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A Message from the Chief of Pediatrics

Dr. Jolie Limon, Chief of Pediatrics, VP of Academic Affairs and Designated Institutional Officer

I am excited to introduce you to the Valley Children’s Pediatric Residency Program, Affiliated with Stanford University School of Medicine.  We welcomed our inaugural class in July 2017 and continue to grow the program year by year.

As the only dedicated pediatric facility between the Bay Area and Los Angeles, Valley Children’s Healthcare has been training residents throughout the Valley for over 40 years. We are now taking the lead in training the next generation of pediatricians by creating a new, pediatric-focused teaching program in Central California. With Stanford as our academic partner, we’ll prepare doctors to continue providing the highest quality medical care for children while also emphasizing leadership, scholarship and advocacy. We care for some of the most vulnerable and underserved children in the state. Our organizational and program mission align to support and highlight this important work.

I joined Valley Children’s Healthcare in 2000. I was just out of residency and started my career at this freestanding, nonprofit children’s hospital in the heart of Central California. Over the past 18 years I have watched Valley Children’s Hospital grow into the impressive healthcare network it is today. More than 1.3 million children living in our referral area have better access to our expanding clinical services. In pursuing our vision to provide the nation’s best healthcare for kids, we constantly look to add new talent and inspire innovation. This vision now includes offering the best graduate medical education, and we are confident you will enjoy all that it encompasses. As part of this new program you will have the opportunity to be a leader and actively contribute to our developing academic program and scholarship.

To enhance your training over the next three years, our broad vision for the program includes focusing on quality and patient safety, interprofessional education, advocacy and community partnerships, in addition to emphasizing clinical training in our 358-bed stand-alone children’s hospital that includes 28 regional NICU beds. You will also have the opportunity to explore our other sites up and down the Valley if you desire. Valley Children’s Healthcare is committed to training and advancing outstanding clinicians and pediatricians. We hope you consider us when exploring pediatric training programs, and join our commitment to providing the best healthcare and improving access for kids. We would love to welcome you to our community!


Jolie Limon, MD, FAAP
Chief of Pediatrics
Vice President of Academic Affairs and Designated Institutional Official (DIO)