Pediatric Specialty Care
And our purpose? To bring hope and healing to the children and families we serve by caring for one child at a time, while advancing education, research, and care on behalf of all children.
Specialties that treat Pediatric Specialty Care conditions:
- Pediatric Emergency Services
- Pediatric Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- Pediatric Audiology and Aural Rehabilitation
- Pediatric Integrative Health
- Pediatric Palliative Care
- Pediatric Ear, Nose and Throat (Otolaryngology)
- Pediatric Anesthesiology
- Pediatric Neurosurgery
- Pediatric Gastroenterology and Liver Care (Hepatology)
- Pediatric Urology
- Pediatric Kidney Care (Nephrology)
- Pediatric Genetics and Metabolism
- Pediatric Psychiatry
- Neonatology and NICU
- Pediatric Psychology
- Pediatric Endocrinology
- Pediatric Neuropsychology
- Pediatric Therapy (Rehabilitation)
- Pediatric Heart Care (Cardiology)
- Pediatric Nutrition Services
- Pediatric Blood Disorders (Hematology)
- Pediatric Lung Care (Pulmonology)
- Child Family Life Services
- Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
- Pediatric Occupational Therapy
- Pediatric Physical Therapy
- Pediatric Speech and Language Therapy
- Pediatric Pain Management
- Pediatric Critical Care
- Pediatric General Surgery
- Pediatric Infectious Disease
- Pediatric Neurology
- Pediatric Orthopedics
- Pediatric Sports Medicine
- Pediatric Weight Management
- Pediatric Dermatology
- Pediatric Rheumatology
- Pediatric Eye Care (Ophthalmology)
- Pediatric Cancer
- Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant & Cellular Therapy
- Reference Laboratories (MRL)
- The child comes first.
- The child and family are the drivers of decision making.
- Families are the child’s primary strength and support and are key partners in the inter-disciplinary team.
- Education and research are critical to the care we provide. We continually drive to discover new knowledge that directly and positively impacts the care we provide.
- All care is developmentally and culturally appropriate.
Our Guiding Principles
- We deliver an exceptional and seamless patient and family centered experience.
- We value, champion and live team-based care. We are ONE interdisciplinary health care team.
- We embrace the spirit of children
- We research to discover and deliver leading-edge treatments and cures for every child we serve.
- We educate the current and next generation of pediatric medical professionals.
- We are an academic pediatric health care system. We are known for highly specialized pediatric care locally, nationally, and internationally.
- We serve our local communities as their community hospital.
- We embrace a culture of quality and performance excellence and use measurement and meaningful data to drive improvement.
- We use our resources effectively to improve quality and patient experience while reducing the overall cost of care to our patients and their families.
Conditions & Treatments
- Pediatric Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is the most common cancer that affects children. ALL is a rapidly progressing cancer of the blood and bone marrow. It occurs when the bone marrow makes too many immature white blood cells.
- Pediatric Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is among the more common cancers that affect children. AML is a rapidly progressing cancer of the blood and bone marrow that produces large numbers of abnormal blood cells.
- Adoption Medicine Program
The Adoption Medicine Clinic at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital is internationally recognized and offers comprehensive care using a team approach to ensure better mental, developmental and physical health for children who are adopted or in foster care.
- Pediatric Adrenal Disorders
The adrenal glands sit on top of the kidneys and make hormones such as cortisol, aldosterone and sex hormones. Adrenal disorders include Addison’s disease and Cushing’s syndrome.
M Health Fairview is committed to treating Adrenoleukodystrophy, and all health issues that arise in our lives, with personalized, breakthrough care.
M Health Fairview is committed to treating Arrhythmia Pediatrics, and all health issues that arise in our lives, with personalized, breakthrough care.
- Pediatric Arthritis
The most common type of juvenile arthritis is juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). JIA is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks healthy cells for an unknown reason.
- Pediatric Asthma
Asthma is a chronic condition characterized by the inflammation and narrowing of the lungs and airways, which causes a variety of respiratory symptoms resulting from reduced airflow to the lungs. Asthma cannot be cured, but it can be managed effectively.
- Pediatric Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is a common condition that can develop in childhood and continue through adolescence and adulthood. Young people with ADHD may have difficulty completing schoolwork, getting along with others, and finishing tasks.
M Health Fairview offers Aural Rehabilitation, and we're committed to providing you with personalized, breakthrough care.
Autism and Anxiety Spectrum
M Health Fairview is committed to treating Autism And Anxiety Spectrum, and all health issues that arise in our lives, with personalized, breakthrough care.
