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.

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Upcoming Learning Opportunties

(1/4) This week, our residents virtually watched & discussed @PictureaSciFilm. Dr. Megan Moreno (@SMAHRTeam) led and organized the event with the help of several faculty who facilitated small & large group discussions.

#WiscPedsRes #WomenInScience #AlliesinScience

Today at 11am, renowned alumnus Tito Izard, MD ’96, will join @uwsmph for a virtual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration event. Dr. Izard’s talk will focus on the health impacts of systemic racism, followed by a question and answer session. Full details: http://ow.ly/xP7550D2Mk1

Drs Capitini, DeSantes, Erbe-Gurel, Hank, Huttenlocher, Otto, Rakhmilevich, Sondel and @UWCarbone researchers were recently recognized w/ the @sitcancer Team Science Award for their long-standing contribution to the field of cancer immunotherapy. More: http://ow.ly/xib150D4OUW

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