Centers of Excellence

The University of Florida Department of Pediatrics hosts several centers of excellence, which are multidisciplinary clinical care centers that provide expert treatment for common, as well as rare conditions, and lead to new discoveries and improved therapy. Our centers of excellence are multidisciplinary and also include research components. Below is a listing of UF Department of Pediatrics Centers of Excellence.

Center for Neuromuscular and Rare Diseases

The UF Health Center of Pediatric Neuromuscular and Rare Diseases is founded on the philosophy that integrated, interdisciplinary care is the most effective approach for patients with neuromuscular and orphan diseases.

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Diabetes Center of Excellence

The Diabetes Institute serves as the umbrella organization under which research, treatment, and education are coordinated at UF and UF Health, the university academic health center.

UF Diabetes Institute

Pediatric Asthma Center

The University of Florida Pediatric Asthma Center of Excellence, or PACE, is a multidisciplinary team at the forefront of comprehensive asthma care and advancement through research.

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Pediatric Cardiac MRI/CT Center

The UF Health Congenital Heart Center is among the leading centers in the state, region, and nation for diagnosing, treating, and monitoring children and adults with pediatric heart disease.

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Pediatric Sarcoma Center

The mission of the UF Pediatric Sarcoma Center is to provide expert, comprehensive, leading-edge care for children and young adults diagnosed with bone or soft tissue sarcoma.

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Turner Syndrome Center

The goal of the University of Florida’s Turner Syndrome Center of Excellence is to provide state of the art, comprehensive care to girls and women by employing a multidisciplinary approach and consolidated care addressing its major manifestations.

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Additional Centers

Center for the Arts in Healthcare Research & Education

It is the mission of the Center for the Arts in Healthcare Research and Education to facilitate research, education, and training in the use of the arts to enhance the healing process, to further develop arts in health care as career options for artists, and to promote art and creativity as catalysts for developing healthy lifestyles.

Center for Breastfeeding & Newborns

The mission of the Center for Breastfeeding and Newborns is to improve infant health by increasing chances for successful long-term breastfeeding through parent and professional education, expert clinical care, and advocacy for the rights of breastfeeding families both in the hospital and after discharge to the home.

Child Advocacy Center

The UF Child Advocacy Center was established to help child victims of abuse and neglect in the counties of Dixie, Gilchrist, Levy, Bradford, and Union. Our goal is to achieve better outcomes for victims of suspected child abuse and neglect by collaborating with UF’s Child Protection Team, law enforcement, Department of Children and Families, and medical personnel at a single location.

Congenital Heart Center

The Congenital Heart Center at the University of Florida is a nationally and internationally recognized center of excellence for providing state of the art pediatric cardiology care from the newborn to the adult with congenital heart disease.

Craniofacial Center

The University of Florida Craniofacial Center’s interdisciplinary team approach consists of many specialists working together to provide the best possible integrated care. Our team consists of health professionals from pediatrics, surgery, clinical psychology, speech-language pathology, otolaryngology, audiology, nursing, pediatric dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, and maxillofacial.

Institute for Child Health Policy

The Institute for Child Health Policy brings together a multidisciplinary faculty from the University of Florida to conduct innovative and rigorous science to promote the health of children, adolescents, and young adults.

Leukodystrophy Care Center

The UF Shands Leukodystrophy Center provides a multidisciplinary approach tailored to the individual needs of each patient through their different stages of the disease. The center includes well-trained health professionals from several specialties and departments that work together to plan and offer the best options and care for specific patient’s needs.

Pediatrics Information Technology (IT) Center

The Pediatrics Information Technology (IT) Center provides personal computer, mobile device, networking, web site, database, and server support/services for the faculty and staff of the Department of Pediatrics.

Powell Center for Rare Disease Research and Therapy

The University of Florida Powell Center for Rare Disease Research and Therapy is dedicated to improving the lives of those suffering from rare diseases by providing world-class medicine and groundbreaking research. Our center has developed an interdisciplinary research program that integrates clinical, translational and basic research strategies that allows us to deliver quality services with compassion and excellence.

Powell Gene Therapy Center

The Powell Gene Therapy Center (PGTC) at the University of Florida has been instrumental in the development of newer, safer agents for the delivery of therapeutic genes to patients with genetic diseases, such as cystic fibrosis (CF) and alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency (AAT-D).