About Us

The mission of Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children's Hospital Colorado is to improve the health of children through the provision of high-quality, coordinated programs of patient care, education, research and advocacy. 

Steve Daniels

The Department is led by Stephen Daniels, MD, PhD, professor and chairman, Department of Pediatrics, CU School of Medicine, and pediatrician-in-chief, Children's Hospital Colorado.


Some of the recent accolades for the Department of Pediatrics include:

  • The Department was ranked eighth in the nation in 2023 for "Best Pediatrics Programs" by U.S. News & World Report.

  • ​U.S. News & World Report released its 2023-2024 rankings of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals –  Children's Colorado ranked No. 1 in the region and the state. Four of Children's specialty areas were among the country's top 10, including:​
    • Gastroenterology & GI Surgery: No. 3
    • Diabetes and Endocrinology: No. 4
    • Pulmonology and Lung Surgery: No. 6
    • Cancer: No. 7
  • U.S. News & World Report ranked the Department of Pediatrics Child Health Associate/ Physician Assistant Program 8th in the country out of 173 programs. CHA/PA is the only physician assistant program with a pediatric emphasis.

Rocky Mountains

Denver is located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. One can enjoy a panoramic view of the from our campus. Rocky Mountain National Park is just 90 minutes away.


With the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and MLS, Denver has teams in all the major professional sports leagues. There are professional rugby and lacrosse teams as well.


Red Rocks Park and Ampitheatre is a must-stop for concert lovers. From smaller clubs to medium-sized theaters to large arenas, there are plenty of options for live music.


With 32 ski resorts and 40,000 acres of skiable terrain, Colorado is the No. 1 destination for skiing and snowboarding. The skiing season stretches from October to May, so get shredding!
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