Department of
Obstetrics and Gynecology


Lisa Barroilhet, MD, MS
Associate Professor
Doloroes Buchler Endowed Professor
Gynecologic Oncology UW Health

Office Address
UW Hospital and Clinics, Room: H4/638
600 Highland Ave
Madison, WI, 53705

Clinic Address
Gynecology Oncology Clinic
600 Highland Ave
Madison, WI, 53705
Phone: 608-265-1700

Administrative Assistant
Ashley Hogan

Hospital Profile


Dr. Barroilhet is an Associate Professor in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She completed her four-year residency in obstetrics and gynecology at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. After finishing her residency in 2009, she completed her three-year clinical and research fellowship in gynecologic oncology at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Barroilhet joined the University of Wisconsin Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2012. She has been the recipient of the NCI Clinical Care Team Leadership Award and is currently a GOG Scholar Investigator. Most recently she has been funded by the Reproductive Science Development Program and the NCI, where she has an R01 award entitled Repurposing Atovaquone for the Prevention of Ovarian Cancer. Her primary research interests focus on prevention and early detection of ovarian cancer in a high-risk population. Dr. Barroilhet has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and has been active in presenting research at national conferences. She has been recognized with multiple awards by her peers for exemplary teaching of residents and staff as well as patient care.


BS Duke University, Durham, NC
MD University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Residency University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Fellowship Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
MS Clinical Investigation, University of Wisconsin - Madison , Madison, WI


Diplomate, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Honors and Awards

UW Health Patient Experience Provider Champion Award

UW Department of Ob-Gyn John M. Anderson Award

UW Health Patient Experience Physician Champion Award

UW Health Physician Excellence Nominee

“Top Doctors”: Gynecologic Oncology,
Madison Magazine, Madison, WI


NRG Oncology Group

Society of Gynecologic Oncology 

National Comprehensive Cancer Network

American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

American Society of Clinical Oncologists

An open-label phase I dose-escalation study of the safety and pharmacokinetics of DMUC4064A in patients with platinum-resistant ovarian cancer

Joyce Liu, Howard Burris, Judy S Wang, Lisa Barroilhet, Martin Gutierrez, Yulei Wang, Anjali Vaze, Renee Commerford, Stephanie Royer-Joo, Voleak Choeurng, Eric Humke, Kathleen Moore

Published Date: October, 2021 - pmid:34627611 - Gynecologic oncology

Identifying novel ovarian tumor biomarkers through mining of the transcriptome of circulating immune cells: A proof-of-concept study

Shitanshu Uppal, Erin Medlin, Mildred Felder, Arvinder Kapur, Robert C Sterner, Jessica Vazquez, Payton N Lindner, Aleksandar K Stanic, Lisa Barroilhet, Jesus Gonzalez-Bosquet, Manish S Patankar

Published Date: May, 2021 - pmid:34022086 - American journal of reproductive immunology (New York, N.Y. : 1989)

Ovarian Cancer, Version 2.2020, NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology

Deborah K Armstrong, Ronald D Alvarez, Jamie N Bakkum-Gamez, Lisa Barroilhet, Kian Behbakht, Andrew Berchuck, Lee-May Chen, Mihaela Cristea, Maria DeRosa, Eric L Eisenhauer, David M Gershenson, Heidi J Gray, Rachel Grisham, Ardeshir Hakam, Angela Jain, Amer Karam, Gottfried E Konecny, Charles A Leath, Joyce Liu, Haider Mahdi, Lainie Martin, Daniela Matei, Michael McHale, Karen McLean, David S Miller, David M O'Malley, Sanja Percac-Lima, Elena Ratner, Steven W Remmenga, Roberto Vargas, Theresa L Werner, Emese Zsiros, Jennifer L Burns, Anita M Engh

Published Date: February, 2021 - pmid:33545690 - Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network : JNCCN

Oxidative stress induced by the anti-cancer agents, plumbagin, and atovaquone, inhibits ion transport through Na+/K+-ATPase

