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Ob-Gyn Department News

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology began its academic mission of training excellent women's health physicians in 1929. Since then, hundreds of distinguished graduates have pursued successful careers as general ob-gyns, cancer specialists, surgeons, experts in high-risk pregnancy conditions, and more. UW-Madison-trained physicians and researchers work across the world as committed partners in women's health. 

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Williams talks about hormones and menopause on Well Wisconsin Radio

UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn Director Makeba Williams, MD appeared on a recent episode of Well Wisconsin Radio to address some myths about hormones.During the interview, Williams discussed the primary hormones active in women’s bodies, why hormone testing is rarely recommended, how to recognize common signs and symptoms of menopause, and more.Listen t... more

Jennings promoted to Clinical Associate Professor

Please join us in congratulating Ashley Jennings, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn! The UW SMPH Clinician Teacher Track Appointments and Promotions Committee voted overwhelmingly to approve Jennings’ promotion to Clinical Associate Professor.The promotion will be effective July 1, 2022. Congratulations on this well-deserved honor, Dr. Jennings! more

Grand Rounds: Rice presents “The Nuances of Career Development”

On November 11, 2021, Laurel Rice, MD, Ben Miller Peckham, MD, PhD, Chair in Obstetrics and Gynecology, presented the Grand Rounds lecture “The Nuances of Career Development”. In the presentation, Rice shared perspectives for navigating career development in academic medicine through the power of articulating one's interests and passion, identifying and being open to pursuin... more

Wallace nominated for UW Health Rising Star Award

Congratulations to Sumer Wallace, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology! Wallace was nominated for the highly competitive UW Health Physician Excellence Rising Star Award.Rising Star nominees are physicians on an upward career trajectory who “demonstrate exceptional patient and family centered care with a commitment to quality and patient safety.”Wallace was ... more

Bhagavath presents at SREI fellows forum

UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Director Bala Bhagavath, MD presented at the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility fellows forum in Utah on November 19!Bhagavath’s presentation on reproductive surgeries garnered a lot of excitement from the REI fellows and physicians in attendance, with more than half the fellows expressing a... more

Mind Over Matter team wins Paster Award

Please help us congratulate the Mind Over Matter: Healthy Bowels, Healthy Bladder research team, which won the Paster Family Foundation Innovation Award for the development and dissemination of their program.The Paster Family Foundation Innovation Award is given for a project, system improvement, or initiative that has made a difference in human health and/or the lives of pa... more

Mojdehbakhsh’s abstract selected for presentation at SGS Conference

​Huge congratulations to UW Ob-Gyn resident Rachel Mojdehbakhsh, MD, PGY-3! Mojdehbakhsh’s abstract “Efficacy and Safety of Institution-Wide Restrictive Blood Transfusion Protocol in Gynecologic Surgical Patients” was selected for an oral poster presentation at the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons’ upcoming annual meeting.Mojdehbakhsh will present during the SGS 48th Annual S... more

Wallace published in Gynecologic Oncology

A new article in the journal Gynecologic Oncology by Sumer Wallace, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology, uses multicenter data to assess outcomes for endometrial cancer patients with low-volume metastasis in sentinel lymph nodes.“Oncologic outcomes of endometrial cancer in patients with low-volume metastasis in the sentinel lymph nodes: An international mul... more

Grand Rounds: Pennycuff presents “Onco-urogynecology: Pelvic Health, Intimate Well Being, and Cancer Survivorship”

On October 28, 2021 Jon Pennycuff, MD, MSPH of the UW Ob Gyn Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Division presented the grand rounds lecture “Onco-urogynecology: Pelvic Health, Intimate Well Being, and Cancer Survivorship”. In the presentation, Pennycuff explored the role of the gynecologist in cancer survivorship care, described the prevalence and severity of ... more

Barroilhet discusses patient education with Health Professional Radio

On a recent episode of Health Professional Radio, Lisa Barroilhet, MD of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology, discussed the launch of the Foundation for Women’s Cancer #MoveTheMessage campaign.In the interview, Barroilhet talked about the need for greater awareness of gynecologic cancers, the importance of having accessible, inclusive education materials readily a... more

Rural residency (and first graduate) featured on Minneapolis news

In June 2021, Laura McDowell, MD became the first graduate of the first rural ob-gyn residency program in the country when she finished her residency training in the UW Department of Ob-Gyn. Following graduation, McDowell moved to Willmar, Minnesota to join a general ob-gyn practice.Her experience as a rural ob-gyn physician is highlighted in this story from KSTP in Minneapo... more

Green presents to Duke Center for Child and Family Policy

Tiffany Green, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, presented to the Duke University Center for Child and Family Policy on October 28, 2021, as part of the center’s Early Childhood Initiative series. Green’s presentation “Income Gains, Pregnancy-Related Health, and Birth Outcomes: Evidence from the Marcellus Shale Economic Boom” was summarize... more

Grand Rounds: Rhoades presents “Virtual interviewing in medical education: what have we learned and is it here to stay?”

