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The UW Department of Pediatrics honors Steven Koslov, MD; Patricia Kokotailo, MD, MPH; and Christina Iyama-Kurtycz, MD, who retired in 2017.

Steven Koslov, MD

Steve Koslov, MDDr. Koslov, a 1977 alumni of the UW Department of Pediatrics’ residency program, provided primary care to thousands of infants, children, adolescents and young adults throughout his career.

He was the medical director of the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine from 2009 to 2014. During this time, he collaborated with division members to develop uniform standards of care that resulted in quality improvements in immunization, and in screening for anemia, lead, developmental disorders and autism.

In addition, he worked closely with primary care leaders to redesign and standardize primary care delivery throughout UW Health using evidence-based and best-practice principles. He was a founding member of Primary Care Academics Transforming Healthcare (PATH), a collaboration of UW Health primary-care physicians who highlight these improvements through research and dissemination.

For 20 years, Dr. Koslov taught and mentored many residents in his continuity clinic, and for five years was the pediatric coordinator for the Primary Care Clerkship at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UW SMPH).


Patricia Kokotailo, MD, MPH

Patricia Kokotailo, MD, MPHDr. Kokotailo served on the UW Department of Pediatrics faculty since 1989. In 2008, she became the associate dean for faculty development and faculty affairs at the UW SMPH, a position she held until 2016.

As associate dean, she received two federal awards totaling $1.42 million for physician faculty development in primary care, and founded the UW SMPH’s Centennial Scholars Program, which provides professional development for underrepresented minority faculty.

Dr. Kokotailo has published 42 peer-reviewed journal articles, mainly in the area of education, and was the lead author or co-lead author of two national American Academy of Pediatrics policy statements on substance abuse. She also chaired the American Board of Pediatrics Adolescent Medicine Subboard, and influenced national policy in medical education and pediatric and adolescent health by serving on committees for the Association of American Medical Colleges, the US Food and Drug Administration, the US National Board of Medical Examiners and the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine.

She is currently a trainer in the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN), a $2.2 million NIH grant awarded to the SMPH in 2014 to establish the Mentor Training Core at UW-Madison. She continues to teach mentoring practices and principles nationally.


Christina Iyama-Kurtycz

Christina Iyama-KurtyczDr. Iyama-Kurtycz’ career has focused on the care of children with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorders, in the interdisciplinary setting of the Waisman Center clinics.

In her academic work, she created, updated, and improved the required developmental and behavioral pediatrics rotation for pediatric residents. She has had a long-standing interest in medical humanities, using literature and film to understand and teach about medicine and disabilities.

She has also spoken to many parent groups at local, regional and national conferences. With a parent advocate, she founded ‘The Day With the Experts: Autism,’ an annual event at the Waisman Center, and organized it for several years.



Faculty Name Track Promotion to Rank
Tom Brazelton, MD, MPH CHS Professor
Greg DeMuri, MD CHS Professor
Amy Peterson, MD CHS Associate Professor
Julie Gocey, MD Clinician-Teacher Clinical Associate Professor
Laura Houser, MD Clinician-Teacher Clinical Associate Professor
Robin Wright, MD Clinician-Teacher Clinical Associate Professor