David M. Kushner, MD, FACOG
Vice Chair of Faculty Development, Education and Wellness, Co-Chair of Faculty Development, John and Jeanne Flesch Professor in Gynecologic Oncology
Dr. Kushner is the Vice Chair of Clinical Research for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has built an infrastructure across the department to support and grow clinical trials. He directed the Gynecologic Oncology program from 2006-2017. Dr. Kushner is an expert in the surgical and chemotherapeutic management of patients with gynecological cancer. His research interest focuses on minimizing the negative impact of cancer and subsequent treatments on patients' quality of life: sexual health after cancer, fertility/menopause-sparing surgery and postoperative pain management. To this end, he helped found 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. Dr. Kushner served as the International Chair of this network from 2014-2016. He is the primary investigator on multiple studies evaluating health sexual among gynecologic cancer survivors. He has acted as the Principal Investigator (PI) for NRG (formerly Gynecologic Oncology) at the University of Wisconsin, and is currently Co-PI on the UWCCC institutional NIH Lead Academic Performance Site (LAPS) U10 grant.
Over the past few years, he has worked to position UW as one of the nation's premiere institutions studying quality of life in gynecologic cancer. The UW environment offers outstanding collaborators such as Richard Davidson at the Center for Healthy Minds. He is working with Professor Davidson in a collaboration studying mindfullness in cancer survivors. This research, along with the ongoing research in yoga, humor and wellness, are positioning his group to apply for larger funding sources to study quality of life in gynecologic cancer.
Dr. Kushner was elected to the SGO Board of Directors in 2017, for a 3-year term. He is an ABOG examiner for the oral gynecologic oncology board exam, writes questions for the written exam and is the Co-Chair of ACOG's PROLOG Taskforce for Gynecologic Oncology & Critical Care.
His interest in wellness runs beyond the patients to the caregivers as well. He runs the Socieity of Gynecology Oncolgy (SGO) Physician Wellness Taskforce. Locally, he is Chair of the UW Ob-Gyn Department Wellness Committee and is the departmental represenative for the UW Health Wellness Taskforce.
|B.S.||University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI|
|M.D.||Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI|
|Residency||Northwestern University Medical School/ Prentice Women's Hospital, Chicago, IL|
|Fellowship||The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH|
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Vice Chair, Faculty Development, Education and Wellness
UW Health 2019 Clinical Educator Award
Society of Gynecologic Oncology: State of the Subspecialty Survey, Co-Chair
SSM Health/St Mary’s Foundation: Physician Guardian Angel Award
PROLOG: Gynecologic Oncology & Critical Care, Task Force Co-Chair and Member
Society of Gynecologic Oncology: Elected to the Board of Directors
Mentor Training for Clinical and Translational Researchers,
UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
The Ellen M. Hartenbach Award,
University of Wisconsin Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Editorial Board – Gynecologic Oncology Case Reviews
Society of Gynecologic Oncology: Wellness Taskforce, Founding Member and Co-Chair
Leadership Development for Physicians in Academic Health Centers,
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Fellow
Society of Gynecologic Oncology
American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists
American Society of Clinical Oncology
Northwestern Obstetrical and Gynecological Society
American Gynecologic & Obstetrical Society
Patient reported improvement in sexual health outcomes following care in a sexual health clinic for women with cancer
Joanne K Rash, Lori A Seaborne, Megan Peterson, David M Kushner, Janelle N Sobecki
Published Date: February, 2023 - pmid:36795172 - Supportive care in cancer : official journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
Fluorescein Mapping in Vulvar Paget Disease
Matthew K Wagar, Ran Catherine Zhang, Paul Weisman, Ryan J Spencer, David M Kushner
Published Date: February, 2023 - pmid:36735397 - Obstetrics and gynecology
Obesity and "obesity-related" cancers: are there body mass index cut-points?
