University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital has been dedicated to meeting the health care needs of children and families since 1919. As Iowa’s only comprehensive children’s hospital, we provide care for children from birth to young adulthood. Services range from promoting wellness to the care of general childhood illness, surgery, traumatic injuries, life-threatening and chronic illnesses, and developmental disabilities. As part of an academic medical center, UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital also performs groundbreaking research to help solve the mysteries of childhood diseases, in addition to training the next generation of health care professionals.

Quick Facts

  • More than 170 pediatric physicians and surgeons
  • More than 200 pediatric physicians, surgeons, and dentists
  • UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital cared for 83,937 children last year from all 99 Iowa counties, 45 states, and 20 other countries
  • 190 pediatric beds

Our Philosophy

Patient and Family Centered Care

UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital is a leader in family-centered care, which includes the family as members of the multi-disciplinary care delivery team. Read more about our Patient and Family Centered Care.

Quality and Safety

We measure the quality of your care by how well we meet your expectations and the highest national standards of safety and effectiveness. 

Honors and Awards

UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital is one of the most respected children's hospitals in the world. It is highly ranked nationally by many entities. It attracts outstanding health professionals who are engaged in the missions of healing, research, and teaching.  Read more about our Honors and Awards.

Our Leadership

Eva Tsalikian

Eva Tsalikian, MD

Interim Physician-in-chief and Chair, UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital, Stead Family Department of Pediatrics

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Jody Kurtt, MA, RN, NEA-BC, CPNP

Director, Nursing and Patient Care Services, UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital

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Joel Shilyansky, MD

Surgeon-in-chief, Professor and Director, Division of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery

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Amy O'Deen, BSN, MHA

Interim Executive Director, UI Stead Family Children's Hospital

Be Part of Our Work

Family Advisory Council

The Family Advisory Council, made up of parents whose children receive care at UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital, seeks to enhance the delivery of health care at UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

Family as Faculty Program

This unique program allows individuals to share their stories to aid in the teaching of patient-and-family-centered care at UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

Youth Advisory Council

Current or former UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital patients work to enhance the quality of care for children and families.

Ways to Give

The ability to offer the best possible care for our pediatric patients and their families in a welcoming environment is due, in part, to our generous supporters. With your help, we can do even more to help children and their families.

Graduate Medical Education

Residency and fellowship training is available in general pediatrics and in a wide range of pediatric specialties.

Nursing Opportunities

Experienced RNs and new graduates find a wealth of employment opportunities in both hospital-care and clinic-care settings at UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital.