There are many different kinds of doctors. But at Cook Children's, they all have one thing in common, providing the very best in pediatric care. From primary care to more than 100 specialties and subspecialties, our doctors offer world-class, award-winning care—all with a single focus, your child.
Primary care pediatricians
Pediatricians are specially trained to prevent and manage the unique health problems of infants, children, teens, and in some cases, young adults. Pediatricians are also excellent partners for you as they help you navigate the challenges of parenthood.
Hospitalists specialize in caring for children while they are admitted to our medical center. They help patients and families move toward discharge by following up on tests, adjusting treatments and monitoring progress.
If your pediatrician or family doctor suspects your child may have a condition or illness that requires specialized care, you may be referred to a pediatric specialist. A specialist has advanced training and expertise in a particular area. There are many subspecialties within each area of medicine.
Some specialists focus on a certain branch of medicine such as:
- Behavioral health
Some specialists focus on systems of the body, including:
They may also diagnose and treat conditions and diseases such as:
- Cystic fibrosis
Children's bodies are not the same as adult bodies. A pediatric surgeon is specifically trained in caring for patients from birth to young adulthood. From minimally invasive procedures to the most complex surgeries, our surgeons handle a wide range of conditions including congenital malformations, head and neck masses, abdominal and gastrointestinal issues, thoracic issues, tumors and malignancies and urological procedures.
Pediatric radiologists are experts in selecting the best imaging techniques to diagnose medical and surgical problems. Examples of imaging techniques include x-ray, ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), interventional radiology (IR) and nuclear medicine. Pediatric radiologists make sure that testing is performed properly and safely. They also interpret the results of the test and make an appropriate diagnosis.
Children require specialized care when it comes to anesthesia. Cook Children's anesthesiologists specialize in giving and managing pediatric anesthetics—the medications that numb an area of the body or help you fall and stay asleep for a procedure. All of our anesthesiologists are board certified in anesthesiology with subspecialty fellowship training in pediatric anesthesia, and some hold additional board certification in other specialties.
Palliative care doctor
Palliative care doctors work with your child's team of doctors to ensure that whether it's a chronic condition, serious illness or injury, that your child is as comfortable as possible. The doctor also works closely with patients and families to ease both physical and emotional symptoms.