At the Forefront of Discovery

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At Phoenix Children’s Research Institute, our goal is to be at the forefront of scientific discovery. As a hub for continuous research, we seek breakthroughs in pediatric medicine. Our research offers greater hope for children with devastating illnesses such as cancer, epilepsy, diabetes and other serious conditions.

Phoenix Children’s has created a research-minded culture among our clinicians. Our work offers patients greater access to clinical trials and groundbreaking treatments.

The Importance of Pediatric Research

Phoenix Children’s is one of the largest children’s hospitals in the country. We provide care across more than 75 pediatric specialties, giving our patients and families the best care possible. We work to better understand diseases that currently hold little or no curative promise. By staying at the forefront of medical research, we want to give patients all options for treatment. These possibilities range from proven therapies to cutting-edge diagnostics, procedures and clinical management options.

Innovations and Notable Research

Phoenix Children’s researchers are leaders in our fields. We bring innovative approaches to discovering new treatments for a wide spectrum of disorders. Our physicians engage in research across multiple clinical disciplines, including cancer, neurology, cardiology and pulmonology.

More than 700 studies are currently underway with millions of dollars in funding. Our funding sources range from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to generous donors. We use innovative technology in areas such as our Cardiac 3D Print Lab. There, the latest in image processing, 3D visualization and 3D printing benefits patients with congenital or acquired heart disease.

Our Team

Known around the globe for his research in lung development and regeneration, Vladimir Kalinichenko, MD, PhD, serves as director for Phoenix Children’s Research Institute. Stewart Goldman, MD, a pediatric oncologist who is also internationally renowned, is an accomplished leader in brain tumor research. They work in partnership with Surgeon-in-Chief Daniel Ostlie, MD, and Chief Physician Executive Jared Muenzer, MD.

More than 600 investigators and 90 research staff members work at Phoenix Children’s Research Institute. These include research scientists, associates, biostatisticians, pharmacists, nurses, coordinators and assistants.


Our partnership with the University of Arizona College of Medicine grows the academic mission of both groups. We currently educate more than 113 residents and 63 fellows. As chair of the University of Arizona’s Department of Child Health, Dr. Goldman continues to grow a robust research and education enterprise in one of the nation’s fastest-growing markets. This work brings a new level of rigor, excellence and inquiry to our research tradition and clinical programs.