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University of Washington School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics Ranked 8th in Nation

April 16, 2010

Seattle Children's Hospital is among the sites that train UW's pediatric physicians

The University of Washington School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics has been ranked eighth among the top pediatric programs at medical schools in the U.S. according to annual rankings of graduate and professional programs provided by U.S. News & World Report. Seattle Children's Hospital is among the sites that train pediatric physicians.

“We are honored to be affiliated with one of the top pediatric-training programs in the country,” said Bruder Stapleton, M.D., chief academic officer at Children’s and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the UW School of Medicine. “This ranking demonstrates the level of excellence, compassion and commitment the UW faculty based at Seattle Children's put into their work every day.”

The UW Department of Pediatrics consists of 300 physicians, researchers and others holding academic appointments at the UW School of Medicine.  Many of the faculty conduct research in an effort to someday eliminate pediatric disease. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Children’s was recently ranked fifth in the nation in NIH funding for children’s hospitals; up six spots from the previous year.  The Department of Pediatrics faculty at all research sites now hold more than $ 40 million dollars in annual NIH support.

“This past year the department also had an exceptional applicant pool for our residency program with 1000 applications for 33 positions,” said Stapleton. “The competition for the residency program demonstrates the excellent national image of our educational programs.”

About Seattle Children’s

Consistently ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical referral center for the largest landmass of any children’s hospital in the country (Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho). For more than 100 years, Seattle Children’s has been delivering superior patient care while advancing new treatments through pediatric research. Seattle Children’s serves as the primary teaching, clinical and research site for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The hospital works in partnership with Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

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