Amy L Drendel

Amy L Drendel, DO

Children’s Wisconsin since 2002
  • Medical director, Emergency Medicine, Children's Wisconsin 
  • Professor, the Medical College of Wisconsin




Dr. Drendel is a board certified pediatrician, and a fellowship trained pediatric emergency medicine specialist. She has a special interest in managing injury-related pain, as well as the resuscitation of critically ill and injured children in the Emergency Department.

Dr. Drendel is interested in research to improve the treatment of pain for children after they have been discharged home from the Emergency Department. She enjoys working with residents and medical students to help them learn how to optimally care for children as well as perform rigorous pediatric research. Dr. Drendel is a strong advocate for patients, and works with the child's pediatrician and parents to provide the best and most informed care possible. 

Areas of Interest

  • Emergency medicine
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Education and Awards


  • 1997, Chicago College of Osteopathic Med (Chicago, IL), DO
  • 1993, Tulane University, BS


  • 2002, Rush Presbyterian St Luke's Med Ctr (Chicago, IL) - Chief Resident
  • 2001, Rush Presbyterian St Luke's Med Ctr (Chicago, IL) - Pediatrics


  • 2005, Medical College of Wisconsin - Ped Emerg Med


  • 2004, 2005 Emergency Medicine Faculty Teaching Award –MCW
  • 2009 Outstanding Clinical Faculty Award: Emergency Medicine -MCW
  • 2012 Outstanding Medical Student Teachers –MCW
  • 2013 Milwaukee’s Top Doctors
  • Best Doctors in America

Research and publications


  • NIH Loan Repayment Program, National Institutes of Health, principal investigator.
  • Pharmacokinetic Disposition of Ibuprofen in Children, Children's Research Institute, principal investigator.
  • Ibuprofen vs. Acetaminophen with Codeine in Acute Pediatric Arm Fractures, Children's Wisconsin Foundation, principal investigator.
  • Using Genomics to Address Drug Safety in Children with Traumatic Injury: An Innovative Approach to a Common Problem, Canadian Institute of Health Research, co-investigator.
  • The Changing Faces of Children's Pain: Using Genomics to Inform Safe and Effective Prescription Practices. Canadian Institute of Health Research, Co-investigator
  • Inflammatory Markers, Physical Fitness and Pain in Children. MCW CTSI Pilot Grant for Trainee, Co-investigator
  • A Randomized Clinical Trial of a Combination of Analgesics for pain management of childhood musculoskeletal Traumas. Canadian Institute of Health and Research, Co-Investigator
  • How safe are children’s pain medication? A systematic review of the safety profile of commonly used pain medication for acute pain. Canadian Institute of Health and Research, Co-Investigator
  • Outpatient pediatric pain management practices for fractures.
  • Pain assessment for pediatric patients in the emergency department.
  • Pharmacogenomics of analgesic agents.
  • A randomized clinical trial of ibuprofen versus acetaminophen with codeine for acute pediatric arm fracture pain. 
  • Pain Assessment for Children: Overcoming Challenges and Optimizing Care.