolescents through world-class patient care, leading-edge research, patient advocacy and innovative medical education. Our physicians and staff deliver high-quality care across the full spectrum of pediatric services, from general pediatrics to subspecialty expertise. For decades, families seeking answers to the most complex medical challenges have come from across the state and around the world to UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, a quaternary-care academic health center. Nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report, the UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is a recognized leader in pediatric medicine. Our dynamic UF Health faculty is devoted to the best in patient care, research and education. We continue to teach, mentor and inspire the next generation of health professionals working to create a healthy future for all children.

We are committed to providing outstanding, compassionate care to all children we serve in a family-centered environment. Should we fall short of your expectations in any way, please do not hesitate to let us know.

Desmond A. Schatz MD

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