Hillary Petska, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor


  • Milwaukee Child Advocacy Center (MCAC)
  • 619 W Walnut St
  • Milwaukee, WI 53212


  • Child Advocacy and Protection


Diseases and Conditions

  • Child Physical Abuse
  • Child Advocacy
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Children in Foster Care
  • Medical Mimics of Child Maltreatment
  • Child Neglect
  • Children Affected by Violence

Treatments and Services

  • Child Death Review
  • Child Maltreatment Evaluations
  • Initial Foster Care Evaluations

Patients Ages Seen

  • Infant
  • Child
  • Adolescent


  • English

Hospital Affiliations

  • Children's Wisconsin - Milwaukee – Milwaukee

Board Certifications

  • Pediatrics
  • Child Abuse Pediatrics

Clinic Locations


Dr. Petska is a board-certified pediatrician and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics with advanced training in child abuse pediatrics and conditions that can be mistaken for child maltreatment. Her clinical practice is at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Main Campus and Milwaukee Child Advocacy Center in Milwaukee where she evaluates children in foster care and children with suspected maltreatment.

In addition to working as a clinician, she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She teaches medical students, residents, fellows, and the community about injuries, child maltreatment, and medical conditions that may be mistaken for abuse or neglect. Research interests include child abuse prevention, improved detection of child maltreatment, and public health.

Education and Training

Doctor of Medicine - University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Medicine and Public Health - Madison, WI (2009)
Residency in Pediatrics - University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics - Madison, WI (2009-2012)
Fellowship in Child Abuse Pediatrics - Medical College of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, WI (2012-2015)