News & Events

  • Dr. Norm Fost Receives University of Oklahoma Biomedical Ethics Prize

    Posted: May 2008

    Norm Fost, MD, MPH, professor of pediatrics and bioethics and director of the Program in Bioethics, has received the 2007 Patricia Price Browne Prize in Biomedical Ethics from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Now in its founding year, the award recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of biomedical ethics. Peer-nominated recipients demonstrate leadership in medical ethics through serving on appropriate committees or commissions, through advocacy of policies, provision, or organizations of services, serving as a role model in the field, and demonstration of innovation, creativity and commitment to addressing ethical issues in healthcare.

    Fost is being honored for his extensive experience in ethical and legal issues in healthcare. He has been chair of the UW Health Sciences Human Subjects Committee and the UW Hospital and Clinics Ethics Committee for 29 years. He has published numerous articles in the field and has taught courses on human subjects research ethics at the FDA Staff College. He has served on numerous federal committees and commissions on a variety of ethical and regulatory issues. He currently serves on the Food and Drug Administration’s Pediatric Subcommittee and as chair of its Pediatrics Ethics Committee. He was a member of the National Academy of Science Committee on Guidelines for Stem Cell Research, which published a report in 2005.

  • Dr. Anna Huttenlocher Awarded Graduate School’s H.I. Romnes Fellowship Award

    Posted: May 2008

    Anna Huttenlocher, MD has been awarded $50,000 as the recipient of the Graduate School’s H.I. Romnes Fellowship award. This program, funded by WARF in recognition of the leadership of the late WARF Trustee President H. I. Romnes, is designed to bridge the gap between the Research Committee's initial research support for new faculty and the Mid-Career Award for Faculty Research. The nominee should be an exceptional tenured faculty member who has attained tenure within the prior four years (e.g., since July 2003).

    The H. I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship awards are made possible by the impressive research efforts of UW-Madison faculty and staff. Technology arising from these research efforts is licensed by our patent management organization, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), to industry. Income from successful licenses is returned to the Graduate School to fund a variety of research activities throughout the divisions on campus, including these awards.

    The Romnes award is a $50,000 flexible research fund that is initially set up for five fiscal years. Dr. Huttenlocher's award will begin 7/1/2007.

  • Dr. David Allen Receives Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award

    Posted: May 2008

    Dave Allen, MD, received the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s (ACGME) Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award for 2007. Parker J. Palmer is the author of the book "The Courage to Teach" and whose promotion of the concept of "living divided no more" has proven relevant to teaching in academic health centers. Please browse the photos and letter excerpts from residents, faculty, and other colleagues applauding the awardees' dedication to teaching, patient care, leadership/mentorship, and being an all-around "nice" person. Congratulations to this year's recipients!

  • Dr. Ellen Wald Named the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society 2006 Distinguished Physician of the Year

    Posted: May 2008

    The Distinguished Physician Award is presented annually to a pediatrician who has an extensive and distinguished career in pediatric infectious diseases marked by significant accomplishments and contributions in infectious diseases, including those as a clinician, educator and/or investigator. The pediatrician’s accomplishments and contributions are nationally and internationally recognized for their excellence, and support the Society’s mission to advance the knowledge of pediatric infectious diseases and its application to the care of children.

    The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society is organized exclusively for scientific and educational purposes and not for profit. Its purpose is to enhance the health of infants, children and adolescents by promoting excellence in diagnosis, management and prevention of infectious diseases through clinical care, education, research and advocacy.

    Find out more about the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS).

  • Dr. Christopher Green Named UW Children’s Hospital Medical Director

    Posted: May 2008

    We’re pleased to announce that Dr. Chris Green has agreed to assume the role of Medical Director of the UW Children’s Hospital effective immediately.

    Dr. Green has a long history of leadership in the UW Children’s Hospital and the UWSMPH most recently serving as the Interim Chair of Pediatrics.

    In this new role, Dr. Green will work in collaboration with the Children’s Hospital Leadership Team to provide medical leadership, clinical oversight, and quality of care for UWCH. He will also work in partnership with each of the Divisions within the Department of Pediatrics and with the Pediatric Surgeons and other physicians involved in the care of children at UWCH.

