Department of
Obstetrics and Gynecology

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND PUBLIC HEALTH
Protrait

Ellen M. Hartenbach, MD
Professor
Ben Miller Peckham, MD, PhD Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Gynecologic Oncology


emharten@wisc.edu
608-262-2262

Office Address
McConnell Hall, 4th Floor
1010 Mound Street
Madison, WI, 53715


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


Administrative Assistant
Christy Lincicum
clincicum@wisc.edu
608-417-4213

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)


Opportunistic osteoporosis screening using routine computed tomography images to identify bone loss in gynecologic cancer survivors

Janelle Sobecki, Benjamin Weigman, India Anderson-Carter, Lisa Barroilhet, Thevaa Chandereng, Mark Kliewer, Ellen Hartenbach

Published Date: February, 2022 - pmid:35101963 - International journal of gynecological cancer : official journal of the International Gynecological Cancer Society


Postoperative venous thromboembolism in gynecologic oncology patients undergoing minimally invasive surgery: Does modality matter?

Matthew K Wagar, Janelle N Sobecki, Thevaa Chandereng, Ellen M Hartenbach, Sumer K Wallace

Published Date: June, 2021 - pmid:34148718 - Gynecologic oncology


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.


Hartenbach named new Chair of UW Department of Ob-Gyn

Ellen Hartenbach, MD, has accepted the offer from the UW–Madison School of Medicine and Public Health to become the next Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology! Hartenbach’s appointment will be effective September 1, 2022.

Hartenbach earned her medical degree at the University of Missouri, followed by an obstetrics and gynecology residency at the same institution. She completed a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the University of Minnesota, after which she was recruited to join the UW Ob-Gyn faculty in 1995.

During her time in the UW Department of Ob-Gyn, Hartenbach has served in several critical educational, research, and clinical leadership roles, including director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, vice chair of education and faculty development, and residency program director. She has been a prolific researcher, publishing more than 100 peer reviewed articles and abstracts and giving more than 100 national, regional and local invited presentations.

Hartenbach is a committed champion for mentorship and professional development. Countless faculty, fellows, residents and medical students have directly benefitted from her mentorship and guidance, and she led the development of a mentoring and promotions handbook to help department faculty streamline their career development experience.  

Read more about Dr. Hartenbach’s background, as well as her vision for the UW Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology moving forward in this press release from the UW SMPH. Please help us welcome Dr. Hartenbach to this new role!


UW Ob-Gyn presentations at 2022 Society of Gynecologic Oncology conference

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:

Finance Committee

Wellness Committee (Chair)

Developed two “Wake to Wellness” Sessions based on SGO Wellness Curriculum that was just published:

Managing Priorities 

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!


Sobecki published in International Journal of Gynecologic Cancer

Janelle Sobecki, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology, is lead author on a new study published in the International Journal of Gynecologic Cancer!

In “Opportunistic osteoporosis screening using routine computed tomography images to identify bone loss in gynecologic cancer survivors”, Sobecki and co-authors (including gynecologic oncology faculty Lisa Barroilhet, MD, MS, Ellen Hartenbach, MD, and resident India Anderson-Carter, MD, PGY-2) examined bone loss in a retrospective cohort of people who underwent oophorectomy for gynecologic cancer. The total sample of 185 patients showed significant changes in bone mineral density over time:

“Women with gynecologic cancers may experience accelerated cancer treatment-induced bone loss. Routine CT imaging is a convenient screening modality to identify those at highest risk for osteoporosis who warrant further evaluation with dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. Routine bone mineral density assessments 1 year following oophorectomy for cancer treatment may be warranted in this population.”

Read the whole study here.


Hartenbach talks clinical trials in Sparkle of Hope grateful patient story

Every year in the lead-up to Sparkle of Hope, Channel 3000 films and airs an inspiring story about a patient who has worked with the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology as part of their gynecologic cancer journey. 

 

This year, in “Sparkle of Hope: Fighting cancer during the pandemic”, Cindy Mikula shared her story of endometrial cancer recurrence and enrollment on a clinical trial. Ellen Hartenbach, MD connected Cindy to the clinical trial, and discussed Cindy’s experience with Channel 3.

 

Watch the whole video now!


Women’s Healthcast: Hartenbach discusses second opinions

Seeking a second opinion is fairly common, especially when facing a challenging diagnosis or intense treatment. On this episode of the Women’s Healthcast, Ellen Hartenbach, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology, discusses why people ask for second opinions, what happens after a second opinion is given, and how to approach the conversation with your own health care team.

Listen to “When to Seek a Second Opinion” now.

Did you know the Women’s Healthcast is available on all your favorite podcast platforms? Whether you like to listen on Apple PodcastsSpotifyStitcherPodbean, or anywhere else, you can find us! (Just search Women’s Healthcast, and while you’re at it, may as well subscribe!)


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.