A Pediatric Academic Medical Center
Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit institution that provides pediatric health care and helps our patients more than 528,000 times each year in a setting designed just for their needs. Our history began in 1901 in a small house on the corner of Alpine and Castelar Streets (now Hill St. in Chinatown) and today our medical experts offer more than 350 pediatric specialty programs and services to meet the needs of our patients.
CHLA is a provider of more than $232.6 million in community benefits annually to children and families. As the first and largest pediatric hospital in Southern California, CHLA relies on the generosity of philanthropists in the community to support compassionate patient care, leading-edge education of the caregivers of tomorrow and innovative research efforts that impact children at our hospital and around the world.
- Affiliations and Partnerships
- Awards and Reputation
- Annual Report
- Board of Trustees
- Education and Training
- Executive Leaders
- Family-Centered Care
- Mission and Values
- Satellite Locations
Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
Since 1932, Children's Hospital Los Angeles and the faculty of Keck School of Medicine of USC have worked together to create one of the world’s finest pediatric care centers. As a team, we work together on innovative programs and multi-disciplinary research for our community and beyond. Thanks to our affiliation with the Keck School of Medicine, CHLA is a premier teaching hospital, training future caregivers for the children of tomorrow.
Providence Health & Services
Since 2013, CHLA has partnered with the Providence Health & Services to enhance pediatric care for children and families in the San Fernando Valley.
Providence Holy Cross Medical Center
The CHLA Medical Group provides medical oversight and leadership for Providence Holy Cross’ neonatal intensive care unit.
Providence Saint John’s Medical Center
Physicians of the CHLA Medical Group provide medical oversight and coverage for the medical center’s neonatal intensive care unit.
Providence Tarzana Medical Center
Physicians of the CHLA Medical Group provide medical oversight and coverage for the medical center’s three inpatient pediatric units:
- Pediatric Unit
- Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
AltaMed at CHLA
AltaMed has been a partner of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) since 2005 providing community-based, federally-qualified outpatient general pediatric care located on the CHLA campus.
Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center’s NICU is directed by renowned neonatologists from Children's Hospital Los Angeles and staffed by nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, and respiratory therapists with special training in working with these very special babies.
Children's Hospital Los Angeles has a reputation as an award-winning hospital. Whether it is for our national rankings for providing significant and comprehensive medical care services and programs that meet a sick child's entire needs or continuing to raise the bar nationally on our patient safety and quality health care programs within our walls, we continue to be a hospital that sets the standard for care.
U.S. News & World Report
Our hospital has been ranked as a top health care facility for children by U.S. News & World Report magazine every year since the magazine began ranking pediatric hospitals in 1990. In U.S. News & World Report's most recent rankings, we were ranked the No. 1 hospital in California for caring for children.
The Medical Staff at Children's Hospital Los Angeles includes 528 physicians - 94% are board-certified in their specialty or specialties. Our faculty members are regularly ranked among the leading healthcare practitioners in the nation by their peers, and listed in distinguished publications such as Best Doctors in America and America's Top Doctors.
Excellence in Nursing
The American Nurses Credentialing Center has accorded our hospital with Magnet Recognition®. Magnet® status is used as a national benchmark of the quality of care provided by a hospital's patient care services staff members.
CHLA is eighth among U.S. pediatric hospitals in procuring National Institute of Health (NIH) grant funding. Our research faculty are conducting basic and translational research and many are elected members of the Society for Pediatric Research. We are the only hospital in the nation to serve as headquarters for four pediatric oncology multicenter clinical trial consortia, testing innovative therapies, including New Approaches to Neuroblastoma Therapy (NANT), Therapeutic Advances in Childhood Leukemia and Lymphoma (TACL), the Head Start Consortium for Pediatric Brain Tumors, and the Pediatric Bone and Marrow Transplant Consortium (PBMTC).
The Emergency Nurses Association bestows the Lantern Award 2013-2016 to our emergency department because we exemplify exceptional practice and innovative performance in the core areas of nursing leadership, practice, education advocacy and research.
The Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (CTICU) was awarded the 2017 silver Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.
Imagine magazine is our institution's annual report covering our groundbreaking efforts to providing state-of-the-art care for children, lead national and international research and train tomorrow's caregivers. The publication also represents some of our best storytelling, chronicling our unique patient experiences, highlighting our superior care for children and documenting our breakthroughs in research.
