Ob-Gyn Faculty Members Tapped for Leadership Roles
As the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology continues to expand and change, several veteran faculty members have assumed new leadership roles.
David Kushner, MD, who previously served as Director of Gynecologic Oncology, took on the newly created role of Vice Chair of Clinical Research. During his brief tenure in the position, he has led the development and implementation a department-wide, comprehensive platform for clinical research, building both the financial and personnel infrastructure to launch the program. The next phase of his work as Vice Chair will involve programmatic growth of the department’s grant and clinical trial portfolio.
“Our departmental mission and goals demand that the clinical component of our research platform be fully functional and efficient, and David has us well on the way,” said Professor and Chair Laurel Rice, MD. “This has been and continues to be a herculean effort.”
As Kushner adds new responsibilities, longtime colleague and Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Director Stephen Rose, MD, has been tapped to lead the Gynecologic Oncology Division.
“Steve is not only a superb clinician, but an outstanding educator and clinical researcher,” Rice said. “His work as Fellowship Director has proven beyond doubt that he is a mentor extraordinaire, with administrative skills that are as equally impressive.
Ian Bird, PhD—a veteran faculty member in the department’s research division—was appointed Director of Reproductive Sciences and Vice Chair of Research following the departure of predecessor Ronald Magness, PhD.
“Ian’s expertise in all areas of our research endeavors, including grant funding, is remarkable,” Rice commented. “His vision and work ethic continue to drive us forward.”
Bird also continues as Director of UW-Madison’s Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology (ERP) Program, which includes many doctoral trainees who call Ob-Gyn their home department.
Christy Broadwell, MD, a well-established faculty member in the department’s Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI), became Division Director in the summer of 2016, taking over for former director Dan Lebovic, MD.
Rice credited Broadwell and REI colleague Aleks Stanic-Kostic, MD, PhD, for ushering in a new stage of development and growth in the division.
“Christy has made the REI Division and Generations Fertility Care a destination for both patients and new faculty,” Rice said, adding that the recruitment of soon-to-be REI faculty member Laura Cooney, MD, was “all Christy.”
J. Igor Iruretagoyena, MD, who joined the UW Ob-Gyn faculty in 2011 following his Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) fellowship in the department, was named Director of MFM in early 2016. He takes over for Dinesh Shah, MD, who continues to focus heavily on perinatal research and patient care in the department.
Rice said Iruretagoyena has overseen tremendous growth in clinical volume while mentoring two new MFM faculty recruits. Along with MFM colleague Kathy Stewart, MD, Iruretagoyena successfully oversaw accreditation of the department’s MFM fellowship by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) during his first year as director.
Makeba Williams, MD, was appointed to the position of Co-Director of the General Obstetrics and Gynecology Division. In this newly created post, she will lead the department’s largest—and rapidly growing—division alongside veteran Director Gregory Bills, MD.
“Makeba has made her mark on the General Ob-Gyn Division in short order,” Rice said. “She has already done significantly heavy lifting for this very complex, broad-reaching division—all while winning three major teaching awards.”
Among Williams’ initial areas of focus are workforce planning and work-life balance for the generalist division.
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