Welcome to the Department of Pediatrics at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) School of Medicine. Our team is dedicated to advancing the health and wellness of children in the Rio Grande Valley and beyond.

The Department of Pediatrics is guided by the following values:

  • Dedication to serving patients and their families through the practice of ethical, evidence-based, patient-centered medicine
  • Commitment to improving health outcomes and reducing health disparities of at-risk populations through community and population-based interventions
  • Integration of knowledge, awareness and empathy to successfully work with the diverse and unique needs of any community
  • Practice through interprofessional healthcare teams, as well as promotion of interdisciplinary leadership in matters of community health
  • Application of critical thinking to approach all health matters, including clinical, community and social issues

Our faculty, students and residents are making history.  We are committed to meeting the healthcare needs of families right here in the Rio Grande Valley.

Robert Nelson Jr., MD, MS, FAAP
Senior Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs
Chair, Department of Pediatrics
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine