Ob-Gyn Department News

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology began its academic mission of training excellent women's health physicians in 1929. Since then, hundreds of distinguished graduates have pursued successful careers as general ob-gyns, cancer specialists, surgeons, experts in high-risk pregnancy conditions, and more. UW-Madison-trained physicians and researchers work across the world as committed partners in women's health. 

Passing of Gloria Sarto, MD, PhD

Gloria Sarto, MD, PhD, emerita professor in the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, passed away on Saturday, June 8, 2024.For nearly 60 years, Dr. Sarto focused her remarkable intellect and sense of compassion on lifting the status of women’s health. The University of Wisconsin was Dr. Sarto’s academic home fo... more

Congratulations to winners of the 2024 UW Department of Ob-Gyn awards!

On June 13, 2024, the UW Department of Ob-Gyn held its annual awards ceremony, recognizing educational, research and administrative accomplishments throughout the year.The ceremony started by celebrating service milestones, including both service in the Department of Ob-Gyn and at the University of Wisconsin or UW Health overall. Service years at UW/UW Health in parentheses:... more

Spencer to become UW Health ADIO

Please help us congratulate Ryan Spencer, MD, MS, associate professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, on a very exciting career development! Spencer has accepted an offer to become the UW Health Associate Designated Institutional Official (ADIO), Graduate Medical Education (GME). Dr. Spencer will take on this new .25FTE role on July 1, 2024.As ADIO, Spencer will hel... more

Hoppe co-authors two articles about CHAP Trial outcomes in Green Journal

Kara Hoppe, DO, MS, associate professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Vice Chair of Clinical Research, recently co-authored two articles published in Obstetrics and Gynecology.In “Pregnancy Outcomes of Nifedipine Compared With Labetalol for Oral Treatment of Mild Chronic Hypertension,” co-authors compared the maternal and neonatal outcomes for different ant... more

Sampene to become Vice Chair of Clinical Operations

Katie Sampene, MD, associate professor in the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, will be the next Vice Chair of Clinical Operations, effective June 1, 2024. Sampene will assume the role following the retirement of Greg Bills, MD, professor in the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, who has served as the Vice Chair for Clinical Operations since 2018. Please h... more

Ladanyi patient’s endometriosis story published by UW Health

Camille Ladanyi, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, was featured in a UW Health story about one patient’s experience with endometriosis. Anna Phelan, a patient of Ladanyi’s, shared her journey to an endometriosis diagnosis with UW Health in the article "Anna finds relief after minimally invasive surgery."Ladanyi helped Phelan with her ... more

Bailey presents at 2024 ACOG Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting

Erin Bailey, MD, MS, fellow in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, presented at the 2024 American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting, held in San Francisco in May 2024.Bailey was a panelist during the “Common and Treatable: Management of Peripartum Anemia and Chronic Hypertension” session. Panelists in that session, includ... more

Sampene presents at 2024 ACOG Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting

Katie Sampene, MD, associate professor in the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, presented at the 2024 American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting, held in San Francisco in May 2024.Sampene presented as part of the DEI Delegation: Ongoing Work Across Districts session on May 17. Sampene presented “A Quality Dashboard: F... more

Tamkus presents poster at ASCCP Scientific Meeting

UW Department of Ob-Gyn resident Saule Tamkus, MD, PGY-3, brought a poster to the 2024 ASCCP Scientific Meeting on Anogenital & HPV-Related Diseases. The meeting took place May 2-4 in New Orleans.Tamkus brought the poster “HPV Vaccination at the Time of Colposcopy: A Quality Improvement Study" to the conference. The project was co-authored by Ashley Jennings, MD, associate p... more

Kushner elected to Vice Chair of UW-Madison Biological Sciences committee

Congratulations to David Kushner, MD, professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology! Kushner was elected to serves as the 2024-25 Vice Chair of the UW–Madison Biological Sciences Division Committee, beginning July 1. After a year as vice chair, Kushner will become Chair of the committee for the 2025-26 academic year. The Biological Sciences Divisional Committee, the exec... more

Cox joins Resident Research leadership team

Caroline Cox, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, has agreed to take a new leadership role in the Resident Research Program. This leadership role as Co-Director of the Resident Research Program will be in addition to her role as Associate Residency Program Director. Effective in mid-May 2024, she will begin to serve i... more

Undergraduate researcher Anna Just in Abbott Lab receives Hilldale research fellowship

Congratulations to UW–Madison undergraduate Anna Just, who received a 2024 Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship to support her work in the lab of David Abbott, PhD, professor in the Division of Reproductive Sciences! The Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship provides research training and support to undergraduates. Students have the opportunity to ... more

Cooney receives 2024 UW Health Clinical Practice Physician Excellence Award

Congratulations to Laura Cooney, MD, MS, associate professor in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, who received the 2024 UW Health Clinical Practice Physician Excellence Award at a ceremony on May 15, 2024! Cooney was nominated by colleagues to receive this award. The Clinical Practice Physician Excellence Award honors outstanding clinicians who de... more

Sobecki, Zhang talk about mentorship in cancer care with OncLive

Janelle Sobecki, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, and Catherine Zhang, MD, MPH, assistant professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, spoke with OncLive about the importance of women in leadership positions and mentorship within the field of oncology.In “UW Health Experts Underscore Value of Continuous Mentorship to Champion Women in On... more

Department hosts successful 25th Annual Clinical Embryologists Summit Conference

More than 100 professionals from reproductive endocrinology and infertility organizations around the world visited Madison for the 25th Annual Clinical Embryologists Summit (CES) Conference May 3-4, 2024.The CES Conference is an annual event designed to give participants an informal setting to share ideas and to interact with invited speakers and other clinical embryologists... more

Grand Rounds: Warner presents “Preserving the Apex”

On May 9, 2024, Kristina Warner, MD, fellow in the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, presented the Grand Rounds Lecture “Preserving the Apex.”In the lecture, Warner provided a historical overview of pelvic organ prolapse management and how it differs from current management of apical prolapse, and she discussed future goals for this field.You can... more

Rural Ob-Gyn Residency mentioned in UW SMPH article

A new story from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health highlights several programs aimed at increasing the number of physicians practicing in rural parts of the state. Ryan Spencer, MD, MS, Associate Professor (CHS) in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, explained the importance of the UW Department of Ob-Gyn Rural Residency Track in the article.... more

Zhang, Sobecki talk about barriers to equitable cancer care with OncLive

Catherine Zhang, MD, MPH, assistant professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, and Janelle Sobecki, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, joined OncLive to discuss the barriers and limitations within oncologic care and equitable treatment.In “Action is Key to Continue to Break Down Barriers for Equitable Cancer Care,” Zhang and Sobecki note... more

Grand Rounds: Gyorfi presents “OBGYN Care in Rural America and Wisconsin: Kaley’s Version”

On May 2, 2024, Kaley Gyorfi, MD, PGY-4, UW Ob-Gyn’s Rural Ob-Gyn Resident, presented the Grand Rounds Lecture, “OBGYN Care in Rural America and Wisconsin: Kaley’s Version.”In the lecture, Gyorfi illustrated the health disparities for rural populations in both the U.S. and Wisconsin and current federal, state and local initiatives to provide greater health care access to the... more

Bhagavath discusses infertility and pregnancy conditions with WMTV-15

Bala Bhagavath, MD, director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, spoke with WMTV-15 in a recent story about a local woman, Abby Wiley, and her battle with infertility. The interview took place during National Infertility Awareness Week in late April. In “Wisconsin mom of three shares unique battle overcoming infertility,” Bhagavath explained what h... more

Sobecki discusses WISH Clinic with news outlets during Women’s Health Week

The US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Women’s Health celebrated National Women’s Health Week May 12-18, 2024. In honor of that week, Janelle Sobecki, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, discussed the UW Health Women’s Integrative Sexual Health Clinic with local news. In the interviews, Sobecki talked about how common sexual sid... more

Cutler discusses post-Dobbs maternal care with STAT

Abigail Cutler, MD, MPH, assistant professor in the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, spoke with STAT for a recent story about the restrictions to maternal care after the Dobbs decision across the United States.In “Hospitals largely keep quiet on maternal care since Dobbs, STAT survey finds,” Cutler mentioned she experienced a shift in early pregnancy problem manag... more

Women’s Healthcast: Fourth Trimester: Policy Impacts on Postpartum Health, featuring Tiffany Green, PhD

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists calls the 12 weeks after giving birth the Fourth Trimester. As part of the Women’s Healthcast series about the fourth trimester, we’ve talked about physical recovery, breastfeeding, birth control after pregnancy, postpartum mental health, and long-term health concerns after birth. For the final episode in this series, T... more

Barroilhet graduates from ELAM program

Huge congratulations to Lisa Barroilhet, MD, MS, director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, who recently graduated from the 2023-2024 Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program!Offered by the Drexel University College of Medicine, the ELAM Program is a year-long, part-time fellowship designed for women faculty in schools of medicine, de... more

Baggot presents at WNA Annual Pharmacology and Clinical Update for APRNS

Ann Baggot, APNP, nurse practitioner in the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, presented at the Wisconsin Nurses Association 38th annual APRN Pharmacology and Clinical Update.Held on April 18, 2024 at Madison’s Monona Terrace, the conference highlighted new evidence-based pharmacologic and clinical approaches to common health conditions to help prescribe and achieve... more

Grand Rounds: Denson presents “​​Collaborating for Equity in Maternal and Child Health in Wisconsin”

On April 25, 2024, Jill Denson, PhD, MSW, APSW, director of the UW-Madison Prevention Research Center, presented the Grand Rounds lecture “Collaboration for Equity in Maternal and Child Health in Wisconsin.”In the lecture, Denson discussed her research while working for the Prevention Research Center. Much of her work stresses the importance of representation of Wisconsin’s ... more

Green publishes article on implicit bias training in The Conversation

​Tiffany Green, PhD, associate professor in the Departments of Population Health Sciences and Ob-Gyn, co-authored a new article in The Conversation. Co-authors include Nao Hagiwara.In “Do implicit bias trainings on race improve health care? Not Yet — but incorporating the latest science can help hospitals treat all patients equitably,” co-authors examined the increase in pre... more

Jacques becomes Title X Medical Director at Wisconsin DHS

Congratulations to Laura Jacques, MD, associate professor in the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, who recently became the medical director of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Title X Reproductive Health and Family Planning grant! Jacques stepped into that role on April 1, 2024.The Wisconsin Reproductive Health and Family Planning (RHFP) program​ support... more

Hoppe, Staying Healthy After Childbirth receive HHS Phase III grant

The Staying Healthy After Childbirth (STAC) program, created and led by Kara Hoppe, DO, MS, associate professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, was selected for the final phase of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office on Women’s Health Hypertension Innovator Award Competition! STAC is one of just eleven recipients of Phase III funding of u... more

Sorensen and Ufot discuss CORE research with WORT

Zakiyyah Sorensen, RN, BSN, outreach manager for the UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity (CORE) and Mfonobong Ufot, BS, research program coordinator at CORE, joined WORT Madison Community Radio for a recent story about conducting reproductive health research in the current political climate on April 9.As part of WORT’s A Public Affair​ programming, Sorensen and Ufot tal... more

Rengarajan, Virumbrales-Muñoz, Boeldt publish in Lab on a Chip

Aishwarya Rengarajan, PhD, María Virumbrales-Muñoz, PhD, assistant professor in the UW Department of Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences, and Derek Boeldt, PhD, assistant professor in the UW Department of Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences, co-authored a new article published in the journal Lab on a Chip. Co-authors include Hannah E. Goldblatt, CNA, and David J. B... more

Grand Rounds: Anderson-Carter presents “Wisconsin Maternal Mortality: An Overview of Where We Are and Next Steps”

On April 4, 2024, UW Department of Ob-Gyn resident India Anderson-Carter, MD, PGY-4, presented the Grand Rounds lecture “Wisconsin Maternal Mortality: An Overview of Where We Are and Next Steps.”In the lecture, Anderson-Carter illustrated the trend of maternal mortality in the U.S. and how it correlates to Wisconsin’s maternal mortality, while also discussing substance abuse... more

Sharp and Hope After Loss Clinic featured in On Wisconsin magazine

Kristen Sharp, MD, clinical associate professor and Resident Continuity Clinic Director in the Division of Academic Specialists in Obstetrics and Gynecology and her UW Health Hope After Loss Clinic were featured in a recent On Wisconsin article.The Hope After Loss Clinic gives follow-up care, preconception counseling, and prenatal and obstetric care for families who have suf... more

Hanks publishes blog about global health trip

Laura Hanks, MD, clinical assistant professor in the Division of Academic Specialists in Obstetrics and Gynecology, shared her experiences traveling to Gambia on the UW School of Medicine and Public Health Department of Surgery’s Global Surgery website. Hanks was a visiting lecturer at the Edward Francis Teaching Hospital in March of 2024.In “In My Own Words: Dr. Hanks’ trip... more

Women’s Healthcast: Fourth Trimester: Heart Health after Pregnancy, featuring Kara Hoppe and Megan Knutson-Sinaise

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists calls the 12 weeks after giving birth the Fourth Trimester. This is the latest episode in the Women’s Healthcast series about important aspects of the fourth trimester: physical recovery, postpartum mental health, birth control after pregnancy, and more. One in eight people in the United States have high blood pressure ... more

Department of Ob-Gyn leadership, awards, research and more at 2024 SGS Annual Meeting

Members of the UW Department of Ob-Gyn Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery had an exciting array of leadership roles, research, and presentations at the 2024 Society of Gynecologic Surgeons (SGS) Annual Meeting! The meeting was held March 24-27, 2024 in Orlando, Florida. Professor Dobie Giles, MD, MBA, received the SGS Distinguished Service Award. ... more

Welcome Abigail Nelezen, MD, MS, MHA, to Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn

Abigail Nelezen, MD, MS, MHA, has accepted an offer to join the UW Department of Ob-Gyn as an assistant professor (CT) in the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, starting September 1, 2024.A native of northeastern Wisconsin, Nelezen earned her undergraduate degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, after which she completed a Master of Science in biological scie... more

Posters and presentations at 2024 Society of Gynecologic Oncology Conference

Members of the UW Department of Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology brought exciting research to the 2024 Society of Gynecologic Oncology Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer! Here are just some of their exciting contributions to the conference, which took place March 16-18, 2024 in San Diego: Poster Session I: Clinical and molecular determinants of response to maintenance o... more

Hutcherson to present research at UW-Madison Day at the Capitol

Congratulations to Beverly Hutcherson, graduate student in the Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology program, who was selected by the UW-Madison Office of State Relations and Catalysts for Science Policy to present research at UW-Madison’s Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, April 17.Hutcherson will present a new hypothesis concerning how to better treat pregnant women from... more

Phoebe Hayes to work with Abbott Lab during Honors Summer Apprenticeship

Congratulations to Phoebe Hayes, University of Wisconsin–Madison undergraduate student, who earned an Honors Summer Research Apprenticeship Grant from the College of Letters and Science to work in the lab of David Abbott, PhD, of the Division of Reproductive Sciences. Hayes will work with the lab’s ovary team to characterize and validate the androgenic capacity of rhesus mac... more

Grand Rounds: Janik presents “Oh Canada: Comparing healthcare systems and Ob-Gyn care”

On March 28, 2024, Jen Janik, MD, PGY-4, resident physician in the UW Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, presented “Oh Canada: Comparing healthcare systems and Ob-Gyn care.”In the lecture, Janik outlined the Canadian health care model, which led into a comparison between Ob-Gyn care in Canada versus the U.S., and described differences in training and practices in Ob-Gy... more

Presentations and awards at the 2024 SRI Annual Meeting

Congratulations to members of the Department of Ob-Gyn who brought presentations and received awards at the 2024 Society for Reproductive Investigation (SRI) Annual Scientific Meeting! The meeting was held in Vancouver, Canada, March 12-16, 2024.Jessica Vazquez, PhD, postdoctoral research scientist in the Division of reproductive Sciences, presented “Serial Intravascular Lab... more

Hutcherson earns Physician Assistant Program Lecturer of the Year award

Congratulations to Beverly Hutcherson, graduate student in the Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology program, who received the UW-Madison Physician Assistant Program Lecturer of the Year Award! The PA students in the class of 2024 selected Hutcherson as the lecturer they feel has gone above and beyond in teaching.Hutcherson will be honored during the PA Program Graduatio... more

Cutler discusses ob-gyn training and abortion restrictions on WNYC Science Daily

Abigail Cutler, MD, MPH, assistant professor in the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, joined Science Friday for a recent podcast episode focussing on the post-Dobbs landscape across the U.S. and its implications for physicians and abortion access.In “Abortion-Restrictive States Leave Ob-Gyns With Tough Choices,” Cutler talked about how abortion restrictions have af... more

Barroilhet to join panel at UW Carbone Cancer Center 50th Anniversary Open House, April 7

UW Carbone is partnering with UW’s Science Expeditions to highlight the cutting-edge cancer research being done here in Madison, raise awareness of new cancer trends and prevention, and encourage kids to dream of careers in science with hands-on activities and lab tours. Lisa Barroilhet, MD, MS, director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, will join a panel of experts d... more

Bajpai and Owusu represent residency at SNMA Conference

UW Ob-Gyn residents Rusha Bajpai, MD, PGY-2 and Raiven Owusu, MD, PGY-1, attended the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Annual Medical Education Conference in New Orleans March 27-31, 2024, to represent the UW Department of Ob-Gyn residency. SNMA is an organization that supports current and future underrepresented minority medical students. The Annual Medical Educa... more

