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

  • 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 …

  • Monica Cho

    Graduate Student Monica Cho Receives Cancer Biology Training Grant Support

    Congratulations to Monica Cho, Graduate Research Assistant in the lab of Christian Capitini, MD, who was recently selected as a Trainee on the National Institutes of Health-funded T32 Cancer Biology Training Grant, directed by Bill …

  • Childhood Diabetes and Adiposity Research Training Program Renewed by NIH

    Congratulations to HuiChuan Lai, PhD, RD, who will serve as a Principal Investigator/Program Director along with co-Program Director Scott Reeder, MD, PhD, UW Department of Radiology, for renewal of a T32 Training grant from the …

  • Emma Mohr, MD, PhD

    Emma Mohr, MD, and Karla Ausderau Awarded R01 from NIH

    Emma Mohr, MD, and Co-Principal Investigator, Karla Ausderau, OTR/L, PhD in the UW Department of Kinesiology, were recently awarded a $3.8 million R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and …

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Upcoming Learning Opportunties

Virtual Seminars in Pediatrics is 4 weeks away! This 1-day #virtual conference highlights the latest trends in #pediatric #research & clinical practice. This year’s theme is ‘Health Equity and Social Determinants of Health.’ Learn more at http://go.wisc.edu/Seminars2020 #tweetatrician

Dr. Christine Brichta’s residency decision changed after her interview day in Madison. “I never thought I’d stay in Wisconsin for residency after medical school here…” Read #WhyWiscPediatrics and the #Midwest was a good fit for Christine: https://bit.ly/3jYSVNw #PedsMatch21

Hey #MedStudentTwitter & #PedsMatch21 followers! 👋🏽 We've got ✌️virtual info sessions in Sept. They're great ways to learn about @WiscPediatrics and get your Q's answered by residents and faculty. Register today: http://go.wisc.edu/PedsRes0924 &/or http://go.wisc.edu/PedsRes0929 @FuturePedsRes

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