- Pediatric Autism Spectrum Disorder - ASD
ASD (“autism spectrum disorder”) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects social interaction, communication, play skills, behavior and interests. It is usually a lifelong condition, but many people with ASD make significant progress with the appropriate interventions.
Bariatric Surgery - Pediatrics
M Health Fairview offers Bariatric Surgery Pediatrics, and we're committed to providing you with personalized, breakthrough care.
Bed-wetting is very common, but it usually is not cause for alarm. Many children who wet the bed sleep so soundly that they don’t wake up to go to the bathroom. Most children outgrow bed-wetting over time.
- Birth to Three Program
The Birth to Three Clinic provides mental health services for our youngest patients who are at-risk for experiencing toxic stress.
- Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant & Cellular Therapy
At University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital, we perform the two main types of stem cell transplant: Autologous transplant – uses the body’s own stem cells and Allogeneic transplant – uses well-matched stem cells from another person.
- Blood Cancers (Hematologic Malignancies)
Cancers of blood cells develop in the blood, bone marrow or lymph nodes. Blood cancers can lead to low numbers of or poorly functioning white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets. Patients can present with fatigue, bruising or bleeding, infections, weight loss and night sweats.
- Pediatric Brain and Central Nervous System Cancers
Brain and Central Nervous System (CNS) Cancers are the most common type of solid tumor in children, accounting for nearly 20 percent of all childhood cancers.
- Pediatric Celiac Disease
Celiac disease is an immune disorder that makes a child sensitive to gluten. When your child eats something that contains gluten, it damages the villi in the small intestine.
- Child Abuse and Neglect Services
The Center for Safe and Healthy Children at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital is dedicated to providing medical care for victims and potential victims of child abuse and neglect.
- University of Minnesota Child and Adolescent Strengths Program (CASP)
The primary focus of the Child and Adolescent Strengths Program (CASP) is the assessment and treatment of individuals who may have a schizophrenia spectrum disorder.
- Childhood Cancer Survivor Program
Our Childhood Cancer Survivor Program provides health care to survivors of childhood and young adult cancers as well as survivors of bone marrow transplant, in conjunction with primary care providers and regardless of where cancer treatment was received.
M Health Fairview is committed to treating Childhood Depression, and all health issues that arise in our lives, with personalized, breakthrough care.
- Cleft and Craniofacial Services
The M Health Fairview team works with you and your child for optimal facial and dental solutions for cleft lip, cleft palate, congenital conditions, and dental needs.
M Health Fairview is committed to treating Cleft Lip, and all health issues that arise in our lives, with personalized, breakthrough care.
M Health Fairview is committed to treating Cleft Palate, and all health issues that arise in our lives, with personalized, breakthrough care.
- Pediatric Clubfoot
Clubfoot is an abnormality in which one foot or both feet are turned inward. In an infant with clubfoot, the tendons (the tissues connecting the muscles to the bone) are shorter than usual. The extent of the infant's abnormality can vary widely.
A colonoscopy is an examination of your child’s entire lower digestive system (the colon and rectum) to diagnose and treat disease. It is performed by a pediatric gastroenterologist using a long, thin, flexible tube with a camera on the end called a colonoscope.
- Pediatric Colonoscopy
Colonoscopy is a test that lets doctors look at the lining of your GI tract. After you are asleep, an colonoscope — a thin, flexible tube with a light and camera on the end — is inserted into your bottom in order to see the large intestine (colon) and the end of the small intestine.
- Pediatric Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
The adrenal glands sit on top of the kidneys and make a variety of hormones. In children with congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH), the adrenals do not make the proper hormones, or in too little or too much amounts.
- Pediatric Counseling
Healthy development for children and adolescents includes physical as well as emotional well being. Our behavioral health programs include counseling services, evaluations and testing, development assessments, and behavior management skills.
- Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a complex, life-threatening, inherited disease that mainly affects your lungs and gastrointestinal system. The majority of people with CF are diagnosed through a newborn screening, though it’s possible to be diagnosed later in life.
M Health Fairview is committed to treating Delayed Puberty, and all health issues that arise in our lives, with personalized, breakthrough care.
- Pediatric Developmental Delay
If your child has been diagnosed with a developmental delay, it means that his or her intellectual abilities are developing at a rate significantly below average in one or more areas. As a result, your child might be experiencing difficulty in learning and social adjustment.
M Health Fairview offers Developmental Evaluation, and we're committed to providing you with personalized, breakthrough care.
- Pediatric Diabetes
M Health Fairview is committed to treating Diabetes Pediatrics, and all health issues that arise in our lives, with personalized, breakthrough care.
