- Melissa Cercone, MD, and colleagues are leading simulation projects that teach interprofessional collaboration. Their work builds on department efforts to use simulation technology to strengthen resident and clinician education. Read more
- Ryan McAdams, MD, is the new chief of the Division of Neonatology and Newborn Nursery. In addition to his interests in clinical outcomes improvement and the mechanisms of neonatal lung and brain injury, he creates artwork to raise awareness of children’s health in developing countries. Read more
- A renovation triples the size of the American Family Children’s Hospital Emergency Department, so children can receive even more timely, efficient and safe care. Read more
- While a Pediatrics resident, Alex Thomas, MD, created Iggy and the Inhalers, an award-winning comic that educates children about asthma. Read more
- James Gern, MD, leads the National Institutes of Health-funded Children’s Respiratory Research and Environment Workgroup (CREW), a 14-institution consortium that will investigate childhood asthma causes and prevention strategies. Read more
- Amy Peterson, MD, is leading a new statewide collaboration that aims to improve screening and diagnosis of children and families with familial hypercholesterolemia, an inherited cholesterol disorder that can lead to early heart attack and stroke. Read more
- Sharon Bartosh, MD, is enrolling patients in CureGN, a five-year, multicenter, NIH-funded trial that aims to improve treatment and find a cure for four causes of glomerular disease in children and adults. Read more
- The SMPH is transforming its MD curriculum to a competency-based, integrated model that better prepares students for residency and future practice. Learn about the new curriculum and the Department of Pediatrics faculty who are helping shape it. Read more
- Thanks to funding support from the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, the Department of Pediatrics improved its fourth-floor lab facilities to better meet current research needs. Read more
- Fellow will become the Bahamas’ only pediatric intensivist. Read more
- New research led by Peter Ferrazzano, MD, uses magnetic resonance imaging to predict functional outcomes in children with severe traumatic brain injury. Read more
- UW alumnus and former AAMC Chair Lorris Betz, MD, PhD, will address the SMPH and the Department of Pediatrics on culture change in medicine. Read more
- Pediatrics resident Jasmine Zapata, MD, was named a 2016 Brava Woman to Watch for her community health leadership. Read more
- Nicholas Von Bergen, MD, leads clinical, outreach and research efforts to improve the lives of children with arrhythmias. Read more
- Bikash Pattnaik, PhD, recently received a National Institutes of Health New Investigator R01 grant to identify new therapies for LCA16, an inherited retinal disease that causes childhood blindness. Read more
Between 1997 and 2011, food allergies in children increased approximately 50 percent, and now affect 5 percent of children. What are the factors causing this phenomenon, and how can clinicians effectively diagnose and treat children with food allergies?Read more
- A lieutenant commander in the U.S. Public Health Service, 2009 graduate Matt Karwowski, MD, MPH, fought the Ebola epidemic in the United States and Africa. Read more
- UW pediatric hospitalists provide patient care and teach family medicine residents at St. Mary’s Hospital. Read more
Career development awards from the UW School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) and the National Institutes of Health are helping Christian Capitini, MD, in his quest for a new immunotherapy treatment for leukemia.Read more
- At the SMPH’s Mini Med School, Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD, shared how a family-centered rounds checklist is improving care at American Family Children’s Hospital. Read more
- A simulation curriculum that Sabrina Butteris, MD, co-developed to prepare residents for overseas rotations is now available nationwide. Read more
The Department of Pediatrics has just launched its first free, online continuing medical education (CME) opportunity for primary care providers.
The Pediatric Rheumatology Online Education Program focuses on rheumatic diseases in children, an area of clinical expertise that receives limited attention during general medical training.Read more
Transgender youth in the region find medical and emotional support at the multidisciplinary Pediatric and Adolescent Transgender Health (PATH) Clinic at American Family Children’s Hospital, led by Jennifer Rehm, MD, and Brittany Allen, MD.
Since its launch in 2013, the clinic—which is one of only a handful of its kind in the Midwest—has grown to provide care for approximately 35 gender-variant children and adolescents.Read more
As the new president of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), Robert Lemanske, MD, wants to improve school-based care for children with asthma.