Jacqueline A Murtha, Natalie Liu, Jen Birstler, Bret M Hanlon, Manasa Venkatesh, Lawrence P Hanrahan, Tudor Borza, David M Kushner, Luke M Funk
Published Date: July, 2022 - pmid:35817851 - International journal of obesity (2005)
When we open and close: Postoperative outcomes after aborted primary cytoreduction for ovarian cancer
Connor C Wang, Matthew K Wagar, Amy Godecker, Ahmed Al-Niaimi, David M Kushner
Published Date: April, 2022 - pmid:35478695 - Gynecologic oncology reports
Prominent decidualization following progestin treatment for endometrial hyperplasia and carcinoma as a mimic of large residual tumor: A cautionary tale
Yang Hu, Ahmed N Al-Niaimi, Alain Cagaanan, Elizabeth A Sadowski, David M Kushner, Paul S Weisman, Stephanie M McGregor
Published Date: April, 2021 - pmid:33816740 - Gynecologic oncology reports
Development, Implementation, and Patient Perspectives of the Women's Integrative Sexual Health Program: A Program Designed to Address the Sexual Side Effects of Cancer Treatment
Lori A Seaborne, Megan Peterson, David M Kushner, Janelle Sobecki, Joanne K Rash
Published Date: February, 2021 - pmid:33552660 - Journal of the advanced practitioner in oncology
Benign ovarian thecoma with markedly elevated serum inhibin B levels mimicking adult granulosa cell tumor
Erica V Carballo, Kaley M Gyorfi, Aleksandar K Stanic, Paul Weisman, Christopher G Flynn, David M Kushner
Published Date: November, 2020 - pmid:33204793 - Gynecologic oncology reports
RENIN-SECRETING OVARIAN ADULT GRANULOSA CELL TUMOR IN A PATIENT WITH NEW-ONSET HYPERTENSION AND HYPOKALEMIA
Rowan Karaman, Jin Xu, Ross F Harrison, David M Kushner, Paul S Weisman, Yoram Shenker
Published Date: January, 2020 - pmid:31967026 - AACE clinical case reports
Uterine Cervical Sarcoma With a Novel RET-SPECC1L Fusion in an Adult: A Case Which Expands the Homology Between RET-rearranged and NTRK-rearranged Tumors
Paul S Weisman, Morgan Altinok, Erica V Carballo, David M Kushner, Jessica J F Kram, Marc Ladanyi, Sarah Chiang, Darya Buehler, Elizabeth L Dickson Michelson
Published Date: January, 2020 - pmid:31917708 - The American journal of surgical pathology
The Society of Gynecologic Oncology wellness curriculum pilot: A groundbreaking initiative for fellowship training
Taylor B Turner, David M Kushner, Abigail Ford Winkel, Gerald McGwin, Stephanie V Blank, Jeffery M Fowler, Kenneth H Kim, SGO Wellness Taskforce
Published Date: January, 2020 - pmid:31911007 - Gynecologic oncology
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
Cancer overturned: Endometrioma mimicking granulosa cell tumor and the importance of FOXL2 analysis
Emily R Rosen, David M Kushner, Aparna M Mahajan, Cara R King
Published Date: December, 2018 - pmid:30533478 - Gynecologic oncology reports
Preoperative obstructive sleep apnea screening in gynecologic oncology patients
Ross F Harrison, Erin E Medlin, Chase B Petersen, Stephen L Rose, Ellen M Hartenbach, David M Kushner, Ryan J Spencer, Laurel W Rice, Ahmed N Al-Niaimi
Published Date: May, 2018 - pmid:29792853 - American journal of obstetrics and gynecology
Abuse, cancer and sexual dysfunction in women: A potentially vicious cycle
Brittany F Lees, Taylor P Stewart, Joanne K Rash, Shirley R Baron, Stacy Tessler Lindau, David M Kushner
Published Date: April, 2018 - pmid:29661496 - Gynecologic oncology
Interventions to Address Sexual Problems in People With Cancer: American Society of Clinical Oncology Clinical Practice Guideline Adaptation of Cancer Care Ontario Guideline
Jeanne Carter, Christina Lacchetti, Barbara L Andersen, Debra L Barton, Sage Bolte, Shari Damast, Michael A Diefenbach, Katherine DuHamel, Judith Florendo, Patricia A Ganz, Shari Goldfarb, Sigrun Hallmeyer, David M Kushner, Julia H Rowland
Published Date: December, 2017 - pmid:29227723 - Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
