Deborah Ehrenthal Division Director - UW Obstetrics and Gynecology, Madison WI

Deborah Ehrenthal, MD, MPH
Division Director

WARF Office Building
610 Walnut Street
Madison, WI 53726
Administrative Assistant
Tess Jewell
Tel: 608-265-9474


Download Deborah Ehrenthal's Biosketch to read about Dr. Deborah's accomplishments: including positions, honors, awards, selected peer-reviewed publications, research support and scholarly activity.


  • Big Data for Little Kids (BD4LK)
  • Pregnancy Risk Assessment and Monitoring Systems
  • Disparities in Perinatal Outcomes
  • Contraceptive Use Across Wisconsin
  • NuMom2b Heart Health Study
  • Prenatal Care and Intimate Violence Screening

Research Focus:

Research Focus/ Areas of Research Expertise: Dr. Ehrenthal’s research uses a life course framework to investigate the determinants of health outcomes and health disparities of populations. She focuses on three intersecting areas of women’s and children’s health: perinatal outcomes, women’s cardiovascular disease, and child health.
The goal of her work is to expand the evidence-base needed to guide clinical and public health recommendations and policies relevant to reproductive age women and their children. She studies health care delivery after pregnancy complications and investigates mechanistic pathways linking adverse pregnancy complications to women’s later cardiovascular disease. In addition, she has developed novel methods to use data from electronic medical records, linked to other sources, to study health care delivery and health outcomes of women and children.


1980 B.A. (Chemistry), Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT; 1986 MD, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA ; 2011 MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD

Recent Honors and Awards:

  • Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families Chair, 2014
  • Elected to Delta Omega Society, Alpha Chapter, 2012
  • MPH Capstone Award for Outstanding Achievement, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School, 2012
  • Health Equity Award, Delaware Healthy Mother and Infant Consortium, 2014

Other Appointments:

Department of Population Health Sciences School of Medicine and Public Health

Curriculum Vitae (CV):

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Inside SMPH:
Obstetrics and Gynecology (Faculty)
Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health-K12 Physician Scientist Award Program (Member, Executive Committee)
Preventive Medicine Residency Program (Program Faculty); ICTR-AHEAD Program (mentoring).

Outside SMPH:
Center for Demography and Ecology (affiliate faculty member, research)
Institute for Research on Poverty (affiliate faculty member, research)
School of Human Ecology (research)
La Follette School (affiliate faculty member).

Select Publications:

Hoffman M, Ehrenthal DB. Fetal Outcomes Following Elective Delivery. Clin Obstet Gyneol 2014 Jun; 57(2): 401-14. PMID: 24709710.
Maiden K, Gunter WD, Martin SS, Ehrenthal DB. Teen Mothers, Unintended Pregnancies, and Costs Across Delaware. Del Med J 2014 Apr; 86(4): 109-16. PMID: 25000643.

Ehrenthal DB, Maiden K, Rogers S, Ball A. Postpartum Health Care After Gestational Diabetes and Hypertension. J Women’s Health 2014 Aug 4. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 25089915.

Ehrenthal DB, Goldstein ND, Wu P, Rogers S, Townsend RR, Edwards DG. Arterial Stiffness and Wave Reflection One Year After a Pregnancy Complicated by Hypertension. J Clin Hypertens 2014 Aug 13. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 25116457.

Bradley SL, Ehrenthal DB. Commentary on Beigi Paper. Hum Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics 2014; 10(9): 0-1.

Ehrenthal DB, Goldstein ND, Rogers S, Weintraub W. Cardiovascular Risk Factors One Year After a Hypertensive Disorder of Pregnancy. J Women’s Health (in press).

Michelic B, Maiden K, Ortiz J, Bell A, Ehrenthal DB. Expanding the Discussion on Medical Interpreters in the Inpatient Setting. J Applied Social Sciences (in press).

Select Book Chapters:
Ehrenthal DB, Carney P, Kottenhahn R, Charney P. "Women’s Health," in Andreoli and Carpenter’s Cecil’s Essentials of Medicine, VIII, Saunders, 2011.

Ehrenthal DB, Strobino D, Minkovitz C. "Maternal Obesity, Gestational Weight Gain and Early Childhood Growth," in Nicholson W and Baptiste-Roberts K (eds), Obesity During Pregnancy in Clinical Practice, Springer, 2014.