Duke Children’s is consistently recognized for delivering the highest quality care to children of all ages. We offer diagnostic, medical, and surgical treatment options, comprehensive well-child care, and the full spectrum of specialty services at locations in Durham and Raleigh, throughout North Carolina, and beyond. We work closely with your family to meet your child's health care needs. Learn about our Mission and Values.
Every day we meet brave children and their families who are in need of hope, answers, and -- above all -- outstanding medical care. We are inspired by their strength and courage and are passionate in our commitment to ensuring our patients and their families receive the best possible care in a warm, child- and family-friendly atmosphere.
Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center is consistently named one of the best children’s hospitals in the country and is nationally ranked in nine pediatric specialties.
Well Care to Specialized Care
From newborns to young adults, keeping children healthy and treating common pediatric illnesses and concerns is our first step. Your family is considered part of the care team, and you are encouraged to work with our doctors and nurses in the development of your child’s treatment plan.
We also coordinate your child’s care if your child is referred to a specialist or admitted to Duke Children’s Hospital. Here we have specialists who are trained and skilled in the needs of patients from neonates through young adulthood. Everything is important, from the size of the equipment used to perform tests and procedures, to the team of pediatric specialists who understand the nuances that separate infants and children from adults.
This commitment to your child's specialized care is highlighted by Duke Children's distinction as a Level I Children's Surgery Center by the American College of Surgeons -- the only such program in North Carolina -- and the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization Platinum Award of Excellence. These prestigious designations recognize the safe, high-quality care we provide to our young patients.
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If Your Child Needs Surgery
Your Child's Medical Team
Your child’s care team may include pediatric specialists from different areas, including board-certified pediatric surgeons, pediatric anesthesiologists, pediatric intensivists, neonatologists, pediatric nurses, and other highly skilled staff. Our singular focus is outstanding, thoughtful, and compassionate care of your child without ever losing focus on the entire family.
State-of-the-Art Pediatric Critical Care
Our pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), pediatric cardiac intensive care unit (PCICU), and pediatric progressive care unit are equipped with the most advanced technology to meet the needs of children who have serious illnesses or injuries. Critical-care specialists and a dedicated team of specially trained critical-care nurses, respiratory therapists, and other health care professionals staff these units 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
We use the latest surgical advances, including minimally invasive surgery techniques to reduce the risk of infection and bleeding and ensure your child has the best possible outcome with the shortest possible recovery time. Bloodless surgery, also known as “patient blood management,” is an option for patients who seek safe alternatives to blood transfusion because of religious, medical, or personal concerns.