- Pediatric Disorders of Sexual Development
Sex development is the process by which external and internal genitalia are formed and can be viewed as being composed of two processes: sex determination and sex differentiation. Disorders are a wide range of conditions which typically present in the newborn or the adolescent.
Eczema is a very common skin disease and is also known as atopic dermatitis. Eczema itches, and patients scratch frequently resulting in bacterial colonization of the skin. Eczema appears as red, itchy papules (bumps) and plaques and may look different depending on age.
- Pediatric Endoscopy
An endoscope is a long, thin, flexible tube with a tiny camera on the end. Endoscopes enable specialists such as pediatric gastroenterologists to see inside your child’s gastrointestinal system without surgery.
- Family Weight Management
As experts in pediatric and adult obesity, we bring together clinical resources and academic expertise from across our system to help family members whose health and well-being are being impacted by extra weight.
- Pediatric Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, FASD, refers to the range of conditions affecting a child’s health and development, including fetal alcohol syndrome. These conditions are a result of a mother’s use of alcohol during pregnancy.
- Pediatric Flexible-Sigmoidoscopy
Flexible Sigmoidoscopy is a test that lets doctors look at the lining of your GI tract. An endoscope — a thin, flexible tube with a light and camera on the end — is inserted into your bottom in order to look at the last few feet of the large intestine. Small tissue samples are collected.
- Pediatric Genetic Counseling
If you or your child has an inherited/genetic condition, it means this condition can affect more than one person in the family. Genetic counselors will talk to you about the inheritance of genetic conditions and how this may affect your health.
- Pediatric Growth Disorders
If your child is not gaining weight or height at the same rate as others the same age, he or she may have a growth disorder. A child whose height is below the bottom of the growth curve as measured by your physician may have a growth disorder.
- Pediatric Hand Deformities
Hand deformities that are present from birth can be an isolated condition, such as extra fingers, or related to an overall syndrome, such as a genetic disorder. In rare instances there may be an environmental cause; in many other cases the cause is unknown.
- Pediatric Hearing Loss
Hearing is an important part of your child’s life, affecting his or her ability to learn and interact with others. Your child’s hearing loss may be categorized into three separate types: conductive, sensorineural, or auditory processing disorder.
- Pediatric Heart Failure
If your child has been diagnosed with heart failure, it means the heart isn’t pumping effectively, and blood isn’t circulating properly. Symptoms may include weight gain, shortness of breath or wheezing, fatigue or racing heartbeat.
- Pediatric Heart Transplant
A heart transplant is a major surgery in which your child’s heart is replaced with a healthier, donor heart. If your child’s treatment involves a heart transplant, it may be comforting to know that roughly 80 percent of our heart transplant patients survive five years or more.
- Pediatric Hydrocephalus
Hydrocephalus is a condition in which cerebrospinal fluid accumulates inside the brain. Cerebrospinal fluid normally flows through the ventricles and over the spinal column. But when fluid is blocked, it can can cause pressure inside the skull and damage to brain tissue.
- Pediatric Hypospadias
Hypospadias is a congenital condition that can occur in young boys, causing the opening to his urethra, the tube that carries urine out of his body, to be located on the underside of the penis, near the scrotum, instead of at the head of the penis.
- Infant Pulmonary Function Testing
If your child has been diagnosed with a lung condition such as cystic fibrosis (CF) and is under the age of two years, infant pulmonary function testing will be recommended. This study measures the size of your child’s lungs and determines how easily he or she is breathing.
- Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Inflammatory bowel disease, includes the two most common forms: Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Starting high-quality care to manage these conditions in childhood gives your child an advantage in life.
Intestinal Disorders Pediatric
M Health Fairview is committed to treating Intestinal Disorders Pediatric, and all health issues that arise in our lives, with personalized, breakthrough care.
- Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplant
Children who cannot absorb adequate nutrition from their intestine to grow and develop normally can be said to have intestinal failure. This may result from surgical removal of small intestine due to injury to the bowel (“short bowel syndrome”) or from a birth defect.
Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis JIA
M Health Fairview is committed to treating Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis JIA, and all health issues that arise in our lives, with personalized, breakthrough care.
- Pediatric Kidney Transplant
End-stage renal disease (ESRD) is severe, irreversible kidney damage that prevents the kidneys from performing functions that are needed to live. Kidney transplantation is highly recommended for children with ESRD because it provides increased longevity and a better quality of life.
