Programs & Centers

These programs and centers are part of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School. 

Leukodystrophy Center

Dr. Orchard and Dr. Lund

The Leukodystrophy Center at the University of Minnesota has unsurpassed experience treating leukodystrophy patients. Our physicians lead the field in several areas of research and continue to explore innovative ways to improve treatment success.

Leukodystrophy Center

Brain Tumor Program

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The University of Minnesota Brain Tumor Program continually distinguishes itself as a national leader in the field of neuro-oncology by combining the principles of outstanding clinical care and education with cutting-edge research.

Brain Tumor Program

Gene Therapy Center

DNA

The Gene Therapy Center provides MPS mutation analysis and the MPSTest™—a screening method for mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) and related diseases. MPS diseases are genetic lysosomal storage diseases (LSD) caused by the body’s inability to produce specific enzymes, leading to damage in the heart, bones, joints, respiratory system and central nervous system.

Gene Therapy Center

Otto Bremer Trust Center for Safe and Healthy Children

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With a multidisciplinary team, we aim to provide an evidence-based, developmentally and psychologically supportive consultation and examination. Our comprehensive medical evaluation includes a written assessment for child abuse & neglect including documentation of injuries and medical diagnoses.  

Additional services, depending on the nature of the consultation, may include visualization of the genitalia with a colposcope, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and forensic photo-documentation. Our Center accepts referrals for inpatient and outpatient consultation for all types of abuse and neglect. To make a referral just contact our SAFE Pager at (612) 273-SAFE (7233).

During the daytime, our program coordinator will assist in scheduling appointments as well as answer questions or concerns on mandatory reporting. After hours, our SAFE Pager will direct you to on call support from our Child Abuse Pediatricians or Social Workers. 

Otto Bremer Trust Center for Safe and Healthy Children

Adoption Medicine Clinic

CHild and doctor from Adoption Medicine Clinic

The Adoption Medicine Clinic is a global leader in adoption medicine, research, education and advocacy. Our providers have completed over 30,000 pre-adoption reviews for children in over 40 countries. We provide pre-adoption consultations, medical reviews, travel counseling, and comprehensive post-adoption care.

Adoption Medicine Clinic

Childhood Cancer Survivor Program

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The University of Minnesota Childhood Cancer Survivor Program cares for survivors of all ages—children and adults. Update your contact information so the program may reach you with any new information that may be helpful to your care and quality of life as a childhood cancer survivor. 

Childhood Cancer Survivor Program

Heart Center

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The multidisciplinary Heart Center combines academic research and skilled practitioners with medical device technology to provide the best possible care and support for patients and their families.

With dedicated heart surgeons and specialists who work together to repair heart defects in children, a 12-bed intensive care unit exclusively for heart patients, and private rooms that help avoid infections and other complications, the Heart Center at University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital provides state-of-the-art services such as ablation, ventricular-assist devices, catheterization, surgery and transplantation.

Heart Center 

Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS) Center

Amelia Thomas

Our MPS Center is internationally recognized for our expertise, innovative treatment approaches, and research. Patients are cared for by experts in the areas of audiology, blood and marrow transplantation, cardiology, ear, nose and throat, endocrinology, genetics, neurology, neuropsychology, neuroradiology, ophthalmology, orthopeadic surgery, and pulmonology. This multidisciplinary team approach ensures that the care we provide best meets the unique needs of each patient and family.

Mucopolysaccharidosis Center

Birth to Three Clinic and Early Childhood Mental Health Program

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The Birth to Three Clinic and Early Childhood Mental Health Program provides mental health evaluation and assessment of social-emotional development and focuses on eliminating the gap in services for children ages zero to three. The Program provides therapeutic interventions for parents and children, including guidance and resources for effective parenting.

Birth to Three Clinic and Early Childhood Mental Health Program

Developmental Biology Center

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The Developmental Biology Center seeks to discover fundamental molecular and genetic mechanisms underlying development of animals and plants and to understand the links between these processes and human health.

To achieve these goals, we promote interaction and training of researchers taking diverse approaches to the study of development in a rigorous and highly engaged intellectual environment.

Developmental Biology Center 

Minnesota Cystic Fibrosis Center

Cystic fibrosis patient and doctors

The Minnesota Cystic Fibrosis Center is dedicated to providing the best possible care and support for patients and their families. Using a preventive model of care, our patients have achieved a higher level of wellness as evidenced by our superb outcomes.

Minnesota Cystic Fibrosis Center

Program in Infection and Immunity

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The Program in Infection and Immunity (formerly known as CIDMTR) promotes interdisciplinary interactions among highly accomplished teams of investigators with expertise in Infectious Diseases, Microbiology and Immunology. Our mission is to discover mechanisms of pathogenesis that can be translated into new treatments and strategies for prevention of infectious diseases.

Program in Infection and Immunity