Barb Byrne, DNSc

Vice President, Clinical Operations

American Family Children's Hospital 


Barbara Byrne, MSN, RN CPNP, CPON

In her role as Vice President of Clinical Operations, Barb provides overall responsibility for inpatient nursing units including the level IV NICU, the pediatric trauma program, pediatric surgical services and operating room, pediatric specialty clinics, pediatric primary clinics, Child Life services, pediatric pain and pediatric palliative care.


Barb first joined UW Hospital and Clinics as a pediatric registered nurse in 1980. In 1989, she advanced to a role as a pediatric nurse practitioner in the teenage clinic and in 1990, began working as a pediatric nurse practitioner in pediatric hematology/oncology.


Barb then accepted a pediatric nurse practitioner position with the Madison Metropolitan School District, but returned to UW Hospital and Clinics after three years to accept a role as clinical nurse specialist/pediatric nurse practitioner in pediatric hematology/oncology. Barb was promoted to a clinical manager role and within a year, she advanced to the director position, a role she has held for six years.


Barb received her bachelor of science in nursing degree from UW-Oshkosh and her Master of Science in nursing degree from UW-Madison and emerged as a pediatric hematology/oncology clinical nurse specialist and pediatric nurse practitioner.  Barb received her doctor of nursing practice degree from Rush University, Chicago.