- Pediatric Leukemia
Leukemia is the most common cancer that affects children. It is a type of cancer found in the blood and bone marrow where blood cells are formed. The disease is caused by an excessive production of abnormal white blood cells that are unable to fight infection.
- Liver Biopsy
Liver biopsy is a special test that involves obtaining a small sample of the liver tissue to review it under the microscope. After your child is asleep, a small needle is advanced into the liver under ultrasound guidance. Small tissue samples - the size of few pinheads are collected.
- Pediatric Liver Disease
Your child’s liver helps absorb food, eliminates toxic substances, and makes important proteins. Diseases of the liver in children are usually genetic, autoimmune, or caused by viruses or toxins.
- Pediatric Liver Failure
Our livers process nutrients absorbed during digestion and eliminate toxic substances from the body. Diseases of the liver can be genetic or caused by viruses. Often, the first sign of liver disease in young children is jaundice, caused by a buildup of bilirubin.
- Pediatric Liver Transplant
A liver transplant is a lifesaving option for many young patients with liver disease. The child’s medical condition and quality of life are factors that lead to the decision to remove a diseased or damaged liver and replace it with a healthy donor liver.
- Living Donor Kidney Transplant
Living kidney donation is a minimally invasive surgery that can help patients with kidney failure either avoid or shorten their time on dialysis while improving their quality of life. Most donors step forward in response to the need of a friend, family or coworker.
- Living Donor Liver Transplant
When liver function deteriorates it may not adequately perform these tasks and a transplant is necessary. Liver transplants have traditionally been performed using organs from deceased donors. Our transplant surgeons have pioneered the use of donor livers from living donors.
- Pediatric Lung Disease, Chronic
M Health Fairview is committed to treating Lung Disease Chronic Pediatrics, and all health issues that arise in our lives, with personalized, breakthrough care.
- Pediatric Lupus
Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which your child’s immune system creates autoantibodies that can attack healthy tissue, causing inflammation, damage to various parts of your child’s body, including skin, joints, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart, lungs, and other organs.
- Pediatric Lymphoma
Lymphoma is one of the more common cancers that affects children. It is a type of blood cancer that develops when certain white blood cells called lymphocytes divide faster or live long than they should.
- MIBG Therapy
For patients with relapsed neuroblastoma, radioactive MIBG therapy is an experimental new drug that is potentially an effective treatment option with limited side effects. MIBG, when combined with radioactive iodine (I-131), delivers targeted radiation therapy to neuroblastoma cells.
- Neonatal Cholestasis
Neonatal cholestasis is an accumulation of bile in the blood that may be genetic or caused by a virus, medication, or toxin. Biliary atresia is a common cause of neonatal cholestasis. Often, the first sign of liver disease in young children is jaundice.
- Pediatric Neuroblastoma
Neuroblastoma is a very rare cancer that forms in your child’s nerve tissue when immature nerve cells do not develop normally. Common places for it to begin include the adrenal glands, chest or spinal cord.
- NICU Follow-Up Program
M Health Fairview offers our NICU Follow-Up Program. Our providers specialize in personalized, family-centered care for the smallest babies and the most complex cases.
- Pediatric Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapists work with children and their families to promote participation in functional activities or occupations that are meaningful to them, including self-care, motor skills, and play skills. Occupational therapy also can help when issues of self-regulation/adaptive behavior.
- Pediatric Osteosarcoma
Osteosarcoma is a type of bone cancer that typically starts in the ends of growing bones, most often in children and young adults. It is frequently found in the arms and legs, but can be found in any bone. The first symptoms could be bone pain, swelling, a broken bone, or fatigue.
- Pediatric Pancreatitis, Chronic
The pancreas is a gland that produces enzymes for digestion and hormones to help regulate the way your child’s body processes glucose. WIth pancreatitis, these enzymes become activated while they are still in the pancreas, causing irritation and inflammation.
- Pediatric Aural Rehabilitation Program
M Health Fairview offers our Pediatric Audiology and Aural Rehabilitation Program, one of the country’s largest pediatric otolaryngology/audiology programs.
Metabolic Liver Disease
M Health Fairview is committed to treating Pediatric Autoimmune Liver Disease, and all health issues that arise in our lives, with personalized, breakthrough care.
- Pediatric Cancer Risk Management Program
The Cancer Risk Management Program is designed to help young patients and their families evaluate their risk of developing cancer and work with them to manage this risk.
- Pediatric Exercise Physiology Lab
The M Health Fairview Pediatric Exercise Physiology Lab at M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital uses exercise testing (often referred to as stress testing) to evaluate a patient’s heart, lungs, and physical response to exertion.
