Our Program

History of Children’s Wisconsin and The Pediatric Surgery Training Program

Children’s Wisconsin (CW) was founded more than a century ago. CW relocated from its original downtown Milwaukee location to the current facility on a public campus (known as the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center), in the village of Wauwatosa on the western edge of Milwaukee, in 1988 (see Facilities tab for maps, directions, and videos). Institutions on the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center campus include the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), CW, Froedtert Hospital (a large adult tertiary care hospital with its own adult Level I trauma center), Versiti (the Blood Research Institute of Southeastern Wisconsin) and the Children’s Research Institute (CRI), as well as eye, mental health and rehabilitation institutes.

Dr. Marvin Glicklich
Dr. Marvin Glicklich
Dr. Marvin Glicklich established the first dedicated pediatric surgical practice in Wisconsin after completing his training with Dr. Willis Potts in 1956.    

Dr. Keith Oldham
Dr. Keith Oldham

Dr. Keith Oldham assumed the role of surgeon-in-chief at CW in 1998 and established the pediatric surgery fellowship training program in 2001, which remains the only pediatric surgery training program in the state of Wisconsin. Dr. Thomas Sato assumed the fellowship program director role in 2010 and transitioned this role to Dr. Casey Calkins in 2014.

Dr. Thomas Sato
Dr. Thomas Sato

Since 1999, Children’s Wisconsin (CW) has ranked among the Top Children’s Hospitals in the U.S. in the number of annual admissions among members of the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA). The operative volume is among the largest children’s programs in the U.S. CW has a long-standing affiliation with MCW. This began as an affiliation with Marquette University School of Medicine and continued until 1970 when the School of Medicine became an independent entity and assumed the new name of the Medical College of Wisconsin. The partnership with MCW remains quite strong and the relationships with the MCW surgical and pediatrics training programs are cooperative across disciplines. For many years MCW general surgery residents and trainees in other surgical specialties have received exposure to the surgical problems of infants and children at CW. The pediatric surgery faculty and programs have been fully integrated into the MCW medical school over the last 30 years. All of the current pediatric surgeons are MCW faculty members with full time academic appointments and are the sole group of pediatric surgeons in Southeastern Wisconsin. These surgeons are the only group of general pediatric surgeons with whom the fellow will work during the training period, apart from elective opportunities in urology, cardiothoracic surgery, and other specialties as the fellow desires.

Children’s Wisconsin (CW) offers comprehensive emergency and trauma care and the CW emergency department records over 60,000 visits/year making it one of the busiest centers in the state of Wisconsin. CW was first verified as a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in 2001 and remains verified as a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Patients up to the age of 18 years with any injury mechanism are cared for by the CW trauma team – led by the Division of Pediatric Surgery. The fellow receives a strong education in pediatric trauma – caring for patients with both blunt and penetrating injuries. Likewise, our division is the primary service that cares for pediatric patients with burn injuries, and we conduct a weekly dedicated multidisciplinary burn clinic to which the fellow is exposed. Current efforts are underway to seek burn center verification by the American Burn Association (ABA).

Children’s Wisconsin meets all the requisite criteria of a Verified Children’s Surgery Center as dictated by the American College of Surgeons and was one of the first institutions in the country to satisfy these criteria and remains accredited as such. Children’s Wisconsin and MCWAH are committed to educating health care practitioners and future leaders in all areas of medical care, including pediatric surgery. The Chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery is Dr. David Gourlay. The CW Surgeon-in-Chief is Dr. Keith T. Oldham, who has recently announced his retirement which will take place on July 1, 2022. A current search for his replacement is underway. The Director of the Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Training Program is Dr. Casey M. Calkins, who has served in that role since 2014 assuming responsibilities from Dr. Thomas Sato. The Associate Program Director is Dr. David Lal (see Our Team tab for more information about these faculty and the rest of the training team).

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General Considerations
The scope of the training is broad, with a curriculum that includes comprehensive coverage of the scientific principles that form the basis for the practice of pediatric surgery - from prenatal assessment to young adulthood. The intensive two-year clinical experience offers structured operative and perioperative management of infants, children, and adolescents with problems managed in the contemporary practice of general and thoracic pediatric surgery. The clinical experience encompasses newborn general and thoracic surgery, congenital anomalies, pediatric trauma, burns, critical care, surgical oncology, GI diseases, and the entire spectrum of abdominal, non-cardiac thoracic, urologic, and other clinical problems that fall within the scope of practice for pediatric surgery in the United States. The division supports a Level 1 pediatric trauma program verified by the American College of Surgeons and a busy pediatric burn program. The faculty members in the division include 13 board-certified pediatric surgeons in a single practice group who practice principally at the Children's Wisconsin-Milwaukee Hospital. The fellowship is a two-year clinical endeavor where trainees spend their entire experience at that single facility with tailored elective opportunities to suit the fellow's career goals and needs.
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Evaluation Process and Clinical Competency
Curriculum and Conferences
Research and Quality Improvement
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