It’s a focus that not only fits his professional interests, but also coincides with the 20th anniversary of the AAAAI adding “asthma” to its name and mission. (Previously, the organization was simply the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology, or AAAI.)Read more
- On December 4, 2014, the Department of Pediatrics celebrated the accomplishments of Norman Fost, MD, MPH, a professor emeritus and bioethics pioneer who is retiring after 40 years of service. The day began with a special Grand Rounds presentation introduced by David Allen, MD, who reflected on Dr. Fost’s “monumental contributions” to the institution over the past 40 years. Read more
Advocacy is a way of life for James Conway, MD.
The pediatric infectious disease specialist realized over a decade ago that the best way for him to improve children’s lives wasn’t through bench research, or even direct patient care.
Instead, it was through educating clinicians, families, and the public on the benefits of immunization -- the most influential public health intervention, and one that the World Health Organization estimates saves between two and three million lives each year.Read more
For people who work with hospitalized children—clinicians, therapists, child life specialists, hospital teachers, even housekeepers—the emotional aspects of that work can be challenging.Read more
On July 31, 2014, 16 adolescent girls and their family members from around the region gathered at the UW Health Research Park Clinic for the first lunch-and-learn symposium on polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).Read more
On April 30, 2014, approximately 150 Amish and Mennonite family members—along with community practitioners and state and county health personnel—gathered at the Scenic Bluffs Community Health Center in Norwalk, WI, for a second community meeting on newborn screening and genetic disorders.Read more
After nearly two years of construction, the American Family Children’s Hospital (AFCH) completed the final phase of its eighth-floor expansion in May.
The expansion, which includes a 14-bed, Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), a 12-bed Universal Care Unit and a state-of-the-art imaging pavilion, was built with support from the AFCH “Sick Kids Can’t Wait” campaign.Read more
Mary Ehlenbach, MD, and Ryan Coller, MD, MPH, are spearheading a new initiative that aims to improve care for fragile, medically complex children.
The Pediatric Complex Care program at American Family Children’s Hospital (AFCH) will help support high-need children and their families through communication and care coordination—in and out of the hospital.Read more
Researchers in the laboratory of Marlowe Eldridge, MD, MSME, have found that young adults born prematurely but who are otherwise healthy may still have ventilatory impairments that manifest in low-oxygen environments.
Their study, recently published as a Correspondence in the New England Journal of Medicine, is the first to recognize “hidden” ventilatory dysfunction in this population—raising new questions about the long-term clinical consequences of prematurity.Read more
At first glance, life after residency looks quite different for Department of Pediatrics graduates Daniel Schumacher, MD, MEd, and Megan Lederer, MD.
On the East Coast, Dr. Schumacher is a pediatric emergency medicine physician at Boston Medical Center, in the city’s historic South End. He’s an assistant professor at Boston University School of Medicine, and an associate director of the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics (BCRP).Read more
About 800 childhood cancer survivors and their families came together on September 29, 2013, at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells for the fifth Kids With Courage reunion.
Launched in 1993, and held every five years since then, the Kids With Courage reunion honors every child who has been treated for cancer at American Family Children’s Hospital (or the former UW Children’s Hospital)—including those who did not survive their diseases.Read more
Contrary to conventional wisdom, the most prevalent mental health problem in children isn’t ADHD or depression—it’s anxiety. Anxiety disorders affect up to 25 percent of youth, compared to 7 to 10 percent for ADHD or depression.
Stress and anxiety in children is also frequently undetected, which can lead to academic and psychosocial difficulties; an increased risk of depression, suicide and substance abuse; and even physical illness.Read more
In 2012, all eight UW Health pediatric primary care clinics exceeded institutional immunization benchmarks for children up to age two.
This success—the result of sustained process improvement and a deep commitment to providing quality care for children—dovetails with primary care redesign efforts across UW Health.Read more
In his laboratory, Bikash Pattnaik, PhD, investigates potassium channel mutations in retinal cells—mutations that are associated with Leber Congenital Amaurosis (LCA), a genetic disease that causes blindness at birth.
Now, thanks to a $1 million-plus gift in support of Dr. Pattnaik’s research, the study of novel therapy approaches for the disease is expanding.Read more
Thanks to universal screening protocols, newborns in every state are routinely tested for cystic fibrosis (CF)—a life-threatening disease that occurs in 1 of every 4,000 births—through a simple blood test.
