Department of
Obstetrics and Gynecology

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND PUBLIC HEALTH
Protrait

Claire Wendland, MD, PhD
Professor
Reproductive and Population Health


cwendland@wisc.edu

Administrative Assistant

Bio

Claire Wendland, MD, PhD, FACOG is Professor in the Departments of Anthropology and Obstetrics & Gynecology. Her areas of active research, teaching and publication are primarily related to medical training and practice in contexts of scarcity and inequality. She is an ethnographer with experience in a range of qualitative methodologies. Her research has been funded with intramural and extramural grants including a 2019-20 Fellowship from the American College of Learned Societies. Her medical degree is from Michigan State University, and she completed her residency in Ob-Gyn at University of New Mexico. Before her graduate studies in anthropology (at UMass Amherst), she worked in the Navajo area of the Indian Health Service both at Chinle Comprehensive Health Care Facility and at Gallup Indian Medical Center, where she was Chief of the Ob-Gyn Department. Her teaching at UW-Madison has been recognized with the Dr. Brenda Pfaehler Award of Excellence, the Phillip R. Certain Letters & Science Distinguished Faculty Award, and the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award. 


Education

1986 BS Linguistics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
1990 MD Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, East Lansing, Michigan
1994 Residency Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico
2004 PhD Anthropology, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts

Certifications

2020–present: State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services
1996–present: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 
1993–present: New Mexico Board of Medical Examiners     
2002–2009: Malawi Medical Council Register of Specialists
1991: Certified, National Board of Medical Examiners


Memberships

American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, Fellow 1996-present, Junior Fellow 1990-96
Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
American Anthropological Association
Society for Medical Anthropology
African Studies Associatin
Phi Kappa Phi
Phi Beta Kappa
American Association for the Advancement of Science


The changing dynamics of community care and support in rural Malawi: The impact on Women's health and wellbeing at end of life

Maren M Hawkins, Anne Dressel, Nancy Kendall, Claire Wendland, Stephen Hawkins, Kimberly Walker, Elizabeth Mkandawire, Jackline Kirungi, Peninnah Kako, Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu

Published Date: April, 2022 - pmid:35378429 - Social science & medicine (1982)


Women's work at end of life: The intersecting gendered vulnerabilities of patients and caregivers in rural Malawi

Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu, Nancy Kendall, Anne Dressel, Claire Wendland, Victoria L Scheer, Peninnah Kako, Tammy Neiman, Wilmot Valhmu, Ashley Ruiz, Jeneile Luebke, Peter Minjale, Anne Merriman, Lucy Finch, Leonard Egede

Published Date: February, 2020 - pmid:32083982 - Global public health


Who Counts? What Counts? Place and the Limits of Perinatal Mortality Measures

Claire Wendland

Published Date: March, 2018 - pmid:29542438 - AMA journal of ethics


Assessing empathy development in medical education: a systematic review

Sandra H Sulzer, Noah W Feinstein, Claire L Wendland

Published Date: February, 2016 - pmid:26896015 - Medical education


Exceptional deliveries: home births as ethical anomalies in American obstetrics

Claire L Wendland

Published Date: November, 2013 - pmid:24282852 - The Journal of clinical ethics


2. A Qualitative Study of Medical Student Socialization in Malawi's College of Medicine: Clinical Crisis and Beyond

Claire Wendland, Chiwoza Bandawe

Published Date: July, 2013 - pmid:23878638 - Malawi medical journal : the journal of Medical Association of Malawi


1. A Qualitative Study of Medical Student Socialization in Malawi's College of Medicine: Preclinical Training and Identity

Claire Wendland, Chiwoza Bandawe

Published Date: July, 2013 - pmid:23878637 - Malawi medical journal : the journal of Medical Association of Malawi


Midwives' verbal support of nulliparous women in second-stage labor

Noelle Borders, Claire Wendland, Emily Haozous, Lawrence Leeman, Rebecca Rogers

Published Date: April, 2013 - pmid:23600405 - Journal of obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing : JOGNN


