Department of
Obstetrics and Gynecology

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND PUBLIC HEALTH
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J. Igor Iruretagoyena, MD, MS
Director, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Professor (CHS)
Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Meriter- UnityPoint Health



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


Clinic Address
Center for Perinatal Care
202 S Park St
Madison, WI, 53715
Phone: 608-417-6667


Administrative Assistant
Elizabeth Cavadini
ecavadini@wisc.edu
608-417-6099

Bio Sketch

Education

1999 Undergraduate Universidad Central de Venezuela , Caracas, Venezuela
2003 M.D. Universidad Central de Venezuela –Escuela Jose Maria Vargas, Caracas, Venezuela
2007 Residency Bridgeport Hospital, Yale University Medical School, New Haven, CT
2011 M.S. University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health, Madison, WI
2011 Fellowship University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health, Madison, WI

Certifications

Diplomate, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Maternal-Fetal Medicine

National Certification Corporation-Electronic Fetal Monitoring (C-EFM)


Department Leadership Role

Director, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Fellowship Director, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health

Medical Director Obstetrics (mother/baby service line), University of Wisconsin/UnityPoint Health-Meriter Hospital


Honors and Awards

Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine Academy for Leadership and Development Program

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health,
Leadership Development for Physicians in Academic Health Centers

Board Examiner,
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Physician Leadership Development Program,
University of Wisconsin. 25 out of 60 applicants selected by UW senior leadership.


Professional Services

2011-Present: Developed Multidisciplinary Perinatal Care conference once monthly.

2012-Present: Member, UW OB-GYN Department Quality Improvement and Review Committee

2012-Present: Member, Obstetrics Quality Improvement Clinical Operations Committee (formerly Women’s Health Steering Committee)

2012-Present: Developed a formal fetal neurosonography program at the Center for Perinatal Care, University of Wisconsin

2014:  Participant in Prenatal Care Work Group to develop preventive health care guidelines for UW Health

2014-Present: Member, Clinical Operations Steering Committee UW

2014-Present: Member, Finance Committee OB-GYN Department

2014-Present: Member, Clinical Competence Committee OB-GYN residency

2015-Present: Member, Clinical Operations Committee OB-GYN Department

2015-Present: Member, Mother/baby service line University of Wisconsin/UnityPoint Health-Meriter Hospital

2018-Present: Member at Large, Medical Executive Committee of UnityPoint Health-Meriter Hospital

2018-Present: Member, Program Evaluation Committee OB-GYN residency

2018-Present: Member, School of Medicine and Public Health Clinical Health Sciences Track (CHS) Promotions committee

  • UW Pediatric Specialty Strategic Planning committee member
  • UW Pediatric Specialty Steering committee member

2020: Committee Member UW Pediatric Specialty Digital Health 

2018-Present: Board Examiner, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

2019-Present: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology Written Board Question Writer

2020: Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine - Facilitator, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Committee workshop 


Memberships

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine


Placenta accreta spectrum: the pattern and character of intraplacental blood flow by color and spectral Doppler

Mark A Kliewer, Anjuli R Bagley, Elizabeth A Sadowski, Michael J Beninati, J Igor Iruretagoyena

Published Date: October, 2022 - pmid:36273328 - Abdominal radiology (New York)


Weight gain in pregnancy: can metformin steady the scales?

Jacquelyn H Adams, John Poehlmann, Jenna L Racine, J Igor Iruretagoyena, April Eddy, Kara K Hoppe, Katharina Stewart, Janine Rhoades, Kathleen M Antony

Published Date: March, 2022 - pmid:35272547 - The journal of maternal-fetal & neonatal medicine : the official journal of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine, the Federation of Asia and Oceania Perinatal Societies, the International Society of Perinatal Obstetricians


Terbutaline-triggered fetal arrhythmia prior to neonatal diagnosis of Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome: A case report

Maya Gross, J Igor Iruretagoyena, Shardha Srinivasan, Jennifer Karnowski, Jacquelyn Adams

Published Date: January, 2022 - pmid:35070730 - Case reports in women's health


The impact of insurance on equitable access to non-invasive prenatal screening (NIPT): private insurance may not pay

Megan E Benoy, J Igor Iruretagoyena, Laura E Birkeland, Elizabeth M Petty

Published Date: January, 2021 - pmid:33404996 - Journal of community genetics


A Matter of Time: Does Gestational Age Affect the Duration of the Fetal Anatomic Survey?

