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Ellen M. Hartenbach, MD
Professor
The Gloria E. Sarto MD, PhD Chair of Women’s Health and Health Equity Research at UW SMPH
Vice Chair for Education and Faculty Development


Gynecologic Oncology


emharten@wisc.edu
608-262-2262


Office Address
UW Hospital and Clinics, Room: H4/634
600 Highland Ave
Madison, WI, 53705


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


Administrative Assistant
Tahnee Snellings
tsnellings@wisc.edu
608-262-2262

Bio

Dr. Hartenbach is dedicated to the delivery of compassionate comprehensive care to women with female pelvic cancers and to the development and refinement of strategies to improve outcomes. Over the course of her career, she has served in various key roles in the department as a clinician, educator, administrator, and researcher. Dr. Hartenbach is recognized as a leader in the field of Gynecologic Oncology and has spoken extensively at national meetings.


Education

B.A. University of Detroit, Detroit, MI

M.D. University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

Residency University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO

Fellowship University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN


Certifications

American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Obstetics & Gynecology, Gynecologic Oncology, Palliatve Medicine


Honors and Awards

UW Health Patient and Family Experience Promise Recognition Award, 2019


Memberships

Wisconsin Medical Society

Fellow, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG)

Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO)

 

Top Ten Tips Palliative Care Clinicians Should Know About Caring for Patients with Cervical Cancer

Claire Hoppenot, Ramey D Littell, Timothy DeEulis, Ellen M Hartenbach

Published Date: January, 2021 - pmid:33513069 - Journal of palliative medicine


Bone health and osteoporosis screening in gynecologic cancer survivors

Janelle N Sobecki, Laurel W Rice, Ellen M Hartenbach

Published Date: December, 2020 - pmid:33309416 - Gynecologic oncology


Peripartum Blood Transfusion Among Rural Women in the United States

Ellen M Hartenbach, Hsiang-Hui Daphne Kuo, Madelyne Z Greene, Emily A Shrider, Kathleen M Antony, Deborah B Ehrenthal

Published Date: February, 2020 - pmid:32028506 - Obstetrics and gynecology


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


Women's Health Care in Wisconsin: A Closer Look

Jody Silva, Ellen Hartenbach, Robert N Golden

Published Date: January, 2018 - pmid:29357213 - WMJ : official publication of the State Medical Society of Wisconsin


Impact of histology and surgical approach on survival among women with early-stage, high-grade uterine cancer: An NRG Oncology/Gynecologic Oncology Group ancillary analysis

Amanda N Fader, James Java, Meaghan Tenney, Stephanie Ricci, Camille C Gunderson, Sarah M Temkin, Nick Spirtos, Christina L Kushnir, Michael L Pearl, Oliver Zivanovic, Krishnansu S Tewari, David O'Malley, Ellen M Hartenbach, Chad A Hamilton, Natalie S Gould, Robert S Mannel, William Rodgers, Joan L Walker

Published Date: October, 2016 - pmid:27743738 - Gynecologic 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


Thrombocytosis is Predictive of Postoperative Pulmonary Embolism in Patients With Gynecologic Cancer

Cassandra L Albertin, Shitanshu Uppal, Ahmed N Al-Niaimi, Songwon Seo, James Louis Hinshaw, Ellen M Hartenbach

Published Date: June, 2015 - pmid:26098091 - International journal of gynecological cancer : official journal of the International Gynecological Cancer Society


Dynamic and quasi-static mechanical testing for characterization of the viscoelastic properties of human uterine tissue

Eenas A Omari, Tomy Varghese, Mark A Kliewer, Josephine Harter, Ellen M Hartenbach

Published Date: June, 2015 - pmid:26072212 - Journal of biomechanics


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


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


Prolonged postoperative venous thrombo-embolism prophylaxis is cost-effective in advanced ovarian cancer patients

Shitanshu Uppal, Enrique Hernandez, Moushumi Dutta, Vani Dandolu, Stephen Rose, Ellen Hartenbach

Published Date: September, 2012 - pmid:22940486 - Gynecologic oncology


Compression-dependent viscoelastic behavior of human cervix tissue

Ryan J DeWall, Tomy Varghese, Mark A Kliewer, Josephine M Harter, Ellen M Hartenbach

Published Date: January, 2011 - pmid:21213567 - Ultrasonic imaging


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


Sunitinib malate in the treatment of recurrent or persistent uterine leiomyosarcoma: a Gynecologic Oncology Group phase II study

Martee L Hensley, Michael W Sill, Dennis R Scribner, Jubilee Brown, Robert L Debernardo, Ellen M Hartenbach, Carolyn K McCourt, James R Bosscher, Paola A Gehrig

