History and Statistics



  • Indiana University School of Medicine is founded


  • The Riley Memorial Association, now the Riley Children's Foundations, is founded with the goal of building a children's hospital in memory of Hoosier Poet James Whitcomb Riley


  • Riley Hospital for Children opens


  • President Franklin Delano Roosevelt attends the dedication of the hydrotheraputic pool for children with polio


  • The Riley Research Building opens as an addition to the Riley Hospital for Children campus


  • Indiana's first pediatric cardiac catheterization laboratory opens at Riley


  • Indiana's first pediatric open heart procedure is performed at Riley


  • Riley becomes the first hospital in the nation to perform percutaneous cardiac catheterization (a minimally invasive diagnostic and treatment procedure) in children


  • Riley Hospital for Children becomes the first hospital in Indiana, and one of the first in the nation, to utilize echocardiography to diagnose congenital heart defects


  • Indiana's first and only pediatric burn center opens at Riley
  • Indiana's first neonatal intensive care unit opens at Riley
  • The Parent Care Unit opens at Riley Hospital for Children with open visitation, participation and in-room sleeping accommodations for parents, creating a national model for family-centered care


  • The first staged Fontan procedure in Indiana is performed at Riley. The surgery keeps oxygenated blood and deoxygenated blood from mixing in the heart


  • Riley becomes the first hospital in Indiana to provide outpatient surgical care for children


  • Indiana's first pediatric cochlear implant procedure (to correct deafness) is performed at Riley


  • Indiana's first ECMO procedure (a form of heart-lung bypass for critically ill infants and children) is performed at Riley


  • Indiana's first pediatric liver transplant is performed at Riley


  • Indiana's first infant and newborn heart transplants are performed at Riley


  • The Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research opens at Riley Hospital for Children


  • Indiana's first and only pediatric cancer center, including the state's only stem cell transplant unit, opens at Riley
  • Indiana's first pediatric cord blood transplant is performed at Riley


  • Riley Hospital for Children joins Indiana University Hospital and Methodist Hospital to form Clarian Health Partners


  • Clarian Health Partners is listed among the nation's best hospitals by US News and World Report magazine for nine consecutive years


  • The Riley Outpatient Center opens as the nation's largest ambulatory care center for children


  • The Riley Sleep Disorders Center opens as the largest pediatric sleep lab in the world


  • Indiana's only dedicated unit for children with heart defects, the Riley Heart Center, opens
  • Riley is one of just 19 hospitals in the country selected to perform Phase I pediatric cancer research protocols
  • One of the nation's three largest autism centers, the Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center, opens at Riley


  • First intestinal and multi-organ transplants in Indiana performed at Riley
  • First hospital in the Eastern United States and only one of two in the U.S. to receive special government permission to use and implant the Berlin Heart, a ventricular assist device. The Berlin Heart is a new way to treat complex cardiac problems
  • First time Riley surgeons use Repiphysis, a prosthetic implanted in an arm or leg
  • First hospital in Indiana to perform a pulmonary autograft mitral valve replacement, a revolutionary procedure to replace the mitral valve


  • Family as Faculty program, part of the Family-Centered Care Program, launched at Riley Hospital for Children
  • Riley formalizes partnership with Deaconess Hospital in Evansville
  • Riley celebrates 80th birthday
  • Riley ranked as one of America's best children's hospitals according to Child Magazine
  • Riley Launches Riley Connections - A Telemedicine Program, allowing Riley physicians to consult with out-of-town physicians and patients


  • Riley announces its $500 million, 10-year plan
  • Riley Hospital for Children at Clarian North Medical Center opens
  • Phase V patient tower work begins
  • Riley NICU is recognized as among the best five in the nation, according to Child magazine


  • Child magazine ranked Riley Hospital 11th in the nation overall out of nearly 250 children's hospitals. The magazine also ranked the hospital's neonatal and pulmonary departments in the top 10.
  • The Riley Children's Foundation received a $10 million gift from the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation that will be used to help establish a world-class pediatric diabetes treatment and care program at Riley Hospital for Children.
  • Riley Hospital for Children at Clarian North opened the Center for Children's Cancer and Blood Diseases. The center provides hematology/ oncology services to patients and families.
  • Riley is the first hospital in Indiana and among a few hospitals in the nation to use the Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib (VEPTR). The VEPTR is a curved, telescoping titanium device that's attached to the ribs and/or the spine to straighten and separate them so that the lungs develop properly.
  • Riley's ECMO program ranked in the top five internationally


  • The Simon Family announces a gift of $40 million toward the completion of the new 10-story, 675,000-square foot inpatient tower
  • Riley places fourth among the nation's free¬standing children's hospitals with total research funding of $51 million, including $26.2 million from the National Institutes of Health
  • Riley earns Level I Trauma verification making it one of 12 children's hospitals in the nation with this designation
  • Clarian acquires the Midwest Proton Radiotherapy Institute, one of five in the country and the only one in the Midwest, providing precision treatment for cancer and benign tumors in children and adults


  • U.S.News & World Report's 2008 edition of America's Best Children's Hospitals ranked five specialty programs at Riley among the top 30 children's hospitals in the nation
  • Riley, Indiana University School of Medicine and Moi University School of Medicine completes construction on the new Riley Mother and Baby Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya
  • Riley clinical and translational research a major component of the $25 million NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award to Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Riley formalizes longtime relationship with the Capital Institute of Pediatrics of Beijing, China by becoming international sister hospitals


  • Riley ranked as one of America's best children's hospitals, according to Parents magazine
  • U.S.News & World Report's 2009–2010 edition of America's Best Children's Hospitals ranked seven specialty programs at Riley among the top 30 children's hospitals in the nation
  • Riley and IUSM, Department of Pediatrics placed in the top 10 nationally in NIH funding ($18 million) with total extramural support at a historic high ($47 million)


The Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) Department of Pediatrics is located at Riley Hospital for Children in downtown Indianapolis and has clinical programs throughout the city and the State. The department has 250 faculty members. The primary clinical operations are housed at Riley main campus, Riley at Methodist Hospital and at Riley Hospital North. More statistics about the Department of Pediatrics are listed below.

  • #8 in NIH funding to Pediatric Departments in 2007
  • 22 Endowed Chairs
  • 250 Faculty
  • Endowed Chair for the chairperson – endowment $5.5 million
  • 530 Pediatric/Med/Surg/PICU/NICU/ rehab beds (includes 240 NICU beds in 8 hospitals)
  • 675,000 sq ft 300 bed inpatient addition under construction
  • 150 pediatric residents
  • $2.5 million endowment for Physician Scientist Training Program
  • $2.5 million endowment for Dyson Pediatric Residency Program
  • Endowed chair for pediatric residency director
  • $9 million endowment for pediatric education program
  • Professional billings for clinical services in excess of $90 million per year
  • Subspecialty outpatient services at 16 sites and primary care services at 30 sites
  • $12 million investment in new type I diabetes basic research program
  • Major expansion of Wells Center basic research facility 2009/2010
  • $6 million investment in pediatric clinical and translational research and recent funding by NIH of IUSM CTSA with major leadership role by pediatric faculty