Pediatric Specialties

Pediatric Specialties at Children's Hospital

In addition to our pediatric services, Children's Hospital offers more pediatric subspecialties than any other hospital in Knoxville and the greater East Tennessee region. Our services and facilities are staffed with licensed physicians, skilled nurses and other pediatric experts in a variety of medical fields. Take a look at Children's Hospital's specialties and find out how we can help your child.

  • Adolescent Gynecology

    Adolescent gynecologists at Children's Hospital treat problems in the uterus, ovaries, vagina and vulva in girls and young women. These doctors evaluate and counsel women from pre-puberty to late teenage years for development and genital problems. Besides routine gynecologic check-ups, adolescent gynecologists treat menstrual irregularities, pelvic pain, breast lumps, vaginal discharge, uneven breast growth, vaginal and pelvic infections, heavy bleeding and delayed or early first period.
  • Adolescent Medicine

    Adolescent medicine specialists primarily treat teen and young adult patients. They have generally reached puberty when treated by these specialists. Adolescent medicine most commonly includes eating disorders, drug and alcohol abuse, behavioral problems, unexplained chronic pain, sexual health, chronic illnesses, problems at school and home learning disorders.
  • Child Abuse Pediatrics

    Child abuse pediatricians work with other doctors and specialists to identify children with concerns of abuse or neglect. These concerns can be due to over or under performance of parental duties. The issues can range from failure to thrive to obesity, failure to protect from harm to causing physical harm and emotional neglect to emotional harm.
  • Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics

    East Tennessee Children's Hospital Developmental Behavioral Center specializes in the medical management of Developmental Behavioral issues including attention and behavioral disorders, school-related learning problems, Tourette syndrome, sleep disorders, autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, mental retardation, and visual, speech and hearing impairments.
  • Neonatal Intensive Care

    More than 750 of East Tennessee Children's Hospital's smallest patients are treated in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) every year. The babies in the NICU were born before their due date or have breathing problems, neonatal abstinence syndrome or congenital birth defects. Your baby will have a nurse practitioner and doctor, plus a nurse each shift. Our staff members are here to answer your questions and help you feel comfortable in the NICU.
  • Pediatrics

    All of our doctors, nurses and specialists are trained to work in pediatric medicine, which includes the treatment of infants, children and adolescents. These men and women are called pediatricians. They provide medical treatment for children who are chronically ill and preventative services, like regular check-ups, for healthy children. Pediatricians manage the physical, medical and emotional health of children.
  • Pediatric Allergy and Immunology

    Pediatric allergists treat infants, children and adolescents who have severe allergies, asthma and immunologic disorders like hay fever, hives and eczema. They help patients create a plan for managing allergies, including allergy testing, allergy injections and asthma testing and treatment.
  • Pediatric Anesthesiology

    Parents don't routinely choose their child's anesthesiologist, but as a parent, you can choose the hospital where the anesthesiologist and the entire surgical team are most prepared to care for your child. At Children's Hospital, the anesthesia team spends each day caring only for infants, children and adolescents.
  • Pediatric Cardiology

    Pediatric cardiologists care for children who may have heart problems. Our heart doctors can detect and treat problems before birth, throughout childhood and even into adult life. Our doctors also determine if a heart murmur is real disease or not. They often are called on to diagnose the cause of fainting and palpitations.
  • Pediatric Dentistry

    Pediatric dentists help children of all ages keep their teeth healthy and clean. They aim to teach patients that brushing teeth and going in for regular check-ups can make big differences later in life. Children should have a "dental home" by age 1. A dental home is a place for your child to get routine preventative care through teeth cleanings. These visits can reduce trips to the Emergency Department and other dental problems later in life.
  • Pediatric Dermatology

    Pediatric dermatologists treat skin, hair and nail problems and diseases in babies, children, teens and young adults. The most common diseases pediatric dermatologists treat are acne, eczema, psoriasis, warts and vitiligo.
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine

    The Emergency Department at East Tennessee Children's Hospital provides highly specialized, emergency care for infants, children and teens, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Because we treat more children needing emergency care than anyone else in East Tennessee, our doctors and nurses are equipped to treat everything from minor injuries to major medical concerns. We understand we are caring for patients who need a special kind of treatment - not only to make them well, but to also make them feel comfortable and safe.
  • Pediatric Endocrinology

    A pediatric endocrinologist treats children with growth, puberty, diabetes or other hormone and gland disorders. The endocrine gland releases hormones into your child's bloodstream that make him grow and change. The most common problems pediatric endocrinologists treat are obesity, diabetes, growth problems, early or delayed puberty, enlarged thyroid gland, issues with the pituitary or adrenal glands, ovarian and testicular dysfunction and low blood sugar.
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology

    Gastroenterologists work with issues and diseases in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This body part is where food is digested. Problems in the GI tract have complex physical, emotional and nutritional outcomes. GI doctors work with therapists, dieticians and other doctors. Some of the most common GI diseases are Crohn's disease, celiac disease, bulimia, anorexia, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis and food allergies.
  • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

    Diagnoses for patients referred to a pediatric hematologist/oncologist include all types of cancers and blood problems, such as neutropenia, anemia, thrombocytopenia (low platelets) and sickle cell disease. Some patients' needs involve making a diagnosis and providing education, while others require significant care. Children with sickle cell disease, for example, require ongoing health maintenance to prevent such serious complications as infections and strokes. Most cancer patients require treatment and long-term follow up evaluations.
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases

