The Faculty of Pediatrics at Samarkand State Medical University was established in 1963. The first Dean of the Faculty was Associate Professor Kamalov N.M. In the first years of its establishment, students of the Faculty of Pediatrics were trained in the departments of the Faculty of Medicine. Later, according to the curriculum, independent chairs of pediatric profile were created. In 1966, the Department of Propaedeutics of Children Diseases; in 1967, the Department of Pediatrics at the Faculty; in 1968, the Department of Hospital Pediatrics; in 1970, the Department of Pediatric Surgery; in 1972, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Pediatric Faculty; in 1974, the Department of Therapy at the Pediatric Faculty was transformed into the Department. In 1985, the Department of Hospital Pediatric Surgery with Course of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine was founded, and further on, the Departments of Neonatology, Emergency Pediatrics.
During the period of functioning of the Pediatric Faculty the following persons held the post of Dean: Associate Professor Kamalov N.M., Professor Lerner P.M., again Associate Professor N.M. Kamalov, Professor Abdullayev S.H., Associate Professor Salokhitdinova R.M., Associate Professor Sharadjabov G.U, professor Borukhov S.A., professor Mamatkulov H.M., professor Jabbarov R.D., doctor of medical sciences Rakhimov A.U., associate professor Abdusaliamov A.A., associate professor Mavlyanov S.H., professor Shavazi N.M..
Over the past period, the faculty trained about 12,000 paediatricians, who work selflessly to protect the health of the younger generation not only in Uzbekistan but also in many other countries. Many of the faculty's graduates are heads of provincial health departments, deputy heads and chief physicians of provincial and municipal medical centres and medical associations. More than 50 graduates defended candidate and doctoral theses and work in various higher educational institutions and research institutes.
Well-known scientists worked at the faculty: Holder of many orders and medals, Honoured Scientist of Uzbekistan, who for more than 15 years headed the staff of the institute (now university) as rector, Professor U.K. Vahabova, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Honoured Scientist, Honoured Health Worker of Uzbekistan, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor M.A. Akhmedov.
Currently, the structure of the Faculty includes 16 departments. Out of 201 professors working at the Faculty, 67 (33.3%) have a scientific degree, including 22 (11%) Doctors of Science (DSc) and 45 (22.3%) Candidates of Science (PhD).
Many departments are headed by our graduates, who became famous scientists, it is professor Akhmedjanov I.A., professor Negmatjanov B.B., professor Shavazi N.M., professor Jurabekova A.T., doctor of medical sciences Abdullaeva M.N., professor Azizov M.K. is chief doctor of regional multi-purpose children medical centre, professor Atakulov D.O. heads educational work at children surgery department. Doctors of medical sciences work in various branches of science and health care: Rasulov S., Khudoyarova D.R., Vakhidov A. and others.
A total of 1,385 students are enrolled at the faculty. Instruction is provided in Uzbek and Russian, in accordance with the requirements of the qualification criteria for general paediatricians in the subject 5510200 - "Paediatrics".
In the organisation of the teaching process, decisive importance is attached to strict observance of academic and work discipline, broad introduction of advanced pedagogical technologies into teaching practice, improvement of the quality and effectiveness of teaching in the departments of the faculty.
Regular financial incentives, cash bonuses for teachers and students, enrolment of outstanding students on the scholarship of the Rector of SamSMU, state individual scholarships find a lively response in the staff.
A noticeable place in implementation of this laborious, daily work is occupied by deputy deans: senior lecturer M.M.Yusupov, assistants A.R.Ergashev, H.A.Tilyakov, M.N.Nuritdinov, G.A.Yakubov and O.S.Nurmatov, who try to learn what each student lives on, provide necessary assistance, meet with parents of students and visit departments daily. Rationalization of work of dean office, introduction of posts of deputy deans for every course, assignment of courses to deputy deans from 1st to 6th year, in complex of measures allow to achieve high attendance of students on faculty on the whole for every term (not less than 99.5 - 99.8%) and qualitative improvement of performance on subjects (80 - 90%), which continue to improve.
At different times deputy deans of the Faculty of Pediatrics were: Professor Khannanova F.K., Professor Borukhov S.A., Professor Akhmedov M.A., Professor Mamatov A.E., Professor Azizov M.K., Professor Shavazi N.M. Associate Professor Nasekin M.T., Associate Professor Rasulov A.M, Associate Professor V.R. Lemelev, Associate Professor Sh. Dekhkanov, Associate Professor Sh. Mavlyanov, Candidate of Medical Sciences Turakulov J.T., Associate Professor A. Yazdanov, Associate Professor U. Shadiev, Assistant Professor B. Jumanov, Assistant Professor A. Samadov, Assistant Professor A. Narmuradov, Assistant Professor K. Khalikov, Associate Professor S. Yuldashev and others.
The scientific work of the faculty was always closely linked to the training of scientific-pedagogical personnel and the requirements of practical health care.
It is noteworthy that scientists from the department participate in grant applications to carry out their research.
According to the results of the completed research work from 2020 to 2021, 5 PhD theses have been defended, 904 scientific papers was published, including 283 papers in regional journals, 289 abroad, 34 monographs, 57 study guides, 112 study guides, 125 articles in Scopus, 4 textbooks and 48 additional programmes was developed.
Great attention is paid to the work with gifted students, in 2020 more than 100 students were enrolled in the group of gifted; they actively participated in the work of student scientific circles, represented the university at the national Olympiads, made presentations at the institute, university, national and international scientific conferences, had publications, were awarded with medals and diplomas. Some of them assigned topics for their future master's and doctoral theses and began serious research work.