UI Hospitals and Clinics

Children's Health

Among our world-class team of health care professionals are:


  • More than 200 physicians and surgeons with special expertise and certification in the care of children provide the medical and surgical care. These specialists include board-certified physicians in pediatrics and many specialties including otolaryngology, orthopedics, ophthalmology and neonatology, to name a few.
  • More than 400 specially trained pediatric nurses, who provide care to children at UI Children's Hospital. They are completely devoted to the care of their patients and serve as advocates for you and your family.
  • Child life specialists, who provide a variety of activities to promote normal child development as well as care for the emotional needs of children and their families. Special care is given to help children understand and cope with illness and the hospital.

UI Children's Hospital 

UI Children's Hospital is dedicated to meeting the health care needs of children and their families. We embrace the principles of patient- and family-centered care, where parents and other family members are the experts on their child.

Primary Care

Specialty Care



Why Choose Us?

University of Iowa Children's Hospital is one of the most respected children's hospitals in the world. It is highly ranked nationally by many entities, including:

  • 24th in the nation in orthopedics for children's care (U.S. News & World Report, 2011).
  • 28th in the nation in nephrology for children's care (U.S. News & World Report, 2011).
  • 29th in the nation in pulmonology for children's care (U.S. News & World Report, 2011).
  • 31st in the nation in neonatology for children's care (U.S. News & World Report, 2011).
  • 32nd in the nation in cardiology and heart surgery for children's care (U.S. News & World Report, 2011).
  • 35th in the nation in urology for children's care (U.S. News & World Report, 2011).
  • 37th in the nation in gastroenterology for children's care (U.S. News & World Report, 2011).
  • 43rd in the nation in cancer for children's care (U.S. News & World Report, 2011).
  • 46th in the nation in neurology and neurosurgery for children's care (U.S. News & World Report, 2011).
  • 48th in the nation in diabetes and endocrinology for children's care (U.S. News & World Report, 2011).
  • OptumHealth Care Solutions designated our neonatal intensive care (2009) and pediatric bone marrow transplant (2008) services as "Centers of Excellence"; the pediatric heart transplant program received Transplant Access Program designation (2008).
  • The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation selected UI Children's Hospital as a Quality Care Award recipient (2009).
  • We are the only hospital in Iowa accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL) for pediatric transthoracic, transesophageal, and fetal echocardiography.
  • Designated by the Administration for Developmental Disabilities as Iowa's University Center of Excellence on Developmental Disabilities.
  • Parents magazine named UI Children's Hospital one of the top 25 children's hospitals in the United States and pediatric emergency care ranked 5th in the nation (2009).
  • We are the first hospital in United States to have NIH-funded center for research on anemia in newborn babies.
  • First surviving baby below 400 grams in Iowa -13th in the world.
  • 8-pound Iowa infant becomes one of world's smallest persons to receive liver transplant in procedure performed at UI Children's Hospital.
  • First hospital in the world to implant a multichannel cochlear implant in a congenitally deaf child.
  • Surgeons pioneer pediatric robotic surgery in 2002.
  • 2008 Iowa chosen as site for long-term National Children's Study.
  • 2009 UI Children's Hospital chosen for national pediatric brain injury study.
  • 173,632 Total pediatric outpatient visits between 2008-2009.
  • 1,142 child cardiac catheterization procedures between 2008-2009.
  • The ETC is the only emergency room in eastern Iowa to staff board-certified pediatric specialists.

Academic Departments that Provide Children's Care