Ellen M. Hartenbach, MD
Ben Miller Peckham, MD, PhD Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ellen M. Hartenbach, MD is the Ben Miller Peckham, MD, PhD, Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) School of Medicine and Public Health.
Dr. Hartenbach attended medical school at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO and continued on to complete her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, MO. She then completed a Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Minnesota. The UW recruited her to join the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1995.
During her time at the UW, Dr. Hartenbach has held many leadership roles. She previously served as the Vice Chair of Education and Faculty Development from 2007-2022, and accepted the role of Residency Director in 2013, serving in that capacity until 2018. Dr. Hartenbach was the Director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology from 2000-2006. She also served as the Interim Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology from 2006-2007.
Dr. Hartenbach has an unfaltering commitment to the delivery of compassionate comprehensive care to women with gynecologic cancers and to the development and refinement of strategies that not only improve the quality of care, but also quality of life options, including end of life palliative care choices. Dr. Hartenbach earned a specialty certificate in Hospice and Palliative Medicine in 2012. Dr. Hartenbach is a national expert in several areas of Gynecologic Oncology, with expertise in chemotherapeutic management of gynecologic malignancies. She has authored over eighty publications and is regularly invited to speak to national audiences. Dr. Hartenbach has served as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on numerous grants and clinical trials from various organizations, including the National Institute of Health and industry sponsors. She currently directs the UW Carbone Cancer Center’s Gynecologic Oncology Disease-Oriented Team, which aims to translate scientific discoveries to patient care.
While she has a significant history of research funding and serves as a reviewer for multiple journals, she is also enthusiastic about ensuring the best educational opportunities are available to our current and future physicians. During her time at UW, Dr. Hartenbach has created unique training programs. In 2007, she created the first Ob-Gyn Women and Infants Simulation Center, directing daily operations and creating related curriculum over the first five years. In 2015, Dr. Hartenbach obtained grant funding to start the first rural residency track in the specialty of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the country. Dr. Hartenbach was instrumental in building a robust faculty development platform that includes a Faculty Development Series, Faculty Mentoring and Promotions Program, and Faculty Development Funding Program. She formed the Ob-Gyn Faculty Development Committee, which develops the content for the semi-annual Faculty Development Series tailored to our Ob-Gyn faculty. She led the writing and production of an Ob-Gyn Faculty Mentoring and Promotions Handbook, adapted by several others for use in their respective departments at UW.
In addition to her research, education, and leadership activities, Dr. Hartenbach is the consummate physician and has been recognized many times, most recently as a Patient Experience Physician Champion in 2013, 2016, and 2019. Her clinical and educational expertise enabled her to serve as an American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology Board Examiner for General Obstetrics and Gynecology for over a decade. She has served on enumerable committees in national professional organizations, most notably as a current member of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology Clinical Practice Committee and the National Cancer Institute NRG Ovarian Committee.
|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|
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Obstetics & Gynecology, Gynecologic Oncology, Palliatve Medicine
UW Health Patient and Family Experience Promise Recognition Award, 2019
Wisconsin Medical Society
Fellow, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG)
Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO)
Beyond post-operative readmissions: analysis of the impact of unplanned readmissions during primary treatment of advanced-stage epithelial ovarian cancer on long-term oncology outcome
Dandi Huang, Ross Harrison, Erin Curtis, Nina Mirabadi, Grace Yi Chen, Roxana Alexandridis, Lisa Barroilhet, Stephen Rose, Ellen Hartenbach, Ahmed Al-Niami
Published Date: February, 2023 - pmid:36808044 - International journal of gynecological cancer : official journal of the International Gynecological Cancer Society
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
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.
UW Ob-Gyn faculty, advanced practice providers, fellows, and residents prepared an impressive slate of presentations and posters, and served in key leadership roles, for the 2023 Society of Gynecologic Oncology Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer! Here are just some of their exciting contributions to the conference, which took place March 25-28, 2023 in Tampa, FL:
Associate Proefssor Lisa Barroilhet, MD, MS:
Vice Chair of the Patient Education Committee
Professor Ellen Hartenbach, MD:
Poster: “The genomic profile of high-grade serous ovarian cancer and the association with platinum-resistance”
Poster: “Thromboembolic Events in Gynecologic Cancer Patients Treated with Chemotherapy”
Ob-Gyn Resident Rachel Mojdehbakhsh, MD:
Poster: “Radical hysterectomy case volume and cervical cancer treatment in the era of COVID-19: A multi-institutional analysis”
Gynecologic Oncology Fellow Lauren Montemorano, MD:
Poster: “Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Recruitment in the Virtual Era: An Evaluation of Program Websites and Survey of Applicant Preferences” (Lauren Montemorano MD, Connor C Wang MD, Ankitha Madde MD, J Stuart Ferriss MD, Bunja J Rungruang MD, Ryan Spencer MD, MS)
Poster: “The genomic profile of high-grade serous ovarian cancer and the association with platinum-resistance” (Lauren Montemorano MD, Jessica D Lang PhD, Zoey Shultz BA, Alma Farooque BA, Meredith Hyun MS, Richard Chappell PhD, Ellen Hartenbach MD)
Poster: “A comparison of early-occurring and late-occurring incisional hernias after trans-umbilical versus circumbilical midline laparotomy in gynecologic oncology patients” (Connor C Wang, Alexandra Andes, Aaditi Naik, Lauren Montemorano, Ahmed Al-Niaimi)
Joanne Rash, PA:
Special Interest Session for Allied Health Professionals: Provider Wellbeing: Hope to be Found
Rash finished her board terms as the first elected APP representative on the SGO board!
