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 16 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

  • Elizabeth Cox, MD, MPH

    Dr. Elizabeth Cox Published in Quality of Life Research

    Elizabeth Cox’s recent publication in Quality of Life Research advances the utility of novel PROMIS measures of family relationships among chronically ill children.  In the study done in collaboration with investigators at UW and Children’s …

  • Dr. James Conway – Global Children’s Health Advocacy in DC

    James Conway, MD, was one of several pediatric physicians and advocates who met with Congressional staffers of members on the Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations last week on behalf of the American Academy of …

  • Seminars in Pediatrics 2019

    More and more children are accessing and using digital media. This early adoption of technology has led to new challenges for parents and pediatricians alike. Stressed parents tend to look to their child’s physician for …

  • Mario Otto, MD, PhD and Nicholas Pytel, DO, each Awarded grants from Hyundai Hope on Wheels

    Department of Pediatrics and Division of Hematology, Oncology & Bone Marrow Transplant Associate Professor, Mario Otto, MD, PhD, and Fellow, Nicholas Pytel, DO, were each awarded research grants from Hyundai Hope on Wheels, a nonprofit …

  • Emma Mohr, MD, PhD

    Dr. Emma Mohr Receives Travel Grant

    Congratulations to Emma Mohr, MD, PhD on her $1,000 travel award from the UW Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education. This award will provide Dr. Mohr with travel funds to attend …

  • Laura Houser, MD, demonstrates a procedure with an infant simulation doll

    Global Health Division

    Written by: Ann Grauvogl With its new Division of Global Pediatrics, the Department of Pediatrics in the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health provides a structure to support education, develop partnerships and …

  • Two Faculty Awarded Pilot Grants from ICTR

    Ryan Coller, MD, MPH, Principal Investigator, and Nicole Werner, PhD (Industrial & Systems Engineering), Co-PI, and Mary Ehlenbach, MD, Collaborator, were recently awarded a one-year, $75,000 grant from the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational …

  • Anne Marie Singh, MD

    Anne Marie Singh, MD Receives Grant from UW Food Research Institute

    Congratulations to Anne Marie Singh, MD, Principal Investigator, who has been awarded a grant of $35,000 from the UW Food Research Institute for her project entitled, “Microbiome Influences on Pediatric Food Allergy.” As the incidence …

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Upcoming Learning Opportunties

Dr. Megan Moreno has co-written a book, titled, Women Rock Science: A Pocket Guide for Success in Clinical Academic Research Careers. “If you are a woman in clinically relevant science, we wrote this book for you…”

Congratulations to PI, Dr. Christine Sorenson on being awarded a one-year grant from the UW ICTR for her project titled, “BIM Polymorphisms Impact on anti-VEGF Therapy for Neovascular AMD.” https://t.co/XCVT3QYe0R

Congratulations to PI, Dr. Ryan Coller and collaborator, Dr. Mary Ehlenbach on being awarded a grant from the UW ICTR and CCOR for their project titled, “Participatory Design of a Learning Health System to Improve Medically Complex Enteral Tube Care.” https://t.co/XCVT3QGCCh

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