Makeba Williams, MD, FACOG, NCMP
Clinical Associate Professor
Division Director

Academic Specialists in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Office Address
McConnell Hall, 4th Floor, Room: 459
1010 Mound Street
Madison, WI, 53715

Clinic Address
Gynecology Clinic
20 S. Park Street
Madison, WI, 53715
Phone: 608-287-2830

Administrative Assistant
Jennifer Ferry


Makeba Williams, MD, NCMP, FACOG is a clinical associate professor and director of the Division of Academic Specialists in Obstetrics and Gynecology in the UW Department of Ob-Gyn. Dr. Williams has a specialty focus in menopausal medicine and has earned the designation of Certified Menopause Practitioner from the North American Menopause Society. Passionate about resident and medical student education, she established the UW Health Menopause Clinic in 2016 to train the next generation of physicians to meet the healthcare needs of midlife and menopausal women.


B.S. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

M.D. Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN

Residency Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA


North American Menopause Society-Certified Menopause Practitioner

Intuitive Surgical da Vinci Surgeon Certification

American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Honors and Awards

UW Health Rising Star Physician Excellence Award

Women’s Health and Health Equity Research Lecture & Symposium Exceptional Poster Award

SASGOG Faculty Award

Sabine Droste Award for Resident Teaching and Mentorship

Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG) Faculty Award

Sabine Droste Award for Resident Teaching and Mentorship

Karl A. Rudat Award for Surgical Teaching


American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)

North American Menopause Society (NAMS)

Society for Academic Specialists in General Obstetrics and Gynecology (SASGOG)

Williams presents Grand Rounds at Penn State

On October 2, 2019, UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn Director Makeba Williams, MD, gave a Grand Rounds lecture to the Penn State College of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 

Williams gave the lecture “Female Sexual Dysfunction” to the department of 20 residents, six fellows and 30+ faculty. Congratulations, Dr. Williams!

Williams supports Women in Medicine symposium

In November, the UW School of Medicine and Public Health hosted its first-ever Women in Medicine and Science Symposium, and UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn Director Makeba Williams, MD was part of the planning committee that made it such an excellent event.

Presentations like “Quit Fixing Women,” by the UW Department of Surgery’s Caprice Greenberg, MD MPH, and “Beyond Mentorship,” by Azita Hamedani, MD, MPH, MBA, endowed chair of emergency medicine, led into a panel discussion about leadership and professional development for women in medicine and science.

Congratulations to Dr. Williams and all involved in the inaugural Women in Medicine and Science Symposium!

Williams was a top 10% reviewer for Green Journal in 2019

In 2019, UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn Director Makeba Williams, MD, served as a peer reviewer for the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology. After the journal evaluated its reviewer data, they found that Williams ranks in the top 10 percent of more than 1,100 peer reviewers for the journal!

The top 10 percent is identified based on the number and quality of reviews completed during the year and the time taken to complete them. On average, top 10 percent reviewers submitted four or more reviews in 2019, and typically well before deadline.

Congratulations, Dr. Williams!

Williams and Iruretagoyena selected for UW Health Physician Leadership Development program


Congratulations to UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn Director Makeba Williams, MD, and Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Director Igor Iruretagoyena, MD! Both incredible division directors were selected as part of the 2020 UW Health Physician Leadership Development Program cohort.

As part of the program, Williams and Iruretagoyena will participate in 10 live courses on topics including leadership, strategy and human resources. The curriculum includes leadership development within a culture of trust, project management, strategic thinking, planning and decision making, emotional intelligence, managing physician performance, resolving conflict, leading and managing strategic change, authentic leadership development, and building and leading effective teams. 

We’re so proud they were selected to kick off this amazing new program. Congratulations!

Iruretagoyena and Williams discuss pregnancy and COVID on WPR

UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Director Igor Iruretagoyena, MD, and Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn Director Makeba Wiliams, MD joined the Wisconsin Public Radio Morning Show on April 14 to talk about pregnancy and birth during the coronavirus pandemic.

During their interview, they talked about how doctors are handling prenatal care appointments, what happens if a mother tests positive for COVID, whether breastfeeding is recommended, and which COVID and pregnancy myths they would like to dispel.

You can listen to the whole interview here.

Women’s Healthcast: Clinical Safety and COVID-19

Our healthcare system mounted a rapid response to the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, which included pausing or delaying some non-essential or elective care, ramping up telehealth or video visits, and limiting in-person appointments for patient safety. Now, in Wisconsin, we’re getting ready to loosen some restrictions and bring people back into clinics.

On this episode, three doctors in the UW-Madison Department of Ob-Gyn discuss safety precautions and changes to prenatal, obstetrical, general women’s health, and gynecologic cancer care, as well as what’s happening the clinical research world. Thanks to Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn Director Makeba Williams, MD, gynecologic oncologist Lisa Barroilhet, MD, and Vice Chair for Clinical Research David Kushner, MD for providing an update on clinical and research safety at UW Health.

Listen to Is it Safe to See the Doctor? Clinical Safety and COVID-19 now.

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

Williams answers questions on bleeding after sex for InStyle

It’s a common question that can nonetheless be scary to ask: is it normal to experience some bleeding after sex?

Makeba Williams, MD, director of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, talked with InStyle about what can cause bleeding after sex (pregnancy, STIs, cervical polyps, sometimes cervical dysplasia), and when to call a doctor with concerns.