Surgical outcomes among elderly women with endometrial cancer treated by laparoscopic hysterectomy: a NRG/Gynecologic Oncology Group study
Erin A Bishop, James J Java, Kathleen N Moore, Nick M Spirtos, Michael L Pearl, Oliver Zivanovic, David M Kushner, Floor Backes, Chad A Hamilton, Melissa A Geller, Jean Hurteau, Cara Mathews, Robert M Wenham, Pedro T Ramirez, Susan Zweizig, Joan L Walker
Published Date: October, 2017 - pmid:29037481 - American journal of obstetrics and gynecology
A phase II evaluation of ixabepilone in the treatment of recurrent/persistent carcinosarcoma of the uterus, an NRG Oncology/Gynecologic Oncology Group study
Carolyn K McCourt, Wei Deng, Don S Dizon, Heather A Lankes, Michael J Birrer, Michele M Lomme, Matthew A Powell, James E Kendrick, Joel N Saltzman, David Warshal, Meaghan E Tenney, David M Kushner, Carol Aghajanian
Published Date: December, 2016 - pmid:28029447 - Gynecologic oncology
Stress and burnout among gynecologic oncologists: A Society of Gynecologic Oncology Evidence-based Review and Recommendations
Ilana Cass, Linda R Duska, Stephanie V Blank, Georgina Cheng, Nefertiti C duPont, Peter J Frederick, Emily K Hill, Carolyn M Matthews, Tarah L Pua, Kellie S Rath, Rachel Ruskin, Premal H Thaker, Andrew Berchuck, Bobbie S Gostout, David M Kushner, Jeff M Fowler
Published Date: August, 2016 - pmid:27575910 - Gynecologic oncology
Physical examination of the female cancer patient with sexual concerns: What oncologists and patients should expect from consultation with a specialist
Stacy Tessler Lindau, Emily M Abramsohn, Shirley R Baron, Judith Florendo, Hope K Haefner, Anuja Jhingran, Vanessa Kennedy, Mukta K Krane, David M Kushner, Jennifer McComb, Diane F Merritt, Julie E Park, Amy Siston, Margaret Straub, Lauren Streicher
Published Date: January, 2016 - pmid:26784536 - CA: a cancer journal for clinicians
Robotic surgery for early stage cervical cancer: Evolution and current trends
Erin E Medlin, David M Kushner, Lisa Barroilhet
Published Date: January, 2016 - pmid:26768315 - Journal of surgical oncology
Maintaining sexual health throughout gynecologic cancer survivorship: A comprehensive review and clinical guide
Laura B Huffman, Ellen M Hartenbach, Jeanne Carter, Joanne K Rash, David M Kushner
Published Date: November, 2015 - pmid:26556768 - Gynecologic oncology
Preoperative Pelvic MRI and Serum Cancer Antigen-125: Selecting Women With Grade 1 Endometrial Cancer for Lymphadenectomy
Elizabeth A Sadowski, Jessica B Robbins, Kristie Guite, Krupa Patel-Lippmann, Alejandro Munoz del Rio, David M Kushner, Ahmed Al-Niaimi
Published Date: October, 2015 - pmid:26496578 - AJR. American journal of roentgenology
Diminished Utilization of in Vitro Fertilization Following Ovarian Transposition in Cervical Cancer Patients
Sana M Salih, Samet Albayrak, Songwon Seo, Sarah L Stewart, Kristen Bradley, David M Kushner
Published Date: September, 2015 - pmid:26380495 - The Journal of reproductive medicine
Sexual health education in U.S. physician assistant programs
Lori A Seaborne, Ronald J Prince, David M Kushner
Published Date: April, 2015 - pmid:25856226 - The journal of sexual medicine
Uterine rupture disguised by urinary retention following a second trimester induced abortion: a case report
Qiaoying Jiang, Liwei Yang, Charles Ashley, Erin E Medlin, David M Kushner, Yanmei Zheng
Published Date: January, 2015 - pmid:25608736 - BMC women's health
Intensive postoperative glucose control reduces the surgical site infection rates in gynecologic oncology patients
Ahmed N Al-Niaimi, Mostafa Ahmed, Nikki Burish, Saygin A Chackmakchy, Songwon Seo, Stephen Rose, Ellen Hartenbach, David M Kushner, Nasia Safdar, Laurel Rice, Joseph Connor
Published Date: September, 2014 - pmid:25263249 - Gynecologic oncology
False positive PET-CT scan and clinical examination in a patient with locally advanced vulvar cancer
