Pediatric Emergency Medicine

University of Florida pediatric emergency medicine physician Dr. Robert Luten sees a patient at the UF Health Jacksonville Pediatric Emergency Department.

There are key physical, psychological and physiological differences between adults and children. This becomes even more important in the treatment of a sick or injured child, every parent’s nightmare. In response to this vital need, the University of Florida Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at UF Health Jacksonville offers comprehensive pediatric emergency services, making it one of only two hospitals in Northeast Florida to have a separate Pediatric Emergency Department (PED) that focuses exclusively on children’s needs.

Patient Care

In UF Health Jacksonville’s Pediatric Emergency Department, UF physicians, fellows and advanced practice providers blend the art and science of pediatric emergency medicine. We offer the highest quality treatment in a “kid-friendly” environment, with a Disney theme incorporated throughout the pediatric care area.

The main strength of our PED is our talented team of physicians and nursing staff. Faculty are involved in numerous regional, state and national committees, through the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Emergency Physicians and Emergency Services for Children, addressing the various issues related to the emergent care of children. Our nurses are certified not only in Pediatric Advanced Life Support, but also in Pediatric Emergency Nursing, an advanced certification in caring for critically injured and ill children.

Our team truly understands the differences between adults and children, a crucial element in providing proper and efficient pediatric care.


The division’s faculty aid in training fourth-year medical students as well as emergency medicine residents. In addition, we offer one of only three ACGME-accredited Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowships in Florida.


The division is committed to fostering faculty, fellow and resident research. Our institution has been engaged in clinically applied research for many years and is enriched by the presence of faculty who demonstrate excellence in performing research and in training new investigators.