Professor AK Deorari
We care for children, and we excel! We are a dynamic and vibrant Department, recognized as India’s leading academic health centre for pediatric specialty and subspecialty healthcare education and research. We are a diverse group comprising of academic faculty, clinicians, scientists, researchers, postgraduate and DM trainees, research and doctoral fellows and technical and administrative staff united in our common goal of improving the health of all newborns, children and adolescents.
The founding fathers of our Department are late Prof. O.P. Ghai and Prof. B.N.S. Walia. Inaugurated by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in 1960, we have gone from strength to strength in the ensuing decades, guided by inspiring and visionary faculty, and enriched by brilliant students and scholars.
We are amongst the very few Departments in the country to have well-developed Pediatric subspecialties of Neonatology, Genetics, Nephrology, Neurology, Pulmonology, Intensive Care, Endocrinology, Oncology, Infectious Diseases, Rheumatology, and Gastroenterology & Hepatology. We prepare future leaders in pediatric medicine by offering broad-based training in general pediatrics, critical care and pediatric subspecialties within a variety of ambulatory, emergency and inpatient settings. Besides MD and PhD programs, the Department offers DM courses in Neonatology, Pediatric Neurology, Nephrology,Oncology and Pulmonology & Intensive Care.
We are credited with development of a vaccine (Rotavirus), two new diagnostics (Cystic Fibrosis, Celiac Disease),improved drugs (low osmolality ORS). We hold multiple patents and are among the leading departments in the Institute in extramural funded research.The Department has excelled in developing innovative educational programs for doctors and nurses, including an online educational program and Apps on mobile phones on newborn care. Division of Neonatology developed a multimodal learning resource material on “Care of preterm neonates” for district health facilities by collaborative effort involving institutions and neonatologists in the country . Department of Pediatrics has taken a lead in spreading quality improvement methodology across multiple Departments at AIIMS and initiating antibiotic stewardship programme within. We developed a learning module on point of care quality improvement ( POCQI ) available on www.pocqi.orgThe Department hosts sister websites www.newbornwhocc.org and www.kmcindia.orgon newborn health and Kangaroo Mother Care;www.clinicalgeneticsaiimswhocc.org on birth defects & genetics ;www.pedneuroaiims.org in pediatrics neurology
During 2017-18, the Department provided outpatient consultation to more than 1,74,450 children and inpatient care to over 4100 children, day care 7300, Pediatrics ICU 250 and NICU 1500 neonates. The Department is a collaborative group comprising of 22 faculty members, 2 scientists, 41 DM residents, 32 Senior residents, 36 Junior residents, 7 Ph.D. scholars, nearly 100 nurses, 32 staff members and over 100 research staff.
Our vision is to be one of the ten best academic centres of Pediatrics in the world before 2025. Our mission is to improve the health of children through world-class excellence in education, patient care, research, innovation and policy assistance. Our core values are accountability, enabling mentorship, child friendliness, partnering, team spirit, good governance and fraternal ethos.
We have been ranked as the Best Pediatric Department in the country by The Week and the Best Specialty Hospital in Paediatrics in India by CNBC TV 18, but for us the most important measure of our success is the smile of our patients and their families!
Special status: The Department of Pediatrics has made an outstanding contribution to national and global child health policy and programs. The Department hosts:
.WHO Collaborating Centre for Training and Research in Newborn Care for South East Asia Region
.WHO Collaborating Centre for Training in Clinical Laboratory Genetics in Developing Countries for South East Asia Region
.ICMR Centre for Advanced Centre Research in Newborn Health
.ICMR Advanced Centre for Research in Pediatric Nephrology
.Centre of Excellence and Advanced Research on Childhood Neurodevelopmental disorders in Pediatric Neurology