Published Date: October, 2009 - pmid:19811811 - Gynecologic oncology


Brief report: Measuring the attitudes of health care professionals in Dane County toward adolescent immunization with HPV vaccine

Megan E Jensen, Ellen Hartenbach, Jane A McElroy, Adrienne Faerber, Thomas Havighurst, Kyung Mann Kim, Howard H Bailey

Published Date: September, 2009 - pmid:19753828 - WMJ : official publication of the State Medical Society of Wisconsin


Outcomes following surgery and adjuvant radiation in stage II endometrial adenocarcinoma

G M Cannon, H Geye, B E Terakedis, D M Kushner, J P Connor, E M Hartenbach, K A Bradley

Published Date: February, 2009 - pmid:19217147 - 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


Phase I trial of the treatment of high-risk endometrial cancer with concurrent weekly paclitaxel and cisplatin and whole abdominal radiation therapy: a Gynecologic Oncology Group study

D Scott McMeekin, Joan L Walker, Ellen M Hartenbach, Michael A Bookman, Wui-Jin Koh, Gynecologic Oncology Group

Published Date: October, 2008 - pmid:18962846 - Gynecologic oncology


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


Venous thromboembolism prophylaxis: is two better than one?

M Heather Einstein, Ellen M Hartenbach

Published Date: September, 2007 - pmid:17761279 - Gynecologic oncology


In vitro uterine strain imaging: preliminary results

Maritza A Hobson, Miklos Z Kiss, Tomy Varghese, Amy M Sommer, Mark A Kliewer, James A Zagzebski, Timothy J Hall, Josephine Harter, Ellen M Hartenbach, Ernest L Madsen

Published Date: June, 2007 - pmid:17592053 - Journal of ultrasound in medicine : official journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine


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


Venous thromboembolism prevention in gynecologic cancer surgery: a systematic review

M Heather Einstein, Elizabeth A Pritts, Ellen M Hartenbach

Published Date: April, 2007 - pmid:17449089 - 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


Frequency-dependent complex modulus of the uterus: preliminary results

Miklos Z Kiss, Maritza A Hobson, Tomy Varghese, Josephine Harter, Mark A Kliewer, Ellen M Hartenbach, James A Zagzebski

Published Date: July, 2006 - pmid:16861774 - Physics in medicine and biology


Patient-provider communication and perceived control for women experiencing multiple symptoms associated with ovarian cancer

Heidi Scharf Donovan, Ellen M Hartenbach, Michael W Method

Published Date: August, 2005 - pmid:16112174 - Gynecologic oncology


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


Implications of second-look laparotomy in the context of optimally resected stage III ovarian cancer: a non-randomized comparison using an explanatory analysis: a Gynecologic Oncology Group study

Benjamin E Greer, Brian N Bundy, Robert F Ozols, Jeffrey M Fowler, Daniel Clarke-Pearson, Robert A Burger, Robert Mannel, Koen DeGeest, Ellen M Hartenbach, Rebecca N Baergen, Larry J Copeland

Published Date: July, 2005 - pmid:16039699 - Gynecologic oncology


Long-term complications associated with the Indiana pouch urinary diversion in patients with recurrent gynecologic cancers after high-dose radiation

Michael Wilkin, Greg Horwitz, Anil Seetharam, Ellen Hartenbach, Julian C Schink, Reginald Bruskewitz, David F Jarrard

Published Date: May, 2005 - pmid:15885577 - Urologic oncology


Phase III trial of carboplatin and paclitaxel compared with cisplatin and paclitaxel in patients with optimally resected stage III ovarian cancer: a Gynecologic Oncology Group study

Robert F Ozols, Brian N Bundy, Benjamin E Greer, Jeffrey M Fowler, Daniel Clarke-Pearson, Robert A Burger, Robert S Mannel, Koen DeGeest, Ellen M Hartenbach, Rebecca Baergen, Gynecologic Oncology Group

Published Date: July, 2003 - pmid:12860964 - Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology


Progress of a Comprehensive Familial Cancer Genetic Counseling Program in the Era of BRCA1 and BRCA2

Ellen M Hartenbach, Joanne M Becker, Elizabeth A Grosen, Howard H Bailey, Daniel G Petereit, Renata Laxova, Julian C Schink

Published Date: September, 2002 - pmid:12229876 - Genetic testing


Outpatient vaginal cuff brachytherapy for endometrial cancer

D. G. Petereit, S. P. Tannehill, E. A. Grosen, E. M. Hartenbach, J. C. Schink

Published Date: March, 2001 - pmid:11240811 - International journal of gynecological cancer : official journal of the International Gynecological Cancer Society


