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

  • Danièle Gusland, MD Receives ACGH 2019 Research Award

    The American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene’s Committee on Global Health (ACGH) recently awarded Pediatric Infectious Diseases fellow, Danièle Gusland, MD, their 2019 Research Award. This is $2,000 award will be used to defray …

  • Brian Williams, MD, Awarded New Investigator Grant from American Academy of Pediatrics

    Brian Williams, MD, was recently awarded the 2019 Richmond Center New Investigator Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence. This one-year, $12,000 grant, given to one awardee annually, …

  • Sheryl L. Henderson, MD, PhD

    Sheryl Henderson, MD, PhD Accepted Into Affiliate Centennial Scholars Program

    Congratulations to Sheryl Henderson, MD, PhD, on being accepted into the UW-SMPH Affiliate Centennial Scholars Program (ACSP).  This program offers faculty development aimed at increasing mentoring skills for diverse faculty scholars to offer effective mentorship …

  • Elizabeth Cox, MD, MPH

    Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD Joins ADA’s Research Grant Review Committee

    Elizabeth Cox, MD PhD, Director of the Program of Research on Outcomes for Kids (PROKids) and Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, has been selected to join the American Diabetes Association’s Research Grant Review Committee, …

  • Wellness Matters

    Sarah Webber, MD, an assistant professor in the Division of Hospital Medicine, believes that physician well-being is integral to a thriving health care system. Having navigated her own journey through burnout, she now explores the …

  • Ellen Wald

    Dr. Ellen Wald Awarded NIH/NIAID Grant

    Congratulations to Ellen Wald, MD, and Co-PI Laura Cook, PhD (State University of New York, Binghamton) on their recent R21 grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH/NIAID), …

  • Judith A. Smith, MD, PhD

    Judy Smith Awarded American Lung Association Grant

    Congratulations to Judith Smith, MD, PhD, who was recently awarded an Allergic Respiratory Diseases Award from the American Lung Association (ALA) for her project entitled, “Regulation of rhinovirus by the asthma-associated 17q21 locus gene ORMDL3.” …

  • Claudette Adegboro

    Claudette Adegboro, MD Awarded UnityPoint Health Meriter Foundation Grant

    Congratulations to Claudette Adegboro, MD, current Neonatology and Newborn Nursery Fellow, on a recent award of $20,000 from the UnityPoint Health Meriter Foundation for her project, “Analysis of FHR tracings to determine signs of neonatal …

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Meet new @WiscPeds resident Danielle Rodgers, MD: “I appreciate affirming a #parent’s abilities, fostering the parent-child relationship and being a support for #families.” #wiscpedsclassof2022

Was an honor to talk about our #macrophage #GVHD #acuteradiationsyndrome studies @UWCarbone @WiscPeds at the Cellular Therapeutics for Treatment of Trauma-Related Injuries session @DeptofDefense @MilitaryHealth #MHSRS2019 #ResearchforReadiness

Meet new @WiscPeds resident Camilla Nelson, MD: “My goal remains the same today as when I entered medical school: to become a #pediatrician that provides excellent, compassionate care, and enables #pediatric #patients to feel confident, supported and hopeful.”

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