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

  • Two birth cohort studies recruiting volunteers

    Researchers in the Department of Pediatrics’ Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Rheumatology are recruiting families for two new birth cohort studies funded by the National Institutes of Health. The studies’ investigators include Anne Marie Singh, MD, associate …

  • SMAHRT student scholars to present summer research

    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, invite members of the …

  • Summer in the lab: A conversation with Shapiro students, mentors

    This summer a cohort of eighteen medical students are being mentored by pediatrics faculty as part of the Shapiro Research Program. The program, which began in 2002 with just nine students, provides opportunities for approximately …

  • Dr. Mezu-Ndubuisi research program is one of five housed in the new space

    Olachi Mezu-Ndubuisi receives McPherson Eye Research Institute professorship

    Congratulations to Olachi Mezu-Ndubuisi, MD, assistant professor, Neonatology and Newborn Nursery, on being named the McPherson Eye Research Institute’s Retina Research Foundation Edwin and Dorothy Gamewell Professor. The professorship is for a three-year term beginning …

  • Spotlight on student research: Harer Research Group

    Matthew Harer, MD, assistant professor, Neonatology and Newborn Nursery, has mentored students in the Shapiro Research Program for the past three years. “I really enjoy the whole process,” reflected Harer. “It’s really awesome to see …

  • Department names five faculty directors

    In response to the growing needs and importance of advocacy, DEI, professional development, quality improvement, and well-being, the Department of Pediatrics has appointed five faculty members to department-level director positions. The directors will focus within …

  • ‘Students bring energy’: A spotlight on SMAHRT student research

    For the past twelve summers, Megan Moreno, MD, MSEd, MPH, professor, vice chair of academic affairs, and division chief, General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, has mentored medical students through the Shapiro Research Program. “Students bring energy, …

  • ‘Innovative and forward-thinking’: A spotlight on student research

    “It’s wonderful to see a student’s sense of accomplishment as they successfully work through a project from start to finish,” explained Michelle Kelly, MD, associate professor, Hospital Medicine. Kelly, who has been a Shapiro mentor …

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