- Pediatric Feeding Program
M Health Fairview offers our Pediatric Feeding Program, and we're committed to providing you with personalized, breakthrough care.
- Pediatric Neuromuscular Clinic
M Health Fairview’s multidisciplinary pediatric Muscular Dystrophy Care Center is part of our Muscular Dystrophy Association-affiliated commitment to comprehensive clinical care in neuromuscular disorders. Our clinic offers comprehensive diagnostic work up, cutting edge therapies and supportive care.
M Health Fairview is committed to treating Pediatric Obesity, and all health issues that arise in our lives, with personalized, breakthrough care.
- Pediatric Physical Therapy
If your child has problems that limit his/her ability to move, learn age appropriate motor skills, or perform daily activities, then physical therapy can help. Our physical therapists are specially trained to work with your child to improve mobility and motor skills.
- Pediatric Speech and Language Therapy
If your child has issues with speech, language, cognition or voice, our therapists are here to help. Speech-language pathologists are therapist specially trained to work with your child to improve the ability to communicate with others.
- Pediatric Total Pancreatectomy and Islet Auto-transplant
If your child has acute recurrent or chronic pancreatitis and previous medical or endoscopic treatments have not relieved the pain, he or she may benefit from a total pancreatectomy and islet auto-transplant.
M Health Fairview is committed to treating Pediatric Trauma, and all health issues that arise in our lives, with personalized, breakthrough care.
- Pediatric Uveitis Program
Uveitis, a type of inflammation in the eye, is a group of disorders that can cause permanent vision loss without treatment.
- Pediatric Phenylketonuria
Phenylketonuria (PKU) is a rare, inherited metabolic disease in which a baby is born without the ability to properly break down an amino acid called phenylalanine. When levels build up to a toxic level in your child’s body, damage can occur in the central nervous system and the brain.
- Pediatric Prematurity
A premature infant is one born before 37 weeks gestation. He or she may have trouble breathing or keeping a stable temperature. Other complications of premature birth include anemia, infection, low blood sugar, jaundice, and more.
- Pediatric Puberty Disorders
Puberty disorders include early puberty (precocious), or later much later (delayed). In many cases, there is no medical reason for these conditions, but sometimes there is an underlying cause that requires proper diagnosis and treatment.
- Pediatric Radiation Oncology
Radiation is an essential part of treatment for many children with cancer and other disorders. Radiation therapy uses high-energy rays to shrink tumors, kill cancer cells and treat other non-cancerous conditions.
Renal Artery Stenosis (Pediatric)
M Health Fairview is committed to treating Pediatric Renal Artery Stenosis, and all health issues that arise in our lives, with personalized, breakthrough care.
- Pediatric Retinoblastoma
Retinoblastoma is a rare cancer that begins in the retina of the eye. It can occur in one or both eyes and sometimes occurs in the area around the eye. Treatment depends on whether the cancer is in one or both eyes or has spread outside the eye.
Rosacea typically affects the central face, is more common in fair-skinned people, begins after age 30 and persists with intermittent or continuous outbreaks. People with rosacea report facial redness, acne on the central face and flushing.
- Pediatric Scleroderma
Localized cutaneous scleroderma refers to an autoimmune disease that causes patches of thick, tight skin, which can cause cosmetic and functional problems, interfere with growth and function of joints and limbs.
- Pediatric Sleep Apnea
If your child has been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, it means he or she is experiencing airway blockage during sleep. This happens when the muscle tone in the throat relaxes and throat tissues collapse to block some of the airflow, causing your child to wake many times during the night.
- Social Work and Care Management
At University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, we provide expert, caring social work and care management for your child—and for you, your family and caregivers.
- Pediatric Solid Tumors
Solid tumors include what is commonly called bone cancer, but also includes cancer of the soft tissue – cancer that begins in any of the body’s supporting tissue, such as the muscles, tendons, blood vessels or fat.
- Pediatric Undescended Testes
As the baby grows in the womb, the testicles move down into the scrotum. An undescended testicle is one that doesn’t fully descend, instead stopping between the groin and the scrotum or elsewhere in the baby’s pelvic area. This condition is more common in premature babies.
- Upper Endoscopy
Upper Endoscopy (also called an esophagogastroduodenoscopy or EGD) is a special test that lets doctors look at the lining of your GI tract.
- Pediatric Vesicoureteral Reflux
If your child has vesicoureteral reflux (VUR), the connection between the ureter and bladder didn’t form normally in the womb, compromising his or her urinary tract and permitting urine to flow backward into the kidneys. Some children outgrow this disorder.