Dr. Kushner is the Director of the UW Gynecologic Oncology
program. He completed his four-year residency in obstetrics and gynecology at
Northwestern University Prentice Women’s Hospital. After finishing his
residency in 1998, he went on to the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and performed
a three-year clinical and research fellowship in gynecologic oncology. He is a
Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and holds board
certification in obstetrics and gynecology as well as gynecologic oncology.
Dr. Kushner joined the University of Wisconsin Carbone
Cancer Center in 2001, and is a nationally recognized specialist in minimally
invasive surgery for gynecologic cancer, including robotic hysterectomy and
trachelectomy. Dr. Kushner is an expert
in postoperative pain management and fertility/menopause-sparing surgery. More recently he has turned his research focus
to minimizing the negative impact of cancer and subsequent treatments on
patients’ quality of life. He is the
Chair-Elect of the Scientific Network on Female Sexual Health and Cancer (an
international consortium of leading researchers dedicated to the scientific
pursuit of improving sexual health for women after a cancer diagnosis) and
hosted the group’s charter meeting in Madison, Wisconsin, in May 2012. He is the primary investigator on multiple
studies evaluating sexual health among gynecologic cancer survivors, as well as
studies aiming to decrease pain and neuropathy after cancer treatment. He is the Principle Investigator for the
Gynecologic Oncology Group at Wisconsin and runs a large clinical trials
program for the Division.
Dr. Kushner developed the curriculum for endoscopic
education for the University of Wisconsin Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
He has studied and written on the impact of both standard simulators and
computer-based training on laparoscopic surgical education. He has won multiple
teaching awards from learners.
Dr. Kushner holds numerous national positions in the Society
of Gynecologic Oncologists (SGO), Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG), and the
American Association of Gyn Laparoscopists (AAGL). He is also an ABOG examiner
for the oral gynecologic oncology board exam and writes questions for the
written exam as well.
Dr. Kushner has co-authored over 25 peer reviewed journal
articles, authored textbook chapters for future learners, and is frequently
invited to speak nationally for various medical organizations.
Dr. Kushner has been recognized in
Best Doctors in America in 2013, Madison Magazine Top Docs 2012 and Best
Doctors in America 2011.
Dr. Kushner currently serves as Co-Chair of the Scientific Network on Female Sexual Health and Cancer (cancersexnetwork.org)a global
interdisciplinary network of clinicians, researchers and healthcare
professionals working to promote sexual well-being in women and girls affected
by cancer by advancing evidence-based education and practices.