Faculty, UW–Madison
Chair, Department of Pediatrics

Ellen Wald, MD

  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Ellen R. Wald, MD


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.

Languages spoken
  • English
University affiliation

Education & credentials

Board certifications
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases
  • Pediatrics
Medical School
  • State University of New York Downstate Health Sciences University, Brooklyn, NY
  • Kings County Hospital, Brooklyn, NY
  • Kings County Hospital, Brooklyn, NY