    Pediatric infectious diseases are caused by bacteria, viruses, funguses, parasites or other infections in your child’s body. They can occur in children who have complex medical conditions or those who were previously healthy.
  • Pediatric Intensive Care

    Some children need extra attention and special care in the hospital. These patients are critically ill or injured. They receive constant help and special treatments in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at East Tennessee Children's Hospital. Many children in the PICU are on different forms of life support until their bodies can heal. There is no typical PICU patient or story. Children in the PICU may have a chronic illness or may have never been in a hospital before. The PICU staff is trained to work with any child in need of critical care.
  • Pediatric Nephrology

    Pediatric nephrology is the treatment of kidney-related problems in children. The kidney is at the top of the urinary tract above the ureter, urinary bladder and urethra. The pediatric nephrology and urology subspecialists work very closely to treat patients.
  • Pediatric Neurology

    The Neurology Lab at East Tennessee Children's Hospital performs tests for patients with seizures, hearing problems and other issues with the brain. These patients can be referred to the neurology lab by their own doctors or while they are patients at Children's Hospital.
  • Pediatric Neurosurgery

    Pediatric neurosurgeons treat issues in a child’s nervous system and head and spinal deformities. A pediatric neurosurgeon is highly trained to address congenital disorders. These conditions exist before or at birth. Some of these issues are genetic, but most happen in families with no history of the disorder. The most common congenital disorders include: cleft lip and palate, abnormal skull shape, birth marks, ear deformities and spina bifida.
  • Pediatric Ophthalmology

    Pediatric ophthalmologists can diagnose, treat and manage all children's eye problems. They are medical doctors who have had special training in the medical and surgical treatment of children's eyes. Because pediatric ophthalmologists only treat children, they know what children need.
  • Pediatric Orthopedics

    The medical field that deals with the diagnosis, correction and treatment of the body's musculoskeletal system—our bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves that allow our bodies to move—is called orthopedics. The doctors who specialize in this field are orthopedists or orthopedic surgeons. Pediatric orthopedists and orthopedic surgeons are doctors who are experienced at properly identifying and treating bone, joint or muscle problems in children who are still growing from new born to teenagers.
  • Pediatric Otolaryngology

    Pediatric ortolaryngologists treat children with ear, nose and throat (ENT) problems. They also address head and neck medical and surgical issues. ENT doctors most commonly treat ear infections, tonsil and adenoid disease, nose and sinus conditions, hearing loss and deafness, cochlear implantation, cleft lip and palate and tumors.
  • Pediatric Perinatology

    Pediatric perinatologists provide care for mother and child in high risk pregnancies. The conditions they treat include mother's pre-existing conditions, pre-term labor, hypertension, birth defect risks, complications and other pregnancy concerns.
  • Pediatric Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation and Physiatry

    East Tennessee Children's Hospital provides the area's most comprehensive, family-centered rehabilitation services to children. Pediatric rehabilitation is very different from adult rehabilitation because a child is constantly growing intellectually, physically and emotionally. A child's progress in one area affects the other aspects of development and well-being. Children from birth to age 21 benefit from our services tailored to their growth and changes.
  • Pediatric Pulmonology and Respiratory Care

    The Pediatric Pulmonology Department at East Tennessee Children's Hospital treats diseases in the lungs. These problems affect a child's overall health and well-being. The most common pulmonary diseases in children are: asthma, allergies, pneumonia and other respiratory tract infections, chronic cough, sleep apnea and other sleep disorders.
  • Pediatric Radiology

    Pediatric radiologists diagnose illnesses, injuries and diseases in newborns, babies, children and teens using imaging technology including X-rays, ultrasounds, CT scans, nuclear medicine and MRIs.
  • Pediatric Reconstructive Surgery

    Pediatric reconstructive surgeons restore the appearance, movement and use of body parts that have been changed due to injuries, developmental abnormalities, birth defects, tumors, burns, disease or birthmarks. Our reconstructive surgeons work with other Children's Hospital specialists to create a plan for your child and schedule surgeries at the right time in the healing process.
  • Pediatric Sedation

    Some children can become anxious when they come to the hospital for treatment or medical procedures. As a result, they may not be able to sit still or relax enough to receive care or complete the necessary procedure. To help your child feel more comfortable, the doctor may suggest sedation.
  • Pediatric Sleep Medicine

    Sleep medicine is a relatively new field for children and it's rapidly changing, but Children's Hospital has the best resources to help children get a good night's sleep. A child's medical and emotional needs are unique, and this is especially true when dealing with sleep issues. Sleep studies involve lots of tape and wire, but no needles. So, we can comfort children and parents that there is nothing to fear. Our entire staff, from the physicians and nurses to all technicians, are experts in caring for children.
  • Pediatric Surgery

    Outpatient surgery is when your child comes to the hospital for a minor surgical procedure and leaves the same day. Inpatient surgery is when your child stays in the hospital overnight after his or her surgery. Most of the time, your child will come to the hospital the day of surgery if he or she is to spend the night. Some children are admitted in an observation status and leave the hospital within 24 hours.
  • Pediatric Urology

    Pediatric urologists treat diseases of the genitals or the urinary tract in children, including disorders of the kidneys, ureter and the bladder.
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