The Department of Pediatrics at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center is committed to providing the highest level of care for the underserved. By combining excellent scientific research with state-of-the-art clinical care, Harbor-UCLA offers a unique opportunity for training the next generation of leaders in pediatrics in a culturally diverse setting. The Department of Pediatrics at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center is a uniquely strong and cooperative environment – one that prepares physicians for both the challenges and the opportunities in the dynamic practice of medicine. Training leaders in community activism, research, and clinical care, we are proud of the many contributions our faculty and graduates have made to improve children’s health. Check out ourInterview Series and see what it means to train and work at Harbor.

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Harbor-UCLA Medical Center is a Los Angeles County hospital affiliated with the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. With a full time academic faculty practicing in a public hospital, the Department of Pediatrics at Harbor-UCLA provides exceptional instruction by attracting physicians who strive to make a difference in the world. The staff includes world renowned physicians, such as Dr. Carol Berkowitz, who has received several prestigious awards for her numerous contributions to the well-being of children and to the pediatric community.

The Department of Pediatrics at Harbor-UCLA offers cutting-edge research opportunities for faculty and residents. These programs are supported by industry-sponsored grants, contracts, and by various high-profile organizations. Harbor-UCLA is affiliated with the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute, one of the most prominent independent research institutions in the country. With an annual budget of $70 million, LA BioMed provides the infrastructure for extensive basic science and clinical research programs.

Due to the winning combination of innovative scientific research and superior clinical care, the Department of Pediatrics at Harbor-UCLA has many impressive achievements, a few are listed below:

— A newborn screening test for congenital hypothyroidism, a common cause of mental retardation
— A test to detect carriers of Tay-Sachs disease, an inherited, fatal disorder
— The formulation of lung surfactant treatment for premature infants
— The development of an ophthalmic solution to prevent neonatal blindness
— The first sub-specialty education program in pediatric emergency medicine in the country
— The development of Aldurazyme, the enzyme replacement therapy for mucopolysaccharidosis I or Hurler syndrome
— The establishment of new national recommendations for childhood immunizations
— Improved pain management for infants and children
— Reconstructive surgery on thalidomide babies
— The creation of resuscitation guidelines for newborns
— Key advancements in pediatric cardiology