John B Gordon, MD


Office Locations

8915 W. Connell Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 266-6943 (office)
(414) 266-6943 (appointment)


In 2002, Dr. Gordon switched his clinical focus from pediatric critical care to lead development of the Special Needs Program which provides co-management and care coordination for children with medical complexity and fragility due to multiple chronic conditions. In 2008, he also switched his research focus from bench work to health services, outcomes and family education research. Since 2002, the Special Needs Program (SNP) has grown steadily and has now served over 600 patients and held over $1 million in grant support. The SNP has pioneered new reimbursement models with Wisconsin Medicaid and has been recognized as an innovative model of care by the American Association of Medical Colleges (2011) and the Maternal Child Health Bureau (2006). This program has served as advisors to programs being developed throughout North America. Future goals focus on developing models of care and reimbursement to address the needs of the growing population of children with medical complexity and fragility.

Pediatrics, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Pediatrics
Areas of Interest
  • Complex care
  • Care coordination
  • Bereavement
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Special needs

Education & Awards

  • 1977, Mcgill University (Montreal, Canada), MD
  • 1982, The Montreal Children's Hosp (Montreal, Canada)
  • 1985, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Endowed chair (2011): Kaemmer Professor in Pediatrics: “Super Kid” Chair in Special Needs, Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Best Doctors in America 2007 to present
  • Health Care Hero, Milwaukee Biz Times, 2009


Selected recent publications
  • Lee J**, Hernadez G, and JB Gordon. Effects of uncompensated and compensated respiratory acidosis in control and pulmonary hypertensive piglets. Pediatr Pulmonol 36: 94-101, 2003
  • Gordon JB, Colby HH, Bartelt T, Jablonski D, Krauthoefer MK and P Havens. A Tertiary Care-Primary Care Partnership Model for Medically Complex and Fragile Children and Youth With Special Health Care Needs. Arch Pediatr Adol Med 161(10): 937-944, 2007
  • Hirenallur-S D, Haworth ST, Leming JT, Chang J, Hernandez G, Gordon JB, and NJ Rusch1. Upregulation of vascular calcium channels in neonatal piglets with hypoxia-induced pulmonary hypertension. Am J Physiol 295: L915-L924, 2008
  • Berry J, Agrawal R, Kuo D, Cohen E, Risko W, Hall M, Casey P, Gordon J, and Rajendu Srivastava. Characteristics of Hospitalized Patients who Utilize a Structured Clinical Program for Children with Medical Complexity. J Pediatr. 159: 284-90, 2011
  • Hirenallur-S DK, Detweiler ND, Haworth ST, Leming JT, Gordon JB, and NJ Rusch. "Furegulate, a thromboxane synthase inhibitor, blunts the development of pulmonary arterial hypertension in neonatal piglets". Pulmonary Circulation 2: 193-200, 2012

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Research interests

  • Impact of medical co-management and care coordination
  • Caregiver burden in families of children with medical complexity
  • Family education

Current grants

  • Training the Lay Trainer. Funded by the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program