Fajardo publishes in Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Olga Fajardo, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, co-authored a new article published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. In “Impact of trainees involvement on surgical outcomes of abdominal and laparoscopic myomectomy”, Fajardo and co-authors explored the impact of trainee involvement on surgical outcomes for laparoscopic myo... more

Spencer presents at AAMC Group on Resident Affairs conference

Ryan Spencer, MD, MS, associate professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, presented at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Resident Affairs Professional Development Conference in Arlington, VA in early April 2024. Spencer presented a project that analyzed resident and fellow evaluation systems across all UW Health GME programs; the project r... more

Green publishes Clinical Perspective in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Tiffany Green, PhD, associate professor in the Division of Reproductive and Population Health, co-authored a Clinical Perspective article in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Green wrote “Equitable Artificial Intelligence in Obstetrics, Maternal–Fetal Medicine, and Neonatology” with Ryan McAdams, MD, professor in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health Department of Pediatrics.... more

Casey’Grant selected to join Black Maternal and Child Health Alliance of Dane County

UW Department of Ob-Gyn Outreach Specialist Cheryl Casey’Grant, BSW, MSW, was recently selected to join the Black Maternal and Child Health Alliance (BMCHA) of Dane County! BMCHA works to transform birth outcomes in Dane County by identifying, informing and advancing strategies that improve the reproductive, maternal and newborn health of Dane County’s Black population. Cas... more

Cox selected to lead SGS Pelvic Anatomy Group Digital Library

Congratulations to Caroline Cox, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, who was selected to lead the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons (SGS) Pelvic Anatomy Group Digital Library! The mission of the SGS Digital Library Group is to disseminate knowledge of female pelvic anatomy, promote the use of standardized anatomic termi... more

Montemorano published in Gynecologic Oncology

Lauren Montemorano, MD, gynecologic oncology fellow, co-authored a new article published in Gynecology Oncology. Co-authors include Zoey Shultz, Alma Farooque, MD, PGY-1, Meredith Hyun, MS, Richard J. Chappell, PhD, Ellen Hartenbach, MD, and Jessica Lang.In “TP53 mutations and the association with platinum resistance in high grade serous ovarian carcinoma,” Montemorano and c... more

RSVP for CORE Contraceptive Access in Wisconsin webinar, April 12

Please join the UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity’s (CORE) Exchange Webinar on Contraceptive Access in Wisconsin virtually through Zoom on April 12 at 12:00 pm.The program will discuss contraceptive access in Wisconsin and current efforts to expand access across the U.S., especially with the newly-FDA approved over-the-counter birth control pill, Opill.Presenters will... more

Rose invited to join editorial board of Gynecologic Oncology

Stephen Rose, MD, professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, was invited to join the editorial board of the journal Gynecologic Oncology! Rose was invited by the journal’s editor in chief in recognition of his 13 years of service on the board of the journal Gynecologic Oncology Reports. Gynecologic Oncology is an international journal devoted to the publication of c... more

Grand Rounds: Quanbeck presents “Using Digital Health to Support Reduced Alcohol Use”

On March 14, 2024, Andrew Quanbeck, PhD, associate professor in the University of Wisconsin's Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, presented the Ob-Gyn Grand Rounds lecture “Using Digital Health to Support Reduced Alcohol Use”. In the lecture, Quanbeck summarized the burden of alcohol use in Wisconsin; described the promise of digital health apps for reducing... more

Women’s Healthcast: Fourth Trimester: Postpartum Mental Health, featuring Ryan McDonald, MD

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists calls the 12 weeks after giving birth the Fourth Trimester. In this series, the Women’s Healthcast will air episodes about physical recovery, postpartum mental health, birth control after pregnancy, and more. Ryan McDonald, MD, clinical professor in the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, joined the Women’s Hea... more

Welcome Margaret Wilkes, MD, to FPMRS faculty

Margaret Wilkes, MD, will join the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology as an assistant professor (CHS) in the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) on September 1, 2024. Wilkes will join us following the completion of FPMRS fellowship this summer.Wilkes completed medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, followed by ob... more

Domeyer-Klenske joins Governor’s Task Force on Healthcare Workforce

Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn Director Amy Domeyer-Klenske, MD, was selected to join the Wisconsin Governor’s Task Force on the Healthcare Workforce. The task force met for the first time on Wednesday, March 13!The task force will be charged with studying the workforce challenges facing the state’s healthcare system, including recruitment and retention, identify... more

Cooney publishes reflection in Fertility and Sterility

Laura Cooney, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, published a Reflection piece in the journal Fertility and Sterility.Cooney’s article “Are we writing letters of mis-recommendation?” is a reflection essay in response to the article “Do gender differences exist in letters of recommendation for reproductive endocrinology and i... more

Green honored at UW–Madison Outstanding Women of Color Awards Ceremony

On March 7, 2024, the UW–Madison Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement hosted the Outstanding Women of Color Awards. Tiffany Green, PhD, associate professor in the Division of Reproductive and Population Health and the Department of Population Health Sciences, was one of six recipients honored at the ceremony.The Outstanding Women of Color Awards honor ex... more

Higgins to lead panel on reproductive health at Ripon College, March 21

UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity Director Jenny Higgins, PhD, MPH, will co-lead a panel discussion at Ripon College titled “The State of Women’s Health in Wisconsin​” on March 21, 2024. The in-person event begins at 6:30pm.Discussion topics include reproductive health, chronic health conditions, depression and postpartum maternal health, infant mortality and minority... more

Cooney co-authors article on live birth rates and PCOS in Fertility and Sterility

Laura Cooney, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, is the lead author on a new study published in Fertility and Sterility.“The details matter: personalized prediction of live birth following in vitro fertilization in women with polycystic ovary syndrome” is a multicenter, retrospective cohort study attempting to validate a pr... more

It’s a Match: Meet the UW Department of Ob-Gyn Resident Class of 2028!

We are thrilled to introduce the incoming UW Ob-Gyn Resident Class of 2028, who matched into our residency on March 15, 2024. Please help us welcome these future ob-gyns to our department!Maya Adler - Boston University School of MedicineTaylor Badger - Southern Illinois University School of MedicineChelsie Clark - University of Michigan Medical SchoolMichelle DeMeo - Rush Me... more

Cutler fact checks pregnancy test claims with Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Abigail Cutler, MD, MPH, assistant professor in the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, spoke with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for a Politifact Wisconsin article about how soon pregnancy tests can detect a pregnancy.In the article “Fact check: Claim that pregnancy can be detected the day after conception is false”, Cutler explained the typical timeline of fertiliz... more

Sanneh presents on panel during Department of Medicine Education Day

UW Department of Ob-Gyn resident Awa Sanneh, MD, PGY-4, joined a panel of physicians who shared their experiences with becoming parents during medical training at the 2024 UW School of Medicine and Public Health Department of Medicine Education Day on February 23, 2024.Sanneh spoke during the breakout session “Fertility, Pregnancy, Parental Leave & Lactation Issues in GME”. ... more

Cooney receives UW Health Clinical Practice Physician Excellence Award

Please help us congratulate Laura Cooney, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility! Cooney was selected to receive a UW Health Clinical Practice Physician Excellence Award. Cooney and other winners will be honored at the UW Health Physician Excellence Awards Ceremony on May 15, 2024.The Clinical Practice Physician Excellence Award... more

Save the Date: Gloria Sarto Reproductive Health Symposium, October 10, 2024

The first UW Women’s Health and Health Equity Research Lecture and Symposium grew out of the pioneering vision of Dr. Gloria Sarto and Dr. Gloria Johnson-Powell in 2005. Since then, hundreds of people have shared their research addressing persistent gender, racial, and health disparities through presentations and posters at the event. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the... more

Women’s Healthcast: Fourth Trimester: Pregnancy Prevention, featuring Katie Sampene, MD

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists calls the 12 weeks after giving birth the Fourth Trimester. On the Women’s Healthcast, we’re airing a Fourth Trimester series, with episodes about physical recovery after birth, postpartum mental health, breastfeeding, and more. Katie Sampene, MD, joined this episode to talk about pregnancy prevention in the fourth trim... more

Grand Rounds: Fox presents “Modern Management of the Placenta Accreta Spectrum and Complex Cesarean”

On March 7, Karin Fox, MD, MEd, assistant professor of maternal-fetal medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch Department of Ob-Gyn, presented the Grand Rounds lecture “Modern Management of the Placenta Accreta Spectrum and Complex Cesarean.” Fox gave the Dr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Leonard Visiting Professor Series lecture at Resident Research Day. In the lecture, Fox ... more

Cooney publishes study on PCOS and mental health in Fertility and Sterility

Laura Cooney, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, co-authored a new study published in Fertility and Sterility. Co-authors include Snigdha Alur-Gupta, MD and Anuja Dokras, MD, PhD.In “Management of polycystic ovary syndrome must include assessment and treatment of mental health symptoms,” Cooney and co-authors mention how an... more

Grand Rounds: Denlinger presents “How to Get Involved in Clinical Trials”

On February 29, Loren Denlinger, MD, PhD, professor in the UW-Madison Department of Medicine, presented the Grand Rounds lecture “How to Get Involved in Clinical Trials.”In the lecture, Denlinger gave a comprehensive discussion outlining not just the value of clinical trials but also how to get involved with trial teams and the resources available for investigators in clinic... more

Grands Rounds: Cass presents “HPV Vaccination and Lower Genital Tract Dysplasia: The Promise and the Reality”

On February 22, Ilana Cass, MD, chair of obstetrics and gynecology at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, presented the Grand Rounds lecture “HPV Vaccination and Lower Genital Tract Dysplasia: The Promise and the Reality.” Cass gave the Dr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Leonard Visiting Professor Series lecture at Resident Research Day. In the lecture, Cass discussed HPV prevention and... more

UW Department of Ob-Gyn at 2024 ACOG Congressional Leadership Conference

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists hosted the 2024 Congressional Leadership Conference in Washington, DC, March 3-5. Many members of the UW Department of Ob-Gyn attended the conference to strengthen their advocacy skills and meet with Wisconsin legislators to discuss issues like Medicare payment and improving maternal mortality. Faculty: Amy Domeyer-Kle... more

Presentations and posters at the 2024 CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting

The Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics hosted their 2024 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. UW Department of Ob-Gyn faculty and residents brought a variety of presentations to this education-focused conference. Just some of their incredible offerings: Breakout session: "A Brave New Worl... more

Gravelle selected for induction into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society

Congratulations to UW Department of Ob-Gyn resident John Gravelle, MD, PGY-3, who was selected for induction into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society as a resident/fellow member! Gravelle was nominated by members of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health medical student class of 2024 to join the society.Alpha Omega Alpha is a medical honor society that recognizes indivi... more

Bharucha selected as first-ever Quality Chief Resident

The UW Department of Ob-Gyn is excited to announce that Kharmen Bharucha, MD, will be the inaugural Quality Chief Resident! This is a new role that will be annually selected from the rising PGY-3 resident class. As the Quality Chief Resident,Bharucha will be embedded in the department’s existing relevant committee work, including the Quality Improvement Review Committee and ... more

Rhoades promoted to Associate Professor (CHS)

Huge congratulations to Janine Rhoades, MD, of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine! The School of Medicine and Public Health CHS Promotion to Associate Professor Committee unanimously voted to approve Rhoades promotion to Associate professor (CHS), effective June 30, 2024. Rhoades joined the UW Department of Ob-Gyn in 2018 after completing MFM fellowship at Washington Un... more

Sobecki presents at NRG Oncology Winter Meeting

Janelle Sobecki, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, presented at the NRG Oncology Winter Meeting on February 16, 2024. The conference was held in Orlando, Florida. Sobecki, who is the medical director of the UW Health Women’s Integrated Sexual Health (WISH) program, presented “What We Don’t Talk About When We Don’t Talk About Sex & Cancer” duri... more

Green to be honored at Outstanding Women of Color reception on March 7

Tiffany Green, PhD, associate professor in the Division of Reproductive and Population Health and the School of Medicine and Public Health Department of Population Health Sciences! Green is one of six recipients of the 2023 University of Wisconsin–Madison Outstanding Women of Color Awards. Green’s award was announced last November; the ceremony honoring Green and the other a... more

Farooque receives WMAA Outstanding Resident Teaching Award

Congratulations to UW Department of Ob-Gyn resident Alma Farooque, MD, PGY-1, who was selected to receive the Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association (WMAA) 2024 Outstanding Resident Teaching Award! The WMAA Distinguished Faculty and Resident Clinical Science Teaching Awards are given to the most exceptional teachers from across the statewide campus. Farooque was voted best res... more

Professional Development Funding Feature: Ladanyi attends physician leadership course

Each fiscal year, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Faculty Development Committee makes available a total of $10,000 for professional development. Faculty may submit applications at any time (until funds are exhausted for the current fiscal year). Camille Ladanyi, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, used Faculty Development F... more

Domeyer-Klenske talks about postpartum health care with Wisconsin Watch

UW Department of Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn Director Amy Domeyer-Klenske, MD, discussed health care barriers for postpartum people with public insurance in a new article from Wisconsin Watch. In “Wisconsin’s Medicaid postpartum protection lags most of the country”, Domeyer-Klenske outlined the challenges for someone who might lose Medicaid coverage in ... more

Grand Rounds: Harrison presents “Cannabis and Reproductive Health”

On January 25, Department of Ob-Gyn resident Margaret Harrison, MD, PGY4, presented the Grand Rounds lecture, “Cannabis and reproductive health: Impacts on preconception, gestational, and fetal outcomes.” In the lecture, Harrison explored broadly the availability and usage of cannabis and the accuracy of health information related to it. Later, she spoke more specifically on... more

Women's Healthcast: Fourth Trimester: Breastfeeding, featuring Molly Lepic, DO

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists calls the 12 weeks after giving birth the Fourth Trimester. Molly Lepic, DO, assistant professor in the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, joined the Women’s Healthcast to discuss a common postpartum topic: breastfeeding. Lepic talked about how breastfeeding works, common questions about nutrition, rest, and hy... more

Grand Rounds: Andes presents “Ob-Gyn residency abortion training in a post-Dobbs era”

On February 8, Department of Ob-Gyn resident Alexandra Andes, MD, PGY-4, presented the Grand Rounds lecture “Ob-Gyn residency abortion training in a post-Dobbs era”.In the lecture, Andes first addressed the current state and availability of abortion services within the United States and how it relates to Ob-Gyn residency programs. Then, she compared the availability of abort... more

Posters, presentations, and awards at the 2024 Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine conference

Faculty, trainees, researchers, and more from the UW Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology brought posters and presentations to the 2024 Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Pregnancy Meeting in National Harbor, Maryland, this February. Read on for some of their exciting accomplishments! Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellow Jackie Powell, MD, earned the Best Poster of Poster Ses... more

Welcome incoming REI fellow Jayapriya Jayakumaran, MD!

The UW Department of Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) is excited to announce that Jayapriya Jayakumaran, MD will join us as the first-ever REI fellow!Jayakumaran earned her medical degree from Madras Medical College, followed by obstetrics and gynecology residency at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College Hospital and University of Central Florid... more

Grand Rounds: Kaljo presents “Teaching in Virtually Every Learning Environment”

On February 1, Kristina Kaljo, PhD, associate professor in the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, presented the Grand Rounds lecture “Teaching in Virtually Every Learning Environment”.In the lecture, Kaljo compared the different perspectives around hybrid learning systems and shared strategies to help facilitate active learning in any setti... more

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellowship earns ACGME accreditation

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology’s Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) Fellowship received initial accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) on February 7, 2024! Bala Bhagavath, MD, professor and director of the Division of REI, will serve as the fellowship program director. This will be the first REI fellowsh... more

Women’s Healthcast: Fourth Trimester: Perineal Tears, featuring Jon Pennycuff, MD, MSPH

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists​ calls the 12 weeks after giving birth the Fourth Trimester. Jon Pennycuff, MD, MSPH, assistant professor in the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, discussed a common aspect of postpartum recovery on the second episode of the Women’s Healthcast Fourth Trimester series: perineal tears. Perinea... more

Gravelle, Sibbald, Williams named chief residents for 2024-25 academic year

Congratulations to UW Department of Ob-Gyn residents John Gravelle, MD, Carrie Sibbald, MD, and Maggie Williams, MD, who will step into chief resident roles on May 1, 2024! Gravelle and Sibbald will be the Administrative Chief Residents, transitioning into the role with support from current administrative chiefs Alex Andes, MD, and Margaret Harrison, MD. Williams will be the... more

Green, Higgins cited in WPR article about Wisconsin birth rates

​Tiffany Green, PhD, associate professor in the Division of Reproductive and Population Health, and Jenny Higgins, PhD, MPH, professor and director of the UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity and Division of Reproductive and Population Health, were cited in a recent Wisconsin Public Radio story about the effects of overturning Roe v. Wade in June 2022 on Wisconsin birth ... more

Stanic Lab publishes study in Frontiers in Immunology

Aleksandar Stanic-Kostic, MD, PhD, associate professor in the Divisions of Reproductive Sciences and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, co-authored a new article published in Frontiers in Immunology. Postdoctoral researcher Jessica Vazquez, PhD, is lead author on the article, and co-authors include Mona A. Mohamed, Soma Banerjee, PhD, Logan T. Keding, PhD, Michelle ... more

Welcome Katie O’Brien, MD, to Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn

Dr. Kathleen (Katie) O’Brien will join the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn as an assistant professor on September 1, 2024. O’Brien is currently completing a fellowship in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (PAG); she will be a valuable addition to our clinical offerings. O’Brien completed medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Publi... more

Jacques selected for WMAA Early Career Achievement Award

Laura Jacques, MD, associate professor in the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, was selected to receive a 2024 Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association (WMAA) Early Career Achievement Award! Jacques will be honored at an award presentation ceremony on April 19, 2024. The WMAA Early Career Achievement Award honors UW School of Medicine and Public Health MD alumni who ha... more

Welcome Outreach Program Manager Timothy O’Hearn!