Latoya J Perry, Onur Guralp, Ahmed Al-Niaimi, Noah A Zucker, David M Kushner
Published Date: December, 2013 - pmid:24371671 - Gynecologic oncology case reports
Community screening leading to the diagnosis of androgen insensitivity syndrome at the age of 65
Alison M Gold, Noah A Zucker, Mian M K Shahzad, David M Kushner
Published Date: December, 2013 - pmid:24371658 - Gynecologic oncology case reports
Preoperative hypoalbuminemia is an independent predictor of poor perioperative outcomes in women undergoing open surgery for gynecologic malignancies
Shitanshu Uppal, Ahmed Al-Niaimi, Laurel W Rice, Stephen L Rose, David M Kushner, Ryan J Spencer, Ellen Hartenbach
Published Date: August, 2013 - pmid:23962700 - Gynecologic oncology
A new diagnostic test for endometrial cancer?: Cytology analysis of sonohysterography distention media
Onur Guralp, Susan M Sheridan, Josephine Harter, James Louis Hinshaw, Songwon Seo, Ellen M Hartenbach, Steven Lindheim, Sarah Stewart, David M Kushner
Published Date: July, 2013 - pmid:23881100 - International journal of gynecological cancer : official journal of the International Gynecological Cancer Society
Terpenoids from Zingiber officinale (Ginger) induce apoptosis in endometrial cancer cells through the activation of p53
Yang Liu, Rebecca J Whelan, Bikash R Pattnaik, Kai Ludwig, Enkateswar Subudhi, Helen Rowland, Nick Claussen, Noah Zucker, Shitanshu Uppal, David M Kushner, Mildred Felder, Manish S Patankar, Arvinder Kapur
Published Date: January, 2013 - pmid:23300887 - PloS one
The role of appendectomy for mucinous ovarian neoplasms
Jennifer E Lin, Songwon Seo, David M Kushner, Stephen L Rose
Published Date: November, 2012 - pmid:23117124 - American journal of obstetrics and gynecology
Survivors of endometrial cancer: who is at risk for sexual dysfunction?
Nonyem Onujiogu, Tasha Johnson, Songwon Seo, Katherine Mijal, Joanne Rash, Lori Seaborne, Stephen Rose, David M Kushner
Published Date: August, 2011 - pmid:21855974 - Gynecologic oncology
Iatrogenic transtubal spill of endometrial cancer: risk or myth
Onur Guralp, David M Kushner
Published Date: August, 2011 - pmid:21837428 - Archives of gynecology and obstetrics
Uterine artery sparing robotic radical trachelectomy (AS-RRT) for early cancer of the cervix
Ahmed N Al-Niaimi, Margaret H Einstein, LaToya Perry, Ellen M Hartenbach, David M Kushner
Published Date: October, 2010 - pmid:20947081 - International journal of gynaecology and obstetrics: the official organ of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
Effect of acetyl-l-carnitine on ovarian cancer cells' proliferation, nerve growth factor receptor (Trk-A and p75) expression, and the cytotoxic potential of paclitaxel and carboplatin
David B Engle, Jennifer A Belisle, Jennifer A A Gubbels, Sarah E Petrie, Paul R Hutson, David M Kushner, Manish S Patankar
Published Date: March, 2009 - pmid:19263582 - Gynecologic oncology
A protocol of dual prophylaxis for venous thromboembolism prevention in gynecologic cancer patients
M Heather Einstein, David M Kushner, Joseph P Connor, Alex A Bohl, Thomas J Best, Michael D Evans, Richard J Chappell, Ellen M Hartenbach
Published Date: November, 2008 - pmid:18978110 - Obstetrics and gynecology
The effect of laparoscopic guidance on gynecologic interstitial brachytherapy
David B Engle, Kristin A Bradley, Rick J Chappell, Joseph P Conner, Ellen M Hartenbach, David M Kushner
Published Date: July, 2008 - pmid:18657479 - Journal of minimally invasive gynecology
Sonohysterography and endometrial cancer: incidence and functional viability of disseminated malignant cells
Emily Berry, Steven R Lindheim, Joseph P Connor, Ellen M Hartenbach, Julian C Schink, Josephine Harter, Jens C Eickhoff, David M Kushner
Published Date: May, 2008 - pmid:18456240 - American journal of obstetrics and gynecology