Screening for occult nodal metastasis in squamous cell carcinoma of the vulva

C M Leys, E M Hartenbach, G R Hafez, D M Mahvi

Published Date: July, 2000 - pmid:10907173 - International journal of gynecological pathology : official journal of the International Society of Gynecological Pathologists


Paclitaxel, carboplatin, and hexamethyl-melamine (taxchex) as first-line therapy for ovarian cancer

E M Hartenbach, L S Harris, H H Bailey, E A Grosen, E Larrison, D Chen, L B Twiggs, J C Schink

Published Date: December, 1999 - pmid:10606476 - The cancer journal from Scientific American


Familial ovarian germ cell cancer: report and review

A R Stettner, E M Hartenbach, J C Schink, R Huddart, J Becker, R Pauli, R Long, R Laxova

Published Date: April, 1999 - pmid:10213045 - American journal of medical genetics


Transforming growth factor-alpha levels in the serum and ascites of patients with advanced epithelial ovarian cancer

A K Saltzman, E M Hartenbach, J R Carter, D N Contreras, L B Twiggs, L F Carson, S Ramakrishnan

Published Date: March, 1999 - pmid:10087418 - Gynecologic and obstetric investigation


Trends in United States ovarian cancer mortality, 1979-1995

K A Oriel, E M Hartenbach, P L Remington

Published Date: January, 1999 - pmid:9916951 - Obstetrics and gynecology


Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) expression and survival in human epithelial ovarian carcinomas

E M Hartenbach, T A Olson, J J Goswitz, D Mohanraj, L B Twiggs, L F Carson, S Ramakrishnan

Published Date: May, 1998 - pmid:9570355 - Cancer letters


The genetics of ovarian cancer: concepts in testing and counseling

E M Hartenbach, J C Schink

Published Date: October, 1996 - pmid:8941429 - Current opinion in obstetrics & gynecology


The role of operative laparoscopy in gynecologic oncology

E M Hartenbach, J M Fowler

Published Date: January, 1996 - pmid:18493402 - Diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy


Nonsurgical management strategies for the functional complications of ileocolonic continent urinary reservoirs

E M Hartenbach, A K Saltzman, J R Carter, J M Fowler, D W Hunter, J W Carlson, L B Twiggs, L F Carson

Published Date: December, 1995 - pmid:8522255 - Gynecologic oncology


Recurrent squamous cell carcinoma in a rectus abdominis neovagina

J W Carlson, A K Saltzman, J R Carter, E M Hartenbach, P R Johnson, M D Chen, L F Carson, L B Twiggs

Published Date: October, 1995 - pmid:7557605 - Gynecologic oncology


The utility of preoperative screening colonoscopy in gynecologic oncology

A K Saltzman, J R Carter, J M Fowler, J W Carlson, E M Hartenbach, S E Julian, L F Carson, L B Twiggs

Published Date: February, 1995 - pmid:7896182 - Gynecologic oncology


A novel strategy using G-CSF to support EMA/CO for high-risk gestational trophoblastic disease

E M Hartenbach, A K Saltzman, J R Carter, L B Twiggs

Published Date: January, 1995 - pmid:7529741 - Gynecologic oncology


Gray scale and color flow Doppler characterization of uterine tumors

J R Carter, M Lau, A K Saltzman, E M Hartenbach, M D Chen, P R Johnson, J M Fowler, J W Carlson, L F Carson, L B Twiggs

Published Date: November, 1994 - pmid:7837328 - Journal of ultrasound in medicine : official journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine


Pelvic adhesion formation after pelvic lymphadenectomy: comparison between transperitoneal laparoscopy and extraperitoneal laparotomy in a porcine model

J M Fowler, E M Hartenbach, H T Reynolds, J Borner, J R Carter, J W Carlson, L B Twiggs, L F Carson

Published Date: October, 1994 - pmid:7959261 - Gynecologic oncology


Local anesthesia for cryosurgery on the cervix

M J Sammarco, E M Hartenbach, V J Hunter

Published Date: March, 1993 - pmid:8487231 - The Journal of reproductive medicine


Dr. Hartenbach's Research Focus

Research Focus: Dr. Hartenbach has acted as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on over 15 grants from various organizations, including the National Institute of Health (NIH). She is also an avid journal reviewer to ensure quality research is disseminated appropriately to health care providers. She has authored or co-authored over 60 peer reviewed journal articles and has co-authored two book chapters. She is the Director of Gynecology Oncology Clinical Research at the UW Carbone Cancer Center. Her research involves gynecologic cancer clinical trials, as well as the broader reproductive health issues of access to care and disparities in women’s health care.


Gyn Onc reunion at NRG2020 in Houston

National conferences are a great way to stay connected to the latest developments in our fields, and the January 2020 NRG Oncology Semiannual Meeting is no different. But in addition to catching up on PARP inhibitors and kicking off new clinical trial protocols, this year’s meeting also offers an opportunity to catch up with old friends!

UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology faculty Lisa Barroilhet, MD and Ellen Hartenbach, MD, UW Gyn Onc fellow Janelle Sobecki-Rausch, MD, and residency graduates/current MD Anderson gynecologic oncology fellows Ross Harrison, MD and Han Cun, MD met up for what looks like a lively dinner! Love to see a UW Ob-Gyn reunion.  


Hartenbach, Antony, Ehrenthal, Greene publish interdisciplinary research in Green Journal

Ellen Hartenbach, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology, will publish an article in the March edition of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Peripartum Blood Transfusion Among Rural Women inthe United States” is an excellent example of cross-divisional research – the article was co-authored by Katie Antony, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Division of Reproductive and Population Health Director Deborah Ehrenthal, MD, and Division of Population Health members Madelyne Greene, PhD RN, Emily Schrider, PhD, and Daphne Kuo, PhD.

The study came out of a work group formed by Hartenbach and others to look at rural maternal outcomes. Before being published in the Green Journal, it was presented as an abstract at the 2019 ACOG national meeting.

The population-based retrospective cohort study evaluated peripartum transfusion rates for rural women compared with urban women in the United States. The study found that:

“The odds of blood transfusion were higher for women in rural areas. The results indicate that the rurality of the county where the birth occurred was associated with more transfusion. This may reflect differences in maternity and blood banking services in rural hospitals and warrants further study to identify opportunities for intervention.”

Read the whole paper here. Congratulations to Dr. Hartenbach and the entire publication team!


UW Ob-Gyn gyn onc faculty to present at OncLive State of the Science Summit – May 12

Learn about the latest in ovarian cancer care and treatment from the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology at the OncLive State of the Science Summit on May 12, 2020. It’s free to attend this event at the Sheraton Madison Hotel, 5-9pm!

Gynecologic Oncology Division Director Stephen Rose, MD is program chair for the event. Speakers include Ahmed Al-Niaimi, MD, Lisa Barroilhet, MD, Ellen Hartenbach, MD, Ryan Spencer, MD and Sumer Wallace, MDThey’ll cover topics like molecular testing, surgical options, PARP inhibitors, immunotherapy and more in the treatment and management of ovarian cancer.

More information available on this flyer (PDF). You can register to attend this free event here!


Hartenbach elected to UW Biological Sciences Divisional Committee

In this spring’s UW-Madison faculty committee elections, Ellen Hartenbach, MD was selected to serve on the Biological Sciences Divisional Committee!

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!


Posters, presentations and abstracts from 2020 ACOG conference in Green Journal

While the 2020 American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists annual meeting, scheduled for late April this year, was canceled, many people in our department had research accepted to present. Their abstracts were published in a supplement to the May 2020 issue of the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology. A few of the amazing abstracts include:

Examining Joint Effect of Race and Neighborhood Socioeconomic Disadvantage on Adverse Obstetric Outcomes – authors Kara Hoppe, DO; Felicity Harl, MD; Alexa Lowry, MD; Linnea Evans, PhD

Physician Attitudes Toward Reproductive Justice: Results From an Institution-Wide Survey – authors Cynthie Wautlet, MD, MPH; Nicholas Schmuhl, PhD; Jenny Higgins, PhD, MPH; Helen Zukin; Laurel Rice, MD

Rural Women in the United States Burdened by High Maternal Transfer Rates – authors Laura McDowell, MD; Ellen Hartenbach, MD; Hsiang-Hui Daphne Kuo, PhD; Deborah Ehrenthal, MD, MPH

Pregnancy-Related Weight and Postpartum Depressive Symptoms: Do the Relationships Differ by Race/Ethnicity? – author Tiffany Green, PhD

Is Sleep Deprivation Associated With Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes? – author Katie Antony, MD

Congratulations to all!


Rural Residency earns DHS rural health care grant

Incredible news out of the UW Ob-Gyn Rural Residency track! The program was awarded a Wisconsin Department of Health Services Grant for Rural GME Training. Residency Program Director Ryan Spencer, MD, will serve as PI on the grant.

The DHS grants are intended to “increase access and enhance quality care in rural Wisconsin” by supporting education and training to help rural health care organizations fill important positions. This award is critical for ensuring the financial sustainability of the UW Ob-Gyn Rural Residency track for years to come.

Launched in 2017, the UW Ob-Gyn Rural Residency track is the first rural training program for ob-gyn residents in the country. Many thanks to former residency program director Ellen Hartenbach, MD, for starting the program, and residency program manager Jody Silva for working to secure this grant for the UW Ob-Gyn Rural Residency.