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Department of Pediatrics

Welcome to the SIU School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics website

Mark PuczynskiI invite you to explore our pages to learn more about all aspects of our program - teaching, research, and excellent pediatric patient care.

Our mission is to meet the health care needs of children and their families in Central and Southern Illinois through the provision of high quality, coordinated care of children with acute and chronic conditions with inpatient, ambulatory, and community-based programs. What does this mean? We are committed to improving the health and lives of children.

We have entered an exciting phase of growth and development within the department. Numerous sub specialists have recently joined our program and further recruitment continues. Our main affiliate, St. John's Children's Hospital, is a member of the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Relation Institutions, the only facility in our region, dedicated to the well being of children.

The Department of Pediatrics, along with St. John's Children's Hospital, is a local and regional referral and consultation center that provides comprehensive patient care for children. Many of our physicians are recognized nationally and internationally for their clinical expertise and research endeavors to enhance our knowledge of diseases such as Opsoclonus-Myoclonus Syndrome, obesity in pediatrics, childhood cancers, respiratory illnesses in the neonate, as well as many other disorders. We are also committed to education. Medical students rotate through our department to gain experience in pediatric medicine. Our residency program is fully accredited and is dedicated to graduating the finest pediatric physicians.

We all are proud to be a part of this dynamic medical community. Again, I welcome you to our web site and I know that you will be as impressed as I am with what the SIU Department of Pediatrics has to offer.


Mark Puczynski, MD
Chairman, Department of Pediatrics
Medical Director, St. John's Children's Hospital