John R Poehlmann, Ainsley Timmel, Jacquelyn H Adams, Vivek K Gupta, Janine S Rhoades, J Igor Iruretagoyena, Kara K Hoppe, Kathleen M Antony

Published Date: November, 2020 - pmid:33155692 - Journal of ultrasound in medicine : official journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine


Ultrasound Based Computational Fluid Dynamics Assessment of Brachial Artery Wall Shear Stress in Preeclamptic Pregnancy

Ryan J Pewowaruk, Jenna Racine, J Igor Iruretagoyena, Alejandro Roldán-Alzate

Published Date: October, 2020 - pmid:33025370 - Cardiovascular engineering and technology


Detailed Fetal Anatomic Ultrasound Examination Duration and Association With Body Mass Index

Vivek K Gupta, Jacquelyn H Adams, Timothy Heiser, J Igor Iruretagoyena, Kara K Hoppe, Kathleen M Antony

Published Date: September, 2019 - pmid:31503163 - Obstetrics and gynecology


Operative Vaginal Delivery Is a Safe Option in Women Undergoing a Trial of Labor after Cesarean

Erin Krizman, Patricia Grzebielski, Kathleen M Antony, Emmanuel Sampene, Matthew Shanahan, J Igor Iruretagoyena, Justin Bohrer

Published Date: June, 2019 - pmid:31218115 - AJP reports


Structured Training for Fetal Diagnostic Skills in a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship

Kathleen M Antony, Nauman Khurshid, Barbara Trampe, Vivek K Gupta, J Igor Iruretagoyena, Katharina S Stewart, Dinesh Shah

Published Date: October, 2018 - pmid:30370179 - AJP reports


Modeling Fetal Cardiac Anomalies From Prenatal Echocardiography With 3-Dimensional Printing and 4-Dimensional Flow Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Katrina L Falk, Huairen Zhou, Barbara Trampe, Timothy Heiser, Shardha Srinivasan, J Igor Iruretagoyena, Alejandro Roldán-Alzate

Published Date: October, 2018 - pmid:30354680 - Circulation. Cardiovascular imaging


Prediction of neonatal respiratory morbidity by quantitative ultrasound lung texture analysis: a multicenter study

Montse Palacio, Elisenda Bonet-Carne, Teresa Cobo, Alvaro Perez-Moreno, Joan Sabrià, Jute Richter, Marian Kacerovsky, Bo Jacobsson, Raúl A García-Posada, Fernando Bugatto, Ramon Santisteve, Àngels Vives, Mauro Parra-Cordero, Edgar Hernandez-Andrade, José Luis Bartha, Pilar Carretero-Lucena, Kai Lit Tan, Rogelio Cruz-Martínez, Minke Burke, Suseela Vavilala, Igor Iruretagoyena, Juan Luis Delgado, Mauro Schenone, Josep Vilanova, Francesc Botet, George S H Yeo, Jon Hyett, Jan Deprest, Roberto Romero, Eduard Gratacos, Fetal Lung Texture Team

Published Date: March, 2017 - pmid:28342715 - American journal of obstetrics and gynecology


Travel During Pregnancy: Considerations for the Obstetric Provider

Kathleen M Antony, Deborah Ehrenthal, Ann Evensen, J Igor Iruretagoyena

Published Date: February, 2017 - pmid:28218771 - Obstetrical & gynecological survey


Permanent cardiac sarcomere changes in a rabbit model of intrauterine growth restriction

Iratxe Torre, Anna González-Tendero, Patricia García-Cañadilla, Fátima Crispi, Francisco García-García, Bart Bijnens, Igor Iruretagoyena, Joaquin Dopazo, Ivan Amat-Roldán, Eduard Gratacós

Published Date: November, 2014 - pmid:25402351 - PloS one


Automated cardiac sarcomere analysis from second harmonic generation images

Patricia Garcia-Canadilla, Anna Gonzalez-Tendero, Igor Iruretagoyena, Fatima Crispi, Iratxe Torre, Ivan Amat-Roldan, Bart H Bijnens, Eduard Gratacos

