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Department of Pediatrics


The Department of Pediatrics at MUSC represents the clinical department dedicated to the study of pediatrics within the College of Medicine. The department is committed to providing a broad educational experience in all aspects of pediatric medicine. Represented by more than 30 specialty areas, the Department of Pediatrics provides training for undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students.

A message from our Chair

Dear Friend,

Welcome to the combined website for the MUSC Department of Pediatrics and MUSC Children’s Hospital.  As you visit our Children's Hospital, you will find a comprehensive, well-designed, busy facility that was obviously created with children in mind. To match this facility, you will find a seasoned faculty composed of enthusiastic, dedicated pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists. All of the pediatric subspecialty disciplines are represented and you will find that the faculty is eager to teach as well as provide quality care to their patients. 

Special things about us:

  • This year we ranked in the “Best Children’s Hospital” US News & World Report rankings for three specialties:

#21 in Cardiac and Heart Surgery

Our pediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery program has been a top-tier program for years and remains the only pediatric cardiac surgery program in the state, with important partnership from all of the other children’s hospitals in the state (Greenville, Columbia, Florence), which combine as the Children’s Heart Program of South Carolina. 

#31 in Nephrology (Kidney Disease)

This program’s star has risen over the last year under the leadership of a new Division Chief, Dr. Ibrahim Shatat, who has special interest in hypertension and has brought significant national recognition to the division with his hosting of the prestigious Midwest Pediatric Nephrology Consortium, a clinical research network, here in Charleston this year.  We also hired a new transplant nephrologist, Dr. Katherine Twombley who came from University of Texas-–Southwestern, in Dallas. 

#39 in Gastroenterology and GI Surgery

The GI program got a huge boost with the addition of two new faculty, Dr. Christine Carter-Kent, from the Cleveland Clinic, and the new Division Chief, Dr. Antonio Quiros, from San Francisco, who brings super-specialized endoscopy skills to the program.  This program jumped from 49th last year to 39th this year.  These two physicians bring their expertise in Inflammatory Bowel Disease, or IBD, and are developing an IBD program for children.

Our division of pediatric surgery has been on the forefront of minimally invasive GI surgery, providing advanced laparoscopic surgical techniques in the management of a variety of pediatric gastroenterological problems, including the use of robotic surgery and mini-laparoscopy. Our surgeons (Drs. Hebra, Smith, Streck and Cina) are able to offer minimally invasive procedures to all ages, from young infants to teenagers.

  • We are building our solid-organ transplant program which includes kidney, heart and liver transplantation, and so it is critical that all three of these programs were ranked. 

  • Our Pediatric Blood and Bone Marrow Transplant Center has grown by almost 200 percent in the last four years, placing it in the top third of pediatric transplant centers in the national Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Consortium.

  • We have the only Pediatric Rheumatology Program in South Carolina that can provide specialized care for children with, for example, lupus or juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

  • The MUSC Children’s Hospital has 186 beds, including 66 NICU beds.  It receives approximately 6,000 yearly hospital admissions each year, and its clinics had >100,000 outpatient visits each year.

  • The MUSC Children’s Hospital has approximately 85 residents and fellows in training.

I really believe that the children of South Carolina are extremely fortunate to have the level of quality of these programs available so close to home, and not having to leave the state to obtain top-tier care in pediatrics.  The excellence in these areas also attracts pediatric medical and surgical specialists in other areas as well.  I am so proud of all of our MUSC Children’s Hospital clinical service providers; they continue to amaze me with their superb care and caring of our children.

SinceDr. Rita Ryanrely yours,

Rita M. Ryan, MD
Chair, Department of Pediatrics