Pediatric Hospital Medicine

When a child is sick or injured and needs to be admitted to the hospital, attending physicians called pediatric hospitalists are key members of their care team.

At Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), pediatric hospitalists provide care to children hospitalized at both our Philadelphia and King of Prussia campuses. Our team is made up of more than 100 attending physicians, all trained in pediatrics. Under our care, we will evaluate your child every day, discuss labs and imaging, and determine a care plan specific to your child and his/her diagnosis.

Our pediatric hospitalists provide comprehensive treatment for a wide variety of medical conditions. We care for patients with breathing problems such an acute asthma exacerbation, pneumonia, and viral bronchiolitis. We treat infections such as sepsis, urinary tract infections, and infections of the skin or bone. If your child’s condition requires the help of subspecialists, we  coordinate care with other pediatric experts and work with your pediatrician as needed to provide comprehensive, patient-centered care.  In addition to general pediatric services across both hospitals, our pediatric hospitalist team also provides care for children with specific needs, including:

  • Medically complex children who are frequently hospitalized – Our pediatric hospitalists have expertise in the management of complex medical conditions and partner closely with CHOP’s Compass Care Program to optimize care coordination and provide the multidisciplinary care these children may need.
  • Hospitalized children with underlying lymphatic disorders – Our hospitalists work with specialists from CHOP’s Center for Lymphatic Disorders to provide coordinated medical care.
  • Hospitalized children who require surgery– Pediatric hospitalists partner with specialists in Neurosurgery, Urology and Plastic Surgery to co-manage patients before and after surgery.
  • Patients hospitalized briefly for observation – We provide care in our Pediatric Observation Unit for children who require a short hospital stay.
  • Patients who require sedation – We have a team of highly trained pediatric hospitalists who work with  anesthesiologists, nurse practitioners, nurses, and child life specialists to provide sedation for infants, children and adolescents undergoing imaging or nonoperative procedures.
  • Hospitalized children who need behavioral health resources – Pediatric hospitalists collaborate with a team of pediatric psychiatrists and pediatric psychologists to provide care for children with medical problems who also require comprehensive behavioral health resources in our Medical Behavioral Unit.


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