On November 4, 2021, Janine Rhoades, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine presented the Grand Rounds lecture “Virtual interviewing in medical education: what have we learned and is it here to stay?”.In the presentation, Rhoades identified advantages, limitations, and areas for improvement in the virtual interview process, discussed best practices for virt... more

Spencer appointed as hub lead for HRSA Rural Residency Program Development Center

UW Ob-Gyn Residency Program Director Ryan Spencer, MD, has been appointed to be the Central Hub Lead for the Rural Residency Program Development Technical Assistance Center (RRPD-TAC). The RRPD-TAC is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).The grant provides $4.6 million of total funding over four years.... more

UW-Madison Department of Ob-Gyn thanks rural training partners on National Rural Health Day

As the state of Wisconsin celebrates National Rural Health Day on November 18, 2021, the University of Wisconsin–Madison Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology would like to thank the physicians and partners across Wisconsin who are training future ob-gyn physicians in rural practice.The UW–Madison Department of Ob-Gyn created the first rural ob-gyn residency training track... more

Hoppe’s remote home monitoring program highlighted in video from Meriter

Preeclampsia: a birth story from UnityPoint Health - Meriter on Vimeo. Preeclampsia affects about 1 in 25 pregnancies. In an incredible new video produced by UnityPoint Health-Meriter Hospital, Kara Hoppe, DO, MS of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, discusses her Meriter program that helps new parents with high blood pressure stay home and stay healthy after... more
 Brown and Giles elected to AUGS Board of Directors

Brown and Giles elected to AUGS Board of Directors

Our sincere congratulations to two members of our Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery: Heidi Brown, MD, MAS and Division Director Dobie Giles, MD have both been elected to the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) Board of Directors. It is a tremendous honor to have two board members selected from the same institution! Giles was elected to serve a... more
 Green discusses health care disparities with Brava Magazine

Green discusses health care disparities with Brava Magazine

Wisconsin has some of the starkest disparities in health outcomes between Black and white moms and babies. In an article in Brava Magazine, Tiffany Green, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, joined other community leaders who are working to understand and address health disparities in Madison and Dane County. In “Tackling Health Care Dispar... more

Women’s Healthcast: Cervical Cancer Prevention, Detection, Treatment

Cervical cancer is the third most common type of gynecologic cancer in the United States. On this replay episode of the Women’s Healthcast, Sumer Wallace, MD talks about what causes cervical cancer, how it’s treated, and why the HPV vaccine and regular screenings are important tools to help prevent cervical cancer. Wallace is an assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division ... more
 Rural ob-gyn disparities and UW Ob-Gyn Rural Residency featured in Appleton Post Crescent

Rural ob-gyn disparities and UW Ob-Gyn Rural Residency featured in Appleton Post Crescent

An in-depth article in the Appleton Post Crescent examines the gaps in rural ob-gyn care in Wisconsin, outlines why the UW Department of Ob-Gyn created the first rural residency training track in the country, and demonstrates how innovations in Wisconsin are rippling out throughout the Midwest - in the form of a rural ob-gyn residency at the University of Iowa. The article ... more

Grand Rounds: Moniz presents “US Healthcare Reform & Women: Progress to date and Unfinished Business”

On August 12, 2021, the UW Department of Ob-Gyn hosted Michelle Moniz, MD for a special Grand Rounds lecture. Moniz, who is an assistant professor in the University of Michigan Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and a member of the University of Michigan’s Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, presented the lecture “US Healthcare Reform & Women: Progress to d... more
 Bhagavath discusses fibroid treatment with HealthCentral

Bhagavath discusses fibroid treatment with HealthCentral

UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Director Bala Bhagavath, MD answered common fibroid questions in the HealthCentral article “10 Things to Know About Uterine Fibroid Treatment.” In the article, Bhagavath explains what fibroids are and what kinds of symptoms they can sometimes cause (including heavy bleeding and pelvic pressure) and how to brin... more
 Antony and residency grad Meyer published in Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine

Antony and residency grad Meyer published in Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine

Katie Antony, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and Melissa Meyer, MD, 2021 UW Ob-Gyn residency graduate, co-authored a new article in the Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine. In “A standardized post-cesarean analgesia regimen reduces postpartum opioid use”, Antony and Meyer evaluated a standardized protocol of pain medications after C-sect... more

Rose selected as medical director for UW Health Regional Oncology Services

Congratulations to UW Ob-Gyn Gynecologic Oncology Division Director Steve Rose, MD! Rose was recently appointed to the role of Medical Director for Regional Oncology Services at UW Health. In that role, Rose will be the physician leader for UW Health’s regional cancer program. Responsibilities include providing clinical and professional direction for the program; building r... more
 Donate now to the UW Ob-Gyn Diaper Drive!

