Letter from the Chair

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

The Department of Pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is a vibrant academic department engaged in education, research, clinical services, and advocacy for children. The programs that we have developed in each of these areas are of the highest quality.

Our faculty members are engaged in education at all levels – undergraduate, medical students, postgraduate trainees, continuing medical education, and allied health professionals. They are an unusually skilled and committed group of teachers with a remarkable degree of passion for education. We are particularly proud of our residency education program, which has many novel features including a state-of-the-art simulation program and a unique global health track. Our pediatric residents have an excellent track record of entering exceptional subspecialty fellowships and desirable primary care practices.

Our Department is committed to outstanding clinical care as a key component of excellent education. We are especially excited about our American Family Children’s Hospital, a state-of-the-art facility that is the home for our inpatient and specialty outpatient services. The hospital opened in August 2007 and has expanded and improved the care we provide to children and their families. We have just embarked on a vertical expansion which will bring high acuity surgical and medically complex neonates into our hospital and will also provide exceptional facilities for imaging and cardiac catheterization.

In addition, our faculty members are involved in a wide variety of clinical, translational, and basic research activities. There are many opportunities for residents to become involved in projects during residency. Faculty members collaborate with research groups throughout the University of Wisconsin campus, including the Comprehensive Cancer Center, the NIH-funded Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, Departments of Population Health, Genetics, Physiology, and many others.

The Department of Pediatrics is dedicated to excellence in our missions of education, research, clinical care, advocacy, and community service. We appreciate your interest in our Department and will do everything possible to ensure a pleasant and instructive visit.