Most of the time, the screening results are negative. Due to technology limitations, however, each year approximately 150 CF screens in Wisconsin alone come back with a false positive result.Read more
Department of Pediatrics residents are now able to experience rural practice during their residency, thanks to a new elective rotation funded by the Wisconsin Rural Physician Residency Assistance Program (WRPRAP).
The rotation consists of two four-week “immersion” sessions in the PG2 and PG3 years, precepted by community pediatricians in Baraboo, Beaver Dam, Portage and Sauk City.Read more
- Department of Pediatrics faculty, former faculty, staff and friends joined the family of former Professor John Stephenson, MD, in a naming reception for the John Stephenson Teenage and Young Adult Clinic. The reception was held Thursday, April 25, 2013, at the Waisman Center. In addition to the presentation of a plaque in Dr. Stephenson’s honor, which will be installed in the University Station clinic, the event marked the launch of the Dr. John Stephenson Teen and Adolescent Fund. Read more
It takes collaboration to care for a child with complex congenital heart disease. That’s why the pediatric heart program at American Family Children’s Hospital’s (AFCH) brings together experts from multiple specialties, including pediatric cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, intensive care, anesthesiology, and nursing.Read more
Like most children, five-year-old Lexi Frye will likely have a viral upper respiratory infection (URI) at least once this year. She may suffer though sniffles, cough, and congestion—and then recover. Or, she may be one of the estimated eight percent of children who develop acute bacterial sinusitis.
Although Lexi isn’t sick now, a study nurse is obtaining a nasopharygeal (NP) swab sample from her as part of a five-year clinical study led by department chair Ellen Wald, MD, that aims to determine the incidence and predictors of this common complication.Read more
In many ways, the job of a pediatrician is like that of a parent: to prepare children to successfully navigate the adult world.
But for children with chronic illnesses or disabilities, that job is particularly complex.
At December’s “Successful Youth Transition into Adult Healthcare” Summit, approximately 80 clinicians from around the state learned the roles, processes, and systems required to help those children—and their families—make the leap from pediatric to adult healthcare.Read more
Every Friday morning, pediatric cardiologist Amy Peterson, MD, sees children who, due to family history, medical conditions, or obesity, are at greater risk for heart disease when they become adults.Read more
Over 65 people gathered in person and via webcast at the UW Health Sciences Learning Center (HSLC) on Saturday, November 10, 2012, for the second Family Education Day for Cystic Fibrosis.
At the event, people with CF, and their families and friends, learned about legal considerations, new therapies, and coping strategies for the inherited disease.Read more
Children who need emergency care now have a place at American Family Children’s Hospital (AFCH) just for them.
The new pediatric emergency unit, a separate area within the UW Hospital and Clinics Emergency Department (ED), has a dedicated children’s waiting area and six treatment rooms.
It’s staffed by pediatric emergency medicine physicians, nurses, and child life specialists—all of whom work to meet the specific care needs of children and their families.Read more
In 1989, in a cornfield in southeastern Pennsylvania, Holmes Morton, MD, built a timber-frame clinic to care for the area’s Old Order Amish and Mennonite children, many of whom had poorly understood, complex medical problems due to inherited disorders.
Since then, the Clinic for Special Children has cared for children with over 100 rare genetic disorders. It has advanced methods of newborn screening, developed diagnostic techniques at its onsite laboratory, and furthered clinical research on inherited disorders.Read more
Each year in the United States, approximately 10,000 babies are born with critical congenital heart defects (CCHDs)—life-threatening anatomic problems that require surgery within the first month of birth.
Fortunately, in nearly all cases, CCHDs are caught during pregnancy or upon neonatal physical examination. But a substantial number of babies still die or have significant health problems because of unrecognized defects.Read more
Children who have complex intestinal disease or who are failing to thrive benefit from new pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition clinical initiatives at American Family Children’s Hospital (AFCH)—initiatives that parallel the AFCH specialty’s improved ranking by US News and World Report.Read more
Third-year medical student Jasmine Zapata was a little nervous before her pediatrics clerkship. Not because she thought it would be too challenging, but because it might not be challenging enough.
“I knew the inpatient part would be exciting, but thought the outpatient part would be just a lot of runny noses and ear infections,” she recalled. “But I hoped for the best.”