Children's Hospital Los Angeles is a non-profit, private pediatric hospital under the leadership of a volunteer Board of Trustees, consisting of community leaders and physicians. The Board is responsible for establishing the vision, mission, and goals of the hospital,ensuring the highest quality patient care, securing the financial health of the hospital, building positive community relationships, ensuring qualified and competent executive management performance and fundraising to fulfill the hospital’s mission.
Education is a cornerstone of the mission of CHLA. We are one of the country’s premier teaching hospitals. In addition to being the pediatric training center for medical students at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California since 1932, we are the founding hospital of the Versant RN Residency in Pediatrics as well as home to a vast array of internships, residencies and fellowship programs to support the training of tomorrow's caregivers.
Paul S. Viviano
President and Chief Executive Officer
Robert Adler, MD, MSEd
Chief Medical Officer, CHLA Health System; Senior Advisor to the Chair of Pediatrics (CHLA); Professor of Pediatrics (USC)
Alexandra Carter, MBA, CFRE
Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer
Henri R. Ford, MD, MHA, FACS, FAAP
Senior Vice President and Surgeon in Chief (CHLA); Vice Chair and Professor, Department of Surgery, Vice Dean of Medical Education (USC)
Steve Garske, PhD
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Larry J. Harrison, MPH, MBA
Chief Executive Officer, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Medical Group and SVP, Chief Access & Ambulatory Operations Officer
Marilyn Ho, MBA
Administrative Chief of Staff
Karen Kay Imagawa, MD
Chief of Staff; Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (USC)
Gayathri Sellakumar Jith, MPH, FACHE
Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
Alexander R. Judkins, MD, FCAP, FRCP (Edin)
Pathologist in Chief and Executive Director, Center for Personalized Medicine; Head, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (CHLA); Vice Chair and Associate Professor (Clinical Scholar), Department of Pathology (USC)
Lara M. Khouri, MBA, MPH
Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, CHLA and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Medical Group
Nancy Lee, RN, MSN, NEA-BC
Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer
M. Scott Lieberenz, CPA
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Marvin D. Nelson Jr., MD, MBA, FACR
Radiologist in Chief, John L. Gwinn Professor of Radiology, Department of Pediatric Neuroradiology (CHLA); Professor of Radiology, Department of Radiology (USC)
Grace E. Oh, JD, MBA
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Gary Scott, MD
President, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Medical Group
Robert E. Shaddy, MD
Pediatrician in Chief and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs
James Stein, MD, MSc, FACS, FAAP
Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer
Randall C. Wetzel, MBBS, MRCP, LRCS, MBA, FAAP, FCCM
Chair, Department of Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine (CHLA); Professor of Pediatrics and Anesthesiology (USC)
Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) is one of the only hospitals in Los Angeles and its surrounding region that is entirely focused on the care and treatment of children.
Every element of our facility is designed to care for a developing child's needs. The most important people supporting a child's recovery are their family and loved ones.
The 114-year history of CHLA is a story of exceptional leaders advancing and transforming a community in support of the health of children.
Children's Hospital was founded at a time when few people thought a hospital for children was possible, let alone that it could -- or would -- evolve into one of the world's outstanding pediatric healthcare facilities.
We create hope and build healthier futures.
As a leading academic children’s hospital, we fulfill our mission by:
- Caring for children, adolescents, young adults, families and each other
- Advancing knowledge
- Preparing future generations
- Building our financial strength
- We achieve our best together.
- We are hopeful and compassionate.
- We are learners leading transformation.
- We are stewards of the lives and resources entrusted to us.
- We serve with great care.
Families bring their children to CHLA because we are the home hospital for physicians of the Children's Hospital Los Angeles Medical Group. Many of our physicians are pediatric faculty of the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
Collectively, more than 700 clinical experts and house staff reflect the diversity of our patient population and community. All care about the welfare of children.
The Saban Research Institute
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is home to The Saban Research Institute, which comprises the basic, translational and clinical research of CHLA — one of the few freestanding pediatric hospitals where scientific inquiry is combined with clinical care devoted exclusively to children. It is eighth in the national children’s hospitals in procuring National Institute of Health (NIH) grant funding. Find out more about The Saban Research Institute.
Having volunteers participate in research studies and clinical trials is critical to our research efforts. Thousands of children and families are involved in our patient-centered studies every year. Many of the treatments used today are based on the results of past research studies and clinical trials conducted with our patients. Our scientific and clinical experts take the best ideas from the laboratory -- to the patient -- in the form of promising new treatments.
By searching our study directory, you may identify research that could impact the life of your child or of another child you know. Because the number of available research studies and clinical trials for children nationwide is small, every participant makes a significant contribution. Participate in a study.