Contact Information


Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Phone: (301) 295-3130
Fax: (301) 295-3898

Department Chair

Ildy Katona, MD, CAPT, USN (Retired)
Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine

Secretary: Ms. Daphne Thomas

Chair's Message

The pediatric faculty of USUHS and the teaching hospitals of the Department of Defense prepare many health care providers for the challenging and rewarding responsibilities of caring for children. Our medical students, residents, and other trainees acquire a solid knowledge base in the vast breadth of pediatrics and master the art of compassionate care of children at more than ten medical centers. USUHS and several of these teaching sites offer fellowship programs for advanced training in many pediatric subspecialties. We sponsor faculty development opportunities for all teaching medical center staff, so that they may become better teachers and mentors. Our faculty also instructs those healthcare professionals who will be engaged in humanitarian missions, providing them with the clinical skills necessary to care for children in dire circumstances, both at home and abroad. In addition, we conduct state-of-the-art research at the clinical sites and in the laboratories, to advance the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of childhood diseases. In all of our clinical, teaching, and scholarly activities we promote excellence and embrace initiative, commitment, responsibility, and accountability. The selfless contribution of all members is valued and welcomed, and the spirit of cooperation and collaboration is encouraged. We pledge to respect and appreciate our unique patients as individuals as well as populations, considering both the needs of the children and their families. Taking great pride in our professional calling, we partner with our fellow uniformed service members, civilian colleagues, and physicians-in-training, to make this a healthier world for those who hold the key to our future, the children.


The Department of Pediatrics of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences is committed to excellence in pediatric medicine and to the promotion of child health during peace and war. The mission of the department encompasses the areas of education, patient care, research, and community service, and includes the following objectives:

  • To provide pediatric education to medical students, residents, subspecialty fellows, practicing pediatricians and other healthcare providers using the latest resources and learning methods.
  • To provide medical care for children and serve as advocates for military dependent children and families.
  • To provide the academic environment and resources for faculty and trainees to conduct basic and clinical research in pediatrics and in medical education.
  • To teach operational pediatrics, with special emphasis on international humanitarian services, to the uniformed medical community and to enable the healthcare workers to minister to the children of the world under adverse conditions.


  • The Department of Pediatrics will excel as an academic center for the teaching of pediatrics.
  • The Department will be an educational resource to the uniformed pediatrician.
  • The Department will provide healthcare for children within the unique context of military families and community.
  • The Department will be the uniformed services leader in basic and clinical research in pediatrics and medical education.
  • The Department will develop a center for research that will foster excellence in the basic and clinical sciences as they relate to the health of children.
  • The Department will support the education of the uniformed pediatrician and other primary healthcare providers in international humanitarian services, with consideration of the social, cultural, and epidemiologic aspects of health and disease.


    • The Department of Pediatrics will maintain a standardized, interactive pediatric curriculum for medical students and oversee the administration of this curriculum at the local and distant teaching sites.
    • The Department will support the military pediatric residency programs with formal didactic activities and clinically oriented teaching.
    • The Department will oversee pediatric subspecialty training that exceeds national standards and ensures board certification upon completion of the training.
    • The Department will participate in the training of the nurse practitioner students with group instruction and clinical teaching activities.
    • The Department will ensure that all educational programs exceed both national standards and the medical readiness requirements of the Department of Defense.
    • The Department will be a leading Continuing Medical Education (CME) resource for the uniformed services by conducting and supporting local and national courses, enhancing the skills and knowledge base of the practicing pediatric provider.
    • The Department will provide direct care to patients and families and worldwide consultation services to the practicing pediatrician and other providers of care to children.
    • The Department will excel in research in pediatric health maintenance, the pathophysiology of childhood diseases and foster interdisciplinary research programs.
    • The Department will excel in research in pediatric medical education, develop and disseminate innovations in medical education, and collaborate with educators in other fields.
    • The Department will continue to teach the Military Medical Humanitarian Assistance Course, training uniformed pediatricians and other primary care providers in the appropriate medical response to humanitarian crises, and will champion the significant role of the pediatrician in the mission requirements of the uniformed services.
    • The Department will support the collection and dissemination of information on issues of environmental health, international health and travel medicine.
    • The Department will encourage a team-based, customer-focused working environment, advocate individual responsibility and pride in ownership at all levels and reward the contributions of each member.
    • The Department will promote the integration of the uniformed services pediatric medical community through communication across service and geographic boundaries and mutual collaboration.
    • The Department will attract medical students to join the pediatric profession through excellence in teaching and mentoring by the faculty, and will foster the development of future pediatric leaders.