  • Dr. Timothy Corden Recognized for Work in Injury Prevention

    Posted: May 2008

    Recently, Wisconsin residents saw the passage of Wisconsin Act 106, a piece of legislation that strengthens Wisconsin's child passenger safety laws. Instrumental in the success of this legislation, Timothy Corden, MD, provided influential support and advocacy during the process.

  • Ellen Wald, MD, Named as Chair of Pediatrics at UW

    Posted: May 2008

    Ellen Wald, MD, has been named as the new Chair of Pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin Medical School and physician-in-chief at the UW Children’s Hospital. Wald will assume her duties in January 2006, comes to Madison from Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, where she is currently chief of Allergy, Immunology and Infectious Diseases. She is an internationally recognized expert on the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric infectious diseases. Wald has conducted research in the areas of sinusitis, otitis media, group A streptococcal infections, urinary tract infections and bacterial meningitis.

    In addition to her post at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Wald is professor of pediatrics and otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where she first became an assistant professor in 1978. She is chair of the section of infectious diseases of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the sub-board of infectious diseases of the American Board of Pediatrics.

    “Dr. Wald has an outstanding reputation in the field of pediatrics – as a clinician, scholar and leader,” said Philip Farrell, MD, PhD, dean of the UW Medical School. “We are very pleased that she has accepted our offer to chair the Department of Pediatrics. This is an incredibly exciting time, especially with the new American Family Children’s Hospital scheduled to open in 2007.”

    Dr. Wald earned her medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. She completed her residency in pediatrics at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn and her fellowship in infectious disease at the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore.

    In 1997, Dr. Wald received the Pediatrician of the Year award from the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and in 2001, she was honored with the Howard. Mermelstein Award for Excellence in Pediatrics. She has been recognized for her teaching ability on many occasions, including in 2001, when she received the Children’s Resident Teaching Award.

    Dr. Wald will succeed Christopher Green, MD, who has served as Acting Chair of Pediatrics since 2004, when former Pediatrics Chair Aaron Friedman, MD, left the UW to assume the chairmanship of Pediatrics at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

  • Dr. Sinisa Dovat Receives 2008 Gerard B. Odell Research Award

    Posted: May 2008

    Dr. Sinisa (Sunny) Dovat has been awarded the 2008 Gerard B. Odell Research Award. This award was established to honor Dr. Odell's distinguished career in pediatric research, academia, clinic practice and education. The $5,000 award is given to an assistant or associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics in recognition of outstanding research accomplishments and demonstrated potential for future contributions.

    Past recipients include: Drs. Scott Buck, Edward Guillery, Timothy Cripe, Cheryl Sanchez, Anna Huttenlocher, Aaron Carrel, Pamela Kling, Christine Seroogy and Marlowe Eldridge.

  • Faculty Promotions and Appointments Approved April 14, 2008

    Posted: May 2008

    We are pleased to announce that the UW School of Medicine and Public Health CHS Appointment and Promotion Committee has approved appointments and promotions:

    • John Frohna, MD, MPH, were appointed as Associate Professor (CHS).
    • Michael Kim, MD, were appointed as Associate Professor (CHS).
    • Melissa Weddle, MD, MPH, has been promoted to Associate Professor (CHS).
  • Little Babies~Big Dreams

    Posted: May 2008

    Meriter Hospital is designing a new state-of-the-art newborn intensive care unit (NICU) that will enhance our ability to meet the individualized physical, emotional and developmental needs of the tiniest and newest members of our community.

    Each year at Meriter, our medical staff cares for more than 450 infants, approximately half of whom are born between 24 and 36 weeks gestation. This new unit combines the best in medical technology and outstanding emotional support in an environment that will promote better medical outcomes for our tiniest patients.

    Philanthropy will provide the margin of excellence in this project to move from a merely good design model to a truly great facility. To learn more about this project, please contact Meriter at (608) 267-5300.