UW Department of Pediatrics faculty and residents advocate for children’s well-being through numerous outreach activities. Their work helps improve the health of children in the community and around the world, educate the public and peers, and advance the profession.

Health Services in the Community

Our faculty and residents collaborate with public schools and community health centers to provide asthma care, sports physicals, and other clinical services for underserved children.

They also provide free health care for underserved children and adults through the UW School of Medicine and Public Health’s MEDiC clinics.

In addition, they participate in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) diagnostic clinics through the Wisconsin Treatment Outreach Project, and volunteer as medical staff at summer camps for children with cancer, asthma, and other diseases.


Education and Service Around the World

Global Health Education Director Sabrina Butteris, MD, and Associate Director Laura Houser, MD, lead our residency program’s formal global health track.

Dr. Butteris also oversees institutional efforts to strengthen global health education across all specialties, and works to advance global health education and ethical partnerships with colleagues abroad. She leads the department's partnership with Addis Ababa University, a collaboration through which faculty, nurses, and administrators from both institutions improve pediatric emergency and trauma care in Ethiopia.

James Conway, MD, is the Associate Director for Health Sciences at the UW Global Health Institute (GHI). He works domestically and globally to train local professionals in the recognition and treatment of infectious conditions, and to strengthen immunization programs.

In addition, he directs the Extramural Clerkship in International Health for medical students, co-directs the Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Global Health & Disease course, and has been a collaborator in designing and leading the associated Thailand field experience summer course since 2006.

Most recently, Dr. Conway visited Capitol Hill to advocate for a new, bipartisan House resolution ensuring that children in poor countries have access to vaccines and immunizations through U.S. support of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI).


Public Outreach

Through numerous community outreach activities, our faculty talk directly with children and families about ways to stay healthy and manage disease.

They also speak on behalf of regional and national coalitions, and demonstrate their expertise through media interviews, letters, and articles.

Their efforts help raise awareness of asthma, cystic fibrosis, dyslexia, endocrine disorders, food allergies, immunization, language development and literacy, obesity, and other health issues that affect children and adolescents.


Clinician Education

Our faculty provide outreach education on emergency care, genetics counseling, newborn screening, obesity management, and other topics for physicians and EMS staff in the region.

At the national level, they present at continuing medical education programs and help organize professional education conferences.

They also host health professionals from developing nations. Through existing partnerships and collaborations with the UW Global Health Institute, visiting clinicians can learn new skills to improve health care for children in their home countries.


Professional Leadership

Our faculty advance the discipline of pediatrics through leadership roles in professional societies and national organizations.

National Leadership

  • American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: Robert Lemanske, MD, president; James Gern, MD, board of directors
  • American Association of Medical Colleges Council of Deans: Elizabeth Petty, MD, fellow
  • American Board of Pediatrics (ABP): Ellen Wald, MD, examination question writer; chair, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Sub-board
  • American Society of Transplantation: Sharon Bartosh, MD, board of directors
  • NIH study section members: Bruce Klein, MD; Robert Lemanske, MD; and Paul Sondel, MD, PhD
  • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI): Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD, Advisory Panel on Improving Healthcare Systems
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Sharon Bartosh, MD, Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation