Our History

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For the last century, the exploration of pioneering ideas at the University of Minnesota’s Department of Pediatrics has launched medical firsts that have made a lasting difference for children in Minnesota and around the world.

We’ve advanced a lot in 100 years. We’ve moved from offering supportive care to dealing primarily with acute infection, chronic illnesses, and healthy development in children. - Joseph P. Neglia, M.D., M.P.H., department head 

We were the children’s hospital to accomplish the first successful pediatric blood and marrow transplant, the first infant heart transplant in Minnesota, and the first pediatric cochlear ear implant surgery. 

Historic photo of pediatric care