Yousef Alharbi, Arvinder Kapur, Mildred Felder, Lisa Barroilhet, Bikash R Pattnaik, Manish S Patankar

Published Date: November, 2020 - pmid:33177587 - Scientific reports

Berzosertib plus gemcitabine versus gemcitabine alone in platinum-resistant high-grade serous ovarian cancer: a multicentre, open-label, randomised, phase 2 trial

Panagiotis A Konstantinopoulos, Su-Chun Cheng, Andrea E Wahner Hendrickson, Richard T Penson, Susan T Schumer, L Austin Doyle, Elizabeth K Lee, Elise C Kohn, Linda R Duska, Marta A Crispens, Alexander B Olawaiye, Ira S Winer, Lisa M Barroilhet, Siqing Fu, Michael T McHale, Russell J Schilder, Anniina Färkkilä, Dipanjan Chowdhury, Jennifer Curtis, Roxanne S Quinn, Brittany Bowes, Alan D D'Andrea, Geoffrey I Shapiro, Ursula A Matulonis

Published Date: June, 2020 - pmid:32553118 - The Lancet. Oncology

Identification of unique clusters of T, dendritic, and innate lymphoid cells in the peritoneal fluid of ovarian cancer patients

Jessica Vazquez, Melina Chavarria, Gladys E Lopez, Mildred A Felder, Arvinder Kapur, Antonio Romo Chavez, Nathan Karst, Lisa Barroilhet, Manish S Patankar, Aleksandar K Stanic

Published Date: June, 2020 - pmid:32524661 - American journal of reproductive immunology (New York, N.Y. : 1989)

A randomized phase II evaluation of weekly gemcitabine plus pazopanib versus weekly gemcitabine alone in the treatment of persistent or recurrent epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube or primary peritoneal carcinoma

L R Duska, G R Petroni, N Varhegyi, J Brown, D Jelovac, K N Moore, W P McGuire, C Darus, L M Barroilhet, A A Secord

Published Date: April, 2020 - pmid:32247603 - Gynecologic oncology

Comparison of International Ovarian Tumor Analysis Simple Rules to Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound Guidelines for Detection of Malignancy in Adnexal Cysts

Krupa K Patel-Lippmann, Elizabeth A Sadowski, Jessica B Robbins, Viktoriya Paroder, Lisa Barroilhet, Elizabeth Maddox, Timothy McMahon, Emmanuel Sampene, Ashish P Wasnik, Alexander D Blaty, Katherine E Maturen

Published Date: November, 2019 - pmid:31770022 - AJR. American journal of roentgenology

Anti-programmed Death-1 Immunotherapy for Endometrial Cancer with Microsatellite Instability-High Tumors

Janelle Sobecki-Rausch, Lisa Barroilhet

Published Date: November, 2019 - pmid:31754884 - Current treatment options in oncology

Plumbagin-induced oxidative stress leads to inhibition of Na+/K+-ATPase (NKA) in canine cancer cells

Yousef Alharbi, Arvinder Kapur, Mildred Felder, Lisa Barroilhet, Timothy Stein, Bikash R Pattnaik, Manish S Patankar

Published Date: August, 2019 - pmid:31391478 - Scientific reports

NCCN Guidelines Insights: Ovarian Cancer, Version 1.2019

Deborah K Armstrong, Ronald D Alvarez, Jamie N Bakkum-Gamez, Lisa Barroilhet, Kian Behbakht, Andrew Berchuck, Jonathan S Berek, Lee-May Chen, Mihaela Cristea, Marie DeRosa, Adam C ElNaggar, David M Gershenson, Heidi J Gray, Ardeshir Hakam, Angela Jain, Carolyn Johnston, Charles A Leath, Joyce Liu, Haider Mahdi, Daniela Matei, Michael McHale, Karen McLean, David M O'Malley, Richard T Penson, Sanja Percac-Lima, Elena Ratner, Steven W Remmenga, Paul Sabbatini, Theresa L Werner, Emese Zsiros, Jennifer L Burns, Anita M Engh