Donate now to the UW Ob-Gyn Diaper Drive!

On Friday, August 27, member of the UW Ob-Gyn outreach team delivered the first load of diapers purchased through our annual Diaper Drive to community partners at the River Food Pantry! There’s still time to support families in Madison and Dane County by donating to the Diaper Drive! Our annual Diaper Drive supports families in the Madison area by collecting monetary donati... more

Grand Rounds: Adegboro presents “The Age of Viability: A New Era”

Claudette Adegboro, MD, of the UW SMPH Department of Pediatrics, presented the Grand Rounds lecture “The Age of Viability: A New Era” on July 29, 2021. In the lecture, Adegboro explained current obstetric and neonatal practice around periviable birth at 22-25 weeks’ gestation, assessed survival rates and outcomes for extremely preterm infants, and identified next steps for ... more
 Higgins to lead Division of Reproductive and Population Health

Higgins to lead Division of Reproductive and Population Health

The UW Department of Ob-Gyn is pleased to announce that Jenny Higgins, PhD, MPH will assume the role of Director of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, effective September 1, 2021. Dr. Higgins joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Gender and Women’s Studies in 2012. In 2017, she joined our Department of Obstetric... more

Grand Rounds: Heisler and Higgins present Equity Badger Bytes

On July 15, 2021, researchers in the UW Department of Ob-Gyn presented a Badger Bytes research Grand Rounds. Jenny Higgins, PhD, MPH, of the Division of Reproductive and Population Health, presented “Economics and Erotic Inequity: Poverty and Sexual Wellbeing.” During her presentation, Higgins defined erotic equity and shared main findings from the literature and a new empi... more
 Abbott earns AEPCOS Distinguished Researcher Award

Abbott earns AEPCOS Distinguished Researcher Award

Our sincere congratulations to David Abbott, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences! The Androgen Excess and PCOS Society awarded Abbott the 2021 Ricardo Azziz Distinguished Researcher Award for his outstanding contributions to PCOS research. The Ricardo Azziz Distinguished Researcher Award was created through an endowment for the purpose of providing an aw... more
 Patel and Heisler author article in Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America

Patel and Heisler author article in Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America

Christine Heisler, MD, MS, of the UW Ob-Gyn Divison of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery and resident Ushma Patel, MD PGY-4 co-authored an article in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America. In “Urinary tract injury during gynecologic surgery: prevention, recognition and management”, Patel and Heisler review important anatomy involved ... more

Women’s Healthcast: Beninati dispels COVID vaccine myths

Vaccines for COVID-19 became available in late 2020, and were immediately followed by a rash of myths and misinformation online. Many of the most pervasive myths – that the vaccine causes infertility, that it’s unsafe for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding, that it can cause miscarriage – are specifically focused on women’s health and reproductive health. Michael Beni... more
 Stanic presents at NICHD workshop on early pregnancy loss

Stanic presents at NICHD workshop on early pregnancy loss

Aleks Stanic, MD, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Divisions of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and Reproductive Sciences, was recently invited to speak as part of a group of experts at the NIH National Institute on Child Health and Human Development’s workshop “Idiopathic/Non-aneuploid Early Pregnancy Loss: The State of the Science”. Stanic presented as part of the session ... more
 Wagar published in Gynecologic Oncology

Wagar published in Gynecologic Oncology

UW Ob-Gyn resident Matt Wagar, MD, PGY-4 published an article in a recent edition of Gynecologic Oncology! In “Postoperative venous thromboembolism in gynecologic oncology patients undergoing minimally invasive surgery: Does modality matter?”, Wagar and co-authors conducted a retrospective cohort study of all patients who underwent gynecologic cancer surgery at UW between 2... more
 Rhoades passes MFM boards!

Rhoades passes MFM boards!

