UC San Diego Affiliation

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In 2001, physicians and leadership of the University of California, San Diego, Rady Children’s, and Children’s Specialists of San Diego unified pediatric patient care, research, education and community service programs, creating a university-affiliated children’s health system to serve the region. Over the past two decades, an extensive list of joint programs has developed, with many physicians and researchers playing a role at both institutions.

“This historic agreement with the University of California, San Diego enables us to establish a fully collaborative enterprise excelling in patient care, teaching, research and community health,” said Blair L. Sadler, former president and CEO of Rady Children’s. “These agreements represent the culmination of much work. They also represent a new beginning and a solemn pledge to harness our energies and abilities to focus on the health of our children. This affiliation has consolidated the clinical, teaching and research and public service programs of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics with San Diego’s only health care system dedicated to the health and well-being of children.”

In 2009, this alliance was strengthened by the creation of Rady Children’s Specialists of San Diego. Formed through a partnership among Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, Children’s Specialists of San Diego and UC San Diego, this medical practice foundation further helps to improve the delivery of care and enhance clinical research.