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Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Ellen R. Wald is board certified in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. She earned her medical degree from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. She completed her residency in pediatrics at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn and her fellowship training in infectious disease at the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore. Dr. Wald is Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and Pediatrician-in-Chief of the American Family Children's Hospital.


Dr. Wald's clinical interests include pediatric infectious diseases, obesity, resident education and faculty development.


An internationally recognized expert on the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric infectious diseases, Dr. Wald has published numerous articles in refereed journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Pediatrics, the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and Pediatric Infectious Diseases Journal. She maintains an active research program and is currently coordinating a study investigating an interactive web-based intervention to help young children achieve a healthy weight.


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. In 2006, she was named Distinguished Physician of the Year by the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. Dr. Wald has served as Chair of the Section of Infectious Diseases of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Chair of the Subboard of Infectious Diseases of the American Board of Pediatrics.


Pediatric Infectious Diseases

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Hospital Affiliation(s)

American Family Children's Hospital (primary)

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Pediatrics

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Fellowship University of Maryland Hospital, Baltimore
Residency Kings County Hospital, Brooklyn, NY
Internship Kings County Hospital, Brooklyn, NY
Medical School Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY, 1968


Best Doctors® in America 2015

Best Doctors® in America 2014

Best Doctors® in America 2013

Best Doctors® in America 2011

Medical interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. For more information, please contact interpreter services at (608) 262-9000.

Dr. Wald's research interests include respiratory infections in children (upper and lower tract), urinary tract infections and infections of the Central Nervous System.

PubMed Articles
Carberry AR Hanson K Flannery A Fischer M Gehlbach J Diamond C Wald ER . Diagnostic Error in Pediatric Cancer. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2017 May 1;:9922816687325
[PubMed ID: 28478722]
DeMuri GP Sterkel AK Kubica PA Duster MN Reed KD Wald ER . Macrolide and Clindamycin Resistance in Group a Streptococci Isolated From Children With Pharyngitis. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2017 Mar;36(3):342-344
[PubMed ID: 27902646]
Williams K Wargowski D Eickhoff J Wald E . Disparities in Health Supervision for Children With Down Syndrome. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2017 Jan 1;:9922816685817
[PubMed ID: 28135877]
Webber S Cooper G DeMuri G Wald ER . Pneumococcal Meningitis in the PCV13 Era: A Cluster of Cases With Increased Morbidity and Mortality. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2016 Nov;55(13):1252-1255
[PubMed ID: 26902305]
Shaikh N Wald ER Keren R Gotman N Ivanova A Carpenter MA Moxey-Mims M Hoberman A . Predictors Of Non-Escherichia Coli Urinary Tract Infection. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2016 Nov;35(11):1266-1268
[PubMed ID: 27434831]
Shadman KA Wald ER Smith W Coller RJ . Improving Safe Sleep Practices for Hospitalized Infants. Pediatrics. 2016 Sep;138(3)
[PubMed ID: 27482058]
Santee CA Nagalingam NA Faruqi AA DeMuri GP Gern JE Wald ER Lynch SV . Nasopharyngeal microbiota composition of children is related to the frequency of upper respiratory infection and acute sinusitis. Microbiome. 2016 Jul 1;4(1):34
[PubMed ID: 27364497]
Wampole AJ Anderson HM Wald ER . A Case of Postinfectious Protein S Deficiency Masquerading as Henoch-Schönlein Purpura. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2016 May;55(5):488-91
[PubMed ID: 26063758]
Shaikh N Hoberman A Keren R Ivanova A Gotman N Chesney RW Carpenter MA Moxey-Mims M Wald ER . Predictors of Antimicrobial Resistance among Pathogens Causing Urinary Tract Infection in Children. J Pediatr. 2016 Apr;171:116-21
[PubMed ID: 26794472]
DeMuri GP Gern JE Moyer SC Lindstrom MJ Lynch SV Wald ER . Clinical Features, Virus Identification, and Sinusitis as a Complication of Upper Respiratory Tract Illness in Children Ages 4-7 Years. J Pediatr. 2016 Apr;171:133-9.e1
[PubMed ID: 26787374]
DeMuri GP Wald ER . The Group A Streptococcal Carrier State Reviewed: Still an Enigma. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2014 Dec;3(4):336-42
[PubMed ID: 26625454]
Shaikh N Wald ER Jeong JH Kurs-Lasky M Bowen A Flom LL Hoberman A . Predicting response to antimicrobial therapy in children with acute sinusitis. J Pediatr. 2014 Mar;164(3):536-41
[PubMed ID: 24367985]
Shah AP Cobb BT Lower DR Shaikh N Rasmussen J Hoberman A Wald ER Rosendorff A Hickey RW . Enhanced versus automated urinalysis for screening of urinary tract infections in children in the emergency department. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2014 Mar;33(3):272-5
[PubMed ID: 24263219]
Shaikh N Hoberman A Kearney DH Colborn DK Kurs-Lasky M Jeong JH Haralam MA Bowen A Flom LL Wald ER . Signs and symptoms that differentiate acute sinusitis from viral upper respiratory tract infection. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2013 Oct;32(10):1061-5
[PubMed ID: 23694838]
DeMuri G Wald ER . Acute bacterial sinusitis in children. Pediatr Rev. 2013 Oct;34(10):429-37; quiz 437
[PubMed ID: 24085791]
Wald ER DeMuri GP . Commentary: antibiotic recommendations for acute otitis media and acute bacterial sinusitis in 2013--the conundrum. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2013 Jun;32(6):641-3
[PubMed ID: 23340557]
DeMuri GP Wald ER . Clinical practice. Acute bacterial sinusitis in children. N Engl J Med. 2012 Sep 20;367(12):1128-34
[PubMed ID: 22992076]
Wald ER . Staphylococcus aureus: is it a pathogen of acute bacterial sinusitis in children and adults? Clin Infect Dis. 2012 Mar;54(6):826-31
[PubMed ID: 22198792]
Wald ER Moyer SC Eickhoff J Ewing LJ . Treating childhood obesity in primary care. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2011 Nov;50(11):1010-7
[PubMed ID: 21646253]
Shadman KA Wald ER . A review of palivizumab and emerging therapies for respiratory syncytial virus. Expert Opin Biol Ther. 2011 Nov;11(11):1455-67
[PubMed ID: 21831008]