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 2013 Annual Report, an overview of our accomplishments in education, research, and patient care.

Education Offerings Expand

Our nationally respected educational programs, which provide world-class training for students, residents, and fellows, grew in many ways last year.

Our residency program now includes weekly simulation training experiences (including sessions on communication and ethics), weekly case-based PEARL conferences, and an elective rotation in rural medicine.

Resident research activities also exceeded our expectations. Fifteen residents presented at our 2013 Spring Research Day, six of whom went to present at the Pediatric Academic Society’s 2013 meeting.

Expanded fellowship opportunities included a new Infectious Disease fellowship, a reinvigorated Neontatology & Perinatal Medicine fellowship, and the recruitment of an additional Critical Care fellow.

Research Funding Increases, Clinical Studies Thrive

Pediatrics in 2013: A Snapshot

148 faculty & 173 staff
42 residents & 15 fellows
$17.8M in research funding
PIs on 166 active grants, including 44 clinical trials
169 published journal articles
128,122 outpatient visits
8,146 hospital admissions
9,831 emergency department visits
$66M in total revenue

It was a rewarding year for research in our department: we had $17.8 million in extramural research funding in FY13, a 17 percent increase from the previous year, and a total of 178 active grants.

Our researchers also submitted 124 new grant proposals last year, 44 (35%) of which were funded. Highlights include a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) award to improve outcomes for children with Type 1 diabetes; a five-year renewal of an NIH-funded longitudinal cohort study examining the genetic and environmental factors of asthma and allergies; and our faculty being named to a national pediatric cancer “Dream Team.”

Clinical research efforts continue to thrive: our department’s centralized clinical research coordinators managed 44 studies in 2013, and all divisions are now participating in clinical research.

Improving Care for the Sickest Children

Our pediatric cardiology and critical care services grew in tandem with the increased pediatric cardiothoracic surgery cases at American Family Children’s Hospital (AFCH) last year.

We also began developing a new program for medically complex children, which aims to better coordinate care and minimize admissions and clinic visits through home visits, telehealth and other types of care delivery.

Last year, AFCH was again ranked among the top 50 pediatric hospitals in six specialties. We look forward to this spring’s completion of the AFCH expansion, which will include a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), additional pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) beds, a pediatric interventional radiology/OR suite and a pediatric imaging suite.

Faculty Leaders at the Institution and Beyond

Several of our outstanding faculty were selected for distinguished leadership roles outside of our department.

Gwen McIntosh, MD, MPH, was named assistant dean for students at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH); Sabrina Butteris, MD, was selected to serve on the American Board of Pediatrics’ Global Health Task Force; and Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD, was appointed to serve on PCORI’s newly established Advisory Panel on Improving Healthcare Systems.

In addition, our faculty and staff were recognized for outstanding teaching and clinical service.

The SMPH graduating class of 2013 selected James Conway, MD, as an Investing Marshal for this year’s Recognition Ceremony. Fourth-year SMPH students also selected him for the Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association's Clinical Science Teaching Award.

Pamela Kling, MD, received the Dean's Award for Excellence in Medical Student Research Mentorship.

Kenneth DeSantes, MD, and Diane Puccetti, MD, received UW Health Physician Excellence Awards, and Georgia Ditzenberger, PhD, RN, NNP-BC, and Lynne Sears, MS, RN, CPNP, received UW Health Advance Practice Provider Excellence Awards.

Together, these accomplishments demonstrate our success in providing world-class care for children, training the physicians and clinical leaders of tomorrow, and improving health care through scholarly research and service.