Published Date: August, 2019 - pmid:31390583 - Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network : JNCCN

BRCA Mutation Carriers: Breast and Ovarian Cancer Screening Guidelines and Imaging Considerations

Mai Elezaby, Brittany Lees, Katherine E Maturen, Lisa Barroilhet, Kari B Wisinski, Sarina Schrager, Lee G Wilke, Elizabeth Sadowski

Published Date: May, 2019 - pmid:31038410 - Radiology

Paternal uniparental isodisomy of tyrosine hydroxylase locus at chromosome 11p15.4: spectrum of phenotypical presentations simulating hydatidiform moles

Natalia Buza, Stephanie M McGregor, Lisa Barroilhet, Xingzheng Zheng, Pei Hui

Published Date: April, 2019 - pmid:30952972 - Modern pathology : an official journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc

Using simple radiologic measurements to anticipate surgical challenge in endometrial cancer: a prospective study

Ross F Harrison, Jeremiah E Mcnamara, Claire B Beaumont, Elizabeth A Sadowski, Richard J Chappell, Mian M Shahzad, Ryan J Spencer, Ahmed N Al-Niaimi, Lisa M Barroilhet, Stephen L Rose, David M Kushner

Published Date: January, 2019 - pmid:30640690 - International journal of gynecological cancer : official journal of the International Gynecological Cancer Society

Neoadjuvant chemotherapy is associated with a high rate of perioperative blood transfusion at the time of interval cytoreductive surgery

Kevin W McCool, Emmanuel Sampene, Brock Polnaszek, Joseph Connor, Erin E Medlin, Lisa Barroilhet

Published Date: October, 2018 - pmid:30367632 - BMC cancer

Dr. Barroilhet's Research Focus

Dr. Barroilhet's laboratory works on ovarian cancer prevention and early detection. Other projects include novel imaging techniques and identifying circulating biomarkers.

Barroilhet discusses patient education with Health Professional Radio

On a recent episode of Health Professional Radio, Lisa Barroilhet, MD of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology, discussed the launch of the Foundation for Women’s Cancer #MoveTheMessage campaign.

In the interview, Barroilhet talked about the need for greater awareness of gynecologic cancers, the importance of having accessible, inclusive education materials readily available for patients and providers, and why increased research funding is crucial for improving gynecologic cancer outcomes. She also outlined the new #MoveTheMessage campaign from the Foundation for Women’s Cancer, a campaign focused on sharing free, inclusive educational materials about several aspects of gynecologic cancer – signs and symptoms, treatments, clinical research, and more.

Listen to Dr. Barroilhet’s whole interview here!

Barroilhet promoted to Associate Professor (tenure track)

Our congratulations to Lisa Barroilhet, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology! Barroilhet has been promoted to Associate Professor (Tenure Track). The promotion and track transfer will be effective July 1, 2021. Previously, Barroilhet was an associate professor (CHS track).

Since joining the department in 2012, Barroilhet has earned a distinguished reputation in research and patient care. Just a few incredible accomplishments in recent years: in 2020, she earned an R01 grant from the NIH to study atovaquone and ovarian cancer, and was appointed the first-ever Dolores A. Buchler, MD Professor of Gynecologic Oncology

Congratulations, Dr. Barroihet!

Grand Rounds: Badger Bytes on opioids and women’s health

On Thursday, January 7, a multidisciplinary group presented Badger Bytes Grand Rounds lectures as part of the presentation “The Multiple Dimensions of Opioid Use for Women’s Health.” The session was moderated by UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health Director Deborah Ehrenthal, MD, MPH.

Erin Nacev, MD/MPH student in the UW SMPH started off with “Prenatal Opioid Use Disorder and Birth Outcomes in Wisconsin". In her presentation, Nacev examined the prevalence of prenatal opioid use disorder and uptake of medication-assisted treatment among Medicaid-covered births in Wisconsin, and discussed future directions for research on OUD and pregnancy.