Published Date: May, 2014 - pmid:24853145 - Journal of biomedical optics


A transcervical chorionic villus sampling model for teaching

J Igor Iruretagoyena, Barbara Trampe, Katharina Stewart, Sabine Droste

Published Date: July, 2013 - pmid:23887961 - Journal of ultrasound in medicine : official journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine


Prenatal diagnosis of an umbilical vein aneurysm: a case report

Britta Panda, Robert Stiller, Igor Iruretagoyena, Angelique Levi

Published Date: September, 2009 - pmid:19777980 - Connecticut medicine


Antibiotic resistance and penicillin tolerance in ano-vaginal group B streptococci

Britta Panda, Igor Iruretagoyena, Robert Stiller, Alexander Panda

Published Date: March, 2009 - pmid:19253160 - The journal of maternal-fetal & neonatal medicine : the official journal of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine, the Federation of Asia and Oceania Perinatal Societies, the International Society of Perinatal Obstetricians


UW Ob-Gyn brings research, developments to 2021 SMFM Conference

Faculty, residents, fellows, researchers and more brought numerous posters and presentations to the virtual 2021 Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine Annual Meeting at the end of January! Learn more about the wealth of research shared by our colleagues at the conference:

PRESENTATION:

Racial disparities in post-operative pain experience and treatment following cesarean birth

John Poehlmann; Tiffany Green, Katie Antony, Amy Godecker

POSTERS:

Trouble with the curve: Is an ultrasound growth curve needed to predict SGA infants?

Bradley Bosse; Jacquelyn Adams, Melissa Meyer, John Poehlmann, Janine Rhoades, Igor Iruretagoyena

Obtaining accurate blood pressures: A quality improvement initiative to increase obstetric nursing knowledge and confidence

Matt Wagar; Jacquelyn Adams, Amy Godecker, Katie Antony

Prediction of vaginal delivery utilizing intrapartum transperineal ultrasound

Stephanie Peace; Melissa Meyer, Jacquelyn Adams, Katie Antony; Luther Gaston

Comparing 32-week vs 36-week growth ultrasound for prediction of LGA infants in obese gravidae

John Poehlmann; Jacquelyn Adams, Melissa Meyer, Jenna Racine, Janine Rhoades, Igor Iruretagoyena

Impact of a Standardized Post-Cesarean Analgesia Regimen on Postpartum Opioid Use

Melissa Meyer; Katie Antony

The impact of pre-existing maternal anxiety on pain and opioid use following cesarean birth

John Poehlmann; Amy Godecker, Katie Antony

Blood pressure pattern of women with hypertensive disorders of pregnancy is highly affected by obesity

Narmin Mukhtarova (MFM research intern); Kara Hoppe co-authored

Postpartum blood pressure of Black women is significantly higher compared to non-Black women

Narmin Mukhtarova (MFM research intern); Kara Hoppe co-authored

Did institutional changes and patient behaviors surrounding COVID-19 affect perinatal outcomes?

Jenna Racine; Igor Iruretagoyena, Kara Hoppe

Distance matters. The effect of distance to the hospital on estimated blood loss.

Kara Hoppe; Alexa Lowry

Blood pressure pattern pre-pregnancy through 42-day postpartum of women with preeclampsia, gestational, and chronic hypertension

Narmin Mukhtarova (MFM research intern); Kara Hoppe


UW Ob-Gyn brings posters, presentations to 2022 SMFM Annual Pregnancy Meeting

Though the meeting was virtual this year, the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine brought an impressive raft of research to the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s 42nd Annual Pregnancy Meeting! Read about some of the incredible posters and presentations they shared at the conference:

Risk calculator for hypertension related postpartum readmission - Jinxin Tao, Yonatan Mintz, Ramsey Larson, Dakota Dalton, Kara Hoppe

(check out the risk calculator, recently published on Dr. Hoppe’s Staying Healthy After Childbirth site!)

