Our People

In 2015, the Department of Pediatrics had 371 employees: 163 faculty (all tracks) and 208 staff.

Department of Pediatrics Staff

In addition, the number of faculty in our department has increased 48% since FY07.

Department of Pediatrics Faculty Growth

Faculty Transitions

In 2015, the department recruited nine new faculty:

Name Division Recruited From
Awni  Al-Subu, MD Critical Care Fellowship, Duke Children’s Hospital; Durham, NC
Eliza Blanchette, MD Neonatology & Newborn Nursery Pediatrics residency, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Madison, WI
Eileen Cowan, MD Neonatology & Newborn Nursery Rady Children’s Hospital; San Diego, CA
John Hambrook, MD Cardiology Private practice in Wisconsin
Nina Menda, MD Neonatology & Newborn Nursery Inova Alexandria Hospital; Alexandria, VA
Megan Neuman, MD General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine Door County Medical Center; Sturgeon Bay, WI
Neil Paloian, MD Nephrology Seattle Children’s Hospital; Seattle, WA
Karina Reynolds, MD Neonatology & Newborn Nursery Residency, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; Lebanon, NH
Meriel Rongstad, MD General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine Transitioned from UW Health float role


The following faculty left the department in 2015:

  • Hiba Bashir, MD (Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology)
  • Mark Biagtan, MD (Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology)
  • Sri Kasturirangan, MD (Neonatology & Newborn Nursery)
  • Katherine M. Magnuson, MD (Neonatology & Newborn Nursery)
  • Aaron Wightman, MD (Nephrology)
  • Marcia Wirt, MD (Neurodevelopmental-Behavioral Pediatrics)


Gary Williams Retires

Gary Williams, MDThe Department of Pediatrics honors Gary Williams, MD, who retired in 2015.

Dr. Williams is a general pediatrician who first joined the Department of Pediatrics in 1987. For nearly 30 years, he provided outstanding primary care to children and adolescents, and taught medical students, residents, nurses and other learners. He is a two-time recipient of the department’s Outstanding Teaching Award, and has also received the Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association’s Distinguished Teaching Award and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health’s (SMPH) Outstanding Clinician Award.

He developed an image library of pediatric clinical phenomena, which other educational institutions and even The Discovery Channel have used in lectures, teaching websites and textbooks. He also published several case reports in medical journals, including one Case of the Month in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Dr. Williams also served on several department committees, and on the SMPH’s Admissions Committee from 2011-2013.


Faculty Promotions

Name Track Promotion to Rank
Sabrina Butteris, MD CHS Associate Professor
Pelin Cengiz, MD CHS Associate Professor
Shannon Dean, MD CHS Associate Professor
Elizabeth Goetz, MD, MPH CHS Associate Professor
Margo Hoover-Regan, MD CHS Associate Professor
Jennifer Laffin, PhD CHS Associate Professor
Gwen McIntosh, MD, MPH CHS Associate Professor
Dorota Walkiewicz-Jedrzejczak, MD CHS Associate Professor
Ellen L. Connor, MD CHS Professor
John Hokanson, MD CHS Professor
Kathleen DeSantes, MD Clinician-Teacher Clinical Associate Professor
Luther Sigurdsson, MD Clinician-Teacher Clinical Professor


In Memoriam: Nasrollah Shahidi, MD

Nasrollah (Nasr) Shahidi, MDNasrollah (Nasr) Shahidi, MD, emeritus professor of pediatrics and the first head of the Department of Pediatrics’ Division of Hematology and Oncology, died on November 30, 2015.

Dr. Shahidi joined the department in 1966, and built a strong clinical program, continued his laboratory and translational research, trained many students and residents, and established the division’s postdoctoral fellowship program.

He was a leader in the laboratory analysis and treatment of Fanconi anemia, and was the first to treat a child with the disease using an innovative therapy derived from umbilical cord stem cells, a modality that is now commonly used for children with a variety of blood disorders.

In addition, he was instrumental in identifying the blood-disease-causing roles of the antibiotics phenacetin and chloramphenicol, and the pesticide DDT, and directly influenced the restrictions on their use.

He authored several books and many highly regarded manuscripts, and earned an international reputation as an innovator in pediatric hematologic cancers.

His deep legacy at UW is carried on today through current division head, Dr. Paul Sondel. Dr. Shahidi helped to convince Dr. Sondel to join the UW faculty in 1980, and to succeed him as division head 10 years later.