“Parents are the most important members of their child’s medical team. I work with them to provide the best possible care to my patients.”
Dr. Matthew Oelstrom, a board-certified pediatric critical care specialist, spends most of his time in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Marshfield Children's Hospital. He leads teams of providers who care for infants, children and young adults with life-threatening conditions.
“Often, the best path forward is not clear-cut; I rely on humility, teamwork, listening, critical thinking, and passion to help me do my job," said Dr. Oelstrom.
He said he was “drawn to the bedsides of the sickest children" during his pediatrics residency at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. After seeing how PICU doctors cared for patients with traumatic injuries, complex surgeries, and serious illnesses, he decided to pursue the pediatric intensivist subspecialty, and he completed a three-year fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine immediately after residency.
Dr. Oelstrom also provides deep sedations for outpatients and inpatients at Marshfield Children's Hospital. In addition to his work in the PICU and Sedation Service, Dr. Oelstrom attends on the Pediatric Hospitalist Service. He does outreach, teaching and research, and he is an assistant adjunct professor of pediatrics in the Division of Critical Care at the Medical College of Wisconsin. His research interests include changes in pediatric critical care utilization during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Oelstrom is originally from Brookfield, WI, and he earned his medical degree at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison. He completed his residency and fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.
On a personal note, Dr. Oelstrom is married and is a dad to three daughters. As a family, they like hiking, being outside, and spending time with friends and family.