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

  • What we published in December 2021

    Researchers at the University of Wisconsin Department of Pediatrics published nineteen articles in December 2021: Adegboro CO, Choudhury A, Asan O, Kelly MM. Artificial Intelligence to Improve Health Outcomes in the NICU and PICU: A Systematic Review. …

  • Pediatrics faculty share expertise: December 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, …

  • Fellowship Match Day 2021: Department of Pediatrics announces incoming fellows

    The University of Wisconsin Department of Pediatrics joins its pediatrics residents in celebrating their successful matches into fellowship programs across the country. Nine residents matched, including two residents who will continue their subspecialty training with …

  • Megan Moreno, MD, MSEd, MPH

    Megan Moreno recognized for scholarship, advocacy in advancing women in science and medicine

    During its annual meeting on November 30, the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health’s Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) presented Megan Moreno, MD, MSEd, MPH, vice chair of Academic …

  • Judy Smith receives R01 renewal for Brucella study

    Congratulations to Judy Smith, MD, PhD, associate professor, Allergy, Immunology, and Rheumatology, who will serve as Co-Investigator on a renewal subaward with Principal Investigator Sergio Oliveira, DVM, PhD, of the Federal University of Minas Gerais and …

  • What we published in November 2021

    Faculty and researchers from the University of Wisconsin Department of Pediatrics published seventeen articles in November 2021: Allen DB, Merchant N, Miller BS, Backeljauw PF. Evolution and future of growth plate therapeutics. Horm Res Paediatr. 2021 …

  • Jasmine Zapata, MD, MPH

    Jasmine Zapata recognized for advocacy, community engagement

    During its annual meeting on November 30, the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health’s Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) presented Jasmine Zapata, MD, MPH, assistant professor, Neonatology and Newborn …

  • Photo illustration by Ina Jang, The New York Times Magazine

    ‘This is a problem for Neil’: Neil Paloian and multidisciplinary team featured in NYT Magazine’s ‘Diagnosis’

    A 17-month-old girl with X-linked hypophosphatemia leads an active life today thanks to a treatment plan developed by Neil Paloian, MD, assistant professor, Nephrology, Blaise Nemeth, MD, Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, and members of UW Health’s …

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