Laparoscopic sentinel lymph node mapping for cervix cancer--a detailed evaluation and time analysis
David M Kushner, Joseph P Connor, Michael A Wilson, G Reza Hafez, Richard J Chappell, Sarah L Stewart, Ellen M Hartenbach
Published Date: June, 2007 - pmid:17560635 - Gynecologic oncology
Weekly docetaxel and carboplatin for recurrent ovarian and peritoneal cancer: a phase II trial
David M Kushner, Joseph P Connor, Federico Sanchez, Michael Volk, Julian C Schink, Howard H Bailey, Linda S Harris, Sarah L Stewart, Jason Fine, Ellen M Hartenbach, Wisconsin Oncology Network
Published Date: January, 2007 - pmid:17258800 - Gynecologic oncology
Human telomerase RNA degradation by 2'-5'-linked oligoadenylate antisense chimeras in a cell-free system, cultured tumor cells, and murine xenograft models
Jayashree M Paranjape, Da Xu, David M Kushner, James Okicki, Daniel J Lindner, Hagen Cramer, Robert H Silverman, Douglas W Leaman
Published Date: September, 2006 - pmid:16978086 - Oligonucleotides
Development and validation of a home-based, mirrored, gynecologic laparoscopy trainer
James K Robinson, David M Kushner
Published Date: March, 2006 - pmid:16527711 - Journal of minimally invasive gynecology
Use of a bupivacaine continuous wound infusion system in gynecologic oncology: a randomized trial
David M Kushner, Regina LaGalbo, Joseph P Connor, Rick Chappell, Sarah L Stewart, Ellen M Hartenbach
Published Date: August, 2005 - pmid:16055569 - Obstetrics and gynecology
Sonohysterography: a valuable tool in evaluating the female pelvis
Steven R Lindheim, Natalie Adsuar, David M Kushner, Elizabeth A Pritts, David L Olive
Published Date: October, 2003 - pmid:14581828 - Obstetrical & gynecological survey
Research Focus: Minimizing the negative impact of cancer and subsequent treatments on patients’ quality of life.
Congratulations to David Kushner, MD, professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology! In this spring’s UW-Madison faculty committee elections, Kushner was selected to serve on the Biological Sciences Divisional Committee. His term on the committee begins in July 2023.
The Biological Sciences Divisional Committee, the executive committee of the Faculty Division of Biological Sciences, advises deans and directors about appointments and promotions to tenure and recommendations to use honorific modified professorial titles, names Hilldale Award recipients and Hilldale Lecture Series speakers, and makes appointments to standing and ad hoc committees.
Committee members serve three-year terms. Congratulations on this well-deserved honor!
In February, UW Ob-Gyn gynecologic oncology fellows Catherine Zhang, MD, MPH and Matt Wagar, MD, published a new Procedures and Instruments piece, “Fluorescein Mapping in Vulvar Paget Disease”, in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Co-authors on the article include Ryan Spencer, MD, MS, associate professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, and David Kushner, MD, professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology.
In the article, Zhang, Wagar, and co-authors describe a two-step procedure to identify areas of disease when treating Paget disease, and describe their results using this method to treat eight patients. Obstetrics and Gynecology recently shared a case demonstration video of the technique on their YouTube channel.
You can watch the technique video here!
UW Ob-Gyn gynecologic oncology fellows Catherine Zhang, MD, MPH and Matt Wagar, MD, published a new Procedures and Instruments piece in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Co-authors on the article include Ryan Spencer, MD, MS, associate professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, and David Kushner, MD, professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology.
