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Department of Pediatrics

A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove… but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.

Department Overview

The faculty of the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV's Department of Pediatrics provide education for students and residents, participate in scholarly activities/research, and care for the children of Las Vegas in a multi-specialty faculty practice. The academic full-time faculty are in the fields of adolescent medicine, developmental/behavioral pediatrics, endocrinology, gastroenterology, general pediatrics, infectious diseases, neurology, and pulmonology. Our community faculty who support our educational endeavors are in multiple fields across pediatrics as well.


To provide outstanding training to pediatrics residents in a diverse clinical learning environment that will ultimately improve the health of the children in Southern Nevada.

Residency Program Aims

The primary aim of the program is to support and develop well-rounded resident physicians who are prepared to meet the challenge of clinical pediatrics and pursue the career path of their choice.

To that end, the program aims to:

  1. Provide residents with guidance and resources to help them select a career path
  2. Provide residents with an extensive clinical knowledge base in the care of the infant/child/adolescent/young adult allowing for ongoing, life-long professional growth in their chosen career paths
  3. Develop curiosity in its trainees to engage in inquiry and utilize evidence to answer questions
  4. Improve residents’ understanding of caring for the underserved

Grants and Special Projects

There are several grant-funded projects within the department, including the Ryan White Part D-coordinated HIV Services and Access to Research for Women Infants Children and Youth (WICY). This program is known in the community as the Maternal Child Wellness Program (MCWP) at UNLV. There are two other Ryan White Part C Capacity Development grant-funded programs within the department of pediatrics that focus on other areas, the first program is HIV Innovations - Community Health Worker Training, and the second grant program involves Gender Affirming Care - Medical Treatment Didactic Training and Education.

Maternal Child Wellness Program (MCWP)

The UNLV Health Maternal Child Wellness Program is made possible through a Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part D Grant for the purpose of providing family-centered care in an outpatient setting to low-income women, infants, children, and youth exposed, infected, or affected by HIV.

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