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When children get sick, they deserve the best health care can offer — the best treatments, the best doctors and the best researchers searching for new medicines and cures. That’s why so many parents bring their children to UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.

By the numbers

9,090 inpatients treated

66,111 outpatient visits

8,997 pediatric surgeries

34,740 E.R. visits

Fiscal year 2021 statistics.

Awards and recognition

U.S. News Best Children’s Hospitals 2023-24

The University of Florida Health Shands Children’s Hospital is one of the best children’s hospitals in Florida and is ranked in four specialties nationally, according to U.S. News & World Report rankings.

In its annual Best Children’s Hospitals rankings, U.S. News ranked the following four UF Health pediatric programs among the nation’s best this year:

  • Cardiology and Heart Surgery – 26th nationally
  • Diabetes and Endocrinology – 10th nationally
  • Pulmonology & Lung Surgery – 24th nationally
  • Neonatology – 35th nationally
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Pediatrics badge ranked in four specialties

UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital ranks among the nation’s top hospitals in many specialties.


With some of the country’s leading specialists and researchers, our team is focused on bringing the latest research and most innovative treatments to patients. Families come to UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital from across the state and country for the type of care offered here.

UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is expanding to exceed the needs of our pediatric patient populations. We will have 204 licensed beds in the children’s hospital when our expansions are complete. Our top priorities are patient care, educations, research and building. For more information, please contact the UF Health Office of Development at 352-265-7237.


Training and education

With over 180 outstanding faculty members, comprising the full range of subspecialty and general pediatrics, our educational program provides a well-balanced experience. Our pediatric residency program, offering a superb entry point either into the practice of pediatrics or into further subspecialty training and an academic career.

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Our partners and affiliations

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Children's Miracle Network

Children's Miracle Network is a non-profit dedicated to raising funds for and awareness of children’s hospitals.

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March of Dimes

The March of Dimes promotes healthy pregnancies and babies, and works to prevent premature birth and birth defects.