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 16 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

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    Dr. Emma Mohr Receives Travel Grant

    Congratulations to Emma Mohr, MD, PhD on her $1,000 travel award from the UW Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education. This award will provide Dr. Mohr with travel funds to attend …

  • Laura Houser, MD, demonstrates a procedure with an infant simulation doll

    Global Health Division

    Written by: Ann Grauvogl With its new Division of Global Pediatrics, the Department of Pediatrics in the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health provides a structure to support education, develop partnerships and …

  • Two Faculty Awarded Pilot Grants from ICTR

    Ryan Coller, MD, MPH, Principal Investigator, and Nicole Werner, PhD (Industrial & Systems Engineering), Co-PI, and Mary Ehlenbach, MD, Collaborator, were recently awarded a one-year, $75,000 grant from the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational …

  • Anne Marie Singh, MD

    Anne Marie Singh, MD Receives Grant from UW Food Research Institute

    Congratulations to Anne Marie Singh, MD, Principal Investigator, who has been awarded a grant of $35,000 from the UW Food Research Institute for her project entitled, “Microbiome Influences on Pediatric Food Allergy.” As the incidence …

  • Elizabeth Cox, MD, MPH

    Dr. Elizabeth Cox Publishes Results of Family-Centered Approach to Improving Type 1 Diabetes Outcomes

    Elizabeth Cox’s recent publication in Pediatric Diabetes highlights how a family-centered approach to diabetes self-management challenges can improve outcomes.  In the study done in collaboration with diabetes teams at UW and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, …

  • Danièle Gusland, MD Receives ACGH 2019 Research Award

    The American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene’s Committee on Global Health (ACGH) recently awarded Pediatric Infectious Diseases fellow, Danièle Gusland, MD, their 2019 Research Award. This is $2,000 award will be used to defray …

  • Brian Williams, MD, Awarded New Investigator Grant from American Academy of Pediatrics

    Brian Williams, MD, was recently awarded the 2019 Richmond Center New Investigator Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence. This one-year, $12,000 grant, given to one awardee annually, …

  • Sheryl L. Henderson, MD, PhD

    Sheryl Henderson, MD, PhD Accepted Into Affiliate Centennial Scholars Program

    Congratulations to Sheryl Henderson, MD, PhD, on being accepted into the UW-SMPH Affiliate Centennial Scholars Program (ACSP).  This program offers faculty development aimed at increasing mentoring skills for diverse faculty scholars to offer effective mentorship …

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Congratulations to the Midwest Regional Bone Dysplasia Clinic, led by Dr. Janet Legare, for being selected by Ascendis Pharma as a #clinicalsite for natural history and subsequent clinical trial for #Achondroplasia.

ICYMI: Dr. James Conway was featured on AAP Voices, where he shared his perspective on the need for #universalhealthcoverage on a #global scale. https://t.co/bbqWCkEcr9

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