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department of pediatrics

A Message from Stephen C. Aronoff, MD, MBA
Waldo E. Nelson Chair, Department of Pediatrics

Professor, Pediatrics


The Department of Pediatrics at Temple University School of Medicine has three principal missions:


  1. To provide Temple University School of Medicine students with world class levels of instruction in the field of Pediatrics
  2. To provide the highest quality of care to patients seen in the ambulatory setting at Temple University Hospital
  3. To provide new knowledge in the field of children’s health


The Department of Pediatrics at Temple University School of Medicine reached worldwide prominence under the leadership of Waldo E. Nelson, MD who was the Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics from 1940 to 1964, editor of the Journal of Pediatrics and the Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, generally known as the "bible" of pediatrics. Since then, the department has been a leader in the delivery of care to children in north Philadelphia and in undergraduate pediatric education.


The cornerstone of the department is Temple Pediatric Care (TPC) , a primary care site located on the Temple Health Science campus. Serving more than 14,000 children from throughout Philadelphia County, TPC has achieved level 3 status from the National Council on Quality Assurance, a designation reserved for only a few primary care practices that meet the highest degree of quality requirements. The department also provides care to newborn infants at Temple University Hospital and to inpatients at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.


Stephen C. Aronoff, MD, MBA