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Research Excellence

UCSD is a world leader in scientific and medical research ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the 15th best university in the world in 2016 for research, global and regional reputation, and international collaboration. UCSD is ranked 5th in the nation in total R&D expenditures by the National Science Foundation and 6th in the nation in total research output by the journal Nature. UCSD's total research funding has exceeded $1 Billion dollars for 4 of the last 6 years. As a leader in research, UCSD is home to prominent research investigators who serve as both research mentors and clinical educators for our residents. 

​The Department of Pediatrics at UCSD is one of the nation's premier Departments devoted to improving the understanding of disease pathogenesis in ​order to better diagnose, treat and prevent diseases in infants and children. Research efforts include basic and clinical science in various fields spanning the whole range of maladies. Another important goal in the Department is to build and foster the development of the next generation of research leaders in Pediatric Medicine. There has been no better time for research and training in Pediatrics than what is currently and what we predict it will be in the next decade! Visit the UCSD Pediatrics Research site


One of our Department’s highlights is a strong academic program with readily-available opportunities and support to do clinical or bench research. The teaching clinical faculty are exceptional, and truly care about resident education and quality of life. - Dr. Grant Keeney, Chief Resident, ’10-‘11