Hillary W Petska

Hillary W Petska, MD

Child Abuse Pediatrics, Pediatrics
Children’s Wisconsin since 2015
  • Child abuse pediatrician
  • Assistant professor of Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin



Dr. Petska is a board-certified child abuse pediatrician and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Her clinical practice is at the Children's Wisconsin Milwaukee-Campus and Milwaukee Child Advocacy Center where she evaluates children in foster care and children with suspected maltreatment. She also provides expert child abuse consultations and court testimony in cases of suspected child 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.


  • Child Abuse Pediatrics, Pediatrics

Areas of Interest

  • Child advocacy
  • Child neglect
  • Child physical abuse
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Children affected by violence
  • Foster care
  • Medical mimics of child maltreatment
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Education and Awards


  • 2015, Medical College of Wisconsin, MPH
  • 2009, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, MD


    2012, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics - Pediatrics


    2015, Medical College of Wisconsin - Child Abuse Pediatrics

Research and publications