About


Welcome to Boston Children's Hospital. For more than 140 years, we've been a worldwide leader in pediatric care and the treatment of complex diseases and conditions. Our internationally renowned team of physicians and nurses schedules more than 500,000 patient visits and performs more than 25,000 surgical procedures each year, making us one of the largest pediatric medical centers in the world. Thanks to our excellent patient outcomes and quality of care, we have repeatedly been named the top children's hospital in the United States.

Research and innovation are built into everything we do. We employ more researchers than any other pediatric hospital in the world and are affiliated with Harvard Medical School, giving our patients unparalleled access to the latest science and technology. Every child who comes through our doors is assured of receiving personalized care and state-of-the-art treatment.

Children and teenagers aren't just small adults. Their bodies and minds are still growing, and they need specialized care -- both physical and emotional -- that's as unique as they are. That's why our work doesn't end in the doctor's office or operating room. Our friendly and experienced support staff is here to help you and your child at every step of the way, from communicating with referring physicians and insurance companies to making sure you feel at home during your stay in Boston. We take care of the details, big and small, so you can focus on helping your child get well.

A Reputation for Excellence

We were named the number-one overall pediatric hospital in the United States by U.S. News & World Report, the nation's leading publisher of hospital rankings. In addition, we received more top honors for our clinical specialties than any other children's hospital. Eight of our departments were deemed to be the best in the nation:

Oncology
Cardiology and Heart Surgery
Gastroenterology and GI Surgery
Neonatology
Nephrology
Neurology and Neurosurgery
Orthopedics
Urology

In addition, in 2013, we were named a "Top Hospital" by the Leapfrog Group, a national consortium of large corporations and public agencies that evaluates hospitals based on quality, safety, and efficiency.

Research and Innovation

The first surgery to correct a congenital heart defect. The first remission of acute leukemia. The first cloning of stem cells from the human nervous system. We've been at the forefront of pediatric medicine since the nineteenth century, and our 200-plus specialized clinical programs continue to lead the way, pioneering advanced treatments -- such as minimally invasive surgical procedures -- for conditions ranging from brain tumors to birth defects.

We're home to the world's largest research enterprise based at a children's hospital. Our research community includes more than 1,100 scientists and dozens of laboratories and attracts more annual funding than any other pediatric facility in the United States.

We have a long tradition of translating groundbreaking research into advances in care. Our physicians are currently leading or collaborating in hundreds of clinical trials for heart disease, cancer, blood disorders, neurological impairments, bone and joint conditions, organ transplants, and more. (View a list of open clinical trials by condition at clinicaltrials.gov.) We can offer your child experimental treatments that are available nowhere else.

International Services

As a leading destination for pediatric care, we've made it our mission to anticipate and satisfy the unique needs of patients and families from every corner of the globe. We offer innovative, world-class treatment for rare and complex conditions -- and, just as important, we offer world-class service. The team of experts in our International Center is dedicated exclusively to supporting your family and making your experience as smooth and worry-free as possible, both inside and outside the hospital. We don't just take care of your child; we take care of everything.

Our attentive, multilingual staff is here to answer all of your questions and arrange all the details of your visit. We provide comprehensive support services -- including help with visas, travel arrangements, housing, translation, and more -- and we assign your family a personal case coordinator. When you arrive in Boston, your coordinator will be at your side and will serve as your guide to the hospital, providing expert insight and assistance at every stage of your child's care, from the initial consultation to diagnosis, treatment, and planning for the return home.