Ascension St. John Children’s Hospital | Ascension
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Pediatric specialty care in Detroit

Get the specialty pediatric care your child needs at Ascension St. John Children’s Hospital in Detroit, Michigan.

Ascension St. John Children's Hospital.When you choose Ascension St. John Children’s Hospital, your child’s care is connected – from primary care to specialty care and more. And with pediatric specialists throughout Detroit, we bring advanced pediatric care close to home. Here, you’ll find all the care your child and family need in a hospital designed just for children. Your child’s pediatrician, specialists and care team are part of a multidisciplinary team of experienced doctors. Each appointment starts with a conversation. Share your concerns and ask us your questions – big and small. Your child’s specialists start by listening to you and your child. Then, we work with you to create a care plan that’s right for your child.

Ascension St. John Children’s Hospital delivers 24/7 pediatric emergency and trauma care and advanced pediatric specialty care. If your child needs to stay in the hospital, they will be cared for by a compassionate team of board-certified hospitalists, pediatric specialists and nurses.  We have the expertise to diagnose, treat and manage care of children and teens with injuries and illnesses, including asthma and respiratory illnesses, abdominal pain and gastrointestinal disorders, infections, seizures, headaches and more. Certified child life specialists may also be part of your child’s care team to help your child feel comfortable while they are receiving care – focusing on their mental and emotional health needs.

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Pediatric trauma and emergency care

When your child has a severe injury and illness, we’re here for your child and family with pediatric emergency and trauma care. The Shery L. Cotton Pediatric Emergency Department at Ascension St. John Children's Hospital is a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center. Our trauma care teams listen to quickly understand your child's health needs. Then, we provide care that’s right for your child and your family. Our board-certified emergency care doctors and care teams are specially trained to care for children and deliver advanced lifesaving services. If your child is experiencing a life-threatening emergency, go directly to the nearest ER or call 911. If your child needs more advanced care, they will receive care in our pediatric ER and pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). For children with severe trauma injuries, we offer advanced trauma care in our Level II Trauma Center.

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Pediatric intensive care

For a critically ill child with a severe and life-threatening illness or injury, the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) provides the highest level of care within the hospital. At Ascension St. John Children’s Hospital, our highly experienced critical care doctors, nurses and care teams care for your child’s advanced needs.

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Pediatric cardiology services

Ascension St. John Children’s Hospital delivers some of the most advanced heart care for newborns, children and teens with congenital and acquired heart conditions. Your child’s care is coordinated with their referring doctor and other care team members. And with our clinic locations, we’re bringing pediatric heart care closer to home.

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Pediatric general surgery

Pediatric general surgeons at Ascension St. John Children’s Hospital deliver surgical care for babies, children and teens. Your child’s pediatric surgical care team may include pediatric surgeons, anesthesiologists, surgical nurses, certified child life specialists and more. Whenever possible, we use image-guided technology and minimally invasive surgery to help reduce pain and shorten your child’s recovery time. And with our clinic locations, we’re bringing pediatric surgical care closer to home.

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Pediatric neurology and neurosurgery

Pediatric neurologists and neurosurgeons at Ascension St. John Children’s Hospital have advanced expertise in diagnosing and treating children with brain, spine and nervous system conditions. Your care team customizes your child's care plan including therapeutic and surgical care – from medication and nerve stimulation to neurosurgery. We also offer prenatal consultations if you and your doctor have a concern about your baby’s brain and spine development during pregnancy. And with our clinic locations, we’re bringing pediatric brain and spine care closer to home.

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Pediatric orthopedics

From simple fractures to complex bone diseases — our specialists provide advanced care for your child’s orthopedic needs. Choose a multidisciplinary team of pediatric orthopedic specialists, surgeons and physical therapists specializing in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of children with orthopedic injuries and diseases. And with our clinic locations, we’re bringing pediatric orthopedic care closer to home.