Please help us welcome Timothy O’Hearn, MPH, who joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology on January 29, 2024, as the new Outreach Program Manager! In this role, Timothy will lead the department’s in- and outreach efforts. Prior to joining our department, Timothy served as the Program Administrator of Family Planning with the Florida Department of Health. In this r... more

Boeldt awarded Office of Vice Chancellor for Research grant

Congratulations to Derek Boeldt, PhD, assistant professor in the Division of Reproductive Sciences! Boeldt received a UW-Madison Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, Fall Research Competition award for the project “Endothelial immunomodulatory phenotypes may underlie preeclampsia”. The award supports one year of research associate salary and fringe benefits, from July... more

Sobecki discusses cervical cancer screenings with WBAY-TV 2

Janelle Sobecki, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, discussed cervical cancer symptoms and screening with WBAY-TV 2 during Cervical Cancer Awareness Month in January. In the interview, Sobecki reminded viewers that cervical cancer symptoms can be subtle and emphasized the importance of timely cancer screenings. She also provided an update on HP... more

Professional Development Funding Feature: Gaston attends critical care courses

Each fiscal year, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Faculty Development Committee makes available a total of $10,000 for professional development. Faculty may submit applications at any time (until funds are exhausted for the current fiscal year). Luther Gaston, MD, associate professor in the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, used Faculty Development Fund... more

Domeyer introduces Vice President Harris at reproductive health event in Wisconsin

Vice President Kamala Harris visited Wisconsin to launch the “Fight for Reproductive Freedoms” tour on January 22, 2024. Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn Director Amy Domeyer-Klenske, MD, attended the event to give remarks and introduce the vice president before her speech.Domeyer-Klenske talked about the uncertainties of providing ob-gyn care and the challenges of... more

Cutler introduces governor at Wisconsin Doctor Day 2024

The Wisconsin Medical Society hosted Wisconsin Doctor Day, an annual advocacy event connecting physicians and legislators to discuss health policy issues, on January 23, 2024. Abigail Cutler, MD, MPH, assistant professor in the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, introduced Governor Tony Evers before his welcome remarks at the event. This year, Doctor Day’s advocacy ... more

Women’s Healthcast: 4th Trimester: Physical Recovery, featuring Kim Bannon, MD

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists​ calls the 12 weeks after giving birth the Fourth Trimester. For the next few months, the Women’s Healthcast will air a Fourth Trimester series, with episodes about physical recovery, postpartum mood changes, breastfeeding, and so much more. On the first episode of the Fourth Trimester series, Kim Bannon, MD, assistant ... more

Welcome Awa Sanneh to Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn

Awa Sanneh, MD, has accepted our offer to join the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn faculty as an assistant professor (CHS), effective September 3, 2024. Dr. Sanneh will be a Centennial Clinician faculty, with a role focusing on clinical care, education, and global health. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Sanneh to our faculty!Sanneh earned her medical degree at Joh... more

Senderowicz publishes in Studies in Comparative International Development

Leigh Senderowicz, ScD, MPH, assistant professor in the Division of Reproductive and Population Health, co-authored a new article published in Studies in Comparative International Development. Co-authors include Taryn Valley, MA.In “Fertility Has Been Framed: Why Family Planning Is Not a Silver Bullet for Sustainable Development,” Senderowicz and Valley challenge popular ide... more

Grand Rounds: Collier presents “Vaccines in Pregnancy”

On January 11, 2024, Ai-Ris Collier, MD, assistant professor of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, presented the Grand Rounds lecture “Vaccines in Pregnancy.”In the lecture, Collier went through the various vaccines that are suitable for women to get during pregnancy and in postpartum. She explained the effects of maternal immunization on fetuse... more

Rice’s Belzer Award featured in SMPH Quarterly Magazine

In October 2023, Laurel Rice, MD, received the UW School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) Folkert O. Belzer Award. This esteemed award is given to UW leaders who have left a major impact not only on UW but medicine in general. Rice’s career and contributions were featured in the spring 2024 issue of Quarterly, the SMPH alumni magazine.Rice, an emerita professor of obstet... more

Welcome India Anderson-Carter to Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn

India Anderson-Carter, MD, has accepted an offer to join the ASOG Division as an assistant professor (CHS), effective August 1, 2024. Anderson-Carter will be a Centennial Clinician faculty, with a role focusing on clinical care, research, and diversity, equity, and inclusion leadership. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Anderson-Carter to our faculty!Anderson-Carter earned her... more

Landry to retire in spring 2024

Mary Landry, MD, clinical professor in the Department of Ob-Gyn, has indicated her intention to retire this spring, with her final working day around the end of March. Please join us in thanking Dr. Landry for service to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and wishing her all the best as she embarks on retirement!Landry earned her medical degree from the University o... more

Barroilhet evaluates endometrial cancer data in Targeted Oncology

Lisa Barroilhet, MD, MS, director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, discussed trials that may be of interest for patients with recurrent endometrial cancer with Targeted Oncology during a Case-Based Roundtable event. In the discussion, Barroilhet reviewed data from a few recent trials for patients with recurrent endometrial cancer. She shared patient characteristics i... more

Betancourt Ponce inducted into Bouchet Graduate Honor Society

Congratulations to Mayra Betancourt Ponce, UW School of Medicine and Public Health MD/PhD student and trainee in the labs of Lisa Barroilhet, MD, MS, and Manish Patankar, PhD, who was inducted into the University of Wisconsin–Madison Graduate School chapter of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society!“The Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society commemorates the f... more

Higgins, Green publish editorial in Wisconsin State Journal

UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity and Division of Reproductive and Population Health Director Jenny Higgins, PhD, MPH, and associate professor Tiffany Green, PhD, co-authored an article in the Wisconsin State Journal.In “Dobbs forced at least 1,500 unintended births, causing harm to Wisconsin communities”, Higgins and Green cite a nationwide study documenting the effe... more

Spencer invited to co-chair the PROLOG 9th Edition of Gynecologic Oncology and Critical Care

Ryan Spencer, MD, MS, associate professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, was invited by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to co-chair the ninth edition of PROLOG: Gynecologic Oncology and Critical Care.The PROLOG (Personal Review of Learning in Obstetrics and Gynecology) books are self-directed study resources for ob-gyn physicians and trainee... more

Cutler receives Group on Women in Medicine and Science Impact Award

Sincere congratulations to Abby Cutler, MD, MPH, assistant professor in the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, who received a 2023 UW School of Medicine and Public Health Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) Impact Award! The award was presented during the annual GWIMS Symposium on November 28, 2023.The Impact Award recognizes significant contributions wit... more

Giles promoted to Professor (CHS)

Congratulations to Dobie Giles, MD, MS, MBA, of the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery! The School of Medicine and Public Health CHS Faculty Appointments and Promotions Committee endorsed the Department of Ob-Gyn’s recommendation that Giles be promoted to the rank of Professor (CHS), effective June 30, 2024.Giles joined our department in 2013. He b... more

Grand Rounds: Hammond presents “Cardio-Obstetrics: An Overview (From a Cardiologist’s Perspective)”

On December 14, 2023, Allexa Hammond, MD, assistant professor of cardiovascular medicine in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health Department of Medicine, presented the Grand Rounds lecture “Cardio-Obstetrics: An Overview (From a Cardiologist's Perspective).” In the lecture, Hammonds discussed the main contributors to the establishment and growth of the cardio-obstetric... more

Sharp promoted to Clinical Professor

Please join us in congratulating Kristen Sharp, MD, of the Division of Academic Specialists in Obstetrics and Gynecology! The UW School of Medicine and Public Health Clinician Teacher Track Appointments and Promotions Committee endorsed the recommendation that Sharp be promoted to the rank of Clinical Professor, effective June 30, 2024. After completing her residency at the ... more

Grand Rounds: Villavicencio presents “Challenging Racism and Questioning Power in Leadership”

On December 7, 2023, Jenni Villavicencio, MD, MPP, director of Public Affairs and Advocacy af the Society of Family Planning, presented the Grand Rounds lecture “Challenging Racism and Questioning Power in Leadership.”In the lecture, Villavicencio discussed the historical and current conditions in regards to anti-racist and reproductive frameworks, the role power and power d... more

Heisler appointed permanent Division Director of FPMRS

After nearly a year of exemplary service as Interim Division Director in the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (soon to be the Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery), Christine Heisler, MD, MS, has agreed to become the permanent director of the division. Please help us congratulating Dr. Heisler on this well-deserved appointm... more

Shapiro to join UW Health APP Advisory Council

Congratulations to Nicole Shapiro, NP, of the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn! Shapiro was selected to join the UW Health APP Advisory Council; her two-year term will begin in 2024.The APP Advisory Council helps UW Health departments with professional issues, ranging from professional advancement, recognition, networking, to provider wellness problems. In addition... more

Higgins authors chapter in new edition of Contraceptive Technology

Division of Reproductive and Population Health and UW Collaborative for Reproductive Health Director Jenny Higgins, PhD, MPH, co-authored the sixth chapter in the 22nd edition of Contraceptive Technology. Co-authors of the chapter include Patty Cason, MS, FNP-PC, Jessica N. Sanders, PhD, MSPH.In Chapter Six, “Sexuality and Contraception,” Higgins and co-authors identified di... more

Grand Rounds: Powell and Moore present “HIV Care & Prevention in Obstetrics & Gynecology”

On November 30, 2023, UW Ob-Gyn Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellow Jacqueline Powell, MD, and UW School of Medicine and Public Health Department of Family Medicine and Community Health LGBTQ+ Health Fellow Laurence Moore, MD, presented the Grand Rounds lecture, “HIV Care & Prevention in Obstetrics & Gynecology.”In the lecture, Powell and Moore described current HIV epidemiologic... more

Grzebielski promoted to Clinical Associate Professor

Please join us in congratulating Patrice Grzebielski, MD, of the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn! The UW School of Medicine and Public Health Clinician Teacher Track Appointments and Promotions Committee endorsed the Department of Ob-Gyn's recommendation that Grzebielski be promoted to the rank of Clinical Associate Professor, effective June 30, 2024.After graduat... more

Phillips receives Excellence in Student Research Award

Congratulations to Camille Phillips, UW School of Medicine and Public Health medical student and mentee of Laura Hanks, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn! Phillips received the Excellence in Student Research award at the 22nd Annual Medical Student Research Forum on Nov 20, 2023.    Forty students were competitively selected to present... more

Spencer selected for ACGME Residency Tracks in Programs Work Group

Ryan Spencer, MD, MS, associate professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, was invited to join the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Residency Tracks in Programs Work Group. This work group will contribute to the ACGME’s learning about different types of “track” experiences across all specialties. They will offer considerations for how best... more

Research and leadership at 2023 AAGL Global Congress on MIGS

The AAGL held the annual Global Congress on MIGS November 5-8, 2023, in Nashville. Members of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology brought research and contributed to the success of the event! Olga Fajardo, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, co-authored two abstracts presented during oral sessions. Other authors on the abstracts... more

Division of FPMRS at 2023 AUGS annual meeting

Members of the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery brought research and leadership to the PFD Week 2023 meeting in Portland, OR in early October: Dobie Giles, MD, MS, MBA, professor in the Division of FPMRS, moderated a general session during the conference. Poster: Development of a Multidisciplinary Curriculum for Urogynecology and Colorectal Surge... more

Spencer joins panel on GME grants at Wisconsin Healthcare Workforce Summit

Ryan Spencer, MD, MS, associate professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, participated in the 2023 Wisconsin Healthcare Workforce Summit, hosted by the Wisconsin Collaborative for Rural Graduate Medical Education (WCRGME) October 29-31, 2023. During the summit, Spencer joined the GME Grant Programs panel discussion to talk about residency development and expansion i... more

Patel earns Morley Memorial Paper Award at Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Annual Meeting

Congratulations to Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery fellow Ushma Patel, MD, who received the Dr. George Morley Memorial Paper award at the 2023 Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (CAOG) 90th Annual Meeting, held in Nashville October 25-28, 2023. Patel received the award for the paper “Aiming for Zero: Success of the Hysterectomy Surgical ... more

Rhoades, Rose, Iruretagoyena serve as ABOG examiners

In early November, three Department of Ob-Gyn faculty served as American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology board examiners in Texas! Janine Rhoades, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine; Steve Rose, MD, professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology; and Igor Iruretagoyena, MD, MS, professor and director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Me... more

Spencer co-authors article about rural health disparities in Quarterly Magazine

Ryan Spencer, MD, MS, associate professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, co-authored an article in the Fall 2023 issue of Quarterly Magazine, the UW School of Medicine and Public Health’s alumni publication, that outlines rural health disparities and highlights programs in the School of Medicine and Public Health designed to alleviate them. In “Easing Rural Health ... more

Green receives 2023 UW–Madison Outstanding Women of Color Award

Huge congratulations to Tiffany Green, PhD, associate professor in the Division of Reproductive and Population Health and the School of Medicine and Public Health Department of Population Health Sciences! Green is one of six recipients of the 2023 University of Wisconsin–Madison Outstanding Women of Color Awards. UW–Madison Chief Diversity Officer LaVar Charleston announced ... more

Rice receives UW SMPH Folkert O. Belzer Award

On October 23, 2023, emerit professor and retired UW Ob-Gyn Department Chair Laurel W. Rice, MD, received the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Folkert O. Belzer Award! Rice was honored during the UW School of Medicine and Public Health Faculty/Staff Fall Meeting. Named for the late former chair of the school’s Department of Surgery, who was known... more

Department engages UW students during AHANA-MAPS outreach event

On November 16, 2023, several members of the Department of Ob-Gyn participated in an outreach event with the University of Wisconsin–Madison AHANA-MAPS Pre-Health Society. The event focused on showcasing obstetrics and gynecology careers and career pathways with students interested in medical and health science careers. During the event, department members led hands-on birt... more

Rose publishes invited review in Green Journal

Stephen Rose, MD, professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, authored a new invited review published in Obstetrics and Gynecology.In “When Less is More”, Rose discusses advancements in screening and ultrasounds that can reduce the need for unnecessary follow-up appointments for ovarian cysts. Rose admits diagnosing ovarian cancer is difficult, but is optimistic that ... more

Green discusses birth cost recovery with Wisconsin Examiner

Tiffany Green, PhD, associate professor in the Division of Reproductive and Population Health, spoke with the Wisconsin Examiner for a recent story about phasing out birth-cost recovery programs across some Wisconsin counties.In “Milwaukee County stops taking fathers to court to pay back Medicaid for childbirth costs,” Milwaukee County court discussed limiting birth-cost rec... more

Department of Ob-Gyn brings posters, presentations to 2023 Society of Family Planning Conference

Members of the Department of Ob-Gyn brought an impressive array of posters and panel sessions to the annual Society of Family Planning Conference on October 28-30, 2023 in Seattle. This conference aims to allow professionals to share research and learn from one another about abortion and contraception care. These are just a few of their exciting accomplishments:Abigail Cutle... more

Women’s Healthcast: Contraceptive Coercion, featuring Laura Swan, PhD, LCSW

Reproductive coercion – any behavior that interferes with someone’s ability to make decisions about their reproductive health – can happen in the context of intimate relationships, family relationships, or even in health care settings. Laura Swan, PhD, LCSW, research scientist in the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Department of Population Healt... more

Grand Rounds: Bhagavath presents “Reproductive Surgery: Past, Present, Future”

On November 9, 2023, Bala Bhagavath, MD, professor and director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, presented the Grand Round lecture “Reproductive Surgery: Past, Present, Future”.In this lecture, Bhagavath described the history of reproductive surgeries and the various things they help fix. Advancements in reproductive surgeries was also discussed... more

Green discusses health disparities on PBS Wisconsin in Black & White series

Tiffany Green, PhD, associate professor in the Division of Reproductive and Population Health, sat down with other experts to discuss the impacts of race on social determinants of health in Wisconsin as part of the PBS Wisconsin in Black & White series:“Black people, Indigenous people are disproportionately likely to be in impoverished and socially-stratified circumstances…... more

Sobecki gives keynote speech at Midwest Aspiring Physicians Conference

Janelle Sobecki, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, gave a keynote speech at this year’s Midwest Aspiring Physicians (MAP) Conference on November 4, 2023.Sobecki’s speech was entitled, “10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Gyn-Oncologist”.The MAP Conference provides pre-med students with a chance to connect with UW School of Medicine and Pu... more

Grand Rounds: Bailey, Patel and Wagar present “Badger Bytes: Fellow Focused Session”

On November 2, 2023, UW Department of Ob-Gyn fellows Erin Bailey, MD, Ushma Patel, MD, and Matt Wagar, MD presented the Grand Rounds lecture “Badger Bytes: Fellow Focused Session”. Erin Bailey, MD, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellow, presented “Postpartum depression pre and post development of comprehensive PAS center at a single academic institution”.Matt Wagar, MD, Gynecologic... more

Spencer receives Rural Health Day Community Hero Award

Congratulations to Ryan Spencer, MD, MS, associate professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, who received a Rural Health Day Community Hero Award from the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health in November!Spencer was nominated by the Wisconsin Collaborative for Rural Graduate Medical Education (WCRGME) for his efforts to expand rural maternity care training in Wisconsin ... more

