Department members in a hospital room
Department of Pediatrics Faculty Group Photo

The Department of Pediatrics of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health and the American Family Children’s Hospital provide an extensive range of services to children of all ages. In addition to a broad array of subspecialty services, the division of general pediatrics and adolescent medicine provides comprehensive primary care in nine community-based locations.

Numerous other pediatric services are offered by our medical school colleagues in anesthesiology, dermatology, ophthalmology, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics and rehab medicine, radiology and surgery. Outreach activities include clinics throughout the state for allergy, cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, genetics, hematology and pulmonology.

The scope of these clinical services, combined with basic research done in a number of different areas, results in dynamic relationships that foster stronger research and patient care services. And because many of our faculty are both clinical practitioners and researchers, delivery of care takes medical advances from the research environment and puts them into practice.

Services to patients occur primarily at the American Family Children’s Hospital, two community hospitals (including one with neonatology and perinatology services), nine primary care offices and the Waisman Center, one of nine national facilities that includes a Mental Retardation Developmental Disabilities Research Center and a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.

  • The Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Rheumatology provides outstanding care for children with asthma, allergies, and rheumatologic diseases. Our research aims to better understand and find more effective treatments for these diseases.

  • The Division of Pediatric Cardiology improves children’s cardiovascular health through a team approach that includes clinicians, patients, and families. Clinical specialties include cardiac imaging, exercise physiology, interventional catheterization, and adult congenital heart disease. Research investigates the developing heart’s response to the stress of congenital heart disease.

  • The Division of Child Protection & Bioethics works through the University of Wisconsin Child Protection Program to provide clinical services for suspected child maltreatment. Education and research efforts aim to improve the recognition, diagnosis, and treatment of child abuse victims. Our faculty also help frame national and international debates on a variety of bioethical issues.

  • The Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine delivers comprehensive, state-of-the-art care to critically ill children admitted to American Family Children’s Hospital. Our scholarly endeavors include advocacy, medical education, clinical and basic science research, and global health.

  • The Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine provides collaborative, family- and patient-centered care to meet the emergency medical and surgical needs of children throughout the region. Our research focuses on injury prevention, EMS education, acute pain management, and patient simulation.

  • The Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes provides state-of-the-art medical care through four multidisciplinary clinics: diabetes, endocrinology, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and fitness. Our research aims to improve the health and quality of life of children with diabetes and endocrine disorders.

  • The Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition cares for children with gastrointestinal and hepatologic disorders. Nutritional services include placement of feeding tubes and support for underweight infants and children. We also conduct clinical research in inflammatory bowel disease.

  • The Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine provides outstanding inpatient and outpatient care for children—24 hours a day, every day of the year. Our research focuses on family-centered care, quality improvement, and systems redesign.

  • The Division of Genetics and Metabolism provides comprehensive services to help patients and families cope with a variety of genetic disorders. We have provided these services statewide through over 30 years of partnership with the Division of Public Health and leadership of the Wisconsin Genetics System. Research interests include the genetic basis of inherited disorders, molecular techniques for newborn screening, diagnosis of nonsyndromic intellectual disability, and the genetic causes of vertebral anomalies.

  • The Division of Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant provides state-of-the-art integrated therapies, including stem cell transplant, aimed at curing malignancies and treating hematological disorders in children. Research interests include ways to recognize and destroy cancer cells using immunologic and molecular biologic pathways, cancer survivorship, and palliative care.

  • The Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine provides family-centered, culturally competent, and coordinated inpatient pediatric care. Research interests aim to improve the quality and safety of hospital care and foster education in inpatient pediatric medicine.

  • The Division of Infectious Diseases cares for children with common, complex, or potentially life-threatening infectious diseases and illnesses. Research interests include international health, respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infections, and fungal infections.

  • The Division of Neonatology & Newborn Nursery promotes the health and well-being of the newborn, whether critically ill, premature, or simply in need of special observation. Research interests include genetic contributors to premature birth, nutrition and vitamin D in neonates, iron metabolism in newborns, chronic lung disease of prematurity, infection and inflammation, vascular adaptations in pregnancy, neonatal vision, and models and methods of maternal-infant health care.

  • The Division of Nephrology provides comprehensive care for children with all types of kidney disease. We offer several renal replacement therapies, with successful transplantation the ultimate goal for children with kidney failure. We are internationally recognized experts in pediatric renal transplantation and novel prednisone-free immunosuppression. Other research interests include pediatric kidney stones and bone disorders and impaired growth associated with kidney failure.

  • The Division of Neurodevelopmental-Behavioral Pediatrics has over 25 different clinical programs for children who have, or are at risk for, developmental disorders or delays. Our research, much of which is based at the Waisman Center, advances knowledge about human development. Our faculty also provide training in neurodevelopmental disabilities through graduate and postgraduate programs at the University of Wisconsin.

  • The Division of Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine provides family-centered care for children with respiratory disorders, including asthma, cystic fibrosis, and chronic lung disease. Research efforts aim to improve the health of children with lung diseases.