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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

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    Ryan Coller, MD, MPH, assistant professor and division chief for Hospital Medicine, and Nicole Werner, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, were recently awarded a $21,055 subaward through collaborators from University …

  • Matthew Harer selected as a 2021 ICTR KL2 Scholar

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  • Hilldale research fellowships awarded to student researchers, faculty advisors

    Two Department of Pediatrics faculty members will be advising students during the 2021-2022 academic year as part of the Hilldale Faculty/Undergraduate Research fellowship program.  Christian Capitini, MD, associate professor, Hematology, Oncology, and Bone Marrow Transplant, will advise …

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  • Ryan Coller awarded R34 grant from NIH/NHLBI

    Ryan Coller, MD, MPH, assistant professor and division chief for Hospital Medicine, was recently awarded an R34 grant from the National Institutes of Health/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NIH/NHLBI). His project, titled “RE-PACT: Respiratory exacerbation …

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