Rose, Mojdehbakhsh co-author study in Gynecologic Oncology

UW Department of Ob-Gyn Gynecologic Oncology Fellow Rachel Mojdehbakhsh, MD, and Stephen Rose, MD, professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, co-authored a multi-site study recently published in Gynecologic Oncology. In “Radical hysterectomy case volume and cervical cancer treatment in the era of COVID-19: A multi-site analysis of National Cancer Institute-designated... more

Grand Rounds: Johnson presents “Philanthropy in Medicine: A Culture of Giving and Gratitude that Goes Both Ways”

On October 26, 2023, Lily Johnson, UW Department of Ob-Gyn Advancement Manager and Senior Director of Development Administration, presented the Grand Rounds lecture “Philanthropy in Medicine: A Culture of Giving and Gratitude that Goes Both Ways”.In the lecture, Johnson discussed grateful patient philanthropy and how it relates to patients as well as caregivers. Johnson’s pr... more

Green discusses racial inequities in health with PBS Wisconsin

Tiffany Green, PhD, associate professor in the Division of Reproductive and Population Health and the UW Department of Population Health Sciences, spoke with PBS Wisconsin for a recent story about conversations dealing with racial biases and their impact on pregnant patients.In “Tiffany Green on racial inequities in delivering health care”, Green talked about how health care... more

REI Division members lead sessions at 2023 ASRM Congress

Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Director Bala Bhagavath, MD, and Associate Professor Aleks Stanic-Kostic, MD, PhD, led sessions at this year’s American Society for Reproductive Medicine Scientific Congress on October 14-18 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Bhagavath presented Cesarean Scar Isthmoceles: When and How to Diagnose and Treat Surgically.Stanic-Kost... more

Women’s Healthcast: Replay: Promoting Pelvic Floor Health, featuring Angie Sergeant, NP

The Women’s Healthcast replays an episode from 2020 in honor of November being Bladder Health Month. In this episode, Angie Sergeant, NP, for the UW Health Women’s Pelvic Wellness Clinic dives into the risk factors for pelvic floor disorders as well as physical therapy and other intervention options to help pelvic floor issues.Listen to Promoting Pelvic Floor Health now.Did ... more

UW SMPH Department of Ob-Gyn thanks rural training partners on National Rural Health Day 2023

As the state of Wisconsin celebrates National Rural Health Day on November 16, 2023, the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology would like to thank the physicians and partners across Wisconsin who are training future ob-gyn physicians in rural practice.The UW–Madison Department of Ob-Gyn created the first rural ob... more

Women’s Healthcast: Health Equity Innovations, featuring Denise Howard, MD, MPH

Health disparities in the United States are a pressing issue – and we see gaps in health outcomes across all aspects of ob-gyn care, too. What role does the health care system have in reducing health disparities?Dr. Denise Howard sat down with the Women’s Healthcast in advance of delivering the keynote lecture “Our Greatest Challenge: Eliminating Healthcare Disparities” at t... more

Grand Rounds: Hicks presents “The Obstetrician/Gynecologist as Leader”

On September 21, 2023, President of American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Verda Hicks, MD, presented the Grand Rounds lecture “The Obstetrician/Gynecologist as Leader”.In the lecture, Hicks discussed the changing healthcare environment, defined the difference between leadership and management, and examined the pathway to leadership and leadership readiness. The... more

Kushner publishes article in American Cancer Society Journal

David Kushner, MD, professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, co-authored a new article published in American Cancer Society Journal. Co-authors include Narjust Florez, MD, Laurent Kiel, BS, Kelly Meza, MD, Zihan Wei, MS, Emanuele Mazzola, PhD, Ana I. Velazquex, MD, MSc, Idalid Franco, MD, MPH, Mary Jo Fidlr, MD, Ivy Elkins, Jill Feldman, Lori Seaborne, PA, Christine... more

Bailey, Hoppe co-author CHAP article in Green Journal

UW Ob-Gyn Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellow Erin Bailey, MD, MS, is the lead author on a new article about the Chronic Hypertension and Pregnancy (CHAP) trial published in Obstetrics and Gynecology! Kara Hoppe, DO, MS, associate professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, is senior author on the article; co-authors include other researchers who were involved in this l... more

Department hosts successful Women’s Health and Health Equity Research Lecture and Symposium

On October 12, 2023, the UW Department of Ob-Gyn hosted the UW Women’s Health and Health Equity Research Lecture and Symposium, an event created in 2005 by Gloria Sarto, MD, and Gloria Johnson-Powell, MD. Katie Sampene, MD, associate professor in the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, chaired the event planning committee.The event included Brief and Brilliant presen... more

Bhagavath accepted into 2024 UW Health Physician Leadership Development Program cohort

Congratulations to UW Ob-Gyn Professor and Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Director Bala Bhagavath, MD! He was accepted into the UW Health Physician Leadership Development Program’s 2024 cohort.As part of the program, Bhagavath will participate in 10 live courses on topics including leadership, strategy and human resources. The curriculum includes lead... more

Barroilhet discusses gynecologic cancer signs and symptoms with WISN

During Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month in September, Lisa Barroilhet, MD, MS, associate professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, joined WISN 12 News to share common gynecologic cancer signs and symptoms.In the interview, Barroilhet outlined the variety of gynecologic cancers, risk factors for developing different types of gynecologic cancers, warning signs or sy... more

Cooney featured in UW Health IVF success story

An area family shared their IVF experience at Generations Fertility Care with UW Health in the story “Second IVF try a charm for the McMahon family”. Laura Cooney, MD, associate professor in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, worked with the couple and added perspective on their care to the UW Health article.“While IVF never comes with a guarantee, D... more

Department of Ob-Gyn helps raise cancer research funds at Badger Challenge

The 2023 Badger Challenge, the annual walk, run, and bike event that raises funds for cancer research at UW–Madison, took place on September 24, 2023. Many members of the UW Department of Ob-Gyn supported the event, which raised nearly $1 million for research.Angie Sergeant, NP, Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Joanne Rash, PA, Division of Gynec... more

Heisler earns Top Reviewer award from Urogynecology

Congratulations to Christine Heisler, MD, MS, associate professor and director of the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery! She was named a 2023 Top Reviewer by the journal Urogynecology.Urogynecology selected the Top Reviewer Award recipients based on their high-quality, timely reviews of articles for the publication.Thanks to Dr. Heisler for her ex... more

Grand Rounds: Bailey presents “To give or not to give: antenatal corticosteroids”

On October 5, 2023, UW Ob-Gyn Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellow Erin Bailey, MD, MS, presented the Grand Rounds lecture “To give or not to give: antenatal corticosteroids”.In the lecture, Bailey summarized the history of betamethasone (BMZ) administration in preterm birth; assessed the available literature on corticosteroid administration; and outlined future recommendations fo... more

Higgins presents post-Dobbs research perspectives to HHS, NASEM

UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity Director and Division of Reproductive and Population Health Director Jenny Higgins, PhD, MPH, brought important perspectives on reproductive health research in a post-Dobbs landscape to two national leadership organizations this fall.In late September 2023, Higgins and UW CORE Research Scientist Jane Seymour, PhD, MPH, presented at a ... more

Sobecki discusses chemical hair straighteners with CBS 58

As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reportedly considers a ban on some chemical hair straightening products, Janelle Sobecki, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, talked with CBS 58 News about recent research on connections between those products and uterine cancer.“Data was collected from more than 30-000 women for 11 years and women who fre... more

Grand Rounds: Sampene, Adams present “Optimizing Contraceptive Counseling”

On August 10, 2023, UW Ob-Gyn Associate Professor and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Chair Katherine Sampene, MD, presented the Grand Rounds lecture “Optimizing Contraceptive Counseling”. Jackie Adams, MD, MS, assistant professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and Laura Berghahn, MD, private practice ob-gyn at Associated Physicians of Madison, co-pre... more

Hall nominated for UW Health APP Unsung Hero Award

Congratulations to Melanie Hall, NP, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology, who was recently nominated for a UW Health APP Excellence Unsung Hero Award! Hall and other members of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology and the APP team celebrated her nomination at the UW Health APP Awards Ceremony on September 26, 2023.Nominees to the Unsung Hero category demonstrat... more

Register for Break Free From Pelvic Floor Disorders Community Talk on November 14

Many of us have questions about topics like bladder and bowel leakage and pelvic organ prolapse, but we may not know how to bring them up. These conditions are common, especially as we get older, but they are not inevitable. Please join us on Tuesday, November 14 for an evening of conversation with UW Health Women’s Pelvic Wellness physicians, advanced practice providers, an... more

Women’s Healthcast: E-Visits for Contraception, featuring Eliza Bennett, MD, and Nicole Shapiro, NP, CNM

Can starting a new birth control method, or changing your method, be as easy as opening an app, answering a few questions about your health, and picking up your prescription? E-visits for contraception are increasingly popular, whether offered through clinics or online-only services. Associate Professor Eliza Bennett, MD, and Nicole Shapiro, NP, CNM, both members of the UW O... more

Grand Rounds: Shapiro Students present research projects

Every summer, Shapiro Summer Research students collaborate with UW Department of Ob-Gyn faculty on research projects. On August 3, the 2023 Shapiro Summer Research students presented their projects during Ob-Gyn Grand Rounds. Presenters, mentors, and projects were: Camille Phillips, mentored by Laura Hanks, MD - “Sterilizations Rates of Pregnancy Capable People at a Single I... more

Phillips earns Junior Fellow prize paper at ACOG District VI meeting

Huge congratulations to Camille Phillips, UW School of Medicine and Public Health medical student and mentee of Laura Hanks, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn! Phillips earned the Junior Fellow Prize Paper at the ACOG District VI Meeting in early October 2023. Phillips presented the paper “Sterilizations Rates of Pregnancy Capable Peo... more

Ladanyi discusses endometriosis with Wisconsin Public Radio

Camille Ladanyi, MD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, spoke with Wisconsin Public Radio for a recent story about endometriosis. In “'I wasn't crazy': Wisconsin women hope painful disease gains more attention”, Ladanyi discussed common signs, treatment options, and how awareness efforts around the disease may advance research ef... more

UW Ob-Gyn brings presentations to Association of Managers of Gynecology and Obstetrics conference

The Association of Managers of Gynecology and Obstetrics (AMGO) hosted their 47th Annual Conference in Hilton Head, South Carolina September 24-27, 2023. The UW Department of Ob-Gyn was well represented at the event. A few of our department’s accomplishments:Kara Mulligan, MHA, MBA, FACHE, UW Ob-Gyn chief administrative officer, is president of AMGO and led the conference.Do... more

Local family hosts fundraiser for Hope after Loss clinic

In early October, during Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, a local family hosted the fundraiser Cheers to Hope at Octopi Brewing in Waunakee to support the Hope After Loss Clinic!Kristen Sharp, MD, associate professor in the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn and founder of the Hope After Loss Clinic, and Julianne Zweifel, PhD, clinical assistant professor a... more

Grand Rounds: Goetz presents “NAS/NOWS: A Continuing Evolution in Care”

Elizabeth Goetz, MD, MPH, professor in the UW SMPH Department of Pediatrics, presented the Grand Rounds lecture “NAS/NOWS: A Continuing Evolution in Care” at Ob-Gyn Grand Rounds on July 20, 2023.In the lecture, Goetz described current management of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) and Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome (NOWS); provided equitable and evidence-based approac... more

Women’s Heathcast: Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning, featuring Catherine Zhang, MD, MPH

Palliative care – medical care to help relieve symptoms and improve quality of life for people with serious illnesses – is often a key component of cancer care and treatment. Catherine Zhang, MD, MPH, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology, joined the Women’s Healthcast during Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month to talk about palliative care, p... more

Welcome incoming Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellow Katy Hallman, MD!

The UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine is excited to announce that Katy Hallman, MD, matched to the Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellowship! Hallman received her MD from the Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine and is currently completing ob-gyn residency at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She comes highly recommended by our MFM colleague... more

Welcome incoming Gynecologic Oncology Fellow Julia Gelissen, MD!

The UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology is excited to announce that Julia Gelissen, MD matched to the Gynecologic Oncology fellowship! Gelissen received her MD from Brown University and is currently completing ob-gyn residency at Yale School of Medicine. She comes highly recommended by her gynecologic oncology colleagues and we are very excited to welcome her to Madi... more

Women’s Healthcast: Perineal Tears: Cause and Recovery, featuring Jon Pennycuff, MD, MSPH

Perineal tears, or perineal lacerations, are a very common complication that can happen during childbirth – somewhere between 60-70 percent of people who give birth experience some degree of tearing in the skin or muscles between the vagina and anus. Despite their frequency, they’re not a commonly-discussed topic. Jon Pennycuff, MD, MSPH, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gy... more

Jacques and VCAT team publish in Medical Education Online

Laura Jacques, MD, associate professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, is the senior author on a new study about online values clarification workshops in Medical Education Online. Co-authors on the study include Margaret Williams, MD, PGY-3; Elise Cowley; Taryn Valley; Alma Farooque, MD, PGY-1; Zoey Schultz; Amy Godecker, PhD; and Jackie Askins. ... more

Barroilhet discusses PARP inhibitors with OncLive

Lisa Barroilhet, MD, MS, associate professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, joined OncLive to talk about the role of PARP inhibitors for patients with ovarian cancer. In the video, Barroilhet discusses findings from two trials that seem encouraging for PARP inhibitor use: “All patients with ovarian cancer displaying somatic or germline BRCA mutations should receiv... more

Faculty Development Funding Feature: Luther Gaston, MD

Each fiscal year, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Faculty Development Committee makes available a total of $10,000 for professional development. Faculty may submit applications at any time (until funds are exhausted for the current fiscal year). Read more about Dr. Gaston’s experience with the Faculty Development Funding Program, and learn how you can apply for f... more

Barroilhet publishes editorial in Gynecologic Oncology Reports

Lisa Barroilhet, MD, MS, associate professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, published an editorial about the intersection of gynecologic cancer care and post-Dobbs restrictions on health care in Gynecologic Oncology Reports. In “Editorial on vaginal cancer diagnosed in pregnancy and current abortion law on cancer care in Louisiana”, Barroilhet lays out the ways abo... more

Shoutout to Lisa Scott!

Originally shared in In the Know​, the UW SMPH internal newsletter: Megan Knutson Sinaise, MS, says that Lisa Scott, PhD, sponsored projects post award accountant in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, exemplifies these Guiding Principles and Behaviors: Commit to Respect, Kindness, Compassion and Altruism and Demonstrate Innovation and Excellence "A big thanks goes ... more

Barroilhet co-authors article in Abdominal Radiology

Lisa Barroilhet, MD, MS, associate professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, co-authored a new study published in Abdominal Radiology. In “Distribution of prostate specific membrane antigen (PSMA) on PET-MRI in patients with and without ovarian cancer”, Barroilhet and co-authors outline a proof-of-concept study comparing the results of an imaging protocol in patient... more

Cooney, Stanic co-author publication in Women

Associate Professor Laura Cooney, MD, and Associate Professor Aleks Stanic-Kostic, MD, PhD, both of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, co-authored a recent study in the journal Women. In “Rapid Ovarian Reserve Decline in a Woman with Pericentric Inv(9) Variant”, Cooney, Stanic, and lead author Leeann Bui, MD, UW SMPH graduate and current ob... more

Celebrate Advanced Practice Provider Week – September 25-29, 2023

This year, National Advanced Practice Providers Week is September 25-29, 2023. Please join us in thanking the many skilled, dedicated APPs who work in the UW Department of Ob-Gyn! National APP Week celebrates the hard work of Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Certified Nurse Midwives, and other specialists who help elevate the fields of medicine and nursing to ensur... more

Spencer presents first-ever WCRGME Rural Health Grand Rounds

On August 9, 2023, Ryan Spencer, MD, MS, associate professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, presented the first Rural Health Grand Rounds lecture for the Wisconsin Collaborative for Rural Graduate Medical Education (WCRGME). Spencer presented an update on maternity care deserts, a growing issue in Wisconsin and other parts of the country. Incredible work, Dr. Spenc... more

Green quoted in New York Times opinion about maternal mortality

A recent opinion article published in the New York Times includes perspective from Tiffany Green, PhD, associate professor in the Division of Reproductive and Population Health! In “America Already Knows How to Make Childbirth Safer”, the author outlines options for reducing maternal mortality; the author cites Green in discussion of racial bias and its effect on health outc... more

In the News: Sobecki discusses cancer risk and hair straighteners

Recent research found that using chemical hair straighteners or relaxers may be linked to an increased risk of uterine cancer. Janelle Sobecki, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, spoke with several media outlets during Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month to share the research and help people recognize common signs and symptoms of uterine cancer. ... more

Zheng earns Editor’s Choice distinction in Journal of Physiology

Congratulations to Jing Zheng, PhD, professor in the Division of Reproductive Sciences, whose recent article was selected as the Editor’s Choice in the August issue of The Journal of Physiology! Zheng is senior author on the article; Chi Zhou, PhD, former postdoctoral trainee in the Department of Ob-Gyn and current assistant professor at the University of Arizona, is the fir... more

McDonald discusses new postpartum depression medication with CBS 58 News

Earlier this summer, the United States Food and Drug Administration approved a new pill to treat postpartum depression. Ryan McDonald, MD, clinical professor in the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, spoke with CBS 58 News about the medication.“Dr. Ryan McDonald also notes that postpartum depression is underdiagnosed and under-treated. The cost, and if the pill is s... more

