Pediatrics in 2015: 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’ 2015 Annual Report, an overview of our accomplishments in education, research, and patient care.

Thriving Medical Student and Resident Education

Our department, like others at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, is preparing for next year’s medical student curriculum transformation. Two of our faculty serve as integrated block leaders and many others play important roles as curriculum developers, teachers and mentors.

Last year, we worked hard to improve the feedback process for our residents; they have been receptive to these improvements and have used the improved information to strengthen their individualized learning plans.

In addition, our global health residents also gained valuable community health experience through a new partnership with Centro Hispano.

Finally, we’re particularly proud of 2014-2015 Chief Resident Anthony Wampole, MD, who received the Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association's 2015 Outstanding Resident Teaching Award.

Outstanding Research Faculty, Clinical Research Grows

In FY15, our department had $20.2 million in extramural funding and a total of 258 funded grants. We submitted 115 proposals; 53 (46%) were funded.

Pediatrics in 2015: A Snapshot

163 faculty & 208 staff
44 residents & 25 fellows
$20.2M in research funding
PIs and/or co-Is on 258 grants, including 61 clinical studies
224 published journal articles
133,411 outpatient visits
8,991 hospital admissions
11,823 emergency department visits
$86M in total revenue

Special congratulations go to two of our outstanding research faculty: Paul Sondel, MD, PhD, who received an inaugural Outstanding Investigator Award (OIA) from the National Cancer Institute; and Anna Huttenlocher, MD, who was named to the National Academy of Medicine. We are deeply proud of your remarkable accomplishments!

Clinical research in the department continues to grow: in FY15, our centralized clinical research coordinators managed 61 studies in 2015, a 22% increase from 2014.

Finally, thanks to all the faculty, residents and fellows who presented abstracts at the department’s 2015 Spring Research Day. Of the 31 abstracts presented, 17 (56%) were accepted at the Pediatric Academic Society (PAS) meeting: 12 as poster sessions and 5 as oral presentations.

New Clinical Partnerships, Expansions

Several significant clinical collaborations formalized in 2015. First, American Family Children’s Hospital (AFCH) partnered with UnityPoint Health-Meriter to create a new Mother-Baby service line, which enables us to improve care for seriously ill neonates throughout the region.

Second, UW Health strengthened regional partnerships through a formal merger with SwedishAmerican Health System and through a strengthened collaboration with Aurora Health Care. As a result, we can offer more outreach services in Rockford, Illinois, Greater Milwaukee and Fox Valley.

At AFCH, the Pediatric Heart Program saw a 250% increase in adult congenital heart disease patients, a 25% increase in pediatric preventive cardiology visits, and an enhanced pediatric electrophysiology program.

We also began offering inpatient sleep studies at AFCH for complex patients, and the AFCH Complex Care Program had 264 referrals and 117 enrolled patients by the end of 2015.

Finally, in 2015, U.S. News and World Report ranked AFCH among the top 50 children’s hospitals in cancer, diabetes/endocrinology, gastroenterology, orthopedics and nephrology.

Honoring Our Faculty

I’d like to thank all of our outstanding faculty and staff for their accomplishments and contributions to our department last year. I’d especially like to commend Robert Lemanske, MD, for his outstanding national leadership as president of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI).

Finally, I want express my deepest sympathy to the family of Nasrollah (Nasr) Shahidi, MD, who was the first head of our Division of Hematology and Oncology, and who died on November 30, 2015. His legacy is carried on even today, and we will never forget what he meant to us.