Best Children's Hospital in Tennessee
No. 1 in Tennessee and tied for no. 1 the Southeast
U.S. News & World Report has named Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt the no. 1 children's hospital in Tennessee and tied for no.1 in the Southeast. We are also among only 22 children’s hospitals that are ranked nationally in 10 out of 10 pediatric specialties.
Advancing care in pediatric oncology and hematology
Our Pediatric Cancer Program is part of the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Tennessee that treats children and adults with cancer. We offer medical and surgical care under one roof. Our multi-disciplinary approach creates specialized treatments for your child at all points in the journey, integrating the family unit. We offer clinical trials for common as well as rare and complex cancers in children and adolescents and have a robust survivorship program.
Experience and expertise in heart care
The Pediatric Heart Institute at Vanderbilt specializes in heart surgery and non-surgical care. Ours is one of the most-experienced pediatric heart transplant programs in the nation. Our newly expanded cardiac catheterization lab provides leading-edge technology and research-based care to children across the Southeast.
Diabetes & Endocrinology
One of the nation's largest programs
We care for more than 3,000 children with diabetes from Tennessee and eight surrounding states. This makes us one of the most experienced programs in the country. In addition to diabetes, we treat children with all disorders of the endocrine system, including adrenal and pituitary gland disease, thyroid disease and disorders of puberty, growth, bone and calcium use.
Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
Largest pediatric program in the Southeast
Our Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition program is the most experienced in the Southeast. We offer specialized clinics in functional gastrointestinal disorders, C. difficile and dysbiosis, constipation and bowel movement, and inflammatory bowel disease, among others. Care plans consider all options from diet to surgery.
A pioneer in newborn care
The Mildred Stahlman Division of Neonatology is ranked among the top programs in the nation for the care of critically ill newborns and premature babies. In fact, Vanderbilt developed the first Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in the early 1960s. We care for more than 1,400 babies in our NICU each year.
The Nephrology and Hypertension Program cares for children with kidney disease. Treatments include dialysis, renal replacement therapy and therapeutic apheresis. Vanderbilt has performed kidney transplants in children for nearly 60 years. We also care for children with hypertension (high blood pressure) and kidney stones.
Neurology & Neurosurgery
The Pediatric Neurology Program cares for children with epilepsy, stroke, alternating hemiplegia, new-onset seizures and other neurologic conditions. Our neurosurgical team members have many years of extra training with advanced robotic technologies to perform the most complex procedures.
Pulmonology & Lung Surgery
The Pulmonary Medicine Program at Children’s Hospital provides expertise in childhood breathing disorders. These include aerodigestive disorders, asthma, bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), cystic fibrosis, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, primary ciliary dyskinesia, pulmonary hypertension, rare lung disease and sleep disorders.
Ranked No. 1 for pediatric urology in the Southeast
The nationally ranked Pediatric Urology team at Children’s Hospital meets the unique needs of children with urinary tract and reproductive organ problems. Our care ranges from simple in-office procedures to the most complex reconstructive surgery. We’re national leaders in the treatment of spina bifida including leading the Management of Myelomeningocele (MOMS) trial of fetal surgery and as a nationally named spina bifida center of excellence (Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, CDC).