Read the whole article here!

Williams, Brown published in journal Menopause

A new article by UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn Director Makeba Williams, MD and Heidi Brown, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, finds room for improvement in preoperative counseling about menopausal symptoms for women undergoing surgical menopause. UW Ob-Gyn residency graduate Lauren Verrilli, MD (class of 2019) is lead author on the study.

Factors associated with counseling and postoperative hormone therapy use in surgically menopausal women,” published in the journal Menopause, is a retrospective chart review of more than 150 patients who underwent bilateral oophorectomy before age 52. The study found room for growth:

“Within our cohort, 66% had no documentation of counseling about menopausal symptoms before surgical menopause. Most women experienced symptoms postoperatively, but less than one-third of symptomatic women received hormone therapy. We have an opportunity to improve anticipatory guidance and informed consent for women undergoing surgical menopause.”

Read the whole study here. Amazing work, Dr. Williams and Dr. Brown!

Williams, Brown are collaborators on UW ICTR D&I Research pilot award

Huge congratulations to UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn Director Makeba Williams, MD, and Heidi Brown, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery! Williams and Brown will be collaborators on a new Dissemination and Implementation Research pilot award from the UW-Madison Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.

They will work on “Extending BP Connect: Implementing in Diverse Specialty Clinics and for out-of-network Follow-up”, with PI Christie Bartels, MD, of the UW SMPH Department of Medicine:

Our current objective is to compare individual vs group audit and feedback to scale BP Connect implementation across diverse clinics. We aim to test these hypotheses: a) BP Connect is scalable across diverse clinics; b) group staff A&F is comparable to individual, as evidenced in two 2018 physician studies; and c) both in- and out-of-network primary care follow-up will improve.”

Incredible work, Dr. Williams and Dr. Brown!

First HAGO Conference was a great success!

On September 10-11, the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology hosted the first-ever Heartland Association of Gynecologic Oncology (HAGO) meeting. More than 70 gynecologic oncology professionals tuned in for the virtual conference, which included two keynote presentations and 21 research abstract presentations.

HAGO was founded in 2020 by UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gyn Onc Director Stephen Rose, MD, and the program committee included Ryan Spencer, MD and UW Ob-Gyn Gyn Onc fellowship graduates Andrea O’Shea, MD and Shitanshu Uppal, MD.

Of the 21 abstracts selected for presentation, five were from our department (Matthew Wagar, MD with mentor Sumer Wallace, MDWagar with mentor Makeba Williams, MDShannon Rush, MD with mentor Steve Rose, MDRachel Mojdehbakhsh, MD with mentor Ryan Spencer, MD; and Connor Wang, MD with mentor Spencer).

UW Ob-Gyn Gyn Onc fellow Shannon Rush, MD earned the first Award for Clinical Research for her abstract “65 Revisited: A Revised Markov Model for Evaluating Oophorectomy at the Time of Hysterectomy for Benign Disease”!

Lisa Barroilhet, MD was also an invited distillation presenter and UW Ob-Gyn Department Chair Laurel Rice, MD gave a keynote address and received the inaugural HAGO Award for Service and Leadership.

Our congratulations to everyone involved in planning and preparing the HAGO Conference – incredible work!

Williams shares important mammogram info with InStyle

UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn Director Makeba Williams, MD spoke with InStyle about important breast health updates in September.

In Everything You Need to Know Before Your First Mammogram, Williams helps demystify recommendations for when people should start seeking mammograms (and why opinions differ between some professional organizations), how to prepare for the procedure, and what to expect during the visit.

Read the whole article here!

Williams talks vaginal atrophy prevention with Health Central

UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn Director Makeba Williams, MD spoke with Health Central for an article on preventing and lessening vaginal atrophy with menopause.

In the article, Williams shares tips like talking about atrophy with health care providers (and bringing it up with patients) before it becomes a concern, being thoughtful about garment choice, increasing blood flow to the area, and more.

Read “Best Ways to Prevent (and Lessen) Vaginal Atrophy” now.

Wagar published in Green Journal

In a new publication in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, UW Ob-Gyn resident Matt Wagar, MD, PGY-3 compared operative outcomes of postpartum tubal ligation and bilateral salpingectomy. Co-authors on the article include UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists Director Makeba Williams, MD, and Amy Godecker, PhD.

The retrospective study “Postpartum Salpingectomy Compared With Standard Tubal Ligation After Vaginal Delivery” examined 10 years of data for patients who underwent tubal sterilization after vaginal delivery. The primary outcome comparison between the two procedures was operative time, with secondary outcomes of blood loss, complications, and readmission within six weeks. The study found:

“When using electrocautery, bilateral salpingectomy can be completed in the immediate postpartum period after vaginal delivery with equivalent operative times to bilateral tubal ligation.”

Read the whole study here. Incredible work, Dr. Wagar!

Williams promoted to Associate Professor (CHS)

We are thrilled to announce that UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn Director Makeba Williams, MD has been promoted to Associate Professor (CHS)! The UW the School of Medicine and Public Health CHS Faculty Appointments and Promotions Committee unanimously endorsed her promotion, which will be effective July 1, 2021.

Williams joined the UW Department of Ob-Gyn in 2015 and became director of the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn in 2018. Congratulations on this well-deserved promotion, Dr. Williams!