We’re thrilled to share that Janine Rhoades, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, recently passed her oral MFM boards! Please join us in congratulating Dr. Rhoades on this important accomplishment. Preparing for and taking board exams during a stressful pandemic is no mean feat!
 Ong publishes article on antibody binding in SARS-CoV-2 infections in PLOS Biology

Ong publishes article on antibody binding in SARS-CoV-2 infections in PLOS Biology

Many researchers over the last many months have shifted their focus to help us better understand and treat SARS-CoV-2, and that’s true of some of the brilliant research minds in the UW Department of Ob-Gyn! Irene Ong, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences co-authored the article “The landscape of antibody binding in SARS-CoV-2 infection” in PLOS Biology. I... more

Women’s Healthcast: Senderowicz discusses global reproductive health

Reproductive health care trends, norms and policies in the United States shape global reproductive health in a big way. UW Ob-Gyn Health Disparities Research Scholar Leigh Senderowicz, ScD, MPH joined the Women’s Healthcast to talk about the roots of international family planning programs, how to recognize reproductive coercion, and why we should pay attention to the way U.S... more
 Abbott has top-cited article in Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism

Abbott has top-cited article in Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism

Our sincere congratulations to David Abbott, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences! Abbott’s article “Adipose Insulin Resistance in Normal-Weight Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Women” was one of the top-cited articles in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism in 2019-2020. The article was one of the top 10 percent, as assessed by rate of citation,... more
 Senderowicz published in BMJ Global Health

Senderowicz published in BMJ Global Health

Health Disparities Research Scholar Leigh Senderowicz, ScD, MPH published a new study in BMJ Global Health! The article “‘I haven’t heard much about other methods’: quality of care and person-centredness in a programme to promote the postpartum intrauterine device in Tanzania” used in-depth, qualitative interviews with pregnant people seeking antenatal care at five Tanzania... more
 Jacques publishes in AJOG

Jacques publishes in AJOG

A new article in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology analyzed posts on Reddit to help better document peoples’ decision-making processes regarding abortion modality. “Medication or surgical abortion? An exploratory study of patient decision making on a popular social media platform”, by Laura Jacques, MD and other researchers from the UW Collaborative for Repr... more

Grand Rounds: Marsh presents “Recurrent Pregnancy Loss”

On July 8, 2021, the UW Department of Ob-Gyn welcomed Courtney Marsh, MD, MPH from the University of Kansas Medical Center Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology to present the Grand Rounds lecture “Recurrent Pregnancy Loss.” In the lecture, Marsh described the most common causes of recurrent pregnancy loss, discussed appropriate treatments for recurrent pregnancy loss, and... more
 Spencer, Rice published in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Spencer, Rice published in Obstetrics and Gynecology

A new study published in Obstetrics and Gynecology compares operative times in the American College of Surgeons’ National Surgical Quality Improvement Project with physician-reported operative times from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to assess for the impact on RVUs. “Discrepancies Created by Surgeon Self-Reported Operative Time and the Effects on Procedura... more
 Senderowicz talks reproductive coercion with The Lily

Senderowicz talks reproductive coercion with The Lily

Health Disparities Research Scholar Leigh Senderowicz, ScD, MPH shared insights on the history of reproductive coercion in the United States in an article from The Lily about revelations from Britney Spears’ conservatorship hearing. In the article, Senderowicz discussed the different levels at which reproductive coercion can occur, with a focus on the systemic: “Reproducti... more
 Brown, Williams edit book on older women’s health

Brown, Williams edit book on older women’s health

What happens when two world-class experts on menopause and pelvic floor disorders work together? They literally write the book on older women’s health concerns. Heidi Brown, MD, MAS, of our Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, and Makeba Williams, MD, Director of our Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, edited the book “Challenges in Older W... more
 Study by UW CORE researchers published in Contraception

Study by UW CORE researchers published in Contraception

A new study in Contraception uses data from a survey of UW School of Medicine and Public Health physicians to assess physician support for abortion access and abortion providers. The study also examines physicians’ perceptions of their peers’ attitudes towards abortion and abortion providers. “Physician attitudes about abortion and their willingness to consult in abortion c... more
 Women’s Healthcast: Paplomata talks about clinical trials

Women’s Healthcast: Paplomata talks about clinical trials

Elisavet Paplomata, MD came to the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and UW Carbone Cancer Center in 2020 to expand cancer clinical trials, including bringing more trials for gynecologic cancer patients to the UW. She joined the Women’s Healthcast to talk about why researchers do trials, why people might choose to enroll in them, safety precautions in place for trial p... more
 HDRS postdoc Tran Smith receives AHEAD grant