Marriage as a risk factor for HIV: learning from the experiences of HIV-infected women in Malawi

Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu, Claire Wendland, Patricia E Stevens, Peninnah M Kako, Anne Dressel, Jennifer Kibicho

Published Date: January, 2013 - pmid:23350930 - Global public health


Health Electives in Africa and the Duty to Care in the Age of HIV/AIDS

Claire L Wendland

Published Date: November, 2012 - pmid:23140872 - The virtual mentor : VM


Moral maps and medical imaginaries: clinical tourism at Malawi's College of Medicine

Claire L Wendland

Published Date: June, 2012 - pmid:22662357 - American anthropologist


Risky business

Claire Wendland

Published Date: July, 2010 - pmid:20672459 - The Hastings Center report


The vanishing mother: Cesarean section and "evidence-based obstetrics"

Claire L Wendland

Published Date: July, 2007 - pmid:17601085 - Medical anthropology quarterly


Gendering American medicine in the nineteenth century. The cult of domesticity and the brotherhood of science

Claire Wendland

Published Date: August, 2006 - pmid:16939173 - The Pharos of Alpha Omega Alpha-Honor Medical Society. Alpha Omega Alpha


Wendland CL. Physician Anthropologists. Annual Review of Anthropology. 2019 Oct 21;48:187-205.


Wendland C. Who counts? What counts? Place and the limits of perinatal mortality measures. AMA Journal of Ethics. 2018 Mar 1;20(3):278-87.


Wendland CL. Opening up the black box: looking for a more capacious version of capacity in global health partnerships. Canadian Journal of African Studies. 2016 Sep 1;50(3):415-35.


Peters RW, Wendland C. Up the Africanist: the possibilities and problems of ‘studying up’in Africa. Critical African Studies. 2016 Sep 1;8(3):239-54.


Sulzer SH, Feinstein NW, Wendland CL. Assessing empathy development in medical education: a systematic review. Medical Education. 2016 Mar;50(3):300-10.


Erikson SL, Wendland C. Exclusionary practice: medical schools and global health clinical electives. BMJ. 2014 Jun 5;348.


Wendland CL. Exceptional deliveries: home births as ethical anomalies in American obstetrics. The Journal of clinical ethics. 2013;24(3):253-65.


Mkandawire-Valhmu L, Wendland C, Stevens PE, Kako PM, Dressel A, Kibicho J. Marriage as a risk factor for HIV: Learning from the experiences of HIV-infected women in Malawi. Global Public Health. 2013 Feb 1;8(2):187-201.


Borders N, Wendland C, Haozous E, Leeman L, Rogers R. Midwives’ Verbal Support of Nulliparous Women in Second‐Stage Labor. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing. 2013 May 1;42(3):311-20.


Wendland C, Baszanger I, Bharadwaj A, Geissler PW, Gibson D, Kamat VR, Kyaddondo D, Langwick S, Meinert L, Pfeiffer J, Redfield P. Animating biomedicine’s moral order: the crisis of practice in Malawian medical training. Current Anthropology. 2012 Dec 1;53(6):755-788.


Wendland CL. Moral maps and medical imaginaries: clinical tourism at Malawi's college of medicine. American Anthropologist. 2012 Mar;114(1):108-22.


Wendland CL. Health Electives in Africa and the Duty to Care in the Age of HIV/AIDS. AMA Journal of Ethics. 2010 Mar 1;12(3):218-24.


Wendland CL. Research, therapy, and bioethical hegemony: the controversy over perinatal AZT trials in Africa. African Studies Review. 2008 Dec 1:1-23.


Wendland CL. The Vanishing Mother: Cesarean Section and “Evidence‐Based Obstetrics”. Medical Anthropology Quarterly. 2007 Jun;21(2):218-33.


