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

  • Pediatric research study aims to get medically complex K-12 students back to school safely

    The last 18 months have been a struggle for 6-year-old Cade Moureau and his family. The child from Cottage Grove, Wisconsin, was diagnosed shortly after birth with Prader-Willi Syndrome, which is caused by microdeletions in the …

  • Meet Mary Ehlenbach, Pediatrics’ inaugural director of DEI

    When the Department of Pediatrics embarked on its strategic planning process in the summer of 2018, faculty and staff agreed that creating a culture where people and ideas thrived was a top priority. This process …

  • Ellen R. Wald, MD

    Ellen Wald earns Folkert Belzer award

    Now in her sixteenth year as a professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics and the Alfred Dorrance Daniels Professor on Diseases of Children at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public …

  • Michelle Kelly awarded R21 to test inpatient portal ‘BedsideNotes’

    Principal Investigator, Michelle Kelly, MD, MPH, associate professor, Hospital Medicine, along with Co-Investigators Peter Hoonakker, PhD, distinguished senior scientist, Center for Quality and Productivity Improvement, and Catherine Smith, PhD, professor, The Information School, were recently awarded $292,973 …

  • Investigators collaborating on new R01 from National Eye Institute

    Congratulations to PI Ismail Zaitoun, PhD, associate scientist, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences (DOVS), and Co-Investigators, Nader Sheibani, PhD, professor, DOVS, Christine Sorenson, PhD, distinguished scientist, Neonatology and Newborn Nursery, and Bikash Pattnaik, PhD, professor, Neonatology and Newborn …

  • Judy Smith awarded R21 from NIAID

    Congratulations to Judy Smith, MD, PhD, associate professor, Allergy, Immunology, and Rheumatology, on her recently awarded R21 from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for her project, “Unfolded protein response (UPR) determinants …

  • Pediatrics faculty share expertise: September 2021

    University of Wisconsin Department of Pediatrics faculty and researchers 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, …

  • Robert Steiner collaborating on new NIH U01 grant

    Congratulations to Robert Steiner, MD, clinical professor, Genetics and Metabolism, who is a co-investigator on a new U01 grant through the National Institutes of Health/National Human Genome Research Institute (NIH/NHGRI). The five-year grant, “Linking variants to multi-scale …

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