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High-risk prenatal care and neonatal intensive care

If your pregnancy is high-risk or your baby is diagnosed with a fetal condition, specialists at Ascension St. John Children’s Hospital work directly with your OB-GYN and care team at Ascension Michigan. Neonatologists may be part of your care team and work closely with maternal-fetal medicine specialists to care for women who have high-risk pregnancies – whether you have a condition or your baby has a fetal condition. We make sure your entire care team is prepared to care for you and your baby upon delivery. And if your baby needs more advanced care, you’re connected to a Level III NICU with specialists who have the expertise to care for babies who are premature, sick or born with a complex condition. Choose an OB-GYN with Ascension Michigan.


Pediatric specialty care at Ascension St. John Children’s Hospital

  • Adolescent medicine

    Adolescent medicine doctors deliver primary care for teens. We specialize in conditions that affect teens, such as hormone and growth disorders, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), gynecologic concerns and menstrual disorders, mental health concerns, weight management and more. Find a specialist.

  • Allergy and asthma

    Allergists and immunologists at Ascension St. John Children’s Hospital have the expertise to diagnose and treat infants, children and teens with allergies, asthma and immunologic disorders. We're here to help find the cause of your child's symptoms and create a care plan that improves their quality of life. Find a specialist.

  • Cardiology

    Specialists at Ascension St. John Children’s Hospital deliver care for newborns, children and teens with congenital and acquired heart conditions. Your child’s care is coordinated with their referring doctor and other care team members. And because each child has unique and special needs, your child’s care plan is personalized for your child and family. Find a specialist.

  • Diabetes and endocrinology

    Pediatric endocrinologists specialize in treating diabetes, growth disorders, hormone imbalances, thyroid conditions and more. Your child’s care team includes pediatric doctors, certified diabetes educators, nurses, and registered dietitians. Together, we deliver care that’s right for your child. Find a specialist.

  • Ear, nose and throat (ENT)

    Pediatric ENT doctors deliver therapeutic and surgical care for ear, nose and throat conditions. We treat a range of conditions, including hearing impairments, head and neck cancer, swallowing disorders, infections, sinus conditions and more. Find a specialist.

  • Epilepsy and seizure care

    Experienced neurologists at Ascension St. John Children’s Hospital deliver care for children and teens experiencing seizures and epilepsy. Advanced diagnostic testing, such as EEG, is used to help diagnose epilepsy. You’ll find compassionate care and the latest treatment options to help manage your child’s seizures. Find a specialist.

  • Gastrointestinal (GI) and digestive health

    Pediatric gastroenterologists at Ascension St. John Children’s Hospital deliver advanced diagnostic testing and treatment for children with digestive conditions. Their care team may also include dietitians, general surgeons and more. Digestive conditions are often uncomfortable – we work together to help your child feel better. Find a specialist.

  • General surgery

    Pediatric general surgeons deliver advanced surgical care for babies, children and teens. We work with you, your child and your child’s referring doctor to create a surgical care plan that’s right for your child. Find a specialist.

  • Infectious disease care

    The infectious disease care team at Ascension St. John Children’s Hospital delivers care for children with bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic infections. A pediatric infectious disease doctor can also help keep your child healthy while traveling, by recommending vaccinations before your trip. Find a specialist.

  • Mental health care

    Experienced pediatric mental health specialists at Ascension St. John Children’s Hospital deliver mental health care for children, teens and young adults. Pediatric specialists provide personalized care for mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression, attention deficit disorder (ADHD), eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We start by listening to understand your child. Then we deliver personalized, compassionate care for mental and emotional health. Find a specialist.

  • Neonatal intensive care and newborn medicine

    If you are an expecting mom and your baby may need advanced care after labor and delivery, we work with your OB-GYN and care team to help make sure your entire care team is prepared to provide the care you and your baby need. Rest assured that our level III NICU is equipped to treat babies with complex medical needs.

  • Nephrology (kidney care)

    Pediatric nephrologists at Ascension St. John Children’s Hospital specialize in diagnosing and treating kidney conditions and hypertension in children. Your child’s care team focuses on therapeutic and surgical treatments, as well as educational support to help your child live a healthy life with a kidney disease. Find a specialist.

