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Welcome to the University of Wisconsin Department of Pediatrics

Ellen Wald, MD
Ellen Wald, MD Professor and Chair Alfred Dorrance Daniels Professor

The Department of Pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is a vibrant academic department comprising over 200 faculty in 17 subspecialty divisions.

Our education programs meet the needs of learners at all levels: undergraduates, medical students, residents, fellows, postgraduate trainees, and practicing healthcare professionals. Our graduating residents enter desirable primary care practices or top-quality subspecialty fellowships in academic medical centers. We are also committed to the professional development of our faculty and pediatricians across the state. As such, we host conferences, Grand Rounds, and other live events focused on cutting-edge topics in pediatric and adolescent medicine.

Our basic, translational, and clinical research programs aim to generate new knowledge to improve the health of children. In FY22, we had over $51 million in extramural grants supporting our work, and we ranked seventh in the National Institutes of Health research funding among medical school pediatric departments.

Our investigators collaborate with research partners across the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and the broader UW–Madison campus. We also provide ample opportunities for learners to engage in research.

We provide a full range of pediatric inpatient and outpatient clinical services in partnership with colleagues from other medical and surgical subspecialties. Clinical facilities include the state-of-the-art American Family Children’s Hospital, community hospitals UnityPoint Health-Meriter and SSM Health’s St. Mary’s Hospital – Madison, and outreach clinics statewide.

Through our robust resident advocacy curriculum and numerous outreach activities, we advocate for the well-being of children in the community and around the world.

We are dedicated to continued excellence and growth, and we appreciate your interest in our department. To learn more about our work and our accomplishments, please browse our website, view our annual reports, or contact us directly.

Our Mission

The University of Wisconsin Department of Pediatrics promotes and enhances the health of children through outstanding clinical care, exemplary education of pediatric trainees, performance of cutting edge research, and vigorous advocacy.

Our Vision

Provision of the safest and highest quality, innovative and coordinated care in an environment that supports inquiry and discovery and promotes well-being and professionalism.

Our Core Values

Accountability, compassion, diversity, empathy, excellence, innovation, integrity, respect, and teamwork

Recent News

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    Pediatrics faculty share expertise: November 2022

    University of Wisconsin Department of Pediatrics faculty are at the forefront of media coverage as local, state, and national journalists seek out experts on the topics of child health, parenting, vaccinations, and COVID-19, to name …

  • New Faculty Focus: Taylor House

    Q&A with Taylor House, MD, MS, assistant professor, Division of Nephrology Hometown: Marmaduke, Arkansas Educational/professional background: I earned my undergraduate degree from Arkansas State University and my MD from the University of Arkansas for Medical …

  • New Faculty Focus: Neil Munjal

    Q&A with Neil Munjal, MD, MS, assistant professor, Division of Critical Care Hometown: San Jose, California Educational/professional background: BA, Saint Louis University (Biochemistry) MD, Washington University in St. Louis Post-graduate training in Pediatrics, Child Neurology, …

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    Fellowship Match Day 2022: Department of Pediatrics announces incoming fellows

    The University of Wisconsin Department of Pediatrics celebrated fellowship match earlier this month. Seven of our own residents matched with fellowship programs across the country. Current UW pediatrics resident Tess Woodring, MD, matched with our …

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    Recent Pediatric Grand Rounds offers pediatricians relevant advocacy and federal Loan Repayment Program information

    Vigorous advocacy is a core tenet of the UW Department of Pediatrics mission. Vivek Balasubramaniam, MD, associate professor, Division of Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine, is an active participant in the department’s advocacy efforts and was …

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    With 30 years of teaching and clinical practice, Amy J. Plumb brings deep compassion and expertise to every student and patient

    Growing up in Minnesota’s Twin Cities, she knew early on that she wanted to be a doctor. Not only that, she also already knew she would be a pediatrician. Amy J. Plumb, MD, associate professor …

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    New Faculty Focus: Dana Irrer

    Q&A with Dana Irrer, MD, assistant professor, Division of Cardiology Hometown: Okemos, Michigan Educational/professional background: I earned by BS in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and worked as an artificial heart engineer for …

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    New Faculty Focus: Whitley Hulse

    Q&A with Whitley Hulse, MD, assistant professor, Division of Neonatology and Newborn Nursery Hometown: Lawrence, Kansas Educational/professional background: Undergraduate: Kansas State University Medical school: University of Kansas Pediatric Residency: University of Colorado Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship: University …

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