Ellen R. Wald, MD  
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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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UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Pediatrics

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Residency Kings County Hospital, Brooklyn, NY
Internship Kings County Hospital, Brooklyn, NY
Medical School State University of New York Downstate College of Medicine, Brooklyn, NY

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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
Choi T Devries M Bacharier LB Busse W Camargo CA Jr Cohen R Demuri GP Evans MD Fitzpatrick AM Gergen PJ Grindle K Gruchalla R Hartert T Hasegawa K Khurana Hershey GK Holt P Homil K Jartti T Kattan M Kercsmar C Kim H Laing IA LeBeau P Lee KE Le Souëf PN Liu A Mauger DT Ober C Pappas T Patel SJ Phipatanakul W Pongracic J Seroogy C Sly PD Tisler C Wald ER Wood R Gangnon R Jackson DJ Lemanske RF Jr Gern JE Bochkov YA Enhanced Neutralizing Antibody Responses to Rhinovirus C and Age-Dependent Patterns of Infection. Am J Respir Crit Care Med . 2021 Apr 1;203(7):822-830
[PubMed ID: 33357024]
Schmit KM Brown R Hayer S Checovich MM Gern JE Wald ER Barrett B Wisconsin Upper Respiratory Symptom Survey for Kids: Validation of an Illness-specific Quality of Life Instrument. Pediatr Res . 2021 Feb 24;
[PubMed ID: 33627821]
McBride JA Eickhoff J Wald ER Impact of COVID-19 Quarantine and School Cancelation on Other Common Infectious Diseases. Pediatr Infect Dis J . 2020 Dec;39(12):e449-e452
[PubMed ID: 33031142]
Shaikh N Shope TR Hoberman A Muniz GB Bhatnagar S Nowalk A Hickey RW Michaels MG Kearney D Rockette HE Charron M Lim R Majd M Shalaby-Rana E Kurs-Lasky M Cohen DM Wald ER Lockhart G Pohl HG Martin JM Corticosteroids to prevent kidney scarring in children with a febrile urinary tract infection: a randomized trial. Pediatr Nephrol . 2020 Nov;35(11):2113-2120
[PubMed ID: 32556960]
DeMuri G Wald ER Detection of Group A <i>Streptococcus</i> in the Saliva of Children Presenting With Pharyngitis Using the cobas Liat PCR System. Clin Pediatr (Phila) . 2020 Sep;59(9-10):856-858
[PubMed ID: 32425058]
Wald ER Schmit KM Gusland DY A Pediatric Infectious Disease Perspective on COVID-19. Clin Infect Dis . 2020 Aug 7;
[PubMed ID: 32766824]
Roberts KB Wald ER Reconsidering asymptomatic bacteriuria and contamination as causes of bacteriuria without pyuria. J Pediatr . 2020 Aug;223:228-229
[PubMed ID: 32448482]
McBride JA Binstadt B Ahmed R Baskaya MK Olson AP Wald E A Plea to Reconsider the Diagnosis. J Hosp Med . 2020 Feb 1;15(2):111-115
[PubMed ID: 31869290]
DeMuri GP Eickhoff JC Gern JC Wald ER Clinical and Virological Characteristics of Acute Sinusitis in Children. Clin Infect Dis . 2019 Oct 30;69(10):1764-1770
[PubMed ID: 30649261]
Su RR Palta M Lim A Wald ER Pyuria as a Marker of Urinary Tract Infection in Neurogenic Bladder: Is It Reliable? Pediatr Infect Dis J . 2019 Aug;38(8):804-807
[PubMed ID: 31261361]
Wald ER A Pediatric Infectious Disease Perspective on Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated With Streptococcal Infection and Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome. Pediatr Infect Dis J . 2019 Jul;38(7):706-709
[PubMed ID: 30747831]
Shaikh N Wald ER Jeong JH Kurs-Lasky M Nash D Pichichero ME Kearney DH Haralam MA Bowen A Flom LL Hoberman A Development and Modification of an Outcome Measure to Follow Symptoms of Children with Sinusitis. J Pediatr . 2019 Apr;207:103-108.e1
[PubMed ID: 30545562]
Wald ER DeMuri GP Antibiotic Recommendations for Acute Otitis Media and Acute Bacterial Sinusitis: Conundrum No More. Pediatr Infect Dis J . 2018 Dec;37(12):1255-1257
[PubMed ID: 29570583]
Wald ER Ewing LJ Moyer SCL Eickhoff JC An Interactive Web-Based Intervention to Achieve Healthy Weight in Young Children. Clin Pediatr (Phila) . 2018 May;57(5):547-557
[PubMed ID: 29067819]
DeMuri GP Gern JE Eickhoff JC Lynch SV Wald ER Dynamics of Bacterial Colonization With Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, and Moraxella catarrhalis During Symptomatic and Asymptomatic Viral Upper Respiratory Tract Infection. Clin Infect Dis . 2018 Mar 19;66(7):1045-1053
[PubMed ID: 29121208]
Roberts KB Wald ER The Diagnosis of UTI: Colony Count Criteria Revisited. Pediatrics . 2018 Feb;141(2)
[PubMed ID: 29339563]
Carberry AR Hanson K Flannery A Fischer M Gehlbach J Diamond C Wald ER Diagnostic Error in Pediatric Cancer. Clin Pediatr (Phila) . 2018 Jan;57(1):11-18
[PubMed ID: 28478722]
Williams K Wargowski D Eickhoff J Wald E Disparities in Health Supervision for Children With Down Syndrome. Clin Pediatr (Phila) . 2017 Dec;56(14):1319-1327
[PubMed ID: 28135877]
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]
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]
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