Hartenbach joins editorial board of Gynecologic Oncology

Congratulations to UW Ob-Gyn Department Chair Ellen Hartenbach, MD, who was invited to join the editorial board of the journal Gynecologic Oncology! Gynecologic Oncology is an international journal devoted to the publication of clinical and investigative articles that concern tumors of the female reproductive tract. Gynecologic Oncology is an official journal of the Society ... more

Cutler discusses Convenient Contraception Act in Cap Times

In summer 2023, members of Congress introduced the Convenient Contraception Act, which could require insurers to cover up to a year’s supply of birth control at a time, with the potential of reducing the number of times an individual would need to pick up certain methods of birth control in a year. Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin is a co-sponsor of the bill. Abigail Cutler, ... more

Support the 2023 UW Ob-Gyn Diaper Drive

Did you know the average baby uses 3,000 diapers in the first year? For some families, the cost is overwhelming. These families are supported through the annual UW Department of Ob-Gyn Diaper Drive. Our annual Diaper Drive supports families in need in the Madison area by collecting monetary donations. The department's Healthy Women Healthy Babies Fund supports the annual dri... more

Women’s Healthcast: Over-the-Counter Birth Control, featuring Amy Domeyer-Klenske, MD

In July 2023, the United States Food and Drug Administration approved a birth control pill for over-the-counter use, meaning most consumers could buy it from a pharmacy without a prescription. The pill will likely be available sometime in 2024.Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn Director Amy Domeyer-Klenske, MD, joined the Women’s Healthcast share information about th... more

Welcome Carley Zeal, MD, MPH, to Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn

We are pleased to welcome a familiar face back to the UW Department of Ob-Gyn: on January 1, 2024, Carley Zeal, MD, MPH will join the Division of Academic Specialists as an ob-gyn nocturnist and assistant professor. Zeal graduated from ob-gyn residency in our department in 2017.Zeal attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison for her undergraduate, medical, and residency tr... more

Leadership transition in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology

Later this fall, the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology will undergo a leadership transition: Stephen Rose, MD, who has served as Division Director of Gynecologic Oncology since 2017, will step down from that role. Dr. Lisa Barroilhet, MD, MS will become the new Division Director on November 13, 2023. Please help us thank Dr. Rose for his steadfast, supportive, and i... more

Ladanyi discusses endometriosis on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Central Time

Camille Ladanyi, MD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, joined the Wisconsin Public Radio program Central Time on September 6, 2023 to talk about endometriosis. In the interview, Ladanyi shared an explanation of what endometriosis is and what symptoms can look like, common barriers to arriving at an endometriosis diagnosis, medic... more

Register now for UW Prevention Research Center Annual Meeting – October 24, 2023

Registration for the UW Prevention Research Center 2023 Annual Meeting is now open! The UWPRC 2023 Annual Meeting will be held October 24, 2023 from 8:30AM-4:30PM at the Goodman Community Center in Madison, WI. Jackie Adams, MD, MS, assistant professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, will give a keynote address during the PRC Annual meeting! The purpose of the UW... more

Welcome María Virumbrales-Muñoz, PhD, to Division of Reproductive Sciences

Please help us welcome María Virumbrales-Muñoz, PhD, to the Department of Ob-Gyn’s Division of Reproductive Sciences! Virumbrales-Muñoz will joined the UW Department of Ob-Gyn as an assistant professor (tenure track) on September 1, 2023. Virumbrales-Muñoz earned a Master of Science in Molecular and Cell Biology and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Zarago... more

Welcome incoming FPMRS Fellow Julie Dorland, MD

The UW Ob-Gyn Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship is excited to announce that Julie Dorland, MD, has matched as our August 2024 incoming FPMRS Fellow!Dorland received her MD from the Baylor College of Medicine and is currently completing her OBGYN Residency at the University of Texas at Austin. She comes highly recommended by our FPMRS Colleagues, a... more

Celebrate the UW Ob-Gyn Education Office on GME Professionals Day 2023

The third Friday in August is National Graduate Medical Education (GME) Professionals Day, an opportunity to recognize the work of professionals at all levels of graduate medical education. Please help us thank the amazing individuals in the UW Ob-Gyn Education Office!Providing a high-quality, comprehensive educational experience to learners of all levels is an essential pie... more

Chair's Check-In: UW Obstetrics and Gynecology is Ranked #9 in the Nation!

US News and World Report just released the 2023-24 Best Hospital guide and, once again, UW Obstetrics and Gynecology has achieved an exceptional ranking: this year, we are the #9 Ob-Gyn program in the nation! UW Ob-Gyn also earned High Performing scores for uterine cancer and ovarian cancer surgeries for the second year running. This ranking is an acknowledgment of our nati... more

Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center featured in Quarterly Magazine

The UW Health Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center has celebrated many successes in the past several months, including rebuilding a baby’s airway partway through delivery, supporting a Wisconsin woman who gave birth and received a heart transplant all within eight weeks, and treating twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome. Michael Beninati, MD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gy... more

Barroilhet, Wallace co-author review article in Radiology

Associate Professor Lisa Barroilhet, MD, MS, and Associate Professor Sumer Wallace, MD, MS, co-authored a review article in the journal Radiology. In “Adnexal Lesion Imaging: Past, Present, and Future”, Barroilhet, Wallace, and co-authors discuss ways imaging has affected treatment of adnexal lesions, current data supporting the use of ultrasound, MRI, and CT imaging to diff... more

Wagar hosts episode of International Journal of Gynecologic Cancer podcast

UW Ob-Gyn Gynecologic Oncology fellow Matt Wagar, MD, guest-hosted an episode of the International Journal of Gynecologic Oncology podcast as part of his role as an editorial fellow for the journal! In the episode, Wagar and another editorial fellow outlined the contents of the July 2023 issue of the International Journal of Gynecologic Oncology. Listen to the whole episode ... more

CORE brief: Impacts of abortion restrictions on pregnant people, their partners, families, and communities

The UW-Madison Collaborative for Reproductive Equity (CORE) released a brief outlining the impacts of abortion restrictions on pregnant peoples’ wellbeing, family and community health, economic health, and more. Since the June 2022 U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe v. Wade, abortion services have been nearly unavailable in Wisconsin, and restricted or banned in... more

Grand Rounds: Heisler presents “Reconstructive Vulvar Surgery: Beyond Cosmetic Gynecology”

On July 6, 2023, UW Ob-Gyn Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Director Christine Heisler, MD, MS, presented the Grand Rounds lecture “Reconstructive Vulvar Surgery: Beyond Cosmetic Gynecology”. In the lecture, Heisler explained relevant vulvar anatomy, described specific clinical conditions that may present for surgical management, discussed availa... more

Domeyer-Klenske discusses pharmacist-prescribed birth control with WISC-TV

In early July, the Wisconsin State Senate Committee on Health held a hearing on a bill​ that would allow pharmacists to prescribe some forms of birth control. UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn Director Amy Domeyer-Klenske, MD, spoke with WISC-TV about what the change could mean for birth control access: “"By breaking down these barriers for a medication,... more

Abbott published in Journal of the Endocrine Society

A new article published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society by David Abbott, PhD, professor in the Division of Reproductive Sciences, uses a cross-sectional, cohort study to compare hormonal concentrations and body fat distribution between normal-weight women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and age and BMI-matched controls. In “Interplay of Cortisol, Testosterone, ... more

Sobecki presents Healthy Women Community Talk “Straight Talk: Chemical Hair Straighteners and Reducing Your Risk of Uterine Cancer”

Recent research found that using chemical hair straighteners or relaxers may be linked to an increased risk of uterine cancer. On July 13, 2023, Janelle Sobecki, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, presented the Healthy Women Community Talk “Straight Talk: Chemical Hair Straighteners and Reducing Your Risk of Uterine Cancer” to a lively audience ... more

Golos, Stanic receive NIH R21 grant

Congratulations to Ted Golos, PhD, professor in the School of Veterinary Sciences and the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences, and Aleks Stanic, MD, PhD, associate professor in the Divisions of Reproductive Sciences and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility! They received a new NIH R21 grant for the project “Gestationally driven trafficking of decidual lymphocyt... more

Green discusses infant health disparities with WKOW

Tiffany Green, PhD, associate professor in the Division of Reproductive and Population Health, spoke with WKOW as part of a story on ConnectRx, the prenatal program meant to help connect pregnant people who meet screening criteria for any of several social determinants of health metrics with community health workers. In “Digging Deeper: Wisconsin's persisting racial gap in i... more

Domeyer-Klenske shares post-Dobbs essay with ACOG

In recognition of the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn Director Amy Domeyer-Klenske, MD wrote an essay for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists about the challenges of providing care in the year since Roe v. Wade was overt... more

Zheng, Zhou publish in Journal of Physiology

Jing Zheng, PhD, professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences, recently published an article in the Journal of Physiology entitled “MicroRNA-29 differentially mediates preeclampsia-dysregulated cellular responses to cytokines in female and male fetal endothelial cells.” Chi Zhou, PhD, a formal member of Division of Reproductive Sciences, is the first author a... more

Grand Rounds: Carter presents “A Practical Approach to EleVATE Equity in Reproductive Health”

On June 8, 2023, Dr. Ebony Carter, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, joined us to present the Grand Rounds lecture “A Practical Approach to EleVATE Equity in Reproductive Health”.In the lecture, Carter discussed drivers of health disparities in the U.S., examined the impact of implicit bias and raci... more

Chair's Check-In: Acknowledging the one-year anniversary of Dobbs

Over the weekend, we reached a difficult milestone: Saturday, June 24, 2023 marked one year since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned the constitutionally protected right to abortion in our country.The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) released a statement on the anniversary of the decis... more

Cutler and Cox to become Associate Program Directors of UW Ob-Gyn Residency

Abigail Cutler, MD, MPH, assistant professor in the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, and Caroline Cox, MD, incoming assistant professor in the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, will become Associate Program Directors of the UW Ob-Gyn Residency Program in September 2023. Cutler and Cox will join incoming Residency Program Director Bridg... more

Barroilhet appointed co-DOT leader of Chemoprevention

Congratulations to Lisa Barroilhet, MD, MS, associate professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology! Barroilhet was appointed co-leader of the UW Carbone Cancer Center’s Chemoprevention Disease-Oriented Team. She will lead the team alongside Howard Bailey, MD, associate dean for oncology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and director of ... more

Higgins, Williamson co-author editorial in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Just before the one-year anniversary of the United States Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe v. Wade, UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity Director Jenny Higgins, PhD, MPH, and Associate Director Amy Williamson, MPP, co-authored an opinion in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.In “Even if Wisconsin abortion ban overturned, women will face obstacles to care”, Higgins ... more

Spencer to present WCRGME Rural Medicine Grand Rounds on August 9

Ryan Spencer, MD, MS, associate professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology and Residency Program Director, will present the first-ever Wisconsin Collaborative for Rural GME Rural Medicine Grand Rounds on August 9, 2023!Spencer will present the lecture “Maternal Deserts” via Zoom from 12-1pm.Meeting ID: 895 0272 6489Passcode: 2023

Swan, Senderowicz publish study in Health Services Research

UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity postdoctoral researcher Laura Swan, PhD, and Leigh Senderowicz, PhD, assistant professor in the Division of Reproductive and Population Health, and co-authors published a study in the journal Health Services Research!In “Health care provider bias in the Appalachian region: The frequency and impact of contraceptive coercion”, authors u... more

In the News: Higgins reflects on abortion access one year after Dobbs decision

As we approach the one-year anniversary of the United States Supreme Court decision in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization on June 24, 2023, UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity Director and UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health Director Jenny Higgins, PhD, MPH, spoke with news outlets about the consequences of restricted abortion acc... more

Spencer accepted into AAMC 2023-2024 GME Leadership Development Certificate Program

Ryan Spencer, MD, MS, associate professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology as well as UW Ob-Gyn Residency Program Director and Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Director, was selected to participate in the 2023-24 Association of American Medical Colleges GME Leadership Development Certificate Program.The GME Leadership Development Certificate helps participants build th... more

Cowley, Jacques, and Values Clarification Workshop research team receive Paster Award

Congratulations to Laura Jacques, MD, associate professor in the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, Elise Cowley, UW SMPH MD/PhD student, and the whole research team involved with the Values Clarification Workshops (VCAT) on abortion! The VCAT team earned the 2022 Paster Family Foundation Innovation Award for their work.The Paster Family Foundation Innovation Award ... more

Luellwitz to co-lead Rural Family Medicine OB fellowship

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) recently awarded the UW School of Medicine and Public Health’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health (DFMCH) a Graduate Medical Education Residency GME Program Development Grant to support the Rural Family Medicine OB Fellowship. Ryan Luellwitz, DO, assistant professor in the Division of Academic Specialists in O... more

Spencer co-authors Dean’s Corner article on rural training in Wisconsin Medical Journal

Ryan Spencer, MD, MS, associate professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology and Residency Program Director, co-authored an editorial piece in the latest issue of the Wisconsin Medical Journal about the importance of rural physician training with UW SMPH Dean Robert Golden, MD, and Department of Family Medicine and Community Health Assistant Professor Jillian Landeck, M... more

Beninati and Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment team save baby with innovative surgical intervention

UW Health recently shared a remarkable story from the Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center: the team performed a specialized surgery in February 2023 that saved a Waupun baby’s life. Michael Beninati, MD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, co-directs the center along with pediatric general surgeon Inna Lobeck, MD and was a crucial membe... more

Green promoted to Associate Professor with tenure

Congratulations to Tiffany Green, PhD, who was recently promoted to Associate Professor with tenure! Green holds a joint appointment with the UW SMPH Department of Population Health Sciences and the Department of Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health. Green, a health economist who has researched and published widely on topics related to health equity, racial ... more

Banerjee, Stanic, Cooney published in Immunohorizons

Congratulations to Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology graduate student Soma Banerjee, MD, who is lead author on a new article in the journal Immunohorizons! Aleks Stanic-Kostic, MD, PhD, associate professor in the Divisions of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and Reproductive Sciences, and Laura Cooney, MD, associate professor in the Division of Reproductive... more

Farewell, Resident Class of 2023!

This week, we say goodbye to the UW Ob-Gyn Residency Class of 2023! Read more about where these brilliant physicians are headed after residency, what they’ll miss about Madison, and how their time here set them up for success in the future. Congratulations, Class of 2023!Kathryn Dryer, MD:Where will you be going and what will you be doing after UW Ob-Gyn?I am headed to Charl... more

Bosse reflects on training time, shares what’s next after MFM Fellowship

After three years of intense fellowship training in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Bradley Bosse, MD, is preparing to graduate. Bosse shares what’s next after fellowship, the important lessons he will carry forward, and messages of gratitude for people who shaped his time in Madison.Where will you be going and what will you be doing after UW Ob-Gyn?I am m... more

Zhang reflects on training time, shares what’s next after Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship

After three years of intense fellowship training in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Ran (Catherine) Zhang, MD, MPH, is preparing to graduate. Zhang shares what’s next after fellowship, the important lessons she will carry forward, and messages of gratitude for people who shaped her time in fellowship.What are you looking forward to about your next career step... more

Rose helps host Ukrainian surgeon at UW

In the spring of 2023, the UW Carbone Cancer Center and UW Department of Surgery hosted a Ukrainian surgeon for trauma care training. Dr. Olena Renkas, a surgical oncologist from Kyiv, Ukraine, spent four weeks of training in American trauma care standards. Stephen Rose, MD, director of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology, was instrumental in supporting Dr. Renkas... more

Congratulations to winners of the 2023 UW Ob-Gyn department awards!

On June 15, 2023, the UW Department of Ob-Gyn held its annual awards ceremony, recognizing educational, research and administrative accomplishments throughout the year.The ceremony started by celebrating service milestones:Five Years:Carol Hulland - Administrative ManagerIrene Ong, PhD - Assistant ProfessorJennifer Karnowski, MD - Clinical Assistant ProfessorLaura Cooney, MD... more

Racine passes MFM board exams!

Our sincere congratulations to Jenna Racine, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine! Racine passed the ABOG subspecialty boards in maternal-fetal medicine in April 2023.Racine joined the UW Department of Ob-Gyn faculty in 2021 after completing her maternal-fetal medicine fellowship in our department. Though she will leave the department for a new ... more

Spencer brings chemotherapy shortages to legislators’ attention at House Cancer Caucus briefing

On June 6, Ryan Spencer, MD, MS, associate professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, helped organize and participated in the Society of Gynecologic Oncology’s House Cancer Caucus briefing on chemotherapy shortages. Spencer is the chair of the SGO’s Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Committee.The briefing was co-sponsored by Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Rep. Brian H... more

Domeyer-Klenske discusses mifepristone case on WUWM’s Lake Effect

On June 1, UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn Director Amy Domeyer-Klenske, MD, joined the WUWM show Lake Effect to talk about legal challenges to mifepristone and how they could affect health care in Wisconsin.In the interview, Domeyer-Klenske provided background about mifepristone and its uses, discussed the current landscape of abortion care in Wisconsin... more

Grand Rounds: Badger Bytes – Industry-Sponsored Trials in Ob-Gyn

On June 1, 2023, three members of the UW Department of Ob-Gyn with expertise in clinical research presented the Grand Rounds Badger Bytes session “Industry-Sponsored Trials in Ob-Gyn.”Clinical Research Manager Kellie Baumann, MS, presented “Industry-Sponsored Clinical Trials: An Overview”, during which she shared the benefits of participating in industry-sponsored trials.Div... more

Kushner elected to UWSMPH Academic Planning Council

Congratulations to Dave Kushner, MD, professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology! Kushner was recently elected to a three-year term on the UW School of Medicine and Public Health’s Academic Planning Council (APC).The APC advises the Dean’s Office on school programs and budgetary planning, including strategic and long-range planning for the SMPH, program review, and oth... more

Welcome Caroline Cox, MD, to Division of FPMRS

Caroline Cox, MD, will be joining the UW Department of Ob-Gyn’s Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery as an assistant professor on September 11, 2023! Dr. Cox completed ob-gyn residency with our department in 2017; please help us welcome her back to Madison!Dr. Cox graduated from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, follo... more

Grand Rounds: Dalby presents “Syphilis in Pregnancy: Addressing Rising Syphilis Rates in Wisconsin”

On May 25, 2023, UW SMPH Department of Family Medicine and Community Health associate professor Jessica Dalby, MD, presented the Ob-Gyn Grand Rounds lecture “Syphilis in Pregnancy: Addressing Rising Syphilis Rates in Wisconsin”. UW SMPH medical student Helena Reising co-presented along with Dalby.In the presentation, Dalby and Reising discussed the epidemiology of syphilis i... more

Mojdehbakhsh selected as BIRCWH Women’s Health Scholar

Congratulations to UW Ob-Gyn resident and incoming gynecologic oncology fellow Rachel Mojdehbakhsh, MD! Mojdehbakhsh was selected to be a Women’s Health Scholar in the UW Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) program.As a Women’s Health Scholar, Mojdehbakhsh will have access to UW BIRCWH monthly seminars and research training opportunities, ... more

Adams passes Maternal-Fetal Medicine board exam

Huge congratulations to Jacquelyn Adams, MD, MS, assistant professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine! Adams passed the ABOG subspecialty boards in maternal-fetal medicine in April 2023.Adams joined the UW Department of Ob-Gyn faculty in 2020 after completing her maternal-fetal medicine fellowship here. Incredible work, Dr. Adams!