Next, UW Ob-Gyn resident Emily Buttigieg, MD, PGY-4 presented "Gynecologic Surgery Postoperative Narcotic Use". In the presentation, Buttigieg examined prescribing patterns for opioids after gynecologic surgery at a large academic medical center, and estimated ideal prescription size to reduce unused opioids after procedures.

Lisa Barroilhet, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology presented the last lecture “Opioids, Cancer and the Immune System: Untangling a Complicated Relationship". Barroilhet outlined some ways opioids affect cancer treatments, options for pain control while limiting opioids, and areas for further study.

Watch the whole Badger Bytes presentation here!

First HAGO Conference was a great success!

On September 10-11, the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology hosted the first-ever Heartland Association of Gynecologic Oncology (HAGO) meeting. More than 70 gynecologic oncology professionals tuned in for the virtual conference, which included two keynote presentations and 21 research abstract presentations.

HAGO was founded in 2020 by UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gyn Onc Director Stephen Rose, MD, and the program committee included Ryan Spencer, MD and UW Ob-Gyn Gyn Onc fellowship graduates Andrea O’Shea, MD and Shitanshu Uppal, MD.

Of the 21 abstracts selected for presentation, five were from our department (Matthew Wagar, MD with mentor Sumer Wallace, MDWagar with mentor Makeba Williams, MDShannon Rush, MD with mentor Steve Rose, MDRachel Mojdehbakhsh, MD with mentor Ryan Spencer, MD; and Connor Wang, MD with mentor Spencer).

UW Ob-Gyn Gyn Onc fellow Shannon Rush, MD earned the first Award for Clinical Research for her abstract “65 Revisited: A Revised Markov Model for Evaluating Oophorectomy at the Time of Hysterectomy for Benign Disease”!

Lisa Barroilhet, MD was also an invited distillation presenter and UW Ob-Gyn Department Chair Laurel Rice, MD gave a keynote address and received the inaugural HAGO Award for Service and Leadership.

Our congratulations to everyone involved in planning and preparing the HAGO Conference – incredible work!

Barroilhet named first-ever Dolores A. Buchler, MD, Professor in Gynecologic Oncology

A special congratulations to Lisa Barroilhet, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology, as she is officially appointed the first Dolores A. Buchler, MD Professor of Gynecologic Oncology. 

It is only once or twice a lifetime that you come across a doctor like Dolores “Dee” Buchler. 

Dee joined the University of Wisconsin in 1969 after finishing her residency at University of Kansas where she trained in Ob-Gyn and the emerging fields of gynecologic oncology and radiation oncology—an extremely rare combination, and especially notable for a woman at that time.  Her prowess in radiation techniques and her unparalleled surgical skills combined were truly a rare commodity.  She was a pioneer in the treatment of gynecologic malignancies and a true innovator in the field, developing techniques for women’s cancers which now serve as the national model. 

Dee also was a leader in the department, beloved by learners, patients and colleagues alike. Dr. Buchler retired in 1995 as a professor in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Human Oncology, leaving behind a legacy of impactful education, innovation, and care. 

In 2015, Dee established the Dolores Buchler Faculty Fellowship of Gynecologic Oncology to support a young surgeon with a passion for research and educating a new generation of doctors.  This year, Dee doubled down on her legacy by transforming her Fellowship to a Professorship, taking advantage of a unique match opportunity provided by John and Tashia Morgridge.

We are thrilled to add Dr. Lisa Barroilhet, the Dolores A. Buchler Professor of Gynecologic Oncology, to our growing list of endowed professors in Obstetrics and Gynecology. The funding provided by Dr. Buchler will protect Dr. Barroilhet’s time and provide discretionary funding to advance her research.

Dr. Buchler’s generosity and vision continue to inspire our department and work, and we will be forever grateful as her professorship moves the needle on women’s cancers forever. 

To learn more about professorships and endowed funds to support Ob-Gyn research, faculty, and training, contact Lily Johnson at 608-354-4918 or