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Welcome to Pediatric Hospital Medicine

The Section of Pediatric Hospital Medicine at Children's Hospital Colorado is rapidly expanding, with the recruitment of some of the nation’s best and brightest pediatric hospitalists. As we expand our academic, quality improvement, and educational programs, we continue to provide expert inpatient medical care for children throughout Colorado, and beyond.

Our hospitalists offer 24 hours a day, seven days a week pediatric hospitalist services at Children's Colorado main campus and at our Network of Care (NOC) locations. We aim to provide:

  • exemplary family-centered care to our patients and families
  • seamless communication to referring community providers
  • a focus on educating fellowsresidents, medical students, and advance practice provider students in the field of general pediatric hospital medicine
  • scholarship in all areas that impact inpatient pediatric care

All of our faculty members bring a strong clinical focus, while several are also pursuing research in education and clinical hospital medicine. Our faculty also serve in administrative capacities for the University, Children's Hospital, and in our NOC sites. 


Clinical Services 

We provide inpatient care to all pediatric patients hospitalized with general medical conditions.



Our hospitalists have extensive interaction with pediatric and family medicine residents, as well as medical students and physician assistant students.



Faculty research includes education in pediatrics, quality and patient safety, and support for residents. Clinical research includes SIDS prevention.


  • Kevin Messacar, MD, received the Century Award from Children's Hospital Colorado. The Century Award is awarded to a member of the Medical Staff, five or fewer years out of training who has made major contributions through committee work, initiatives, leaedership roles and/or advocacy.

  • Colorado Public Radio: EV-D68 and Acute Flaccid Myelitis - Where We Are Today? The Anschutz Medical Campus has been an international hub for the correlation and research around enterovirus D68 and acute flaccid myelitis (AFM). Kevin Messacar, MD, was on Colorado Matters, along with Sarah Pilarowski, MD, community pediatrician, and her daughter Lydia, 9, who lost partial function of her left arm as a result of the 2014 outbreak. Listen to March 13 story and additional coverage from February 28 on KUNC Radio​.

  • "Aurora girl beats H1N1 infection after weeks-long battle at Children’s Hospital. When asked why this strain impacted Keyona so drastically, Suchitra Rao, MBBS, explained certain strains still can overwhelm the system, even with a flu vaccination." Read the Channel 7 story here​.

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