Share your health equity research at the 2023 UW Women’s Health and Health Equity Research Lecture & Symposium on October 12

Do you have health equity or health disparities research you’d like to showcase? Submit a Brief & Brilliant talk proposal or poster to the UW Women’s Health and Health Equity Research Lecture & Symposium, coming up October 12, 2023!CALL FOR BRIEF & BRILLIANT TALK PRESENTATIONSThe Brief & Brilliant (B&B) talks are TedX-style presentations aimed to translate women's health and... more

Stewart elected to UWSMPH Technical Standards and Access to Accommodations Committee

Congratulations to Kathy Stewart, MD, professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine! Stewart was elected to the UW School of Medicine and Public Health’s Technical Standards and Access to Accommodations Committee (TSAAC) for a two-year term.The TSAAC is appointed and charged with reviewing and maintaining best practices related to medical school technical standards an... more

Residency leadership transition: Spencer to step down, Kelly to become Residency Program Director

Later this summer, the UW Ob-Gyn Residency Program will undergo a leadership transition – current Residency Program Director Ryan Spencer, MD, MS, will step down from this role. Bridget Kelly, MD, current associate residency program director, will become Residency Program Director on September 1, 2023. Please help us thank Dr. Spencer for his many years of incredible leaders... more

Funding available for UWPRC Small Grants

The UW-Madison Prevention Research Center (UWPRC) announced the 4th annual Small Grant Competition to support research promoting maternal and child health and health equity. Grants are intended to support small-scale and innovative research projects, especially those that will provide preliminary data leading to larger research efforts in population health and wellbeing, hea... more

CHAP trial awarded trial of the year by Society for Clinical Trials

The Chronic Hypertension And Pregnancy (CHAP) trial, a multisite study led by the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) with a collaborating site at the University of Wisconsin, received the David Sackett Annual Trial of the Year Award from the Society for Clinical Trials!Kara Hoppe, DO, MS, associate professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, was the lead inv... more

Register for free community talk on chemical hair straighteners and uterine cancer on July 13

Recent research found that using chemical hair straighteners or relaxers may be linked to an increased risk of uterine cancer. If you’ve used chemical hair relaxers in the past, join the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for a free, virtual Healthy Women Community Talk about reducing your uterine cancer ris... more

Barroilhet selected as 2023-2024 Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program fellow

Huge congratulations to Lisa Barroilhet, MD, MS, associate professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology! Barroilhet was selected as a 2023-24 Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM) Program fellow!The ELAM Program, offered by the Drexel University College of Medicine, is a year-long, part-time fellowship for women faculty in schools of med... more

Bhagavath discusses infertility coverage on Let’s Get Local podcast

During National Infertility Awareness Week in April, Bala Bhagavath, MD, professor and director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, joined the Let’s Get Local podcast to talk about efforts in Wisconsin to improve access to fertility care.During the interview, Bhagavath contrasted his experience working in states with state-mandated infertility cove... more

Sobecki talks about relationships and intimacy after 50 on Doctor Radio

Janelle Sobecki, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology and medical director of the UW Health Women's Integrative Sexual Health (WISH) Program, joined SiriusXM Doctor Radio on Monday, May 15 to discuss sex, relationships, and intimacy after age 50!Sobecki was a guest on the Doctor Radio’s Healthy Aging program, alongside UW Health AASECT certified se... more

Higgins talks contraceptive access issues with Tone

A recent article on Tone Madison covered peoples’ emerging concerns about contraceptive access following the US Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs that struck down Roe v. Wade.In the article “Contraception has a new weight post-Roe in Madison”, UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health and UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity Director Jenny Higgins, PhD, MP... more

Holmes-Drammeh receives Jerry Noack Friend of the Program Award from UW PA Program

Huge congratulations to Emelle Holmes-Drammeh, PA, of the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn! She was selected for the Jerry Noack Friend of the Program Award by the UW-Madison Physician Assistant Program! She was honored during the PA graduation ceremony on May 12, 2023.The Friend of the Program Award recognizes someone not employed within the program, but whose con... more

Senderowicz publishes in Studies in Family Planning

​Leigh Senderowicz, ScD, MPH, assistant professor in the Division of Reproductive and Population Health, published an article in Studies in Family Planning about a common indicator in global family planning programs.In “Assessing the Suitability of Unmet Need as a Proxy for Access to Contraception and Desire to Use It”, Senderowicz and co-authors used survey data from Burkin... more

In the News: Green discusses first year of ConnectRx

In April 2022, the Dane County Health Council launched ConnectRx, a care coordination tool within the electronic health record to help providers working with Black pregnant patients navigate supportive resources for patients that are available in the community, in all Madison ob-gyn clinics. Tiffany Green, PhD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive an... more

Stanic, Ong Labs publish in the Journal of Immunology

A new study in collaboration between the Stanic and Ong research groups in the UW Department of Ob-Gyn will be published in the July 2023 issue of the Journal of Immunology!“Proteogenomic and V(D)J Analysis of Human Decidual T Cells Highlights Unique Transcriptional Programming and Clonal Distribution”, by Deborah A. Chasman; Rene Welch Schwartz; Jessica Vazquez; Melina Chav... more

Domeyer-Klenske visits White House Gender Policy Council

On a recent visit to Washington, D.C., UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn Director Amy Domeyer-Klenske, MD, met with staff from the White House Gender Policy Council to discuss challenges and experiences practicing in a post-Dobbs environment. Domeyer-Klenske is currently serving as the Chair of the Wisconsin Section of the American College of Obstetricians... more

Sobecki becomes Gynecology Disease-Oriented Team leader

Congratulations to Janelle Sobecki, MD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology! Sobecki became the Gynecology Disease-Oriented Team (DOT) leader on May 15, 2023. She takes over from Department Chair Ellen Hartenbach, MD, who will stay on as co-leader during a transition period. DOTs are research groups embedded in specific UW Carbone Cancer Cen... more

Hoppe’s Staying Healthy After Childbirth project with PRC publicized on WORT

The Staying Healthy After Childbirth​ program, led by Kara Hoppe, DO, MS, associate professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, is the new core research project in the UW-Madison Prevention Research Center. WORT Community Radio in Madison covered the launch of Hoppe’s research with UWPRC at a recent community event.The radio story “CDC-Funded Center Prioritizes Bir... more

Grand Rounds: Wang presents “Stepping into the OR: Examining the Transition from Training to Surgical Practice”

On May 8, 2023, UW Ob-Gyn resident Connor Wang, MD, PGY-4, presented the Grand Rounds lecture “Stepping into the OR: Examining the Transition from Training to Surgical Practice”.In the lecture, Wang identified key factors that contribute to resident preparedness for the transition to independent practice and identified key challenges junior surgeons feel during the transitio... more

CORE releases statement on mifepristone ruling

While legal challenges to the United States Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the medication mifepristone work their way through the courts, the UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity is tracking the decisions and their potential impact on health care in Wisconsin.CORE published an update in late April after the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that temporarily protect... more

Patankar Lab publishes study on endometriosis treatment in Reproduction

According to the World Health Organization, endometriosis affects roughly 10 percent of reproductive-aged women around the world; despite this prevalence, treatment options are limited. In a new study in Reproduction, members of the Patankar Lab describe a novel treatment strategy for the disease.“Oxidative phosphorylation inhibitors inhibit proliferation of endometriosis ce... more

Sobecki named as BIRWCH Scholar

Congratulations to Janelle Sobecki, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, who was recently appointed to a fully funded position in the UW Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) program!The UW BIRCWH program provides interdisciplinary career development opportunities for a diverse cohort of early career faculty to fo... more

Bills honored for more than 25 years of service

Huge congratulations to Greg Bills, MD, professor in the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, who recently reached the milestone of 27 years of service to UW Health and the UW Department of Ob-Gyn! Bills will be recognized at the UW Health Honoring You Recognition Event on June 8, 2023.In addition to exceptional patient care and resident education, Bills’ career withi... more

Rose delivers Katz Memorial Lecture to University of Pittsburgh Department of Ob-Gyn

On May 9, 2023, UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology Director Stephen Rose, MD, gave the David and Lenore Brundige Katz Memorial Lecture to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine's Department of Ob-Gyn. Rose gave the presentation “Laughing in the face of Cancer: How humor may benefit patients.”The Katz Memorial Lecture is an annual event hosted for the UPMC De... more

Jacques publishes study in Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health

A new study by Laura Jacques, MD, associate professor in the Division of Academic Specialists in Obstetrics and Gynecology, uses anonymous posts on social media to document the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects on people’s abortion experiences in the United States.““I'm going to be forced to have a baby”: A study of COVID-19 abortion experiences on Reddit”, published in the journa... more

In the News: Beninati on Wisconsin woman’s heart failure in pregnancy

UW Health shared the remarkable story of a Wisconsin woman who gave birth and received a heart transplant within an eight-week span in late 2022 and early 2023. Michael Beninati, MD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, was a critical part of the team that cared for the patient and her baby:““We put together a huge team of experts at UW H... more

Bhagavath discusses Dobbs’ implications on fertility care with Tone Madison

In a recent article on Tone Madison, Bala Bhagavath, MD, professor and director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, weighted in about the impact of the Dobbs decision on infertility care.In “Fertility care in Wisconsin faces worrisome unknowns in the wake of Dobbs”, Bhagavath discussed common questions and concerns he has heard from patients, and w... more

Grand Rounds: Department Research Day 2023

On May 4, 2023, the UW Department of Ob-Gyn hosted Department Research Day. You can watch all the research presentations given that day here. Keynote by Genevieve Neal-Perry, MD, PhD – 0:00:00-1:01:45Menopause Management: Where are we now? Graduating Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellow Brad Bosse, MD – 1:01:46-1:20:45Preeclampsia: It’s in the water?Graduating Gynecologic Oncology... more

Archer and Sergeant present at Wisconsin Nursing Association Conference

Sari Archer, NP and Angie Sergeant, NP, both nurse practitioners in the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, presented at the Wisconsin Nursing Association’s 37th annual APRN Pharmacology and Clinical Update in April!Archer and Sergeant brought the presentation “Pee, Poop, and the Pelvic Floor: They are not taboo subjects!” to the intensive, three-d... more

Rose receives UW Health Physician Excellence Award

Stephen Rose, MD, professor and director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, received the 2023 UW Health Regional Services Physician Excellence Award at a ceremony on May 3! The award recognizes physicians who exemplify UW Health’s strategic priority in providing extraordinary regional services care for patients at neighboring health care facilities in Wisconsin and bey... more

UW Ob-Gyn presentations at 2023 Society for Reproductive Investigation Conference

In March 2023, the Society for Reproductive Investigation hosted their 70th Annual Scientific Meeting in Brisbane, Australia. Members of the UW Department of Ob-Gyn brought fantastic representation to the meeting: Irene Ong, PhD, assistant professor in the Division of Reproductive Sciences, was invited to present during the “Circulating Factors Regulating Maternal/Fetal Immu... more

Welcome Olga Fajardo, MD, to ASOG Division!

Olga Fajardo, MD, has accepted our offer to join the UW Department of Ob-Gyn as a Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgeon (MIGS). Dr. Fajardo will start on August 14, 2023; in this role, she will be part of the faculty of the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn. Fajardo graduated from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, followed by Obstetrics and G... more

Women’s Healthcast: What’s Next in Menopause Management?

Vasomotor symptoms, also known as hot flashes, are one of the most common and most disruptive symptoms of the perimenopause transition. For some people, they can happen more than seven times a day. And once hot flashes start, people experience them for an average of 2 years (but sometimes as long as 10 to 12 years).On this episode of the Women’s Healthcast, Genevieve Neal-Pe... more

Funding available for maternal-child health pilot projects through UW SMPH

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and state Department of Health Services (DHS) are teaming up to improve maternal and infant health across Wisconsin through a new funding opportunity, Healthy Wisconsin Families: Investing in the Infrastructure of Maternal and Infant Health​. Applications for pilot projects are due May 30, 2023.Proposals from n... more

Save the Date: Black Women’s Wellness Day, September 30, 2023

The Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness will present the 15th Annual Black Women’s Wellness Day on Saturday, September 30, 2023 at the Monona Terrace. Registration opens soon for Black Women’s Wellness Day, featuring a powerful mix of information, inspiration, and empowerment. Learn more about the event and how to register here.

Grand Rounds: Dryer presents “Obstetrics & Oncology: The Unique Landscape in a Post-Roe Era”

On April 27, 2023, UW Ob-Gyn resident Kathryn Dryer, MD, PGY-4, presented the Grand Rounds lecture “Obstetrics & Oncology: The Unique Landscape in a Post-Roe Era”.In the lecture, Dryer defined the general principles of oncology care during pregnancy; identified the most common cancers during pregnancy, and how pregnancy can affect their treatment; and evaluated how current l... more

REI professionals gather in Madison for 2023 Clinical Embryologists Summit Conference

More than 80 professionals from reproductive endocrinology and infertility organizations across the country visited Madison for the 24th Annual Clinical Embryologists Summit (CES) Conference April 21-22, 2023. The CES Conference is an annual event designed to give participants an informal setting to share ideas and to interact with invited speakers and other clinical embryol... more

Women’s Healthcast: Equity and Access in Fertility Care

​In early April 2023, the World Health Organization released a new report that suggests one in six adults – or roughly 17.5% of the world’s adult population – will be affected by infertility in their lifetime. Despite how common infertility is, access to treatment in the United States is inconsistent.During National Infertility Awareness Week, the Women’s Healthcast focused ... more

Staying Healthy After Childbirth selected for Phase II HHS Hypertension Innovator Award Competition

Huge congratulations to Kara Hoppe, DO, MS, associate professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, whose Staying Healthy After Childbirth program was chosen as one of 15 Phase II awardees for the HHS Hypertension Innovator Award Competition by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office on Women’s Health (OWH)!The Hypertension Innovator A... more

Jennings discusses syphilis symptoms with Giddy

Cases of syphilis are on the rise in the United States and around the world, making it crucial that people understand risks, signs and symptoms, and how to find treatment for this common sexually transmitted infection.Ashley Jennings, MD, associate professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, spoke with Giddy about how common syphilis can be in “The... more

Brown receives Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professorship

Congratulations to Heidi Brown, MD, MAS, associate professor in the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, who recently received a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professorship!Brown is one of 13 awarded the 2023 Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professorships, an award recognizing distinguished scholarship as well as standout efforts in teaching and s... more

Williamson’s UW-Madison Academic Staff award featured in UW News

UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity Associate Director Amy Williamson, MPP, received the 2023 UW–Madison Robert and Carroll Heideman Award for Excellence in Public Service and Outreach! A recent article published by UW-Madison News outlines Williamson’s statewide outreach efforts that helped earn the award:“She has produced many evidence-based policy briefs (such as Roe... more

Higgins joins WORT to talk about future of medication abortion in Wisconsin

Jenny Higgins, PhD, MPH, director of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health and the UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity, spoke with WORT Community Radio in Madison about recent federal court rulings around FDA approval of the drug mifepristone and what it could mean for abortion and miscarriage patients.In “What Now For Medication Abortions?”, Higg... more

Molly Willging, PhD candidate in Abbott Lab, receives UW mentoring award

Sincere congratulations to Molly Willging, PhD student in the UW Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology Program and member of the Abbott Lab! Willging is one of just two graduate students to receive the 2023 Undergraduate Symposium Mentor Award in Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities.The Office of the Provost offers these awards to recognize the important role ment... more

Adams to co-chair Wisconsin Maternal Mortality Review Team

We are pleased to share that Jackie Adams, MD, MS, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, was recently named co-chair of the Wisconsin Maternal Mortality Review Team! Adams will co-chair alongside Jasmine Zapata, MD, MPH, assistant professor in the UW SMPH Department of Pediatrics and Chief Medical Officer for Community Health in the Wiscon... more

