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 175 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 FY19, we had over $37 million in extramural grants supporting our work, and were ranked tenth 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

  • Pediatrics IT team nominated for 2021 Administrative Improvement Award

    It’s easy to forget that back in early March 2020, no one was sure yet just how bad the pandemic might be, or whether a lockdown would be required at all. Nevertheless, the Department of …

  • Members of Pattnaik Research Group awarded travel grants

    Congratulations to three members of the Pattnaik Research Group who were awarded travel grants for upcoming conferences.  Allison Spillane, graduate research assistant, was selected for the Sarla P. Kothary Memorial Travel Grant to present her poster, “Preclinical …

  • Bernadette Gillick, PhD, MSPT, PT

    Dr. Bernadette Gillick awarded AACPDM research grant

    Principal Investigator Bernadette Gillick, PhD, MSPT, PT, associate professor, Developmental Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, was awarded the 2020 American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) Research Grant for her project, titled ““Teleneuromodulation in Children …

  • Claudette Adegboro, MD, named Centennial Scholar

    Claudette Adegboro, MD, assistant professor, Neonatology & Newborn Nursery, has been selected as a 2021 University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health (SMPH) Centennial Scholar. The goal of the Centennial Scholars Program is …

  • Faculty artwork published in ‘WMJ’ special issue

    In response to the high-profile racial incidents and subsequent protests in the spring and summer of 2020, the Wisconsin Medical Journal published a special issue focusing on how the health of the people in Wisconsin is affected by race and …

  • Paul Sondel, MD, PhD, wins ACTS ‘Distinguished Investigator Award’

    Paul Sondel, MD, PhD, professor, Hematology, Oncology & Bone Marrow Transplant, has been named the 2021 Edward H. Ahrens Junior Distinguished Investigator Award for Patient-Oriented Research by the Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS). ACTS, a …

  • Anne Marie Singh, MD

    Anne Marie Singh, MD, to lead birth cohort study

    Anne Marie Singh, MD, associate professor, Allergy, Immunology, and Rheumatology, was named site Principal Investigator for a new clinical birth cohort study, titled “Childhood Allergy and the Neonatal Environment (CANOE).” In this study, investigators will …

  • Philip Farrell, MD, PhD

    ‘You have to recognize the opportunities’: AAP oral history interview with Philip Farrell, MD, PhD

    This past January, Philip M. Farrell, MD, PhD, emeritus dean and professor, Pulmonology & Sleep Medicine, was interviewed by Clement Ren, MD, MBA, professor of clinical pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, for the American …

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