About Us


The Department of Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) is located in Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. The Department has tripled in size in the past 20 years and today includes over 1,200 faculty and staff statewide.  Located in downtown Indianapolis on the 93 acre medical campus, the Department of Pediatrics at IUSM is connected to five hospitals, the Herman B. Wells Center for Pediatric Research and the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center by monorail and a campus bus system.  The downtown campus includes Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, IU Health University Hospital, Wishard/Eskenazi Hospital, Roudebush VA Hospital and IU Health Methodist Hospital.

Riley Hospital for Children opened in 1924 and today it is one of the largest pediatric hospitals in the country.  Inpatient admissions last year exceeded 9,600. The newest addition to the hospital, the Simon Family Tower, opened in 2012.  This new 675,000 square foot extension of Riley Hospital for Children was designed with input from physicians, medical staff, nurses, patients and their families.  Their suggestions resulted in several key enhancements for patients and their families such as family lounges, kitchens, showers and laundry facilities in addition to state-of-the art facilities for physicians and staff. The Riley Hospital Ronald McDonald House is the largest in the nation, providing on site housing for families whose children are hospitalized.
The Riley Outpatient Center (ROC) was opened in September 2000 to consolidate all of Riley Hospital’s outpatient services into one building.  The five-story, 250,000 sq/ft, state-of-the-art facility is designed to accommodate the more than 300,000 subspecialty outpatient visits per year made to the 30 specialized ambulatory care clinics.

The Department of Pediatrics at IUSM also has one of the strongest community pediatric training programs in the country.   IUSM faculty, residents and fellows provide care at 30 Indianapolis community clinics and at 16 subspecialty clinics throughout the state in addition to working with community partners on outreach and education programs.

National Prominence

Each year U.S. News & World Report surveys 178 pediatric centers to obtain clinical data in 10 specialties
and asks 150 pediatric specialists in each specialty where they would send their sickest children.   In all ten specialty programs, Riley is ranked among the top children's hospitals in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's 2013-2014 edition of America's Best Children's Hospitals. All Indiana pediatricians listed in America's Top Doctors have Riley Children’s Hospital based practices.

Riley Hospital for Children also has:

  • An internationally ranked ECMO program in the state's most comprehensive neonatal unit
  • The world's largest pediatric sleep disorders center
  • One of the nation’s largest autism treatment centers — The Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center
  • One of the most experienced pediatric orthopedic programs in the nation, with the state's only pediatric-based sports medicine program
  • One of the nation's largest pediatric residency programs and the only training site in Indiana for pediatric subspecialists
  • Indiana's only nationally ranked pediatric heart and cancer programs
  • Indiana's only robotic rehabilitation center for children with cerebral palsy and other movement disorders
  • Indiana's only Pediatric Level I Trauma Center
  • Indiana's only Pediatric Burn Center
  • Indiana's only ediatric dialysis program


The Department of Pediatrics’ Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research is one of the most robust research departments in the country.  Pediatric investigators have achieved international recognition and have an outstanding record for attaining peer-reviewed, external research funding totaling approximately $41 million in 2014, including funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the American Heart Association, and the Department of Defense.  Of ranked Pediatric Departments, IUSM has consistently been in the top 5-8% nationally in NIH funding during the last 8 years.  For more information on research programs, facilities and investigators see Research.


The Department of Pediatrics offers comprehensive training for pediatricians from medical school to lifelong state-of-the-art learning modules for practicing physicians.  Our nationally acclaimed faculty provide supportive, innovative instruction and guidance. Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) is the nation’s second largest medical school with over 300 students and has one of the largest pediatric residency programs in the nation.  Four combined residency programs are also offered in Med/Peds, Peds/Psych/Child Psych,  EM/Peds and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities.    
Fellowship programs are offered in 14 pediatric subspecialties to help pediatricians develop leadership roles in their respective field, including expanded clinical skills, teaching, research and administrative leadership skills. Our faculty is dedicated to providing a stimulating and complete training program with focus on the individual and we pride ourselves on our high faculty to fellow ratio and collegial atmosphere. For more information on pediatric education programs at IUSM, see Education.Fairbanks Hall, situated on the canal at one end of the medical campus, houses a new state-of-the-art Pediatric Simulation Center for the training of medical students, residents, fellows, graduate students, faculty, and health care providers using a wide array of novel technological resources.