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Ellen Wald
Ellen Wald, MD
Professor and Chair
Alfred Dorrance Daniels Professor


The Department of Pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is a vibrant academic department comprising over 175 faculty in seventeen subspecialty divisions.

Our education programs meet the needs of learners at all levels: undergraduates, medical students, residents, fellows, postgraduate trainees and practicing healthcare professionals. Our graduating residents enter desirable primary care practices or top-quality subspecialty fellowships in academic medical centers.

Our basic, translational and clinical research programs aim to generate new knowledge to improve the health of children. In FY18, we had over $34 million in extramural grants supporting our work, and were ranked twelfth in National Institutes of Health research funding among medical school pediatric departments.

Our investigators collaborate with research partners across the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and the broader UW-Madison campus. We also provide ample opportunities for learners to engage in research.

We provide a full range of pediatric inpatient and outpatient clinical services in partnership with colleagues from other medical and surgical subspecialties. Clinical facilities include the state-of-the-art American Family Children’s Hospital, community hospitals UnityPoint Health-Meriter and SSM Health’s St. Mary’s Hospital – Madison and outreach clinics statewide.

Through our robust resident advocacy curriculum and numerous outreach activities, we advocate for the well-being of children in the community and around the world.

We are dedicated to continued excellence and growth, and we appreciate your interest in our department. To learn more about our work and our accomplishments, please browse our website, view our annual reports, or contact us directly.

Our Mission: The University of Wisconsin Department of Pediatrics promotes and enhances the health of children through outstanding clinical care, exemplary education of pediatric trainees, performance of cutting edge research and vigorous advocacy.

Our Vision: Provision of the safest and highest quality, innovative and coordinated care in an environment that supports inquiry and discovery and promotes well-being and professionalism.

Our Core Values: Accountability, compassion, diversity, empathy, excellence, innovation, integrity, respect, and teamwork.

Recent News

  • UW Study Designs Novel Approach for Better Understanding Teens and Technology

    What teens find important on social media is a better measure of how they interact with technology than how many minutes they spend using social media, according to a new study led by Megan Moreno, …

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    Dr. Elizabeth Cox Named Associate Director of the Primary Care Research Fellowship

    Elizabeth Cox MD PhD has accepted a role as Associate Director of the Primary Care Research Fellowship (T32), which is funded by HRSA and administered in the UW Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. …

  • What We Published in January 2020

    The following scholarly articles were published by Department of Pediatrics faculty and staff during January 2020: Altman MC, Beigelman A, Ciaccio C, Gern JE, Heymann PW, Jackson DJ, Kennedy JL, Kloepfer K, Lemanske RF Jr, McWilliams LM, Muehling …

  • AFCH 100th Anniversary Commemorative Poster Available for Purchase

    American Family Children’s Hospital’s Chief Medical Officer, Diane Heatley, MD, created a beautiful Madison- and AFCH–themed print (pictured above) as a fundraiser for Friends of UW Health’s “Cheers to 100 Years” Gala. For a $100 donation, you …

  • Dr. Judith Smith Recognized for Immunology Research

    Judith Smith, MD, PhD (Associate Professor, Division of Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology) was recently recognized for her on-going research in immunology and selected for the highly competitive Vilas Associates Award by the University of Wisconsin Office of the Vice Chancellor for …

  • J. Carter Ralphe, MD (Division Chief and Associate Professor, Division of Cardiology) and Petros Anagnostopoulos, MD (Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation)

    Pediatric Heart Program Earns Nationwide Recognition

    Few public celebrations in Madison, Wisconsin, have eclipsed the enormity of the grand opening of UW Health’s American Family Children’s Hospital (AFCH) in 2007. Featuring colorful, spacious patient rooms; a whimsical, child-friendly interior design; and the …

  • Yury Bochkov, PhD, Secures NIH Subaward

    Congratulations to Yury Bochkov, PhD, for his recent one-year subaward from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). This subaward to U19-grant “Airway Inflammation and Airway Remodeling,” from the National Institutes of Health/National Institutes of …

  • Pediatric Complex Care Program Awarded Two Grants from Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin

    Congratulations to Ryan Coller, MD, MPH, Mary Ehlenbach, MD, and Kristan Sodergren, NP, of the Pediatric Complex Care Program (PCCP) on two recent one-year awards funded by the Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin’s Advancing Family-Centered …

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Dr. Judith Smith was recently recognized for her #research in #immunology and selected for the Vilas Associates Award by @UWMadison Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education. @UWiscResearch @uwsmph https://bit.ly/37FyVsI

Dr. Marlowe Eldridge received a two-year grant from the @NAVSEA for his project titled, “Determining DISSUB survival rates of 90 kg sheep rescued using SRDRS standard operating procedures.”

Congratulations to Drs. Heather Bartlett, Mary Ehlenbach, and Daniel Sklansky for being selected for the @UWHealth 2020 #Physician #Leadership Development Program Cohort. https://uconnect.wisc.edu/inside-uw-health/news/2019/december/name-147349-en.news

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