In “Fluorescein Mapping in Vulvar Paget Disease”, Zhang, Wagar, and co-authors describe a two-step procedure to identify areas of disease when treating Paget disease, and describe their results using this method to treat eight patients. Their conclusions are optimistic:
“We report a technique for the injection of fluorescein sodium for the visualization of vulvar Paget disease capable of providing accurate surgical margins and identification of occult satellite lesions with a high degree of safety and a favorable cost profile. This staged approach to vulvectomy could offer improved accuracy of resection for vulvar Paget disease with few drawbacks.”
Read the whole article here!
The UW Women’s Integrative Sexual Health (WISH) Clinic team of Joanne Rash, PA, Megan Peterson, DNP, Janelle Sobecki, MD, and David Kushner, MD published a new article in the journal Supportive Care in Cancer.
In “Patient reported improvement in sexual health outcomes following care in a sexual health clinic for women with cancer", Rash and co-authors aimed to determine the impact of interventions provided in the WISH Clinic. They found:
“Women with cancer report integrative sexual health care to address sexual health problems that are helpful and result in long-term improvement. Patients are overall highly adherent to recommended therapies, and nearly all would recommend the program to others."
Read the whole study here!
Janelle Sobecki, MD, MA, assistant professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, recently stepped into the role of medical director for the UW Health Women’s Integrative Sexual Health (WISH) Program. Congratulations, Dr. Sobecki!
The WISH Program provides clinical consultation, resources, education, emotional support and appropriate referrals related to sexual health concerns for women with cancer. The program is open to people experiencing issues with gynecologic, breast, and other types of cancer. Sobecki became medical director on January 1, 2023.
David Kushner, MD, professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, is the outgoing WISH medical director. Kushner developed the WISH program at UW Health and led it through many years of growth. His vision, expertise and leadership have improved the cancer survivorship experience for countless patients in our area.
Our thanks to Dr. Kushner for his many years of leadership, and huge congratulations to Dr. Sobecki on this new role!
David Kushner, MD, Professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, has accepted the appointment of Vice Chair of Faculty Development, Education and Wellness. This appointment will be effective November 1, 2022!
As Vice Chair of Faculty Development, Education and Wellness, Kushner will be integrally involved with the department’s faculty mentoring program, recruitment, faculty promotions and supporting career development for faculty at all levels. Provider wellness is a new addition to this vice chair role and will include providing strategic vision and direction to the development, implementation, and evaluation of wellbeing initiatives, in collaboration with the department, UW SMPH, and UW Health leadership. He will also provide oversight and leadership for all levels of education in our department, working closely with the leaders of medical student, residency, fellowship, and graduate training programs to ensure the highest quality for all our educational programs.
Kushner brings a depth of experience to each aspect of this role. He has been a mentor to many early-career faculty, chairing and serving on countless faculty mentor committees as well as advising and mentoring medical students, residents, and fellows. He has long been a champion for wellbeing efforts, including founding and co-chairing the Society of Gynecologic Oncology Wellness Task Force, pioneering the Department of Ob-Gyn’s Wellness Committee in 2018, and serving as an active voice on the UW Health Provider Wellbeing Committee since its creation. He is an award-winning educator. During his tenure as director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, he successfully navigated the accreditation process to launch the UW Ob-Gyn Gynecologic Oncology fellowship, which he then led successfully for many years.
Thanks to Dr. Kushner for his leadership as Vice Chair of Research, a role he held since 2015, and congratulations on this new opportunity to shape the department’s faculty development, education, and wellness efforts!
Dave Kushner, MD, professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology, is senior author on a new publication in the journal Gynecologic Oncology.
In “SGO and the elephant that is still in the room: Wellness, burnout and gynecologic oncology”, Kushner and co-authors analyzes survey responses from physician and advanced practice provider members of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology to compare mental health factors and burnout:
“Burnout in gynecologic oncology persists in both genders and is felt most acutely by female GOs. APPs are not immune and would benefit from inclusion in future research to mitigate burnout in healthcare clinicians.”
Read the whole study here!
The Sexual Health Assessment in Women with Lung Cancer (SHAWL) study, co-authored by David Kushner, MD, professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology, was featured in a media event during the 2022 World Conference on Lung Cancer in August!
