Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. As one of the largest departments within the medical center, we are proud to be home to some 450 primary faculty, 300 community-based volunteer faculty, 114 residents, and over 250 administrative and research staff. The Department is rooted in a rich history of commitment to excellence in research, education, and patient care. Our faculty, fellows and trainees represent the very best of academic medicine – extraordinary people doing incredible things to advance the care for children in Middle Tennessee, across the nation, and throughout the world. The result is a Department which reaches far beyond the walls of our hospital to provide high-quality patient care, to train the next generation of leaders in pediatric medicine, and to advance our knowledge of important conditions that affect vulnerable infants and children through world class research.

The Department is housed within the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, supporting an amazing synergy between the teaching faculty, house staff and the patients and families we treat. We are also located on the Vanderbilt University Medical Center campus, including the Vanderbilt University Hospital, the Ingram Cancer Center, the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital, the Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital, and the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health, which gives our faculty and trainees access to phenomenal collaborators and facilities. Vanderbilt has trained 43% of all pediatricians currently practicing in Tennessee and is a key training and research center for children’s health specialists across the nation.

Diversity and inclusion are core values of the Department of Pediatrics. We strive to have a workforce that represents our community in order to provide quality equitable care to our diverse patient populations.

Nashville, Tennessee is a thriving community of commerce, finance, healthcare, and music. It has been named the #3 Best City for Young Professionals1 and among the Top 20 Travel Destinations for 20202, Friendliest Cities in the World (#17)3, and Top 25 Best State Capitals to Live in4. The Nashville metropolitan area is estimated to be home to over 1.75 million people and is diverse and constantly growing.

Whether you have come to our website as a prospective applicant to one of our highly-regarded training programs, an investigator interested in the groundbreaking research occurring as part of our more than $71.7 million in annual research funding, or you are interested in learning more about the things we do each day to improve child health, I hope you will take the time to explore our site. If you want to learn more or you’d like to connect with us, please don’t hesitate to contact our department.


Steven A. Webber, MBChB, MRCP

Steven A. Webber, MBChB, MRCP
James C. Overall Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt



1SmartAsset, The Best Cities for Young Professionals – 2019 Edition
2Forbes Travel Guide, The Top 20 Destinations for 2020
3Travel and Leisure, The Friendliest Cities in the World

4SmartAsset, Best State Capitals to Live In – 2019 Edition