A Spatial Approach to Examining Individual and Disparity-Level Factors and Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy - Erin Bailey, Maria Kamenestky, Alexa Lowry, Ronald Gangnon, Kara Hoppe

Is isolated small head circumference at 20 weeks predictive of FGR or SGA at delivery? - Brad Bosse, Madeline Wetterhahn, Erin Bailey, Janine Rhoades, J. Igor Iruretagoyena, Jacquelyn Adams 

A Spatial Approach to Examining Individual and Disparity-Level Factors and Birth Outcomes - Alexa Lowry, Maria Kamenetsky, Erin Bailey, Ronald Gangnon, Kara Hoppe

Understanding endothelial dysfunction in preterm preeclampsia with severe features: utility of bedside brachial artery Doppler - Jenna Racine, Ryan Pewowaruk, Alejandro Roldan-Alzate, Ian Bird, Jason Austin, Dinesh Shah, J. Igor Iruretagoyena

Diabetes Distress Scores and Black race predicts poorer diabetes control in third trimester Jennifer Jacobson, Amy Godecker, Jennifer Janik, April Eddy, Jacquelyn Adams

Is an isolated short femur an indication for growth ultrasounds? - Erin Bailey, Brad Bosse, Madeline Wetterhahn, J. Igor Iruretagoyena, Janine Rhoades, Jacquelyn Adams

Predicting small for gestational age infants: is it time to update the Hadlock model? Joseph Chou, Brad Bosse, Madeline Wetterhahn, Jacquelyn Adams

Do obese women without comorbid conditions need a growth ultrasound during pregnancy? - Madeline Wetterhahn, Kathleen Antony, Brad Bosse, Jacquelyn Adams

Congratulations to all!


Barroilhet, Giles, Iruretagoyena in Texas as Board Examiners

Three UW Ob-Gyn faculty served as ABOG subspecialty board examiners in Texas this year!

Dobie Giles, MD, MS, MBA, professor in the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Lisa Barroilhet, MD, MS, associate professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, and Igor Iruretagoyena, MD, MS, professor and director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, each served as a board examiner for their respective subspecialties.

It's an exciting department accomplishment to have three faculty serve as subspecialty board examiners. Thank you all for your work supporting the next generation of FPMRS, Gynecologic Oncology, and MFM physicians!  


Iruretagoyena to become Vice Chair of Finance in July 2023

Later this year, the UW Ob-Gyn Finance Committee will undergo a leadership change: Igor Iruretagoyena, MD, MS, professor and director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, will become the new Vice Chair of Finance, effective July 1, 2023. He will follow Dobie Giles, MD, MS, MBA, associate professor in the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, who has been the Vice Chair of Finance since 2017. Please help us congratulate Dr. Iruretagoyena on this new role!

Dr. Iruretagoyena brings a great deal of leadership and operational experience to this role. In addition to leading a complex, active division for eight years, he has been a member of the UW Ob-Gyn Finance Committee since 2014 and the Clinical Operations Committee since 2015. In the last few years, he has also joined the Board of Directors for Generations Fertility Care and the steering committee for the UW Health Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center. These experiences have prepared him to be a highly effective Vice Chair of Finance.

Congratulations, Dr. Iruretagoyena, and sincere thanks to Dr. Giles!


Grand Rounds: Iruretagoyena presents “Communication milestones for the OB/GYN resident”

On February 9, 2023, UW Ob-Gyn Professor and Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Director Igor Iruretagoyena, MD, presented the Grand Rounds lecture “Communication milestones for the OB/GYN resident”.

In the lecture, Iruretagoyena summarized the new Ob-Gyn milestones from ACGME, defined the different components needed to advance in the milestones, identified tools needed to accomplish the milestones, and outlined the integration of this knowledge as part of residency.

Watch the whole lecture here!


Iruretagoyena to serve as ABOG board examiner in 2023

​Huge congratulations to UW Ob-Gyn Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division Director Igor Iruretagoyena, MD! He was invited to serve as an American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology examiner for the Maternal-Fetal Medicine certifying exams in April 2023.

Iruretagoyena has previously served as an ABOG examiner for the Obstetrics boards. Returning as an examiner for the MFM certifying boards is an incredible honor. Congratulations, Dr. Iruretagoyena!


Racine published in Wisconsin Medical Journal

Jenna Racine, MD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, is the lead author on a new study published in the Wisconsin Medical Journal!