The SHAWL study overall found that 77% of participants experienced moderate to severe sexual dysfunction. During a media conference in Vienna, SHAWL study principal investigator Narjust Florez, MD (formerly of UW Carbone Cancer Center, now of Dana Farber Cancer Institute) outlined the key findings from the study:
“The take-home message is that sexual dysfunction is prevalent in women with lung cancer, that sexual health should be integrated into thoracic oncology care — “now, not tomorrow” — and that further research is necessary to develop tailored interventions for patients with lung cancer, Florez said.”
Read the whole article here!
Professor David Kushner, MD, of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, is a co-author on a new study published in the International Journal of Obesity.
In "Obesity and "obesity-related" cancers: Are there body mass index cut-points?", Kushner and co-authors used a retrospective cohort study to look for statistically significant associations between rising body mass index (BMI) and incidence of certain types of cancer:
“In adjusted logistic regression analyses, statistically significant associations were identified between increasing BMI and the incidence of kidney, thyroid, and uterine cancer. BMI cut-points were identified for kidney (26.3 kg/m2) and uterine (26.9 kg/m2) cancer.”
Read the whole study here.
On Thursday, May 26, UW Ob-Gyn gynecologic oncology fellow Lauren Montemorano, MD will present at the UW Resident and Fellow Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Symposium!
Montemorano will present “Code status documentation for admitted gynecologic oncology patients”, a project mentored by David Kushner, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology.
Incredible work, Dr. Montemorano!
On May 12, 2022, several presenters shared updates on sexual health research and resources in the UW Department of Ob-Gyn during the Badger Bytes Grand Rounds presentation “UW Ob-Gyn and Sexual Health Research”.
The six presentations were:
Sex Therapy: Understanding Its Utility in Improving Patient Outcomes (presented by Madelyn Esposito-Smith, LPC)
Choosing the Right Vaginal Moisturizer and Lubricants for Your Patients (presented by Jon Pennycuff, MD, MSPH)
DaneMAC Mobile Forensic Nurse Exams – University Health Services (presented by Mary Landry, MD)
Cancer and Sexual Health: Clinical Need and Outcome Measures (presented by Joanne Rash, PA-C)
Cancer and Sexual Health: Collaborative Academic Partnership (presented by Janelle Sobecki, MD)
Cancer and Sexual Health: Setting Standards and Generating Evidence (presented by David Kushner, MD)
Watch the whole Badger Bytes presentation here!
Congratulations to UW Ob-Gyn resident Connor Wang, MD, PGY-3, who is lead author on a new publication in Gynecologic Oncology Reports!
In the article “When we open and close: postoperative outcomes after aborted primary cytoreduction for ovarian cancer”, Wang and co-authors Matt Wagar, MD, PGY-4, Amy Godecker, PhD, Ahmed Al-Niaimi, MD, and David Kushner, MD aimed to expand available data to help counsel patients about outcomes after aborted primary debulking surgery.
This retrospective study looked at postsurgical morbidity for 43 patients who underwent aborted primary debulking surgery for advanced ovarian cancer:
“All patients subsequently underwent ICS, [interval cytoreductive surgery] with 21 (48.8%) achieving no residual macroscopic disease and 21 (48.8%) to ≤1cm of macroscopic disease. After AD [aborted primary debulking], 16 (37.2%) experienced at least one G≥3 event within the first 30 days. The most common complication was gastrointestinal complications. Preoperative albumin was the only significant predictor for G≥3 complication after AD.”
Read the whole study here!
