Pediatrics in 2014: A Snapshot

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’ 2014 Annual Report, an overview of our accomplishments in education, research, and patient care.

Residency QI, Global Health and Rural Experiences Grow

Our outstanding residency program had many great successes last year.

Residents deepened their involvement in quality improvement (QI) activities aimed at improving care at the systems level. In one initiative, they developed a QI dashboard to track performance, and presented a poster with their findings at two national conferences.

We also expanded our global health track, and the rural rotation we established in 2013 continues to attract new learners.

Finally, our residents presented 19 abstracts at our 2014 Spring Research Day, four of which were also presented at national meetings.

Research Efforts Thrive, Funding Up 20 Percent

Research in our department continues to grow substantially: we had $21.3 million in extramural research funding in FY14 (a nearly 20 percent increase from the previous year) and our faculty were PIs and/or co-Is on 215 grants. Our researchers also submitted 113 new grant proposals in 2014, 46 (41%) of which were funded.

Pediatrics in 2014: A Snapshot

161 faculty & 167 staff
42 residents & 24 fellows
$21.3M in research funding
PIs and/or co-Is on 215 grants; 50 clinical studies
177 published journal articles
130,074 outpatient visits
8,907 hospital admissions
10,834 emergency department visits
$78M in total revenue

Key research projects included a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute-funded project to help children and families manage diabetes; cohort studies that investigate the genetic and environmental factors of asthma and allergies; and microbiological studies of immunology and fungal infection.

In addition, the Inner-City Asthma Consortium, a nationwide research network co-directed by James Gern, MD, received a seven-year, $70 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) last year—the largest grant ever received by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.

Clinical research also continues to be a critical part of our research efforts: our centralized clinical research coordinators managed 50 studies in 2014.

AFCH, Complex Care Program Expand

In May 2014, American Family Children's Hospital (AFCH) opened a new seventh and eighth floor, and a new state-of-the-art imaging pavilion on the first floor. The eighth floor – which includes a 14-bed, Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and a 12-bed Universal Care Unit -- has exceeded all patient census projections.

The Pediatric Complex Care Program, which our faculty launched last year, received a three-year, $9.45 million Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation Award in conjunction with the State of Wisconsin Department of Human Services and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Special Needs Program. Thanks to that award, the program will be able to further develop its mission of care coordination for children with medical complexity.

In 2014, U.S. News and World Report ranked AFCH among the top 50 pediatric hospitals in cancer, gastroenterology, orthopedics, and pulmonology.

Honoring Our Faculty

I’m also proud of the many outstanding faculty and staff who received awards last year.

David Allen, MD, received the 2014 University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Presidential Physician Leadership Award. Other UW Health award winners were: Carol Diamond, MD; Christopher Healy, MD; John Hokanson, MD; Kathleen Maginot, MD; Amy Plumb, MD; Kathleen Shanovich, RN, MS, CPNP; and Allen Wilson, MD.

Anna Huttenlocher, MD, received the Arthritis Foundation of Dane County’s Community Impact Leadership Award.

Nationally, Mei Baker, MD, received the Harry Hannon Laboratory Improvement Award in Newborn Screening from the Association of Public Health Laboratories. Sharon Bartosh, MD, was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Society of Transplantation, and nominated to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation.

Finally, I want express my deepest regards to Norman Fost, MD, MPH, and Frank Greer, MD, who retired last year. Your legacies at our institution will be forever unmatched and always remembered.