Over 100 years of paediatric and liver research

King’s College Hospital’s Pioneering Paediatrics

Established in 1840, King’s College Hospital has been providing excellent care for 175 years. In 1899, King’s established the UK’s first department of childhood diseases headed by Dr George Frederic Still (1868-1941). He was appointed by King’s College as the first Professor of Paediatrics in England. The history of research into liver disease begins at King’s with the work of George Budd (1808-1882). In 1840, he was appointed Professor of Medicine at King’s College London, and made a special study of liver diseases producing one of the earliest books on the subject.

Today King’s College Hospital is one of the largest and busiest hospitals in London, with a well-established national and international reputation for clinical excellence, innovation and achievement in liver disease and transplantation, neurosciences, haemato-oncology and foetal medicine.

Patients come to King’s from all over the world for the skill and expertise of the clinical teams and the hospital’s reputation as a pioneer in medical research. Transferring the results of this research from bench to patient bedside is now quicker and easier thanks King’s role within the King’s Health Partners, one of only six Academic Health Science Centres in the UK.