Members of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology, fellows and residents prepared an impressive slate of posters and presentations for the 2022 Society of Gynecologic Oncology Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer! Take a look at just some of the research brought to the hybrid conference, as well as the variety of service and leadership roles held by members of our department:
Ahmed Al-Niaimi, MD:
Master Class: Optimize and Operate: Enhancing Perioperative Quality, Safety, Experience, and Outcomes
Master Class: Debulk and Deliver: A Virtual Live-Streamed Master Class with Optional Hands-On Cytoreductive Surgery Lab
Oral Plenary Presentation: Mechanical bowel preparation and post-operative renal dysfunction in patients undergoing cytoreductive surgery for ovarian cancer
Lisa Barroilhet, MD, MS:
Distillation: On-Demand Oral Featured Posters: Novel Therapies, PROs, and Disparities in Care
Special Interest Session: Curriculum for Emerging Clinical Trialists (Dr. Barroilhet is course director for this session)
Vice-Chair of the Patient Education Committee
Katherine Dryer, MD:
Poster: Outpatient palliative care utilization and aggressiveness of end-of-life care in women with gynecologic cancers (authors Kathryn Dryer MD, Janelle Sobecki MD, Michael Lasarev MS, Lena Law BA, Anna Stecher MD, Ellen Hartenbach MD)
Maya Gross, MD, MPH:
Poster: Risk factors associated with distress among postoperative patients in an academic gynecologic oncology practice
Ellen Hartenbach, MD:
Symposium: Wake to Wellness: Beating Burnout Through Better Patient Communication (Hartenbach presented “Mitigating Burnout Through Effective Communication Techniques”)
Palliative Medicine Committee
Clinical Practice Committee
David Kushner, MD:
Wellness Committee (Chair)
Developed two “Wake to Wellness” Sessions based on SGO Wellness Curriculum that was just published:
Moving from Surviving to Thriving (Kushner will present as part of this session)
Senior author on Surgical Innovation presentation “Beneath the Surface: Fluorescein mapping in vulvar Paget’s Disease” given by Gyn Onc fellow Catherine Zhang, MD
Joanne Rash, PA:
Attending the SGO Board meeting (virtually), and will start her board term as the first-ever APP representative on the SGO board
Stephen Rose, MD:
Co-Chair of the Fellowship Program Directors Network and will be leading the annual meeting Thursday night.
Hosting the UW Fellow Alumni Reception Sunday night
Senior author on Connor Wang’s study: Adaptive and maladaptive humor styles are closely associated with burnout and professional fulfillment in members of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology
Shannon Rush, MD:
Poster: Hormone replacement therapy counseling at prophylactic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy in high risk patients
Janelle Sobecki, MD:
Poster: Risk factors associated with distress among postoperative patients in an academic gynecologic oncology practice (Maya Gross, Sumer Wallace - Senior)
Poster: Outpatient Palliative Care Utilization and Aggressiveness of End-of-Life Care in Women with Gynecologic Cancers (Kathryn Dryer, Ellen Hartenbach – Senior)
Sumer Wallace, MD:
Serves on Policy, Quality, & Outcomes task force for the Health Policy and Socioeconomic committee
Connor Wang, MD:
Poster: Adaptive and maladaptive humor styles are closely associated with burnout and professional fulfillment in members of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology
Catherine Zhang, MD:
Poster: Thromboembolic events in gynecologic cancer patients treated with chemotherapy (authors R. Zhang, MD; T. Stewart, BS; K. Tetreault, MS; R. Alexandridis, PhD; J. Bergsbaken, PharmD; S. Wallace, MD; D. Kushner, MD;E. Hartenbach, MD)
Farr Nezhat Session Surgical Innovation Session: How Surgical Futurists are Revolutionizing Cancer Care (Zhang presented “Beneath the Surface: Fluorescein mapping in vulvar Paget’s Disease”)
Congratulations to all for these incredible achievements!
A new article co-authored by Joanne Rash, PA-C, Megan Peterson, DNP, Janelle Sobecki, MD, and David Kushner, MD was published in the Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology!
“Development, Implementation, and Patient Perspectives of the Women’s Integrative Sexual Health Program: A Program Designed to Address the Sexual Side Effects of Cancer Treatment” outlines the creation of the UW Carbone Cancer Center’s Women’s Integrative Sexual Health Clinic, which was created in 2013 by Rash and Lori Seabourne, PA-C. The publication also shares results from a patient experience survey:
“When asked how helpful their experience in the WISH program was, 99 of 113 (88%) reported that it was at least somewhat helpful. Seventy-five out of 110 (68%) said their experience in the WISH program improved their overall sexual function. Eighty out of 112 (71%) thought their sexual function would be worse if they had not been seen in the WISH program. Almost all (95%) reported they would recommend the WISH program to other women.”
Read the whole publication here. Congratulations to the WISH team!