It is my great privilege to be a member of the Department of Paediatrics at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western and the Children’s Hospital of Western Ontario at the London Health Sciences Centre. We are a clinical academic Department sited not only in the hospital but also across southwestern Ontario. We are committed to our three core activities, these being;
- To provide excellent clinical care to children and their families
- To conduct clinically impactful research that improves child health
- To train the next generation of child health care providers and to enhance the skills of child health care providers across our region
Our Department has 17 Divisions ranging from General Academic Paediatrics to Rheumatology and providing a wide range of paediatric services. In partnership with our colleagues in Paediatric Surgery, Paediatric Psychiatry, Paediatric Anaesthesia and Paediatric Radiology we provide integrated multi-disciplinary care. A unique aspect of the care we provide is our distributed model for providing child health care across our region. We are responsible for providing child health care for a population of over 2 million people stretching from Windsor to Thunder Bay. We also work with our provincial partners across Ontario to ensure that a full range of care, from primary to quaternary care, is available for the children in our region. This integrated network not only enables the provision of state-of-the-art care close to home but also facilitates the training of medical students and residents, as well as facilitating translational and clinically important research.
Over the next five years, we will be growing to not only enhance our current services but also to add new services such as Adolescent Medicine. This will also greatly increase our ability to conduct research and enquiry on important paediatrics health care issues in continued collaboration with our colleagues at Western, at the Child Health Research Institute (CHRI) and at universities and hospitals across Canada and beyond.
This is an exciting time for not only Paediatrics but also for the Children’s Hospital as we pursue our goal of being the best mid-sized Department of Paediatrics in Canada.
Michael Rieder MD
Chair/Chief, Department of Paediatrics