HDRS postdoc Tran Smith receives AHEAD grant

Congratulations to Health Disparities Research Scholar Bikki Tran Smith, PhD, who earned a 2021 Advancing Health Equity and Diversity (AHEAD) Pilot Program grant from the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research! Tran Smith received the AHEAD grant for the project “In Our Own Voice: The Narrative Experiences of Latina Immigrants in Navigating Access to Healthcare... more
 Heisler presents at Society of Gynecologic Surgeons conference

Heisler presents at Society of Gynecologic Surgeons conference

Christine Heisler, MD, MS, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery presented her research about gender disparities in the field of obstetrics and gynecology at the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons conference in June. Heisler was invited by the meeting’s scientific program chair to present the special guest lecture “Ready, Set, ACTION! D... more

Grand Rounds: Brown presents “Are We Able To Talk About ABL? Tackling the Taboo of Bowel Incontinence”

On June 10, 2021, Heidi Brown, MD, MAS of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery presented the Grand Rounds lecture “Are We Able To Talk About ABL? Tackling the Taboo of Bowel Incontinence.” In the lecture, Brown identified risk factors for bowel incontinence, described initial evaluation and management of the condition, and outlined som... more
 Congratulations to winners of 2021 UW Ob-Gyn department awards!

Congratulations to winners of 2021 UW Ob-Gyn department awards!

On June 24, 2021, the UW Department of Ob-Gyn held its annual awards ceremony, recognizing educational, research and administrative accomplishments throughout the year. The ceremony started by acknowledging a few momentous departures: Klaus Diem, MD is retiring after many years of service in the department. Diem is a past director of the Division of Gynecology, and served a... more
 What’s next for the UW Ob-Gyn Resident Class of 2021

What’s next for the UW Ob-Gyn Resident Class of 2021

The UW Ob-Gyn resident class of 2021 will graduate on June 24, 2021. Please join us in congratulating them on four exceptional years of training, and wishing them all the best as they depart for the next stages of their careers!​ EMILY BUTTIGIEG, MD Where will you be going and what will you be doing after UW Ob-Gyn? I am staying on as faculty with UW for a year while my fian... more
 McDonald published in Neurotoxicology and Teratology

McDonald published in Neurotoxicology and Teratology

Ryan McDonald, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, co-authored a recent publication in Neurotoxicology and Teratology! “A socioecological framework for engaging substance-using pregnant persons in longitudinal research: Multi-stakeholder perspectives” sought feedback from community stakeholders, including people with lived experience of subst... more
 Hoppe discusses hypertension in pregnancy with NHLBI

Hoppe discusses hypertension in pregnancy with NHLBI

As part of a meeting with the Women First Research Coalition with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), UW Ob-Gyn maternal-fetal medicine specialist Kara Hoppe, DO discussed high blood pressure during pregnancy and some ongoing research in the U.S. The meeting served as an opportunity to discuss current women’s health research at the NHLBI, consider future ... more
 Spencer’s gynecologic cancer research funding disparity mentioned in NIH hearing

Spencer’s gynecologic cancer research funding disparity mentioned in NIH hearing

Ryan Spencer, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology, has studied differences in funding for gynecologic cancer research compared to other cancer types for several years. His work led to the publication of the study “Disparities in the allocation of research funding to gynecologic cancers by Funding to Lethality scores” in Gynecologic Oncology in 2018. In a N... more
 Racine published in Wisconsin Medical Journal

Racine published in Wisconsin Medical Journal

A study by maternal-fetal medicine fellow and soon-to-be member of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine faculty Jenna Racine, MD, was published in the Wisconsin Medical Journal. “Barriers to Self-Disclosing Level of Maternal Care: What Are Wisconsin Hospitals Worried About?” is eligible for continuing education credit. In the study, Racine and co-authors (inclu... more
 Huynh receives Undergraduate Research Scholars Exceptional Mentorship Award

Huynh receives Undergraduate Research Scholars Exceptional Mentorship Award

Congratulations to UW Ob-Gyn Health Disparities Research Scholar Tuyen Huynh, PhD, MS, who received the Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS) Exceptional Mentorship Award for the 2020-21 academic year! As part of the URS program, Huynh mentors and trains early undergraduate students at UW-Madison through research and creative practices. Over the years, the program has demon... more
 Rivas’ resident research published in Contraception

Rivas’ resident research published in Contraception

Before graduating from the UW Ob-Gyn residency in 2020, Kali Rivas, MD focused her resident research project on whether resident physicians in Wisconsin are trained in immediate postpartum long-acting reversible contraception (LARC). Her study is now published in Contraception! Amy Godecker, PhD, Heidi Brown, MD, MAS, and Nicholas Schmuhl, PhD, co-authored the article. In t... more

