Deborah Ehrenthal, MD, MPH
Division Director
Associate Professor


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610 Walnut Street
Madison, WI, 53726

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Deborah Ehrenthal, MD, MPH

Division Director
Associate Professor
Faculty   •   Reproductive and Population Health


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Deborah Ehrenthal, MD, MPH, is Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She attended the University of Massachusetts Medical School, completed her internship and residency training in General Internal Medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and received an MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She was recruited to the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014, where she is currently director of the new Division of Reproductive and Population Health in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Population Health Sciences. Her research focuses on the health of women and children over the life course. She is the PI of the Health Disparities Research Scholars (T32) Postdoctoral Training Program, funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. In addition, she is the PI/Director of the *new* University of Wisconsin-Madison Prevention Research Center, one of 25 academic institutions to receive five-years (2019 – 2024) of funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop and maintain a Prevention Research Center. The goal of this new center is to improve the health of low-income women, infants, and families by conducting health promotion and disease prevention research focused on maternal, infant, and child health.


1980 B.A. (Chemistry), Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT;
1986 MD, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA ;
2011 MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD

Research Focus:

Dr. Ehrenthal’s research focuses on three intersecting areas of women’s health and maternal and child health where health disparities are of fundamental importance: perinatal health and health care, women’s cardiovascular disease, and child health. Much of her work explores the associations of women’s health and health care with perinatal and long-term outcomes of mothers and infants, guided by clinical and policy questions of importance to public health. Her 22 years working at a large academic community hospital gave her “in-the-trenches” experience designing and implementing programs targeting high-risk women in the clinical office practice and inpatient services. In addition, she has developed methods to use data from administrative and medical records, linked to other data sources, to study health care delivery and health disparities.

Research Funding:


  • Disparities in Perinatal Outcomes
  • Contraception and Family Planning
  • Big Data for Little Kids (BD4LK)
  • Maternal Morbidity and Mortality
  • Pregnancy as a Window to Future Health

Recent Honors and Awards:

  • MPH Capstone Award for Outstanding Achievement, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (2012)
  • Delta Omega Society, Alpha Chapter (2012)
  • Health Equity Award, Delaware Healthy Mother and Infant Consortium (2014)
  • Lifecourse Initiative for Health Families Endowed Chair, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2015)
  • Vilas Mid-Career Investigator Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2018)
  • Women’s Health Champion, Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation (2018)

Other Appointments:

Department of Population Health Sciences


Center for Demography and Ecology
Institute for Research on Poverty
La Follette School

Curriculum Vitae (CV):

Download the CV

Select Publications:

1. Ehrenthal DB, Maiden K, Rao A, West DW, Gidding SS, Bartoshesky L, Carterette B, Ross J, Strobino D. Independent relation of maternal prenatal factors to early childhood obesity in the offspring. Obstet Gynecol. 2013 Jan; 121(1):115-121. PMID: 23262935
2. Ehrenthal DB, Maiden K, Rogers S, Ball A. Postpartum healthcare after gestational diabetes and hypertension. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2014 Sep;23(9):760-4. PMID: 25089915.
3. Ehrenthal DB, Goldstein ND, Wu P, Rogers S, Townsend RR, Edwards DG. Arterial stiffness and wave reflection 1 year after a pregnancy complicated by hypertension. J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich). 2014 Oct;16(10):695-9. PubMed PMID: 25116457; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4192066. (Accompanying commentary).
4. Ehrenthal DB, Rogers S, Goldstein ND, Edwards DG, Weintraub WS. Cardiovascular risk factors one year after a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2015 Jan;24(1):23-9. PubMed PMID: 25247261.
5. Michelic B, Maiden K, Ortiz J, Bell A, Ehrenthal DB. Providers’ perceptions of medical interpreter services and Limited English Proficiency (LEP) patients: understanding the “bigger picture”. Journal of Applied Social Sciences. 2015 Sept; 9(2): 156-169.
6. Ehrenthal DB, Wu P, Trabulsi J. Differences in the Protective Effect of Exclusive Breastfeeding on Child Overweight and Obesity by Mother's Race. Matern Child Health J. 2016; 20 (9): 1971-1979. PMID: 27178429
7. Haas DM, Ehrenthal DB, Koch MA, Catov JM, Barnes SE, Facco F, Parker CB, Mercer BM, Bairey-Merz CN, Silver RM, Wapner RJ, Simhan HN, Hoffman MK, Grobman WA, Greenland P, Wing DA, Saade GR, Parry S, Zee PC, Reddy UM, Pemberton VL, Burwen DR. 2016. Pregnancy as a window to future cardiovascular health: Design and implementation of the nuMoM2b Heart Health Study. Am J Epidemiol. Mar 15;183(6):519-30. PubMed PMID: 26825925; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4782765.
8. Ehrenthal, DB, Gelinas K, Paul DA, Agiro A, Denemark C, Brazen AJ, Pollack M, Hoffman M. Postpartum Emergency Department Visits and Inpatient Readmissions in a Medicaid Population of Mothers. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2017 Jul 10. PMID: 28691865
9. Kramer R, Higgins J, Godecker A, Ehrenthal DB. Racial Differences in Predictors of Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptive Use in the United States, 2011-2015. Contraception. 2018 Feb 10. PMID: 29355492.
10. Larson A, Berger LM, Mallinson D, Grodsky E, Ehrenthal DB. Variable Uptake of Medicaid-Covered Prenatal Care Coordination: The Relevance of Treatment Level and Service Context. J Community Health. 2018 Jul 18.
11. Olson E, Kramer R, Anderson C, Gibson C, Schmuhl N, Ehrenthal DB. The landscape of long-acting reversible contraception provision in Wisconsin: A survey of healthcare providers”. Wisconsin Medical Journal, in press.