Fortunately for Jasmine, “the best” ended up being some of the most rewarding and defining experiences of her nascent medical career.Read more
- “Be an agent of change.” It’s a simple message, but in medicine, as in life, it can change the world. It’s also the message James Conway, MD, an associate professor in the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, wanted this year’s graduates of the School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) to carry with them as they begin their medical careers. Read more
When children are acutely ill or injured, a few minutes can mean the difference between life and death. Courses like the Pediatrics Advanced Life Support + (PALS+) provider course provide clinicians who care for those children with the skills they need to save lives in the critical first hour.Read more
- A reopened clinical trial led by Department of Pediatrics Associate Professor Kenneth DeSantes, MD, may offer hope for children with life-threatening cancer that hasn’t responded to conventional treatment. The trial uses an experimental therapy called natural killer (NK) cell infusions to boost the body’s ability to fight cancer after stem-cell transplant. Read more
- Don’t be deceived by the stuffed animals and stickers onboard: American Family Children’s Hospital’s (AFCH) Emergency Transport Ambulance, or CHETA, is a true pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) on wheels. Loaded with extensive equipment, including state-of-the-art pediatric monitors, invasive and noninvasive ventilators, and an isolette, CHETA is setup to safely transport even the smallest critically ill child from a regional hospital to AFCH. Read more
- David Allen, MD, a professor in the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, was bitten by the running bug during his pediatric internship year here at UW. He’d been a runner on and off throughout high school and college, but when he arrived in Madison, he found that running helped him stay healthy and cope better with the intensity of residency training. Read more
For the UW-Madison Genetic Counselor Training Program, there’s no place like home—in Pediatrics.
The program, which had been part of the Department of Medical Genetics for 35 years, joined the Department of Pediatrics in the spring of 2010.
Now, with improved clinician access, administrative stability, and School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) backing, the program can better support its students, teachers, and staff—and remain at the forefront of an evolving profession.Read more
Implementing sustainable health care models in the developing world has become a way of life for Lisa Umphrey, MD, a 2010 graduate of the Pediatrics residency program, and her husband and former department research scientist Douglas DaSilva.
The two recently spent over a year managing and staffing a clinic in rural Uganda—at one point with help from Pediatrics faculty Francois Luyet, MD—and are now taking the model they developed there to other locations throughout the country.Read more
On October 6-7, 2011, the UW Department of Pediatrics welcomed more than 120 academic pediatricians to Madison’s Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center for the 52nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Midwest Society for Pediatric Research (MWSPR).Read more
- For the second year, a team of more than 15 volunteers, including Department of Pediatrics faculty and residents, donated their Sunday afternoons to help fit bike helmets during Madison’s Ride the Drive bike events, held June 5 and September 25, 2011. The volunteers staffed two helmet fitting stations along the route, each of which were marked by large banners provided by the American Family Children’s Hospital’s (AFCH) Child Health Advocacy Program. Read more
- Pediatric nurse practitioner Kathleen Shanovich, RN, MS, was a school nurse in Madison for six years. She remembers firsthand the struggles of families who have children with asthma and allergies, and the problems associated with asthma-related absenteeism. That’s why, after she joined the UW Health clinical team, she continued working closely with the Madison Metropolitan School District and American Family Children’s Hospital to create a School Asthma Clinic. Read more
- A team led by Associate Professor and Vice President of Quality Improvement Tom Brazelton, MD, MPH, is participating in a national collaborative quality project to prevent central line-associated bloodstream infections at the American Family Children’s Hospital (AFCH) Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Central line-associated bloodstream infections can result in significant medical costs and complications. As many as one in four people who get them will die. Read more
- The Society for Pediatric Research (SPR) considers the research of Endocrinology and Diabetes fellow Jennifer Rehm, MD, among the best in the nation. On May 2, 2011, Dr. Rehm was one of three fellows who received the SPR's 2011 Fellow Clinical Research Award at the group's annual meeting in Denver. She was honored for her research on early detection of fatty liver disease in overweight adolescent girls. Read more
- Assistant Professor Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD, is helping families participate more fully in the care of their children while hospitalized at American Family Children’s Hospital (AFCH). Through recent grants from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the National Patient Safety Foundation, Dr. Cox is working with colleagues from several inpatient services to develop, implement, and evaluate ways to enhance family-centered rounds (FCRs) for hospitalized children. Read more