Grand Rounds: Parker-Autry presents “Urinary Incontinence: From Condition to Geriatric Syndrome”

On June 3, 2021, the UW Department of Ob-Gyn hosted Candace Parker-Autry, MD, of the Wake Forest Baptist Health Department of Urology, for the Grand Rounds lecture “Urinary Incontinence: From Condition to Geriatric Syndrome”. In the lecture, Parker-Autry reviews clinical characteristics of aging that contribute to the progression of a condition to a syndrome; highlights kn... more
 Brown’s Mind Over Matter program disseminated by AUGS president

Brown’s Mind Over Matter program disseminated by AUGS president

A recent President’s Perspective blog from American Urogynecologic Society President Holly Richter, MD, PhD invited AUGS members to learn more about adapting Mind Over Matter: Healthy Bowels, Healthy Bladder (MOM) for their communities. MOM is an educational program focused on incontinence self-management created by Heidi Brown, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Female Pelvic... more
 Sobecki earns BIRCWH award

Sobecki earns BIRCWH award

Huge congratulations to UW Ob-Gyn gynecologic oncology fellow and soon to be member of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology faculty Janelle Sobecki, MD! Sobecki was recently awarded a spot in the UW Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) program, which will support her continuing her work on osteoporosis in gynecologic cancer patients. This g... more

McDowell makes history as first rural ob-gyn residency grad in country

Later this month, UW Ob-Gyn resident Laura McDowell, MD, PGY-4 will make medical history when she becomes the first graduate from the first rural ob-gyn residency training program in the country. Numerous news outlets in the area have covered McDowell’s accomplishment. Watch or read about this momentous UW Ob-Gyn residency occasion: Caring for Rural Women: UW doctor comple... more
 Antony published in Wisconsin Medical Journal

Antony published in Wisconsin Medical Journal

A new study by Katie Antony, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, was published in the Wisconsin Medical Journal. “Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Pregnancy: Early Lessons From Our Sleep Pregnancy Clinic” is eligible for continuing education credit. In the publication, Antony and co-authors describe the prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea during pregnancy,... more
 Farewell to nurse midwives Kiley Hewett and Carol Carr

Farewell to nurse midwives Kiley Hewett and Carol Carr

The UW Ob-Gyn certified nurse midwife team has announced two upcoming departures. Please join us in thanking these wonderful nurse midwives for the exceptional care they provided during their time with our department! Kiley Hewett will join a practice in Bend, Oregon this August to be closer to extended family. She has been a wonderful member of our team for the past two an... more
 Women’s Healthcast: Hartenbach discusses second opinions

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... more

Grand Rounds: Sampene presents “Leveraging Quality Improvement to Promote Health Equity”

Katie Sampene, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, presented the Grand Rounds lecture “Leveraging Quality Improvement to Promote Health Equity” to the department on May 27, 2021. In the lecture, Sampene described the principles of health equity and how they relate to medical practice, walked through the basic process of quality improvement, and ... more
 Stanic earns best poster award at ASRI annual meeting

Stanic earns best poster award at ASRI annual meeting

Our congratulations to Aleks Stanic-Kostic, MD, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Divisions of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and Reproductive Sciences! He attended the American Society for Reproductive Immunology virtual meeting in May, where he won the Best Poster award. Stanic received the award for the poster “The integration of disparate single cell data in decidual im... more
 Wallace passes gyn onc oral boards

Wallace passes gyn onc oral boards

Please join us in our sincere congratulations to Sumer Wallace, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology! Wallace passed the gynecologic oncology oral board examination in April. Though it was a strange and challenging time to prepare for the exam, we had no doubt Dr. Wallace would be successful!
 Women’s Healthcast: Yemane discusses transgender health care in ob-gyn settings

Women’s Healthcast: Yemane discusses transgender health care in ob-gyn settings

Ruth Yemane, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, is one of our department’s leading experts in gender affirming surgery and gynecologic care for transgender people. On this episode, Yemane shares recommendations for safe, trust-filled patient-provider relationships, and what surgical, clinical and preventive health care can look like for trans a... more
 McDowell to present on rural health at UW Wednesday Nite @ the Lab

McDowell to present on rural health at UW Wednesday Nite @ the Lab

UW Ob-Gyn resident Laura McDowell, MD, PGY-4 will present the lecture “Rural Medical Training: The Stats, The Need, The Future” for UW–Madison Science Outreach’s Wednesday Nite @ the Lab series on Wednesday, June 9 at 7:00pm. Wednesday Nite @ the Lab is a free outreach event designed to share university research and developments with the public. This Wisconsin Idea project ... more
 Abbott’s mentoring award featured in UWSMPH Building Communities blog