Wendland C, Bandawe C. A qualitative study of medical student socialization in Malawi's College of Medicine: Preclinical training and identity. Malawi Medical Journal. 2007;19(2):68-71.


Wendland C, Bandawe C. A qualitative study of medical student socialization in Malawi's College of Medicine: Clincal crisis and beyond. Malawi Medical Journal. 2007 Oct 16;19(2):71-4.


Wendland C.  The Cult of Domesticity and the Brotherhood of Science: Gendering American Medicine in the Nineteenth Century.  The Pharos. 2006;69(3):30-37.


Leeman LM, Wendland CL. Cervical ectopic pregnancy: diagnosis with endovaginal ultrasound examination and successful treatment with methotrexate. Archives of Family Medicine. 2000 Jan 1;9(1):72.


Wendland CL, Byrn F, Hill C. Donor insemination: a comparison of lesbian couples, heterosexual couples and single women. Fertility and Sterility. 1996 Apr 1;65(4):764-70.


 

Wendland CL. A Heart for the Work: Journeys Through an African Medical School. University of Chicago Press; 2010.


Wendland C. Excerpts from A Heart for the Work [pp. 2-4, 120-133, 157-163] reprinted in Foundations of Global Health: An Interdisciplinary Reader, editors Peter Brown and Svea Closser, pp. 385-396. New York: Oxford University Press; 2018.


Wendland C. Legitimate care, dangerous care, and childbirth in an urban African community. In African Medical Pluralism, editors Carolyn Sargent and William Olsen, pp. 244-260. Bloomington: Indiana University Press; 2017.


Wendland C, Erikson S, and Sullivan N.  Beneath the spin: moral complexity and rhetorical simplicity in global health volunteering.  In Volunteer Economies: The Politics and Ethics of Voluntary Labour in Africa, editors Hannah Brown and Ruth J. Prince, pp. 164-182. London: James Currey Press; 2016.


Wendland C. Estimating death: a close reading of maternal mortality metrics in Malawi. In Metrics: What Counts in Global Health, editor Vincanne Adams, pp. 57-81. Durham, NC: Duke University Press; 2016.


Wendland C, Bandawe C.  Letter to a young Malawian doctor. In The World of Work: Imagined Manuals for Real Jobs, editor Ilana Gershon, pp. 10-27. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press; 2015.


Wendland C.  The anthropology of African biomedicine.  In The Medical Anthropology of Global Africa, editors Kathryn Rhine, John M. Janzen, Glenn Adams, and Heather Aldersey, pp. 45-53. University of Kansas Press, #26 in the Monographs in Anthropology Series; 2014.


Taylor J, Wendland C.  The hidden curriculum in medicine’s culture of no culture.  In The Hidden Curriculum and Health Professions Education, editors Joseph O’Donnell and Fred Hafferty, pp. 53-62. Hanover, NH: Dartmouth College Press; 2014.


Wendland publishes op-ed in Cap Times

Professor Claire Wendland, MD, PhD, Chair of the UW-Madison Department of Anthropology and faculty member in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, published an editorial in the Cap Times drawing on her many years of clinical and research experience to share potential consequences of overturning abortion rights.

In “I've seen what happens when abortions are unavailable”, Wendland shares examples of adverse outcomes when abortion access is limited, both in the United States and in other countries. She also outlines the research that tells us this decision could come with a heavy toll on individual and community health:

“The bottom line: People in Wisconsin will die because of this decision. People in the U.S. will die. The deaths won’t be easy to calculate, but years of national and international research leave no doubt about how they will be distributed. Disproportionately they will be poor women, rural people and scared girls. No matter how you feel about the constitutional issues involved, or about the legitimacy of this court, or about the many other recent decisions these nine people have made for us all, or about what’s evidently next on their agenda (contraception, queer rights and marriage equality), it’s worth keeping these stakes in mind.”

Read the whole editorial here.