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Welcome to the 2020 AAP National Conference and Exhibition

Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego welcomes you to the 2020 AAP National Conference and Exhibition. We are the region’s pediatric medical center serving San Diego, Imperial and southern Riverside counties. From the research lab to the bedside, Rady Children’s brings a passion for innovation to every moment, always striving for excellence, always seeking to advance.  Never forgetting that kids come first.

Year after year, Rady Children’s has been nationally recognized for medical excellence, achieving rankings in all 10 specialties surveyed by U.S. News & World Report. In the 2020-21 survey, Neonatology ranked #4 and Orthopedics ranked #7 in the nation.

Rady Children’s Institute of Genomic Medicine

Located on the campus of Rady Children’s Hospital and Health Center in San Diego, the Rady Clinical Genome Center is a CLIA-certified, CAP-accredited, genomics laboratory. The Genome Center incorporates both state-of-the-art infrastructure and expertise to provide rapid Whole Genome Sequencing™ (rWGS®) to aid in the diagnosis of children with rare genetic disease. Learn more in the video below. 

Transforming Mental Health with a Focus on the Whole Child

Rady Children’s understands the importance of mental health as a crucial part of the health of the whole child. We offer a full range of services for emotional and behavioral well-being, from family and group therapy to acute care hospitalization.

Our programs include services designed for children, youth and families to address challenges related to depression and suicidality, mood problems, anxiety, traumatic stress, attention deficits, hyperactivity, disruptive behavior, eating disorders, substance-related mental health problems and other mental health concerns. Expert and compassionate care is provided by highly skilled professionals, who are dedicated to improving the lives of patients and their families. 

Video: Rady Children’s behavioral health professionals discuss mental health issues in children

Chronic Pain Program 

Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego has partnered with Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Jersey to launch the first inpatient children’s chronic pain program in Southern California. The partnership expands Children’s Specialized Hospital’s East Coast-based Chronic Pain Management Program to serve pediatric and adolescent patients in San Diego, Southern California and the southwestern United States through the all-new Children’s Specialized Hospital Chronic Pain Management Program at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego.

The program follows the Children’s Specialized Hospital model of pain management that is opioid- and pain medication-free. Some pain medications can lead to dependency and many times, are not needed to control pain. Our program aims to provide coping strategies and healthier ways to respond to pain. See the video below to learn about Kayliana’s story.

More Innovative Programs at Rady Children’s:

Rady Children’s Neonatology program is ranked No. 4 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report (2020-21). Our 60-bed neonatal intensive care unit provides level 4 care, the highest designation available from the American Academy of Pediatrics, and is a major referral center for the most critically ill newborns.

Learn About Our Innovative Neonatology Program

Peter Newton, M.D., an internationally recognized leader in pediatric spinal conditions, directs the Scoliosis Service at Rady Children’s Spine Center.  Patients from around the world come for treatment of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, neuromuscular scoliosis, congenital scoliosis and failed prior surgery for scoliosis. Along with providing the most advanced treatments, the Spine Center uses the latest technology for diagnosis and treatment planning, including the EOS Orthopedic Imaging System. This ultra-low-dose X-ray system provides high-quality 2D and 3D images while significantly reducing radiation exposure. Learn more in the video below.

See Our State-of-the-art Spinal Imaging

Rady Children’s Multidisciplinary Neuro-Oncology Program is the only program in the San Diego region providing comprehensive care to children and young adults with brain and spinal cord tumors. We care for more than 500 children with newly diagnosed or previously treated central nervous system tumors and are one of the highest-volume programs in California.

Check Out Our Renowned Neuro-Oncology Program

First of its Kind in Southern California the Helen and Will Webster Foundation 3D Innovations Lab at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego creates 3D models and prints based on medical images, such as CT scans and MRIs. The goals are to support precise surgical planning and improve outcomes specifically for pediatric patients.

Watch How Our 3D Lab Created COVID-19 Face Shields