Abbott’s mentoring award featured in UWSMPH Building Communities blog

In April, we learned that David Abbott, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences, was one of just five educators on campus to receive the UW-Madison Award for Mentoring Undergraduates in Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities from the UW-Madison Office of the Provost. Now, a new post on the UW SMPH Building Communities blog offers more perspective on Abbo... more
 Hoppe discusses pregnancy complications and heart disease on WKOW

Hoppe discusses pregnancy complications and heart disease on WKOW

Kara Hoppe, DO, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, spoke with WKOW News in Madison about pregnancy complications that can lead to long-term cardiovascular health issues. In the interview, Hoppe discussed the need for continued care after experiencing some pregnancy complications: "It underlines the need for early prevention and treatment of these risk fa... more
 Spencer presents on rural health at ACOG annual meeting

Spencer presents on rural health at ACOG annual meeting

At the virtual 2021 ACOG Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting, UW Ob-Gyn Residency Program Director Ryan Spencer, MD joined a panel of experts to discuss rural health. During the clinical seminar, Spencer discussed the importance of supporting pipelines to bring ob-gyns to rural areas, and of building clinical partnerships between rural and urban practices to facilitate l... more
 Beninati presents on obstetric critical care to Indiana University Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship

Beninati presents on obstetric critical care to Indiana University Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship

On May 13, 2021, Michael Beninati, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, presented a lecture to the Indiana University Department of Medicine’s Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship program. Beninati, who is fellowship trained in surgical critical care as well as maternal-fetal medicine, discussed pulmonary changes in pregnancy with more than 70 attende... more
 Grand Rounds: Department Research Day

Grand Rounds: Department Research Day

On May 13, 2021, the UW Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology hosted Department Research Day, featuring exceptional presentations on fundamental, clinical, and quality improvement research. Recorded presentations from Department Research Day are available now. To start the morning, Kimberly Gregory, MD, MPH of Cedars-Sinai Obstetrics and Gynecology Department presented th... more
 Barroilhet promoted to Associate Professor (tenure track)

Barroilhet promoted to Associate Professor (tenure track)

Our congratulations to Lisa Barroilhet, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology! Barroilhet has been promoted to Associate Professor (Tenure Track). The promotion and track transfer will be effective July 1, 2021. Previously, Barroilhet was an associate professor (CHS track). Since joining the department in 2012, Barroilhet has earned a distinguished reputatio... more
 Grand Rounds: Laura McDowell presents “Rural Medical Training: The Stats, The Need, The Future”

Grand Rounds: Laura McDowell presents “Rural Medical Training: The Stats, The Need, The Future”

UW Ob-Gyn resident Laura McDowell, MD, PGY-4 will be the first person to graduate from the UW Ob-Gyn Rural Residency Training Program, the first program in the nation to offer specific training for rural women's health. On April 29, 2021, McDowell presented the Grand Rounds lecture “Rural Medical Training: The Stats, The Need, The Future”. In the lecture, McDowell outlined ... more
 Grand Rounds: Valea presents "The Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Medical Education"

Grand Rounds: Valea presents "The Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Medical Education"

On April 22, 2021, UW Ob-Gyn Grand Rounds featured a guest lecture from Virginia Tech Carilion Department of Ob-Gyn Chair Fidel Valea, MD. Valea presented the lecture “The Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Medical Education". In his lecture, Valea described common impacts of the 2020 pandemic on medical student education, resident and fellow training, and other clinical tr... more
 Green discusses reimagining health care with PBS Wisconsin

Green discusses reimagining health care with PBS Wisconsin

During Black Maternal Health Week in April, UW Ob-Gyn Assistant Professor Tiffany Green, PhD discussed maternal health disparities in Wisconsin, and how to change them, with PBS Wisconsin. In addition to her appointment in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, Green is part of the UW-Madison Department of Population Health Sciences faculty. In the ar... more
 Kramer publishes in Women’s Health Issues

Kramer publishes in Women’s Health Issues

A recent publication by UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity trainee Renee Kramer, PhD aimed to understand how Medicaid changes in Wisconsin affected provision of immediate postpartum LARC. The article was published in Women’s Health Issues. “Provision of Immediate Postpartum Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives Before and After Wisconsin Medicaid's Payment Change” exa... more
 Beninati discusses COVID vaccines and pregnancy with WISC-TV News 3 Now

