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 FY19, we had over $37 million in extramural grants supporting our work, and were ranked tenth 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

  • Danielle A. Scholze, MD

    Danielle Scholze, MD, Awarded Grant from Autism Speaks and HRSA

    Danielle Scholze, MD, assistant professor, Developmental Pediatrics and Rehabilitation Medicine, was recently awarded a two-year $60,000 grant from the Autism Speaks and Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) to support the Waisman Center’s participation in the …

  • Nicholas Hess, PhD, Wins SCRMC Postdoctoral Training Award

    Congratulations to Nicholas Hess, PhD, postdoctoral research associate in the laboratory of mentor Christian Capitini, MD, professor, Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant, who was recently awarded a one-year traineeship from the University of Wisconsin Stem Cell …

  • Bruce Klein, MD

    Bruce Klein, MD, Receives Catalyst Funding from the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research

    Bruce Klein, MD, professor, Infectious Diseases, was recently awarded Catalyst Funding from the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, in collaboration with program members David Blehert, PhD, United States Geographical Survey, and Don Sheppard, MD, McGill …

  • What We Published in February 2021

    Brunet T, McWalter K, Mayerhanser K, Anbouba GM, Armstrong-Javors A, Bader I, Baugh E, Begtrup A, Bupp CP, Callewaert BL, Cereda A, Cousin MA, Del Rey Jimenez JC, Demmer L, Dsouza NR, Fleischer N, Gavrilova RH, …

  • Leslie Huang, MS, Awarded Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Student Traineeship

    Leslie Huang, a first-year medical student, was recently awarded a Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) Student Traineeship in the amount of $3,000. This one-year award, under the leadership of mentor Philip Farrell, MD, PhD, emeritus dean and …

  • Peter Carlson

    Peter Carlson, PhD, Awarded ICTR Pilot Grant with Paul Sondel, MD, PhD

    Congratulations to Peter Carlson, PhD, graduate research assistant, along with mentor Paul Sondel, MD, PhD, professor, Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant, on the funding of their project, “Systemic pharmacokinetics of intratumorally injected hu14.18-IL2.” This one-year MSTP …

  • Christian Capitini, MD

    Christian Capitini, MD, Awarded Funding from National Science Foundation

    Principal Investigator Krishanu Saha, PhD, department of biomedical engineering, and co-Principal Investigator Christian Capitini, MD, professor, Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant, along with partners at the University of Georgia, were recently awarded a grant in …

  • Fixing Genetic Mistakes to Restore Vision

    Using a new approach to target genetic mutations, eye researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and University of Iowa are developing and testing a new therapy for restoring vision in children and adults with severe …

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