Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

At the University of Wisconsin Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, we value and promote an inclusive environment that respects, welcomes and embraces differences across all of our missions including, but not limited to race, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, language, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental ability, religion, income, and national origin.

To achieve this, we provide education and promote policies and practices that support patients, their families and our employees throughout the State of Wisconsin and beyond.

We embrace the mission, vision, values, and strategies set forth by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public HealthUW Health, and the combined Office of Diversity and Equity Transformation. As the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, we embrace the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' Commitment to Changing the Culture of Medicine and Eliminating Racial Disparities in Women's Health Outcomes

The UW Ob-Gyn Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee's goals are to:

  • Make the department more welcoming and inclusive
  • Incorporate anti-racism principles throughout the department
  • Increase diversity among faculty, staff, trainees, and collaborators
  • Improve the patient experience and health outcomes for women from underrepresented groups

UW Ob-Gyn DEI Committee

  • Katherine Sampene, MD – Co-Chair
  • Jacquelyn Adams, MD
  • India Anderson-Carter, MD
  • Sari Archer, NP
  • Jacquelyn Askins
  • Gabrielle Avery, MD
  • Laura Berghahn, MD
  • Shiva Bidar-Sielaff
  • Cheryl Casey'Grant
  • Anastasia Doherty, CNM
  • Greg Erickson
  • Denise Fryzelka, CNM
  • Luther Gaston, MD
  • Laura Hanks, MD
  • Ellen Hartenbach, MD
  • Emelle Holmes-Drammeh, PA
  • Kara Hoppe, DO, MS
  • Beverly Hutcherson
  • Laura Kwitek, DNP
  • Ushma Patel, MD
  • Benjamin Pickus, MD
  • Awa Sanneh, MD
  • Gloria Sarto, MD
  • Lisa Scott, PhD
  • Nicole Shapiro, NP
  • Naomi Takahashi
  • Jodi Wagner, CNM
  • Catherine Zhang, MD

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... 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 ... 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 stresse... 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 e... 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 m... more