James P. Nataro, MD, PhD, MBA, Physician in Chief for Children's Hospital and Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Nataro came to UVA in September 2010 to oversee all things related to kids. As the director of Children’s Services, he's involved in clinical practice, research and teaching. Nataro is also an attending physician in inpatient general pediatrics, and until recently, pediatric infectious diseases.
Nataro’s research focuses on intestinal health, especially diseases of developing countries.
“Most people don’t know that the majority of children in the developing world actually receive enough calories to grow normally, but their intestines do not absorb what they consume,” he explains.
“My lab is focused on understanding this mysterious malady. It turns out that the children suffer from low-level intestinal inflammation as a result of their intestinal bacteria. Righting this abnormality may improve health for many millions of children.”
With everything that he does, Nataro’s ultimate goal is to improve the health of children. “I got into medicine, and what I love the most is the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives. There are so many ways to give back, including improving the quality of care, showing compassion and support, as well as advancing the science of care. Who wouldn’t love this?”