Specialty Services - General Pediatrics

Academic General Pediatrics

Dr. Ian Paul
Ian M. Paul, M.D., M.Sc.
Division Chief

The Division of Academic General Pediatrics is a national leader in quality, evidence-based clinical care for children and adolescents birth through 21 years of age. Our clinical care is centered at 3 outpatient facilities where we conduct over 30,000 visits annually:

Division members also lead the care for over 1,800 newborns annually at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center's Newborn Nursery and contribute to the healthcare of patients at Harrisburg's Community Checkup Center.

While providing excellent and compassionate care, Division members conduct ground-breaking research designed to enhance the care of our patients and that of children in other communities. Four faculty currently lead federally funded research studies on topics including asthma, preventive care, end-of-life planning, and childhood obesity prevention.

We also strive to provide superior teaching to the next generation of healthcare providers for children.  Activities within the Division provide a rich environment for students and residents to learn a comprehensive approach to the healthcare of children.

Some of our specialties include the following:  Phenylketonuria (PKU) Clinic,  Tic Disorders, Complex Care, Outpatient Quality Improvement, Outpatient Breastfeeding Support, Pediatric Oral Health, and Pediatric Dermatology.  For more information please click here.

The Division further serves as a resource for children and families in our region as well as community healthcare providers and other entities that impact the health and well-being of young people.  Within the Division is the Penn State Hershey PRO Wellness Center.  PRO Wellness delivers evidence-based programs designed to improve health and promote wellness to the community. Specifically, it is committed to educating and inspiring youth and their families to eat well, engage in regular physical activity, and become champions for bringing healthy choices to life.

The Division of Academic General Pediatrics supervises the care of well newborns at Penn State Children's Hospital, working closely with faculty from the Division of Neonatology, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and staff from Women's Health. The majority of the 1,800 newborns delivered at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center are cared for by our Division faculty. Family centered care is a priority, and our faculty, residents and students work hard to support the mother-baby dyad while always providing quality medical care for the newborn.  Infants are typically examined in family rooms with parents and nursing staff, in an effort to minimize family interruptions and maximize communication. Routine newborn screenings and preventive measures are offered, along with important newborn care information and education.  After discharge, many newborns are then seen in one of our Division's three outpatient locations.

Division members have been leaders in research to improve the care of newborns and specifically related to newborn weight loss during the birth hospitalization.  See www.newbornweight.org for more information.

Divisional Administrative Office:

  • Phone: 717-531-8006
  • Fax: 717-531-0869