A Message from Our Chair

Ellen R. Wald, MD

Ellen R. Wald, MD
Professor and Chair
Alfred Dorrance Daniels Professor on Diseases of Children

I’m proud to welcome you to the UW Department of Pediatrics 2012 Annual Report, an overview of our accomplishments in education, research, and patient care.

World-Class Education

Our nationally respected educational programs provide outstanding training for medical students, residents, and fellows.

Last year, we welcomed Angela Veesenmeyer, MD, MPH, as our new medical student clerkship director. The program she directs offers third-year students valuable exposure to multidisciplinary care in both primary and specialty settings.

Our residency program incorporates cutting-edge simulation training, global health rotations, and innovative approaches to clinical learning and career development. Last year, program director John Frohna, MD, MPH, received the Robert S. Holm Leadership Award from the Association of Pediatric Program Directors.

We also created a new fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases, which is recruiting for its first fellow to begin in the summer of 2013.

Scholarly excellence is integral to all of our educational programs. Fifteen residents presented at our 2012 Spring Research Day, and 10 of our trainees (students, residents, and fellows) received awards or funding last year for their research work.

Pediatrics in 2012: A Snapshot

147 faculty & 184 staff
39 residents & 20 fellows
$15.2M in research funding
PIs on 163 active grants, including 43 clinical trials
184 published journal articles
137,047 outpatient visits
7,920 hospital admissions
10,290 emergency department visits
$62.5M in total revenue

Thriving Scholarly and Clinical Research

Despite a challenging funding climate, we continue to have an outstanding research program with $15.2 million in extramural funding in FY12.

Department faculty submitted 90 proposals last year, 37% of which were funded. New projects aim to improve screening protocols for cystic fibrosis, investigate the effects of bronchopulmonary dysplasia on cardiopulmonary function, understand the relationships between viral infection and acute sinusitis in children, and implement statewide pulse oximetry screening for the detection of critical congenital heart defects.

Clinical research efforts have also grown substantially and now comprise 43 active studies, a 16% increase from 2011. Our pediatric cardiology and gastroenterology divisions launched their first clinical studies last year.

In total, 40 faculty (27%) in 13 divisions had extramural funding support last year. Four faculty are UW Institute of Clinical and Translational Research (KCTR) KL2 scholars, two are UW SMPH Centennial Scholars, and one is the recipient of a Shwachman award fellowship.

Expanded Clinical Services

We experienced tremendous growth last year in our pediatric interventional cardiology, preventive cardiology, gastroenterology, and emergency medicine services. Our faculty also helped develop a new neonatal step-down unit at Meriter Hospital.

American Family Children’s Hospital (AFCH) continued to grow beyond expectations. Last year, it launched a new expansion project that will result in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), additional pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) beds, a pediatric interventional radiology/OR suite, and a pediatric imaging suite.

We’re also working closely with community and regional hospital partners to develop services in rheumatology, nephrology, diabetes, sleep medicine, and other subspecialties.

Accomplished Faculty Leaders

Several faculty were named to distinguished institutional leadership positions. Chris Green, MD, became senior vice president for medical affairs and chief medical officer at UW Hospital and Clinics, and Tom Brazelton, MD, MPH, became medical director for UW Health’s emerging telehealth program.

Gwen McIntosh, MD, MPH, became director of clinical curriculum at the SMPH, and Carol Diamond, MD, became a faculty mentor for the SMPH’s Academic Career Advisory Program. Our department is also now the academic home for the SMPH’s senior associate dean for academic affairs, Elizabeth Petty, MD.

Several faculty were also recognized for outstanding teaching and service. James Conway, MD, received UW Health’s Clinical Educator Excellence Award, and was also selected to give the final address at the SMPH’s recognition ceremony. Gary Williams, MD, received UW Health’s Clinical Practice Excellence Award, and Gregory Rice, MD, received the SMPH’s Dean’s Teaching Award.

These accomplishments demonstrate our deep commitment to providing the best care for children, to training outstanding physicians and clinical leaders, and to leading the nation in scholarly research and service.