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Black Lion Hospital residents conduct a “mock code” in the emergency department in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Our department has an ongoing partnership with Black Lion Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. During a recent visit, our residents and faculty helped develop an educational module on hospital-based pediatric emergency care.

Above, Black Lion residents conduct a “mock code” in the emergency department there.


Michael Rock, MD, speaks with Barbara Wadleigh, the mother of event presenter and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation national spokesperson Lindsay Shipp (far right).

Michael Rock, MD, organizes the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Family Education Day, an event to help people with CF—and their families— learn about new therapies and coping strategies for the disease.

Above, he speaks with Barbara Wadleigh, the mother of event presenter and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation national spokesperson Lindsay Shipp (far right).


Dr. Seroogy and Dr. Holmes with department chair Ellen Wald, MD.

Christine Seroogy, MD, organized a visit from Clinic for Special Children founder Holmes Morton, MD. The two-day event focused on improving newborn screening and health care delivery for Wisconsin’s Amish and Mennonite population.

Above, Dr. Seroogy and Dr. Holmes with department chair Ellen Wald, MD.

UW Department of Pediatrics faculty and residents advocate for children’s well-being through numerous outreach activities. Their work helps improve the health of children in the community and around the world, educate the public and peers, and advance the profession.

Health Services in the Community

Our faculty and residents collaborate with public schools and community health centers to provide asthma care, sports physicals, and other clinical services for underserved children.

They also provide free health care for underserved children and adults through the UW School of Medicine and Public Health’s MEDiC clinics.

In addition, they participate in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) diagnostic clinics through the Wisconsin Treatment Outreach Project, and volunteer as medical staff at summer camps for children with cancer, asthma, and other diseases.


Education and Service Around the World

Global Health Education Director Sabrina Butteris, MD, and Associate Director Laura Houser, MD, lead our residency program’s formal global health track.

Dr. Butteris also oversees institutional efforts to strengthen global health education across all specialties, and works to advance global health education and ethical partnerships with colleagues abroad. She leads the department's partnership with Addis Ababa University, a collaboration through which faculty, nurses, and administrators from both institutions improve pediatric emergency and trauma care in Ethiopia.

James Conway, MD, is the Associate Director for Health Sciences at the UW Global Health Institute (GHI). He has partnered with colleagues to develop immunization training programs in Kenya, and was an advisor on a Fulbright Scholarship-funded, nurse-implemented adolescent HIV education program there.

Dr. Conway also directs the GHI’s extramural clerkship in international health, co-directs its “Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Global Health and Disease” course, and travels to Thailand each year to co-lead that courses’ associated field experience.


Public Outreach

Through numerous community outreach activities, our faculty talk directly with children and families about ways to stay healthy and manage disease.

They also speak on behalf of regional and national coalitions, and demonstrate their expertise through media interviews, letters, and articles.

Their efforts help raise awareness of asthma, cystic fibrosis, dyslexia, food allergies, immunization, language development and literacy, obesity, and other health issues that affect children.


Clinician Education

Our faculty provide outreach education on emergency care, genetics counseling, newborn screening, obesity management, and other topics for physicians and EMS staff in the region.

At the national level, they present at continuing medical education programs and help organize professional education conferences.

They also host health professionals from developing nations. Through existing partnerships and collaborations with the UW Global Health Institute, visiting clinicians can learn new skills to improve health care for children in their home countries.


Professional Leadership

Our faculty advance the discipline of pediatrics through leadership roles in professional societies and national organizations.

National Leadership

  • American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: Robert Lemanske, MD, secretary-treasurer
  • American Board of Pediatrics (ABP): Ellen Wald, MD, examination question writer; chair, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Sub-board
  • Food and Drug Administration Pediatric Ethics Subcommittee; Norman Fost, MD, MPH, chair
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) Recombinant advisory committee: Norman Fost, MD, MPH
  • NIH study section members: Bruce Klein, MD; Robert Lemanske, MD; and Paul Sondel, MD, PhD

Regional and State Leadership

  • Midwest Pediatric Society: Pamela Kling, MD, secretary-treasurer
  • Wisconsin chapter, AAP: 
    • David Bernhardt, MD; James Conway, MD; Michael Kim, MD; Dipesh Navsaria, MD, MPH, MSLIS: board members
    • David Bernhardt, MD; James Conway, MD; Michael Kim, MD; Barbara Knox, MD; Dipesh Navsaria, MD, MPH, MSLIS: specialty committee chairs
Last updated: 03/12/2014
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