Last Update: 25 January 2012
Head of Department
Y.Bhg. Dato' Dr. Hussain Imam bin Haji Mohammad Ismail
603-26155555 ext 6891/6889/5640

Jabatan Pediatrik had its humble beginnings in two wards placed above the present car park in the main block of Hospital Kuala Lumpur. There was only one ward for all children under seven years of age, while the other ward had a few beds designated for the first and second class, and a section created for neonatal beds for out born nursery. A special care nursery for inborn was placed in the Maternity Hospital. By mid seventies alongside with the commencement of various clinical departments in the medical faculty of the National University of Malaysia, the need for a better and larger area for pediatrics was acutely felt.

Planning for Institut Pediatrik began in earnest and the foundation for the institute was laid down in 1982. Unfortunately due to various reasons, this much wanted project was only completed in early 1991. Jabatan Pediatrik however had a temporary reprieve when it moved to Wisma Kayu in 1988. Though placed in an old building, the department had seven wards dedicated to patients. By then all children aged thirteen years and below were rightfully placed under the care of the pediatrician. By May 1991, Jabatan Pediatrik moved all its activities to the present Institute of Pediatrics. Today Jabatan Paediatrik has evolved into providing various subspecialty services, serving as tertiary referral centre for the country, while continuing to provide core services in General Pediatrics and the neonates. Beside services offered by Jabatan Pediatrik, the Institute of Pediatrics also serve as a tertiary referral centre for Pediatric Surgery, Orthopedics, Child Psychiatry and Pediatric Intensive Care.

Jabatan Pediatrik as with Institute Pediatric strives to become the centre of excellence in all areas of pediatric services; advocating and promoting child health, providing and supporting training and research pertaining to child health.
1. To function as a tertiary centre for pediatrics.
2. To act as consultant to the Ministry of Health on all matters pertaining to child health; training and development of Pediatric subspecialties.
3. Teaching centre of postgraduate, medical and paramedical staff in pediatrics.
4. Managing in-patients and outpatients in Institute of Pediatrics, Hospital Kuala Lumpur.