Ellen Wald
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 185 faculty in seventeen 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.

Our basic, translational and clinical research programs aim to generate new knowledge to improve the health of children. In FY20, we had over $36.8 million in extramural grants supporting our work, and were ranked 13th in 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

  • 25 Pediatrics faculty named ‘Top Teacher’ in 2020-2021

    Congratulations to the 25 pediatrics faculty who were selected for the Top Teacher award by University of Wisconsin medical students and residents. The awards are based on evaluations from students and interns. Below, the 2020-2021 …

  • What we published in October 2021

    Faculty and researchers from the University of Wisconsin Department of Pediatrics published sixteen articles in October 2021: Barreda CB, Ehlenbach ML, Nackers A, Kelly MM, Shadman KA, Sklansky DJ, Edmonson MB, Zhao Q, Warner G, Coller RJ. Complex …

  • Lauren Zebertavage awarded fellowship from the Hartwell Foundation

    Congratulations to Lauren Zebertavage, PhD, post-doctoral fellow, and her mentor, Paul Sondel, MD, PhD, professor, Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant, for their recent fellowship award from the Hartwell Foundation. The two-year grant, “Developing effective immunotherapy combinations for …

  • Eight faculty nominated for Society for Pediatric Research

    Congratulations to the following faculty who were nominated for the Society for Pediatric Research (SPR): Drs. Patrice Held, Bernadette Gillick, Jess Babal, Janet Lagare, Inga Hoffman, Sima Ramratnam, Luke Lamers, and Bryn Webb. SPR’s mission is to create a …

  • Elizabeth Cox named director of the UW Prevention Research Center

    Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD, professor, General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, has been named director of the UW–Madison Prevention Research Center (UWPRC) effective December 1. The UWPRC aims to improve the health of low-income women, infants, and …

  • Megan Moreno, MD, MSEd, MPH

    APS selects Megan Moreno for Norman J. Siegel New Member Outstanding Science Award

    Megan Moreno, MD, MSEd, MPH, vice chair of Academic Affairs and professor and division chief, General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, was selected for the distinguished Norman J. Siegel New Member Outstanding Science Award by the American Pediatric …

  • Robert Steiner, co-investigators developing new therapeutic for INCL

    Congratulations to Robert Steiner, MD, clinical professor, Genetics and Metabolism, who will serve as a Principal Investigator on a collaborative Small Business Innovation Research grant for the study, “Development of N-tert-(Butyl)hydroxylamine (NtBuHA) as a therapeutic agent for …

  • Sheryl Henderson, MD, PhD

    Sheryl Henderson to be honored at Outstanding Women of Color Awards

    Sheryl Henderson, MD, PhD, associate professor, Infectious Diseases, has been named a 2021-22 Outstanding Women of Color Awards recipient and will be honored at a campus-wide reception on Thursday, March 3, 2022. The annual Outstanding Women …

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