Professor Stephen Rose, MD:
Poster: “Radical hysterectomy case volume and cervical cancer treatment in the era of COVID-19: A multi-institutional analysis”
Associate Professor Ryan Spencer, MD, MS:
Spencer was selected to serve as the SGO representative on the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ political action committee (Ob-GynPAC).
Spencer received the Congressional Ambassador Award, given annually to SGO members who have worked hard to educate our elected and appointed officials in Washington, DC, to promote health care policy changes and annual federal funding increases to positively impact the field of gynecologic oncology and the women who are impacted with gynecologic cancer malignancies.
Chair, SGO Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Committee
Co-Lead, Gynecologic Oncology Standardized Letter of Evaluation (SLOE) Task Force
Poster: “Gynecologic oncology fellowship recruitment in the virtual era: an evaluation of program websites and survey of applicant preferences.” (Senior author on this multi-institutional project with Johns Hopkins, Duke, and Medical College of Georgia.)
Presentations during SGO Program Directors Network meeting:
Gynecologic Oncology SLOEs
Updates from the ABOG Reproductive Health Summit
Associate Professor Sumer Wallace, MD, MS:
Serves on Policy, Quality, & Outcomes task force for the Health Policy and Socioeconomic committee
Ob-Gyn Resident Connor Wang, MD:
Poster: “A Comparison of Early-Occuring and Late-Occuring Incisional Hernias After Trans-Umbilical Versus Circumbilical Midline Laparotomy in Gynecologic Oncology Patients”
Gynecologic Oncology Fellow Catherine Zhang, MD, MPH:
Featured Oral Poster Session: “A Quality Improvement Project to Implement Oral Anticoagulant Thromboprophylaxis in Ambulatory Gynecologic Cancer Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy”
Congratulations to all on this incredible showing!
Congratulations to UW Ob-Gyn Department Chair Ellen Hartenbach, MD, who was elected to serve as Member-At-Large on the Council of University Chairs of Obstetrics and Gynecology (CUCOG) Executive Board. Hartenbach’s term begins during the 2023 CUCOG Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD on May 18, 2023 and ends during the annual meeting in 2025.
CUCOG is dedicated to supporting OB-GYN Chairs’ leadership and professional development through networking and sharing of best practices to ensure departments’ clinical and academic success. We are so glad Dr. Hartenbach will be helping shape academic ob-gyn in this role. Congratulations on this well-deserved honor!
UW Ob-Gyn Department Chair Ellen Hartenbach, MD, is included in a National Public Radio story that aired on Weekend Edition on March 18, 2023!
In “How the overturn of Roe v. Wade is impacting medical students entering gynecology”, Hartenbach adds some context to residency candidates’ concerns about training environments post-Dobbs, discusses the impact of traveling for training on current residents, and more.
Listen to the whole story here!
Our sincere congratulations to UW Ob-Gyn Department Chair and Professor Ellen Hartenbach, MD, who was nominated to join the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society as a Class of 2023 faculty inductee!
Alpha Omega Alpha is a medical honor society that recognizes individuals for their excellence in scholarship, professionalism, leadership, and teaching. Each year, faculty members are selected for AOA membership. The criteria for induction are based on the AOA’s founding principles of recognizing educational achievement, honoring gifted teaching, encouraging leadership development, supporting the ideals of humanism, and promoting service to others.
Hartenbach will be inducted during a ceremony on April 4, 2023. Congratulations on this well-deserved honor!
A recent article published by the UW Carbone Cancer Center shares one patient’s experience with ovarian and breast cancer related to BRCA genetic mutations. In the article, UW Ob-Gyn Department Chair and Professor of Gynecologic Oncology Ellen Hartenbach, MD, discusses hereditary cancer risk:
“Hartenbach said it’s important for people to know their family history with cancer, and those with many close relatives should seek genetic evaluation and testing for hereditary risk factors. Patients with BRCA mutations can work closely with their care team for increased cancer screenings, and they can also choose preventive surgical options to lower cancer risks.
“The bottom line is that women have to gather the information and make a personal decision,” Hartenbach said.”
Read the whole article here!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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 Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Podbean, or anywhere else, you can find us! (Just search Women’s Healthcast, and while you’re at it, may as well subscribe!)
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.