James Conway

Associate Director for Health Sciences


M.D., Cornell University

Departments & Organizations

School of Medicine and Public Health
Global Health Institute

Research Focus




Room 4276
Health Sciences Learning Center

608-263-3854 (GHI); 608-265-6050 (UW Hospital)

James H. Conway, M.D., FAAP, is a pediatric infectious disease specialist who works both domestically and globally with programs designed to improve the lives of children.

His projects largely involve training local professionals in the recognition and treatment infectious conditions, and improving systems for prevention particularly through strengthening immunization programs. He has been involved with long term field programs in Thailand, Kenya and Ethiopia. He also works with the UW health science leaders to develop programs and partnerships for clinical education and outreach around the world.

He directs the Extramural Clerkship in International Health for medical students (Senior Medicine 882-937), overseeing worldwide placement and providing academic preparation and orientation. He co-directs Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Global Health & Disease (PHS 810-644), and has been a collaborator in designing and leading the associated Thailand field experience summer course since 2006. He is a member of the MPH Program faculty.

He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, serving in the Sections on Infectious Diseases and International Child Health, and received an AAP Special Achievement Award in 2009 for his immunization projects. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin AAP where he serves as Chair of the Committee on Immunizations and Infectious Diseases, and represents the WI-AAP on the Wisconsin Council on Immunization Practice.

Prior to joining the faculty in Madison, he served on the faculty at the Indiana University School of Medicine from 1997-2005, where he founded the International Adoption Clinic and served as associate program director for the Pediatric Residency Program. A native of Buffalo, New York, Conway attended Cornell University undergraduate and medical school, completed a pediatrics residency at Northwestern-Children’s Memorial Hospital, and a pediatric infectious diseases fellowship at the University of Colorado-Children’s Hospital in Denver.

In the news:

  • Conway part of consortium that’s improving global child health education
  • Conway says Rwanda has lessons to offer the United States when it comes to vaccinating girls against HPV
  • Importance of advocating for immunization at home and abroad
  • Conway discusses flu vaccine and who is most at risk with WPR
  • Conway’s tips for a healthy workplace
  • Conway on the need for universal health coverage.