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Department Chair Laurel Rice, MD, has described the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Ob-Gyn) as a "full service operation," offering general obstetrics and gynecology care alongside a broad spectrum of sub-specialties. That description is becoming increasingly accurate, as the department plans to soon offer three new clinics that will provide care to patients with concerns that require unique expertise and resources that are often difficult to come by.

Urogynecologists Dobie Giles, MD, and Heidi Brown, MD, from the Department of Ob-Gyn, and Sarah McAchran, MD, who holds a joint appointment in Urology and Ob-Gyn, will play leading roles in the state's only comprehensive, multidisciplinary program focused on Women's Pelvic Wellness (WPW), alongside physicians and allied health professionals from other departments specializing in urology, gastroenterology, colorectal surgery, and pelvic floor physical therapy. The program will provide both medical and surgical management of conditions such as urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and accidental bowel leakage.

According to Dr. Giles, who is Chief of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery in the department's Division of Gynecology, the clinic will be unique in offering "one-stop shopping" for patients dealing with pelvic floor disorders. Rather than schedule multiple appointments with various specialists, patients referred from all around Wisconsin and neighboring states will have the opportunity in a single visit to see providers from all relevant disciplines. Meanwhile, primary care providers will be able to refer complex pelvic floor cases to an all-in-one program where physicians from multiple areas of expertise can treat and diagnose these issues collaboratively.

The WPW clinic will be located in the same space as the University of Wisconsin Hospital Gynecology Clinic.

The Women's Intimacy and Sexual Health (WISH) program will serve women who have been treated for cancer regarding sexual health concerns after treatment.

"The mission of the Department of Ob-Gyn is to care for women, and sexuality, intimacy, and being in a relationship with another person are inherent parts of how many women see themselves," said Lori Seaborne, a physician assistant and certified sexuality counselor in the department's Division of Gynecologic Oncology.

Seaborne and fellow physician assistant Joanne Rash will see patients at the UW Carbone Cancer Center Gynecologic Oncology Clinic. Visits will include physical exams as well as extensive counseling and education, and Seaborne and Rash will work closely with pelvic floor physical therapists and sex therapists to meet a variety of patient needs.

Dr. David Kushner, MD, Director of Gynecologic Oncology in the Department of Ob-Gyn will serve as the program's medical director, and patients will be referred to Dr. Laura Sabo, MD, if general gynecologic issues are revealed during visits to the WISH program.

The department's new Colposcopy Clinic at the UW Health Arboretum facility will offer further evaluation and outpatient treatment to patients whose Pap smears have revealed abnormal changes to the cervix. The clinic will offer Colposcopy exams as well as cryotherapy and loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) to treat abnormalities.

According to Dr. Maria Sandgren, MD, who will manage the Colposcopy Clinic alongside Dr. Kristen Sharp, MD, the clinic will fill a gap left after a Planned Parenthood clinic offering similar services was forced to close due to lack of funding. Sandgren hopes the clinic will be a resource for under- or uninsured patients and populations who are underserved in the Madison community.

Located in the same space as the Department of Ob-Gyn's Resident Continuity Clinic, the Colposcopy Clinic will also provide invaluable educational opportunities for department residents, as well as residents from the Department of Family Medicine.

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