Sobecki and WISH program featured by UW Health

Janelle Sobecki, MD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology, discussed the importance of attention and conversation about sexual side effects of cancer treatment with UW Health in a new article about the UW Health Women’s Integrative Sexual Health (WISH) Program.Sobecki, who is medical director of the WISH Program, offered support and advice fo... more

Green publishes op-ed in The Hill

Tiffany Green, PhD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, published an opinion piece in The Hill during Black Maternal Health Week, April 11-17.In “Ending the COVID emergency will further harm Black maternal mortality”, Green shares recent maternal mortality statistics that show an uptick in maternal mortality that aligns with t... more

Spencer receives SGO Congressional Ambassador Award

Congratulations to Ryan Spencer, MD, MS, associate professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology, who received the Society of Gynecologic Oncology Congressional Ambassador Award! Spencer received the award during the 2023 SGO Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer in March 2023.The Congressional Ambassador Award recognizes SGO members who have worked hard to educate ... more

Barroilhet, Giles, Iruretagoyena in Texas as Board Examiners

Three UW Ob-Gyn faculty served as ABOG subspecialty board examiners in Texas this year!Dobie Giles, MD, MS, MBA, professor in the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Lisa Barroilhet, MD, MS, associate professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, and Igor Iruretagoyena, MD, MS, professor and director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine,... more

CORE brief outlines #WeCount data on changes in abortion access

A new brief from the UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity synthesizes findings from the Society of Family Planning’s #WeCount report that aims to capture changes in abortion access across the United States since the June 2022 U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade.“Post-Dobbs changes in abortion access in Wisconsin and nationally” adds important context to t... more

M1 Samantha Williams in Abbott Lab receives Shapiro Summer Research grant

Congratulations to Samantha Williams, M1 student in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, who received a 2023 Shapiro Summer Research Program Award! Samantha was previously an undergraduate student in the lab of Professor David Abbott, PhD, and will be co-mentored by Abbott alongside Dan Ulrich, PhD, professor in the UW SMPH Department of Neuroscience.Samantha’s proje... more

UW Ob-Gyn presentations at 2023 Society of Gynecologic Oncology conference

UW Ob-Gyn faculty, advanced practice providers, fellows, and residents prepared an impressive slate of presentations and posters, and served in key leadership roles, for the 2023 Society of Gynecologic Oncology Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer! Here are just some of their exciting contributions to the conference, which took place March 25-28, 2023 in Tampa, FL:Associate Proe... more

Higgins discusses #WeCount survey in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A recent article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel summarizes findings from the Society of Family Planning’s #WeCount report that highlights a marked decline in abortions performed across the United States since the June 2022 U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade.In “National report finds sharp decline in abortions in the U.S. since Dobbs decision”, UW Ob-Gyn D... more

Hutcherson receives Student National Medical Association Excellence in Pre-Medical Education Award

Beverly Hutcherson, graduate student in the Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology program, received the Student National Medical Association Excellence in Pre-Medical Education Award at the 2023 Annual Medical Education Conference in Hartford, CT! Hutcherson is an MS student in the Abbott Lab, as well as Diversity and Inclusion Manager in the UW SMPH Dean's Office.Hutche... more

Moureau shares incontinence research on UroToday

Research Specialist Madeline Moureau, member of the Brown Research Group, presented the study “Zoom To Scale? Real World Implementation Of Online Versus In-Person Community-Based Continence Promotion” in a video on UroToday! Moureau discussed the project with Diane Newman, DNP, adjunct professor of urology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. In the... more

Rhoades to become Associate Division Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Janine Rhoades, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, will become associate director of the division on July 1, 2023! She will work closely with Division Director Igor Iruretagoyena, MD, MS, in this role.Rhoades joined the UW Department of Ob-Gyn in 2018 following MFM fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. She has been a leader in fel... more

Hartenbach elected to CUCOG Executive Board

Congratulations to UW Ob-Gyn Department Chair Ellen Hartenbach, MD, who was elected to serve as Member-At-Large on the Council of University Chairs of Obstetrics and Gynecology (CUCOG) Executive Board. Hartenbach’s term begins during the 2023 CUCOG Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD on May 18, 2023 and ends during the annual meeting in 2025.CUCOG is dedicated to supporting OB-G... more

Kushner selected to serve on UW-Madison Biological Sciences Tenure Committee

Congratulations to David Kushner, MD, professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology! In this spring’s UW-Madison faculty committee elections, Kushner was selected to serve on the Biological Sciences Divisional Committee. His term on the committee begins in July 2023.The Biological Sciences Divisional Committee, the executive committee of the Faculty Division of... more

Hanks passes ABOG board exams

Sincere congratulations to Laura Hanks, MD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn! We are proud to share that Hanks passed her ABOG board exams.Hanks joined our department faculty in May 2022. Incredible work, Dr. Hanks!

Iruretagoyena to become Vice Chair of Finance in July 2023

Later this year, the UW Ob-Gyn Finance Committee will undergo a leadership change: Igor Iruretagoyena, MD, MS, professor and director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, will become the new Vice Chair of Finance, effective July 1, 2023. He will follow Dobie Giles, MD, MS, MBA, associate professor in the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, w... more

Healthy Women Community Talk: Navigating Your Fertility Journey

Starting or growing a family is a deep desire for many people, but the path to parenthood is not always straightforward. A panel of experts answered fertility questions during the well-attended virtual community talk "Navigating Your Fertility Journey" on April 10, 2023: Generations Fertility Care Director Dr. Bala Bhagavath discussed physical and medical aspects of fertili... more

Women’s Healthcast: Back to Basics: Contraception, featuring Dr. Ryan Luellwitz

There’s a lot to consider when choosing the right birth control - what will work with your lifestyle? What are your goals? Are there other health issues you should consider before starting a method? Where can you go to find the right birth control for you? On the final Back to Basics episode of the Women’s Healthcast, guest experts Ryan Luellwitz, DO, assistant professor in ... more

Giles to step down as Vice Chair of Finance

Later this year, the UW Ob-Gyn Finance Committee will undergo a leadership change: Dobie Giles, MD, MS, MBA, associate professor in the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, will step down as Vice Chair of Finance. Igor Iruretagoyena, MD, MS, professor and director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, will become the new Vice Chair of Finance,... more

Brown publishes editorial on implementation science in Urogynecology

Heidi Brown, MD, MAS, associate professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, published a new editorial “Beyond Effectiveness: Implementation Science 101 for Clinicians and Clinical Researchers” in Urogynecology.Brown has a proven expertise in implementation science, serving as faculty in the UW Institute for Clinical and Translati... more

Hartenbach interviewed on NPR

UW Ob-Gyn Department Chair Ellen Hartenbach, MD, is included in a National Public Radio story that aired on Weekend Edition on March 18, 2023!In “How the overturn of Roe v. Wade is impacting medical students entering gynecology”, Hartenbach adds some context to residency candidates’ concerns about training environments post-Dobbs, discusses the impact of traveling for traini... more

In the News: Green discusses new infant, maternal mortality statistics with Channel 3000, WPR

Tiffany Green, PhD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, joined local and statewide news outlets to talk about the latest U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics about infant and maternal mortality in the U.S.Uncovering the causes of infant and maternal mortality – Wisconsin Public RadioIn this intervie... more

Jacques, Higgins co-author article in Wisconsin Medical Journal

Laura Jacques, MD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, and Jenny Higgins, PhD, MPH, director of the UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity and Division of Reproductive and Population Health, are co-authors on a new study in the Wisconsin Medical Journal. Taryn Valley, MA, an MD-PhD student in the UW School of Medicine and Public... more

Obstetrics and Gynecology features video demonstration of fluorescein mapping for Paget’s Disease

In February, UW Ob-Gyn gynecologic oncology fellows Catherine Zhang, MD, MPH and Matt Wagar, MD, published a new Procedures and Instruments piece, “Fluorescein Mapping in Vulvar Paget Disease”, in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Co-authors on the article include Ryan Spencer, MD, MS, associate professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, and David Kushner, MD, professor in ... more

Patankar trainee Sejal Sharma accepted into Morgridge Entrepreneurial Bootcamp

Huge congratulations to Sejal Sharma, PhD candidate in the UW Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology program and member of Manish Patankar’s lab, who was accepted into the Morgridge Entrepreneurial Bootcamp (MEB) for 2023!The MEB is a one-week intensive training program in technology entrepreneurship for graduate students in the sciences, engineering, and math. MEB is co-... more

Pennycuff publishes editorial in Green Journal

Jon Pennycuff, MD, MSPH, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, published an editorial in the April 2023 issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology!In “Is Two Better than One? Concurrent Surgery for Gynecologic Cancer and Pelvic Floor Disorders”, Pennycuff outlines the low frequency of concurrent surgeries, despite increas... more

UWPRC invites you to two Birthing Justice screenings and launch of Hoppe’s research project in April

The UW-Madison Prevention Research Center invites community members, faculty, students, and staff to two screenings of the film Birthing Justice, “a documentary that flips the victim-blaming narrative by centering the lived experiences of Black women and their advocates as they fix a broken system one birth at a time.” The film screening will be followed by a panel discussio... more

Green talks about Wisconsin’s post-Dobbs landscape on MSNBC

Tiffany Green, PhD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, joined American Voices on MSNBC to discuss Wisconsin’s current abortion restrictions and what the outcome of the April 4, 2023 Wisconsin State Supreme Court election could mean for abortion access in the future.In the interview, Green added important context about barrier... more

Healthy Women Community Talk: Navigating Your Fertility Journey – April 10, 2023

Starting or growing a family is a deep desire for many people, but the path to parenthood is not always straightforward. All are invited to a free, virtual community talk about navigating your fertility journey, presented by the UW Department of Ob-Gyn! Bring your questions about all aspects of fertility to a panel of experts at 6:30pm on April 10, 2023:Generations Fertility... more

Grand Rounds: Walker presents “Nobody warned me about this part: The complexities of postpartum care”

On March 23, UW Ob-Gyn resident Jessica Walker, MD, PGY-4, presented the Grand Rounds lecture “Nobody warned me about this part: The complexities of postpartum care.”In the lecture, Walker defined the “fourth trimester” and highlighted its importance in obstetric care; outlined the typical inpatient postpartum course at our institution; and discussed common postpartum compla... more

Women’s Healthcast: Back to Basics: STIs and Safer Sex, featuring Ryan Luellwitz, DO

Sexually transmitted infections (or STIs) are incredibly common – over half of people in the U.S. will have an STI at some point in their life. Despite being so common, we still approach STIs with a lot of stigma and shame, and maybe even avoid talking about them at all!On this Back to Basics episode of the Women’s Healthcast, guest experts Ryan Luellwitz, DO, assistant prof... more

Faculty and residents attend 2023 ACOG Congressional Leadership Conference

UW Ob-Gyn faculty and residents learned about effective engagement and visited members of the Wisconsin congressional delegation during the 2023 American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Congressional Leadership Conference March 5-7 in Washington, D.C.UW Ob-Gyn Residency Director and Associate Professor Ryan Spencer, MD, MS, Clerkship Coordinator and Assistant Prof... more

Williamson receives UW-Madison Heideman Award for Excellence in Public Service and Outreach

Huge congratulations to UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity Associate Director Amy Williamson, MPP, who received the 2023 UW–Madison Robert and Carroll Heideman Award for Excellence in Public Service and Outreach! This award is one of the campus-wide Academic Staff Excellence Awards chosen by the UW Academic Staff Assembly’s Professional Development and Recognition Comm... more

Wagar published in Obstetrics and Gynecology, featured on Green Journal Editors’ Picks podcast

Congratulations to UW Ob-Gyn gynecologic oncology fellow Matt Wagar, MD, who coauthored a new study in Obstetrics and Gynecology! Wagar also joined the latest Obstetrics and Gynecology Editors’ Picks podcast to discuss his article “Postpartum Opportunistic Salpingectomy Compared With Bilateral Tubal Ligation After Vaginal Delivery for Ovarian Cancer Risk Reduction: A Cost-Ef... more

Green discusses hope for infant mortality disparities in On Wisconsin

The Spring 2023 issue of the UW–Madison alumni magazine On Wisconsin set its sights on the future of UW. In the article “Fixing the Future”, UW–Madison researchers shared breakthroughs in their fields that make them optimistic about tomorrow.In the article, Tiffany Green, PhD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, described a pr... more

Rose to receive UW Health Regional Services Physician Excellence Award

Our sincere congratulations to UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology Director Stephen Rose, MD, who will receive the 2023 UW Health Regional Services Physician Excellence Award at a ceremony on May 3, 2023!Rose was nominated by colleagues to receive the Regional Services Physician Excellence award, which recognizes physicians who exemplify UW Health’s strategic priority... more

Wendland published in Advances in Health Sciences Education

Claire Wendland, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair of the UW-Madison Department of Anthropology and professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, co-authored a new publication in the journal Advances in Health Sciences Education!In the article “Admitting privileges: a construction ecology perspective on the unintended consequences of medical school ad... more

Anderson-Carter featured in Carbone’s Pancreas Cancer Task Force news

UW Ob-Gyn resident India Anderson-Carter, MD, PGY-3, was included in the UW Carbone Cancer Center’s Pancreas Cancer Task Force Women’s History Month newsletter as a Resident Hero!Anderson-Carter served on a Women in Health Care Career panel at West High School alongside oncologist Noelle LoConte, MD, on March 3, 2023.We are so proud of the outreach work Dr. Anderson-Carter d... more

Casey’Grant and Sorensen to join Aftershock film discussion panel on April 13

The UW Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education (UW CIPE) and the Master Public Health Program in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health present a Knowledge Exchange Series (KES) which includes a film screening of the film AFTERSHOCK and a panel discussion to follow.Following the preventable deaths of their loved ones due to childbirth complications, two fami... more

It’s a Match! Welcome incoming UW Ob-Gyn Resident Class of 2027!

We are thrilled to introduce the incoming UW Ob-Gyn Resident Class of 2027, who matched into our residency on March 17, 2023. Please help us welcome these future ob-gyns to our department!Emily ChiuUniversity of MinnesotaNicolette CodispotiLoyola UniversityAlma Farooque University of WisconsinOlivia Johnson - Rural trackUniversity of WisconsinAbbey KnickerbockerWashington St... more

Grand Rounds: Eichelberger presents Resident Research Day keynote

At the UW Ob-Gyn Resident Research Day event on March 2, 2023, University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville professor of obstetrics and gynecology Dr. Kacey Eichelberger gave the keynote presentation “Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): How Understanding Your Patients’ Early Life Traumas Will Make You a Better Ob/Gyn (Promise!)”.In the presentation, Eichelber... more

Hartenbach nominated to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society

Our sincere congratulations to UW Ob-Gyn Department Chair and Professor Ellen Hartenbach, MD, who was nominated to join the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society as a Class of 2023 faculty inductee!Alpha Omega Alpha is a medical honor society that recognizes individuals for their excellence in scholarship, professionalism, leadership, and teaching. Each year, faculty members are s... more

Beninati discusses maternal mortality statistics with CBS 58

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated maternal mortality statistics showing an increase in maternal mortality from 2018 to 2021, with significant racial disparities in the rates of increase.Michael Beninati, MD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, discussed these statistics with CBS-58: “"I think that w... more

Grand Rounds: Wetterhahn presents “More Than “OSH”: Why Outside Hospitals Transfer Patients and How You Can Help”

On March 9, 2023, UW Ob-Gyn resident Madeline Wetterhahn, MD, PGY-4, presented the Grand Rounds lecture “More Than “OSH”: Why Outside Hospitals Transfer Patients and How You Can Help”. In the lecture, Wetterhahn discussed the frequency of maternal transfers to the Madison birthing hospital where UW Ob-Gyn physicians practice; outlined most common reasons for transfers; talke... more

Sobecki discusses sexual health and cancer on WPR’s The Morning Show

On March 1, 2023, Janelle Sobecki, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, joined Wisconsin Public Radio’s The Morning Show to discuss a recent study from the UW Health Women’s Integrative Sexual Health (WISH) Clinic team and talk about sexual health after cancer. In the interview, Sobecki answered questions about what aspects of cancer care can affe... more

Register for 3rd Annual Virtual Black Maternal & Child Health Summit on April 20, 2023

Register today for the 3rd Annual Virtual Black Maternal & Child Health Summit on Thursday April 20, 2023 9am – 3pm CST! Register here for the event.The annual BMCH Summit is the outgrowth of the Saving our Babies work the Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness and the Black Maternal and Child Health Alliance and partners are deeply engaged in here in Wisconsin, to address an... more

Women’s Healthcast: Back to Basics: Consent and Bodily Autonomy, featuring Ryan Luellwitz, DO

Understanding bodily autonomy and consent can be crucial tools for navigating healthy relationships of all kinds, including romantic relationships. But helping young people build a strong sense of self and understand boundaries and autonomy should start when kids are as young as possible, well before romantic relationships are on the horizon. On this Back to Basics episode o... more

UW Ob-Gyn brings presentations, posters, film to 2023 CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting

The Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics hosted their 2023 Annual Meeting in National Harbor, MD February 27-March 1. Faculty, residents, fellows, students, and staff in the UW Department of Ob-Gyn brought a variety of presentations to this education-focused conference. Just some of their in... more

Brown to depart for Kaiser Permanente in San Diego

It is bittersweet to announce a sad loss for our department, but an exciting life change for our friend and colleague: Heidi Brown, MD, MAS, will be leaving UW Ob-Gyn for a new opportunity at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, CA later this year. Her last day in the department will be June 30, 2023.Please join us in thanking Dr. Brown for her tremendous contributions to the dep... more