  • Neurology and neurosurgery

    Pediatric neurologists and neurosurgeons at Ascension St. John Children’s Hospital have advanced expertise in diagnosing and treating newborns and children with brain and spine conditions. We work with you to create a therapeutic or neurosurgical care plan that’s right for your child. Find a neurologist or neurosurgeon.

  • Occupational therapy

    Pediatric occupational therapists care for your child’s physical, emotional and social well-being. We specialize in helping children improve their fine motor skills, sensory and visual motor skills, ability to perform activities of daily living, social skills and confidence. Talk with your child’s doctor about occupational therapy as part of your child’s care plan. Find a primary care doctor.

  • Ophthalmology (eye care)

    Experienced pediatric eye doctors (ophthalmologists) deliver advanced care for children with eye and vision conditions. Using advanced tests, we diagnose pediatric eye conditions. Then, we create a personalized care plan that’s right for your child and may include glasses, medication and minimally invasive procedures. Find a specialist.

  • Orthopedics

    Pediatric orthopedic specialists at Ascension St. John Children’s Hospital deliver advanced care for children with bone, muscle and joint conditions and injuries. Every visit starts with a conversation about your child and their health. Then, we create a personalized care plan. We can discuss therapeutic and surgical treatment options. And your child and family are connected to imaging, pharmacy through Ascension Rx, splinting and casting, physical medicine and rehabilitative services. Find a specialist.

  • Palliative care

    Ascension St. John Children’s Hospital provides compassionate and family-centered palliative care services to children and families facing a serious illness. This care provides an extra layer of support for children facing a chronic and complex or life-threatening illness. Our experienced palliative care team helps manage pain and other distressing symptoms while also providing emotional and spiritual support for your child and family.

  • Physical therapy

    Pediatric physical therapists specialize in helping children improve their mobility, flexibility and strength using stretches and exercises. Therapy may be recommended for your child after a new diagnosis or after a surgery. Your child’s therapist works one-on-one with your child to help make daily life easier. Talk with your child’s doctor about physical therapy as part of your child’s care plan. Find a primary care doctor.

  • Primary care

    Pediatricians with Ascension St. John Children’s Hospital and specialty sites of care deliver care for the whole child – from regular checkups and vaccinations to care for mental and emotional health, and more. And if your child needs more advanced care, your child's doctor will connect your family to the right specialists. Find a doctor.

  • Radiology and imaging

    Your child and family are connected to a full range of imaging and diagnostic radiology services on-site at Ascension St. John Children’s Hospital. If your child has anxious feelings about or is unable to stay still during imaging, certified child life specialists help your child feel more comfortable.

  • Speech therapy

    Speech-language pathologists, also known as speech therapists, specialize in evaluating, diagnosing and treating children with speech, communication, language, learning and swallowing disorders. Your child’s speech therapist works with your child to help improve their ability to communicate. Talk with your child’s doctor about speech therapy as part of your child’s care plan. Find a primary care doctor.

  • Trauma and emergency care

    As a full-service children's hospital, care teams at Ascension St. John Children's Hospital's Shery L. Cotton Pediatric Emergency Department care for your family's emergencies 24/7. If your child needs more advanced care, they will receive care in our pediatric ER and pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). For children with severe trauma injuries, we offer advanced trauma care in our Level II Trauma Center. Find emergency care.

  • Urology

    Pediatric urologists at Ascension St. John Children’s Hospital have expertise in diagnosing and treating conditions of the urinary system and genital tract. From bed-wetting and urinary tract infections to congenital malformations, we provide advanced pediatric urologic care for your child. Learn more.

  • Weight management

    Pediatric weight management specialists provide care for children and teens who have complicated health concerns related to being overweight or have nutritional concerns. We start by listening to you and your child. Together, we create a care plan that’s right for your child and family. Our goal is to help improve your child’s nutrition and overall health. To schedule a consultation, please call 313-343-3809.


If your child is experiencing a life-threatening emergency, go directly to the ER or call 911.