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 FY18, we had over $34 million in extramural grants supporting our work, and were ranked twelfth 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

  • Michelle M. Kelly, MD

    Michelle Kelly, MD, MPH awarded Career Development Award from AHRQ

    Congratulations to Michelle Kelly, MD, MPH, who was recently awarded a five-year K08 Career Development Award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), for her project, “BedsideNotes: Engaging families to improve pediatrics safety.” …

  • Steven Meyn

    Stephen Meyn, MD, PhD, Receives UW2020 Funding

    Congratulations to PI, Stephen Meyn, MD, PhD, and Co-Investigator Christopher Bradfield, PhD (UW Oncology), on funding of their project, “A critical tool for human genomics and precision medicine: De novo human genome assembly.” This one-year …

  • Ann Allen, MD, and Team Awarded UW Prevention Research Center Grant

    Ann Allen, MD, Principal Investigator, along with Co-Investigators Elizabeth Goetz, MD, MPH, and Nina Menda, MD, recently received a 2020 Small Grant Award of $18,359 from the UW Prevention Research Center for the project, “Pilot …

  • Christian Capitini, MD

    Christian Capitini, MD, Awarded ICTR Pilot Grant with Jenny Gumperz, PhD

    Congratulations to Principal Investigator Christian Capitini, MD, along with Co-PI Jenny Gumperz, PhD, Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology, and Fellow Nicholas Hess, PhD, on the funding of their pilot grant entitled, “Uncovering Predictive Cellular …

  • Emma Mohr, MD, PhD

    Emma Mohr, MD, PhD, Awarded NIH Supplement

    Emma Mohr, MD, PhD, was recently awarded a Critical Life Supplement from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases (NIH/NIAID) to her mentored clinical scientist research career development award (K08 AI139341). …

  • Elizabeth Cox, MD PhD

    Dr. Elizabeth Cox Receives PCORI Grant to Study Domestic Abuse During Pandemic

    Elizabeth Cox, along with collaborators from West Virginia University School of Public Health and the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, received a $103,000 grant from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute to develop best …

  • Inga Hofmann, MD

    Inga Hofmann, MD and Jane Churpek, MD, MS, Awarded Seed Grant

    Congratulations to Principal Investigator Inga Hofmann, MD, and Co-PI Jane Churpek, MD, MS (Medicine), who were recently awarded a one-year, $50,000 Clinical Implementation Grant from the UW Center for Human Genomics and Precision Medicine. Their …

  • COVID-19 Supplement Awarded to Team

    A second supplement to the ongoing U19 grant from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases (NIH/NIAID) was recently awarded to Principal Investigator James Gern, MD and an inter-departmental team including …

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Upcoming Learning Opportunties

Hey #MedStudentTwitter and #PedsMatch21 followers! 👋🏽 Join us this evening from 4-5 pm (CST) for a virtual, interactive Q&A with current #residency program leaders! There’s still time to register: http://go.wisc.edu/PedsRes0929 @FuturePedsRes #PedsMatch21 #WhyWiscPediatrics…

Ryan McAdams, MD (@doc_mcadams) will present “Coping with Grief: Supporting Children, Parents, and Providers” at Virtual Seminars in Pediatrics on Friday, October 16. Read more about his lecture and the full conference schedule at http://go.wisc.edu/Seminars2020 #tweetatrician

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