Types of Pediatric Specialist Physicians and Salaries

There are many different types of physicians who specialize in a variety of pediatric conditions. In addition to working as a general pediatrician, physicians who want to work with children have many options of pediatric subspecialties from which to choose. There is a pediatric specialist for just about every medical specialty; below are just a few of the highest earning pediatric specialists. Learn more about the various types of pediatric specialists, and how much these physicians earn.

How to Become a Pediatric Specialist Physician

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To become a pediatrician specialist, one must first complete the requirements to become a pediatrician. Then, after those requirements are met and the medical residency training in general pediatrics has been successfully completed, a prospective pediatric subspecialist must complete an additional fellowship training program in the specialty area in which he or she wishes to practice. The pediatric subspecialty fellowship training is usually three years in length.

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Pediatric Gastroenterology

Pediatric gastroenterologists (Ped GI) treat conditions, diseases, and disorders of the stomach and digestive system of children. Ped GI doctors see patients in an office setting, but also do procedures such as a variety of scopes (endoscopy, etc) in a hospital or surgery center.

Pediatric gastroenterologists are medical doctors who have had three years of additional training in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition, including medical research and treatment of infants, children, and teens with digestive, liver, and nutritional disorders. Certification in pediatrics comes from the American Board of Pediatrics, and in gastroenterology and nutrition from the American Board of Pediatrics Sub-board in Pediatric Gastroenterology.

Pediatric gastroenterologists are among the highest paid pediatric specialists, with an average annual income of $306,818, according to the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).

Pediatric Critical Care/Intensivist

Pediatric critical care (Ped CC) specialists treat children who are in critical condition. Ped CC physicians typically work in a hospital setting and care for young patients who are in the ICU (intensive care unit). Therefore Ped CC physicians must be able to handle dealing with very sick children who may be near death due to serious illness, trauma, or accident.

Pediatric critical care specialists generally provide the following care to children who are critically ill:

  • Diagnosis of children who have an unstable, life-threatening condition
  • Thorough monitoring, medication, and treatment of children in a PICU
  • Supervision of children on respirators
  • Medical treatment for children with severe heart and lung disease
  • Placement of special catheters in the blood vessels and heart
  • Management of medications and treatments for children with brain trauma

The average annual income for a pediatric critical care physician, also known as a pediatric intensivist, is about $311,039, according to the MGMA.

Pediatric Cardiology

Pediatric cardiologists treat diseases and conditions of the heart and cardiovascular system in children. ​​Evaluation and treatment may begin with the fetus since heart problems can now be detected before birth.

They may work in an office setting primarily, but may also do procedures in a hospital. Average annual income for pediatric cardiologists is about $311,501, according to the MGMA.

Pediatric Neurology

Pediatric neurologists treat conditions and diseases of the brain and neurological system in children. They may treat young patients who have experienced seizures, severe headaches, or suffer from epilepsy, Tourette's syndrome, Autism, multiple sclerosis, brain tumors, sleep disorders, or many other neurological issues.

The average annual income for pediatric neurologists is about $264, 828, according to the MGMA.

Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Pediatric emergency medicine specialists treat patients in a hospital emergency department. They would treat a variety of emergency situations such as falls, accidents, car accidents, accidental poisonings, broken bones, food poisoning, etc.

The average income for a pediatric emergency medicine specialist is $255,717, according to the MGMA.

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