In “Perinatal Outcomes Associated With Institutional Changes Early in the COVID-19 Pandemic”, Racine and co-authors (including Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division Director Igor Iruretagoyena, MD, and Kara Hoppe, DO, MS) used a retrospective cohort study of singleton births at one hospital. They compared birth outcomes of a pre-COVID and post-COVID group, finding:

“…significant changes in clinical practice secondary to policy changes and patient behaviors during the COVID-19 pandemic. As an institution that globally adopted ARRIVE (A Randomized Trial of Induction Versus Expectant Management) practices, we noted fewer inductions, more women presenting in labor and more women delivering at or after 41 weeks. We also noted a shorter length of hospital stay for the mother-baby dyad. Overall, these changes in clinical practice did not affect perinatal outcomes.”

Read the whole study here!


Iruretagoyena earns UW Health Clinical Practice Award

Huge congratulations to UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Director Igor Iruretagoyena, MD! Iruretagoyena was selected to receive a UW Health 2021 Physician Excellence Clinical Practice Award, and was honored at the UW Health Physician Excellence Awards ceremony on November 30.

The Clinical Practice Award, which is nominated by peers, is a tremendous and well-deserved honor. Please help us congratulate Dr. Iruretagoyena!


Iruretagoyena earns UW Health Clinical Practice Award

Huge congratulations to UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Director Igor Iruretagoyena, MD! Iruretagoyena was selected to receive a UW Health Physician Excellence 2021 Clinical Practice Award, and was honored at the UW Health Physician Excellence Awards ceremony on November 30.

The Clinical Practice Award, which is nominated by peers, is a tremendous and well-deserved honor. Please help us congratulate Dr. Iruretagoyena!


Iruretagoyena promoted to Professor (CHS)

We are thrilled to announce that the UW School of Medicine and Public Health CHS Faculty Appointments and Promotions Committee voted unanimously to promote UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Director Igor Iruretagoyena, MD to the rank of Professor (CHS). The promotion will be effective July 1, 2022.

Iruretagoyena joined the UW Department of Ob-Gyn faculty in 2011, and became director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine in 2015. Please help us congratulate him on this well-deserved honor!


Iruretagoyena discusses changes to pregnancy care during COVID on NBC-15

recent story on NBC-15 in Madison asked whether to expect a baby boom or baby bust in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic, and how pregnancy care and delivery has changed because of the pandemic. UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Director Igor Iruetagoyena, MD spoke with reporters about what pregnancy care and delivery look like for families now:

Dr. Igor Iruretagoyena is a maternal-fetal medicine doctor who works with high-risk pregnancies at Unity-Point Health Meriter. He’s been delivering babies for 17 years and has been a high-risk doctor for almost 10 years. While many women have questions when it comes to labor and delivery, he said most questions revolved around COVID-19 protocols.

“Many women were asking about safety of being in the hospital thinking that the hospital is where most sick people are going to be,” said Dr. Iruretagoyena. “Our message has been very consistent from the get-go as much as we can to make the hospital a safe environment. It has proven to be a safe environment like most of the hospitals.””

Watch the interview here!


Women’s Healthcast: Iruretagoyena talks “Pregnancy, Vaccines and COVID-19”

Our understanding of how COVID-19 and pregnancy interact has evolved quite a bit over the course of 2020. On this episode of the Women’s Healthcast, UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Director Igor Iruretagoyena, MD discusses COVID and pregnancy – whether pregnant people are at higher risk of severe illness with COVID, if pregnant people are eligible for vaccination, and other things to think about if you’re considering pregnancy during a pandemic.

Listen to “Pregnancy, Vaccines and COVID-19” now.

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Iruretagoyena discusses pregnancy during pandemic on WKOW

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many have questions about whether to try for pregnancy and what risks or complications the pandemic may pose for pregnant people. On Thursday, November 19, UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Director Igor Iruretagoyena, MD spoke with WKOW-27 News in Madison about pregnancy in the time of COVID.

In the segment, he discusses whether pregnant people are at higher risk of severe illness, what we know so far about vertical transmission, and more. 

Watch “Pregnant in a Pandemic: What are the Risks?” now.