- "It's wonderful when folks catch you doing something right," says Associate Professor Carol Diamond, MD, medical director of the UW Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Clinic. She certainly would know. Last spring, Dr. Diamond was one of four physicians—and the only pediatrician among them—to receive one of UW Health's first Physician Leadership awards. First created in 2010, the awards honor physicians for excellence in clinical practice or clinical education. Read more
- Social networking Web sites, such as Facebook and MySpace, can have a tremendous impact on adolescents’ health. Previous research with traditional media has shown that exposure to substance use and sexual content is linked to initiation of those behaviors. The difference is that with social media, adolescents not only consume information, they also produce it. That’s why the Adolescent Health Research team, led by Assistant Professor Megan Moreno, MD, MSEd, MPH, is investigating the health implications of social media use among adolescents. Read more
- Last year, Department of Pediatrics Professor Philip Farrell, MD, PhD, became steering committee co-chair of the Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families (LIHF), a $10 million initiative to improve birth outcomes in Wisconsin. Why? Because the infant mortality rate for African Americans in Wisconsin is the worst in the nation. Babies born to African American mothers were three to four times more likely to die in the first year than their white counterparts. It's considered by many to be the most serious health problem facing the state. Read more
- Research from the laboratory of Professor Paul Sondel, MD, PhD, has played a key role in the development and testing of an effective new treatment for some children with high-risk neuroblastoma. Neuroblastoma is a cancer of the sympathetic nervous system most commonly found in children under the age of five. Nearly half of neuroblastoma cases are considered “high-risk,” meaning that the disease is likely to spread aggressively—and the child is likely to die—if only standard chemotherapy treatment is given. Read more
- Rylee's story began on January 8, 2009, at the emergency department at American Family Children's Hospital (AFCH). She was brought there with bloody diarrhea and dehydration, which was found to be caused by two types of foodborne bacteria: Shigella and E. coli. Three days later, Rylee developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS, a disease that can occur in children with these types of bacterial infections). It caused Rylee's kidneys to shut down. Read more
- UW Department of Pediatrics Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Education John Frohna, MD, MPH, believes that residency education programs must prepare physicians for whatever career path they want—whether it be academic medicine or general private practice. But regardless of the path chosen, Dr. Frohna also believes "there is always value in understanding the process of asking and answering a research question." That's why, in 2009, the department created a formal research requirement for all its residents. Read more
- Phenylketonuria (PKU) is a rare genetic disorder in which the body is unable to metabolize phenylalanine, an amino acid found in almost every source of natural protein. Patients with PKU must follow a strict diet that is low in phenylalanine—and consequently, low in protein—for their whole lives. In order to keep growth on track during childhood, they also must drink a special phenylalanine-free protein formula. Read more
- Tyler was the 8 1/2-pound, first-born child of a Baraboo, Wisconsin couple. His mother had a normal pregnancy and routine delivery, and after a standard hospital stay, the new family returned home. But on the third day of Tyler’s life, his mother became concerned. Tyler was not breastfeeding well and was difficult to arouse. His parents took him to a local hospital, where physicians thought he might have an infection or a metabolic problem. Read more
- Department of Pediatrics Associate Professor Aaron Carrel, MD, has a big mission: to prevent obesity and diabetes, and promote fitness, in children. As a physician, researcher, and ultimately an educator, he has found innovative ways to help children throughout Wisconsin lead healthier lives. Read more
- For many children, a beloved cat or dog is as much a part of the family as Mom, Dad, brother, or sister. But for others, a furry pet means wheezing, eczema, rhinitis, or other allergic reactions. At first, it would seem logical to keep children at risk for allergies away from household pets. But research conducted at the UW Department of Pediatrics found the opposite to be true. Exposure to dogs in infancy—especially around the time of birth—can actually influence children’s immune development and reduce the likelihood of certain allergic diseases. Read more
In 1991, medical school classmates Elizabeth Neary, MD, and Gail Allen, MD, took an unconventional step: they began a shared pediatrics residency here. Today, they each have two children and have cultivated successful careers as primary care pediatricians, educators, advocates and leaders. Read more