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Pediatric Emergency Medicine


Our Mission & Values     -     Clinical Care     -     ​Education     -     Faculty & Staff     -     Resources



Our Mission

To advance Pediatric Emergency Medicine through high quality patient and family-centered care, innovative research, advocacy and education.

Our Vision

The Pediatric Emergency Medicine program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, partnering with the American Family Children’s Hospital, will fulfill its mission by being a leader in providing compassionate, high quality, evidence-based emergency care to children of our city, state, and beyond. We will advance pediatric emergency care through innovative research and its translation to clinical practice. We will train the future leaders in pediatrics and emergency medicine and be the educational resource for the community and all level of health-care providers. We will be a leader in the promotion of children’s health and safety through advocacy and public awareness.  

Our Values

Our values are the ideals we live by, recognizing the unique needs of children.

  • Compassion
  • Excellence and Innovation
  • Professionalism
  • Collaboration
  • Scholarship
  • Stewardship

Clinical Care

The University of Wisconsin Pediatric Emergency Medicine program has enjoyed incredible growth, having recently opened a new 11 bed Pediatric Emergency Department in the fall of 2016.  Residents and medical students work directly with fellowship trained PEM physicians alongside a team of pediatric emergency nurses and child life specialists to treat children with emergent medical needs.

We pride ourselves in providing high quality, efficient patient- and family-centered care; leading in novel pain management strategies and reducing anxiety in children. Being part of the American Family Children's Hospital, we are a Level I pediatric trauma and burn center and have an active pediatric critical care transport team, as well as a collaborative relationship with our PICU and NICU.




Our Pediatric Emergency Medicine rotation prepares residents to be leaders in community practice or academic medicine in emergency medicine and pediatrics. We provide comprehensive training in the emergency evaluation and treatment of patients of all ages and educate residents in the care of a broad range of pediatric patients from common acute to emergent pediatric conditions. With a diverse patient population and experienced faculty who enjoy teaching, residents progress through increasingly supervisory roles to become exceptional clinicians in both Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine.

Residency training includes both clinical and didactic curriculum, providing a broad educational experience that allows our graduates to confidently manage their youngest patients.

Clinical rotations for EM Residents:

  • 2 dedicated months in the Pediatric ED
  • Supplemental longitudinal shifts throughout residency 

To learn more about the UW Emergency Medicine Residency Program format, please go here.


Faculty & Staff

Our nursing and physician staff is specifically trained to address the unique physical, emotional and development needs of children. Our pediatric emergency medicine physicians complete fellowships and are board certified in pediatric emergency medicine.

Faculty, Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Program Leadership  

Joshua C. Ross, MD
Clinical Vice Chair, Emergency Medicine
Interim Peds EM Section Chief
Associate Professor (CHS, Emergency Medicine & Pediatrics)  

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Nicholas Kuehnel, MD
Medical Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Assistant Professor (CHS), Emergency Medicine



Jamie Hess, MD
Associate Professor (CHS), Emergency Medicine


Michael K. Kim, MD
Associate Director of Research, Emergency Medicine
Associate Professor (CHS, Emergency Medicine & Pediatrics)

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Greg Rebella, MD
Clinical Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine

Anna Sorenson, MD
Assistant Professor (CHS), Emergency Medicine

James E. Svenson, MD, MS
Associate Professor (CHS), Emergency Medicine
Assistant Director of Global Health, Emergency Medicine


Grant Support

Faculty/Role  Funding Agency Title
Ross, Joshua (Co-I) AHRQ R01 Teamwork & Care Transitions in Pediatric Trauma: Implications for HIT Design
Ross, Joshua (Co-I) PCORI Disseminating Child Abuse Clinical Decision Support to Improve Detection, Evaluation and Reporting
Kim, Michael Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment Medical Education and Discovery Course: Increasing Self-Efficacy Among Underrepresented Students


Hospital Staff, Pediatric Emergency Medicine

To learn more about the Child Life program and how it promotes positive experiences for children and families throughout hospitalization, please refer to the AFCH website here.