Hoppe’s MyHEART study results published in JAMA

Huge congratulations to Kara Hoppe, DO, MS, associate professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine! Results from the long-running MyHEART study, which Hoppe became principal investigator of in 2019, were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.“Effect of a Telephone Health Coaching Intervention on Hypertension Control in Young Adults: The MyHEART... more

Jacques promoted to Associate Professor (CHS)

Our sincere congratulations to Laura Jacques, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn! The UW School of Medicine and Public Health CHS Faculty Appointments and Promotions Committee met in February 2023 and overwhelmingly endorsed her promotion to the rank of Associate Professor (CHS).The promotion will be effective June 18, 2023. Incredible work, Dr. ... more

Grand Rounds: Rassier delivers Resident Research Day keynote

On February 23, 2023, Sarah Rassier, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology Director of Fibroid Clinic at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, presented the keynote lecture “From Hysteria to Heart Disease: A Biography of the Uterus” at UW Ob-Gyn Resident Research Day.In the lecture, Rassier discussed the history and evolution of hysterectomy as... more

Women’s Healthcast: Back to Basics: Sex, Gender, Sexuality featuring Ryan Luellwitz, DO

Our understanding of gender identity, gender expression, sexuality, and sexual orientation has expanded so much over time. On this Back to Basics episode of the Women’s Healthcast, guest experts Ryan Luellwitz, DO, assistant professor in the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, and Paula Cody, MD, MPH, associate professor in the UW SMPH Department of Pediatrics, make ... more

Zhang, Wagar publish in Obstetrics and Gynecology

UW Ob-Gyn gynecologic oncology fellows Catherine Zhang, MD, MPH and Matt Wagar, MD, published a new Procedures and Instruments piece in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Co-authors on the article include Ryan Spencer, MD, MS, associate professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, and David Kushner, MD, professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology.In “Fluorescein Mapping ... more

UW Ob-Gyn brings impressive slate of research to 2023 SMFM meeting

​Faculty, residents, and fellows brought an exciting variety of posters and presentations to the 2023 Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine Annual Pregnancy Meeting February 6-11 in San Francisco! Just some of their incredible accomplishments:Erin Bailey, MD, MS (MFM fellow) presented “Treatment for mild chronic hypertension during pregnancy: is tighter better?” during an oral... more

Rose invited to present Grand Rounds to Weill Cornell Department of Ob-Gyn

Steve Rose, MD, professor and Director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, presented Grand Rounds to the Weill Cornell Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology on Monday, January 30! The Weill Cornell Ob-Gyn residents were allowed to select a Grand Rounds speaker for the first time, and Rose was their first choice! Rose presented the lecture “A Revised Markov Mo... more

Green quoted in New York Times article about infant mortality disparities

The New York Times shared a study out of California that found huge racial disparities in infant mortality, regardless of family income. “Childbirth Is Deadlier for Black Families Even When They’re Rich, Expansive Study Finds” summarizes a study of infant mortality published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.In the article, Tiffany Green, PhD, assistant professor i... more

Cooney promoted to Associate Professor (CHS)

Our sincere congratulations to Laura Cooney, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences! The UW School of Medicine and Public Health CHS Faculty Appointments and Promotions Committee met in February 2023 and overwhelmingly endorsed her promotion to the rank of Associate Professor (CHS).The promotion will be effective June 18, 2023. Incredible work, Dr. Cooney! more

Grand Rounds: Iruretagoyena presents “Communication milestones for the OB/GYN resident”

On February 9, 2023, UW Ob-Gyn Professor and Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Director Igor Iruretagoyena, MD, presented the Grand Rounds lecture “Communication milestones for the OB/GYN resident”.In the lecture, Iruretagoyena summarized the new Ob-Gyn milestones from ACGME, defined the different components needed to advance in the milestones, identified tools needed to a... more

Senderowicz publishes in Studies in Family Planning

Leigh Senderowicz, ScD, MPH, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, is building a distinguished reputation as a leading scholar in contraceptive autonomy, with numerous publications and international presentations on the topic. Her 2020 article suggesting contraceptive autonomy as a novel family planning indicator even informed t... more

Jacques, Cutler discuss sterilization trends with WPR

Since the US Supreme Court’s decision in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization in June 2022, health care providers across the state have seen an increase in requests for permanent sterilization.Wisconsin Public Radio reported on new sterilization services to be offered at Planned Parenthood in Milwaukee. In “Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin to begin vasectomy ... more

Adams accepted into Johns Hopkins Mixed Methods Research Training Program

Congratulations to Jackie Adams, MD, MS, assistant professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, who was recently accepted into the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Mixed Methods Research Training Program for the Health Sciences!The Mixed Methods Research Training Program for the Health Sciences is funded by the National Institutes of Health through th... more

UW Ob-Gyn celebrates Thank A Resident/Fellow Day!

On February 24, 2023, the Gold Foundation hosted Thank A Resident/Thank A Fellow Day, an opportunity to celebrate trainees’ invaluable contributions to health care.Faculty and APPs from across the department shared messages of thanks for the residents and fellows who are truly the heart of our department. You can watch the whole video here!

Wagar discusses ERAS on SGO podcast

UW Ob-Gyn Gynecologic Oncology fellow Matt Wagar, MD, joined a panel of guests on the Society of Gynecologic Oncology’s SGO On the Go podcast to discuss Enhanced Recovery After Surgery!As part of a panel of 2022-2023 SGO Opioid/ERAS Subcommittee members, Wagar and others guests provided practical tips on developing Enhanced Recovery After Surgery programs that could be appli... more

Rash, Peterson, Sobecki, Kushner publish in Supportive Care in Cancer

​The UW Women’s Integrative Sexual Health (WISH) Clinic team of Joanne Rash, PA, Megan Peterson, DNP, Janelle Sobecki, MD, and David Kushner, MD published a new article in the journal Supportive Care in Cancer.In “Patient reported improvement in sexual health outcomes following care in a sexual health clinic for women with cancer", Rash and co-authors aimed to determine the ... more

Grand Rounds: Pellebon presents Next Steps: Disclosures of Sexual Violence

​On February 2, 2023, Dane County RCC Sexual Violence Resource Center Co-Director Dana Pellebon presented the Grand Rounds lecture “Next Steps: Disclosures of Sexual Violence”.In the lecture, Pellebon defined sexual assault, explained strategies for mandated reporting versus protective interrupting during disclosures, discussed victims’ rights and advocates’ roles, explained... more

Beninati and UW Health Fetal Surgery Center successes in news

​UW Health, in partnership with UnityPoint Health-Meriter Hospital, launched the Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center in 2022. Michael Beninati, MD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, co-directs the center along with pediatric general surgeon Inna Lobeck, MD. A recent surgery at the Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center was featured in s... more

Women’s Healtcast: Back to Basics: Period Products, featuring Ryan Luellwitz

Just about half the world’s population has had or will have a period at some point. But despite how common menstruation is, there can still be some confusion or even stigma around period products like pads, tampons, menstrual cups, and more. And that’s not even getting into the huge industry around so-called feminine hygiene products that can often do more harm than good. O... more

Cutler, Higgins publish in Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health

In new research published in the journal Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, UW Ob-Gyn Assistant Professor Abigail Cutler, MD, UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity and Division of Reproductive and Population Health Director Jenny Higgins, PhD, MPH, and co-authors use survey data to examine factors associated with physicians' level of concern and perceived con... more

Welcome Erin Bailey, MD, MS to the MFM Division!

The UW Department of Ob-Gyn is thrilled to announce that Erin Bailey, MD, MS will join the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine faculty as an assistant professor (CHS) upon completing fellowship in September 2024!Bailey earned a Master of Science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison Department of Population Health Sciences in 2013. She graduated from the University of Wis... more

Anderson-Carter, Andes, Harrison named chief residents for 2023-24 academic year

Congratulations to UW Ob-Gyn residents India Anderson-Carter, MD, Alex Andes, MD, and Margaret Harrison, MD! After a period of transition and training, they will all step into chief resident roles on May 1, 2023.Anderson-Carter will be the Education Chief, taking over from graduating resident Maya Gross, MD. Andes and Harrison will be Administrative Chiefs, taking over from ... more

Wallace promoted to Associate Professor (CHS)

In a unanimous decision, the UW School of Medicine and Public Health CHS Faculty Appointments and Promotions Committee approved the promotion of Sumer Wallace, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology, to the rank of Associate Professor (CHS)!Wallace’s promotion will be effective June 18, 2023. Congratulations, Dr. Wallace!

Welcome Kimberly Bannon, MD to ASOG Division!

We are thrilled to share that Kimberly Bannon, MD, will join the UW Department of Ob-Gyn as a member of the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn faculty! Dr. Bannon will start on June 15, 2023.Bannon joins us from Edward-Elmhurst Health in Naperville, IL, where she has been a partner in a full-scope ob-gyn practice since 2019. In that practice, she cares for high-risk ... more

Adams named Co-chair of UW Health/Meriter Maternal Child Health Steering Group

Jackie Adams, MD, MS, assistant professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, was recently named co-chair of the UW Health/UnityPoint Health-Meriter Maternal and Child Health Steering Group!The Maternal and Child Health Steering Group is comprised of stakeholders from UW Health and UPH- Meriter in clinical/non-clinical areas such as OB, Pediatrics, Family Medicine, S... more

Wang publishes study on digital cervicography in Gynecologic Oncology Reports

Congratulations to UW Ob-Gyn resident Connor Wang, MD, PGY-4, who published a new study in Gynecologic Oncology Reports! The study was a cooperative effort with the UW SMPH Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.In “Digital cervicography for cervical cancer screening in low-resource settings: A scoping review”, Wang and co-authors synthesized data from past studi... more

Grand Rounds: Gross presents Put Me In, Coach: Surgical education beyond “see one, do one, teach one”

On January 12, 2023, UW Ob-Gyn resident Maya Gross, MD, MPH, PGY-4 presented the Grand Rounds lecture “Put Me In, Coach: Surgical education beyond “see one, do one, teach one””.In the lecture, Gross discussed the history and terminology of surgical education and coaching, compared the nuances of surgical coaching in a formal training environment versus coaching as part of co... more

Residency alum Carballo publishes in Scientific Reports

Erica Carballo, MD, UW Ob-Gyn residency graduate in the class of 2021, published a new article in Scientific Reports! Lisa Barroilhet, MD, MS, associate professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, is senior author on the article.In “Surgical outcomes of adnexal masses classified by IOTA ultrasound simple rules”, Carballo and co-authors conducted a retrospective study ... more

Women's Healthcast: Back to Basics: Menstrual Cycle and Periods with Ryan Luellwitz, DO and Paula Cody, MD, MPH

The Women’s Healthcast, the UW Department of Ob-Gyn podcast, kicked off 2023 with a new series designed to answer some of the most common questions about sexual and reproductive health and provide resources for parents and supportive adults who may want to start having these conversations with the kids in their lives.Guest experts Ryan Luellwitz, DO, assistant professor in t... more

Spencer discusses rural GME opportunities with ACGME blog

As part of an ongoing series of interviews with programs offering rural graduate medical education experiences, UW Ob-Gyn Residency Program Director Ryan Spencer, MD, MS, spoke with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) about the successes and challenges of sustaining the nation’s first-ever rural ob-gyn residency track: ACGME: What advice do you h... more

UW Ob-Gyn named Preeclampsia Center of Excellence by Preeclampsia Foundation

After a highly successful visit from Preeclampsia Foundation CEO Eleni Tsigas in the summer of 2022, the Department of Ob-Gyn was named a Preeclampsia Center of Excellence!In June 2022, Kara Hoppe, DO, MS, associate professor of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Ian Bird, PhD, professor of Reproductive Sciences, and Derek Boeldt, PhD, assistant professor of Reproductive Sciences, pre... more

Faculty Development Funding Feature: Wallace attends AAMC Early Career Women Faculty Leadership Development Seminar

Each fiscal year, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Faculty Development Committee​ makes available a total of $10,000 for professional development. Faculty may submit applications at any time (until funds are exhausted for the current fiscal year).Sumer Wallace, MD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology, used a Faculty Development Gr... more

Sobecki presents Carbone Cancer Center Grand Rounds

Janelle Sobecki, MD, MA, assistant professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, presented a Grand rounds lecture to the UW Carbone Cancer Center on January 11, 2023.In the presentation "What We Don't Talk About When We Don't Talk About Sex & Cancer", Sobecki provided attendees with an overview of sexual health and cancer as well as strategies to improve screening for ... more

Bailey earns funding from UPH-Meriter Foundation

Congratulations to UW Ob-Gyn Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellow Erin Bailey, MD! She recently received a grant from the UnityPoint Health-Meriter Foundation to support her fellowship research project “AT GOAL: Adopting technology for glucose optimization and lifestyle in pregnancy.”In addition to the UPH-Meriter Foundation grant, she also received a generous equipment donation f... more

Save the date: Department Research Day, May 4, 2023

Please join us for several exciting research presentations at Department Research Day, coming up May 4, 2023 from 7:00-10:00am. The event will be held in 1335 HSLC.Department Research Day will open with a keynote presentation from Genevieve Neal-Perry, MD, PhD, Robert A. Ross Distinguished Professor and Chair in the University of North Carolina School of Medicine Department ... more

Mojdehbakhsh published in Gynecologic Oncology Reports

Congratulations to UW Ob-Gyn resident (and soon-to-be gynecologic oncology fellow) Rachel Mojdehbakhsh, MD, PGY-4, who published a new study in Gynecologic Oncology Reports!In “Efficacy and safety of a restrictive blood transfusion protocol in gynecologic surgical patients”, Mojdehbakhsh and co-authors compared postsurgical outcomes for patients before and after the hospital... more

Women’s Healthcast: Back to Basics of Anatomy and Puberty, with Ryan Luellwitz and Paula Cody

The Women’s Healthcast, the UW Department of Ob-Gyn podcast, kicked off 2023 with a new series designed to answer some of the most common questions about sexual and reproductive health and provide resources for parents and supportive adults who may want to start having these conversations with the kids in their lives.Ryan Luellwitz, DO, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn D... more

McDonald promoted to Clinical Professor

Congratulations to Ryan McDonald, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn! The UW SMPH Clinician Teacher Track Appointments and Promotions Committee recently met and overwhelmingly endorsed his promotion to Clinical Professor.His promotion will be effective June 18, 2023. Congratulations on this well-deserved honor, Dr. McDonald!

Senderowicz to present at Wednesday Nite at the Lab on February 1

Leigh Senderowicz, ScD, MPH, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, will share her research at the UW-Madison Science Outreach event Wednesday Nite @ the Lab at 7:00pm on February 1, 2023! More information about the event and how to attend is available here.In the talk "I Was Obligated to Accept: Coercion and Autonomy in Contempo... more

Don’t miss Resident Research Day events on February 23 and March 2

Mark your calendars now for both UW Ob-Gyn Resident Research Days, coming up February 23 and March 2, 2023! Both events will be held in HSLC 1335 from 7:00-9:00am.On February 23, Sarah Rassier, MD, MPH, assistant professor in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science and director of the Mayo Clinic’s Fibroid Clinic, will present the keynote. Fourth-year residents Kathr... more

Boeldt earns UPH-Meriter Foundation grant for preeclampsia research

Exciting news from Derek Boeldt, PhD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences: he received a UnityPoint Health-Meriter Foundation grant for the project “Developing a Novel Diagnostic Test for the Early Detection of Preeclampsia”!The grant will support a research project that will investigate a novel approach to develop specific biomarkers for e... more

Sobecki appointed medical director of UW Health WISH Program

Janelle Sobecki, MD, MA, assistant professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, recently stepped into the role of medical director for the UW Health Women’s Integrative Sexual Health (WISH) Program. Congratulations, Dr. Sobecki!The WISH Program provides clinical consultation, resources, education, emotional support and appropriate referrals related to sexual health con... more

Adams earns Masters in Clinical Investigation from UW ICTR

Congratulations to Jackie Adams, MD, MS, assistant professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, who recently completed a master’s in clinical investigation through the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research!Adams started the master’s program during her time as MFM fellow in our department and continued to work on it when she joined the MFM division fac... more

Heisler to serve as Interim Division Director of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery

Christine Heisler, MD, MS, associate professor in the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS), has agreed to serve as Interim Division Director of FPMRS! She will step into the role on February 1, 2023.Dr. Heisler joined the department in 2016, developing a distinguished reputation as a leader in clinical care, education, and research over the p... more

Yemane promoted to Clinical Associate Professor

We are thrilled to share that Ruth Yemane, MD, of the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, has been promoted to Clinical Associate Professor! The UW School of Medicine and Public Health Clinician Teacher Track Appointments and Promotions Committee met in mid-January 2023 and overwhelmingly endorsed Yemane’s promotion. The promotion will be effective June 18, 2023. Con... more

Harrison and Cutler publish op-ed on Medicaid sterilization consent practices in Health Affairs

In a new opinion piece published on Health Affairs, UW Ob-Gyn resident Margaret Harrison, MD, PGY-3, reflects on the origins of the Medicaid Sterilization Consent Form and suggests revisions to the consent form and process that could improve patient-centered, evidence-based, equitable ethical health care. In “Medicaid Sterilization Consent Practices Increase Barriers To Effe... more

Karnowski promoted to Clinical Associate Professor

Huge congratulations to Jennifer Karnowski, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Obstetrics and Gynecology! The UW School of Medicine and Public Health Clinician Teacher Track Appointments and Promotions Committee met in mid-January 2023 and endorsed Karnowski’s promotion to Clinical Associate Professor!Karnowski’s promotion will be effective June 18, 202... more