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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    Congratulations to Principal Investigator Christian Capitini, MD, associate professor, Hematology, Oncology, and Bone Marrow Transplant, along with Co-PI Peiman Hematti, MD, professor, Department of Medicine, who were recently awarded a new NIH R01 grant from the National …

  • Summer in the lab: Reflecting on student and mentor experiences

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    The Social Media and Adolescent Health Research Team, or SMAHRT, led by Megan Moreno, MD, MSEd, MPH, vice chair of academic affairs and professor and division chief, General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, will publish a theme …

  • Faculty accolades: New leadership roles and honors

    Congratulations to the following Department of Pediatrics faculty who were recently selected for awards or new leadership positions: Mei Baker, MD, professor, Genetics and Metabolism, was selected to serve as the Population Genomics Program Leader for …

  • Lucas Dos Santos Dias awarded American Heart Association fellowship

    Lucas Dos Santos Dias, PhD, postdoctoral fellow, Infectious Diseases, received a two-year, $140,752 American Heart Association (AHA) postdoctoral fellowship for his proposal, “Vaccine prevention of cardiovascular fungal infections.” The project is co-sponsored by mentors Marcel Wüthrich, PhD, distinguished …

  • James Conway, MD, professor, Global Pediatrics and Infectious Diseases, during a press conference in 2020.

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