Beninati discusses COVID vaccines and pregnancy with WISC-TV News 3 Now

To help answer common questions about COVID-19, vaccination and pregnancy, Michael Beninati, MD of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, spoke with WISC-TV News 3 Now. In the interview, Beninati clarified vaccine advice from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and discussed pregnancy-related data that is available so far: “He said the CDC is tracking side eff... more
 Higgins published in JAMA Internal Medicine

Higgins published in JAMA Internal Medicine

A new study co-authored by UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity Director Jenny Higgins, PhD and published in JAMA Internal Medicine examines the association of sexual satisfaction and self-reported sexual acceptability with continued contraceptive use over time. “Association Between Patients’ Perceptions of the Sexual Acceptability of Contraceptive Methods and Continued... more
 Rhoades authors two publications on virtual fellowship recruitment

Rhoades authors two publications on virtual fellowship recruitment

UW Ob-Gyn Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist and associate MFM fellowship director Janine Rhoades, MD, co-authored two articles in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology – Maternal-Fetal Medicine about the virtual fellowship recruitment season of 2020. The two articles examined the 2020 MFM match process from candidates’ and program directors’ perspectives. “Mate... more
 Abbott mentee earns Hilldale Research Fellowship award

Abbott mentee earns Hilldale Research Fellowship award

Our congratulations to UW-Madison undergraduate student Lukas Henjum, who won a 2021-2022 Hilldale Research Fellowship for the project “Estrogen Receptor Alpha Neurons in the Arcuate Nucleus Mediate Female Neural Inhibition of Neuroendocrine Puberty”! Henjum is mentored by David Abbott, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences. With Abbott’s support and mento... more
 Grand Rounds: Huang presents “Caring for our Hmong Patients: Intersection of Culture and Western Medicine”

Grand Rounds: Huang presents “Caring for our Hmong Patients: Intersection of Culture and Western Medicine”

Wisconsin has the third-largest Hmong population in the United States. For her Grand Rounds lecture, UW Ob-Gyn resident Dandi Huang, MD, PGY-4 presented “Caring for our Hmong Patients: Intersection of Culture and Western Medicine”. In her presentation, Huang shared some history of Hmong migration to the U.S., discussed unique aspects of Hmong culture in relation to health, ... more
 Bird to lead new iPEnd T32 grant

Bird to lead new iPEnd T32 grant

We are pleased to announce a new translational postdoctoral T32 lead by our own Ian Bird, PhD, of the Division of Reproductive Sciences, in partnership with Dr. Jon Levine. This application is a part of the integrated Program in Endocrinology (iPEnd), started back in 2016. This T32 is an unusual grant as it funds both PhD and MD trainees to undertake translational studies i... more
 Green, Brown offer commentary on maternal health equity in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Green, Brown offer commentary on maternal health equity in Obstetrics and Gynecology

In this must-read commentary in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tiffany Green, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health and Heidi Brown, MD, of the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery suggest new approaches to eliminating Black maternal health disparities in the U.S. “Rethinking Bias to Achieve Maternal Health Equity: Changin... more
 Brown receives R01 award for online continence promotion program

Brown receives R01 award for online continence promotion program

Huge congratulations to UW Ob-Gyn Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Associate Director Heidi Brown, MD! Brown earned an R01 award from the NIH for the project “Tailoring Online Continence Promotion for Women”. More than half of older women have incontinence. Interventions to improve symptoms are urgently needed. This project seeks to understand h... more
 Rice, Higgins make case for health care provider proficiency with contraceptives in Health Affairs blog

Rice, Higgins make case for health care provider proficiency with contraceptives in Health Affairs blog

UW Ob-Gyn Department Chair Laurel Rice, MD, and UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity Director Jenny Higgins, PhD, co-authored an article for Health Affairs outlining the reasons it’s critical that health care providers seek out accurate information on contraceptive care. Inaccuracies or misunderstandings about how birth control works shape public perception and affect he... more
 Abbott published in Cell Metabolism

Abbott published in Cell Metabolism

David Abbott, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences, co-authored an invited preview with long-time clinical collaborator Daniel Dumesic MD (UCLA Department of Ob-Gyn) in the journal Cell Metabolism. “Passing on PCOS: new insights into its epigenetic transmission” analyzes insights from another article published in that issue of the journal: “Polycystic o... more
 Green discusses Black maternal health outcomes on WPR

Green discusses Black maternal health outcomes on WPR

On April 14, 2021, during Black Maternal Health Week, Tiffany Green, PhD joined The Morning Show on Wisconsin Public Radio to discuss Black maternal health outcomes. Green is an assistant professor in the UW Departments of Ob-Gyn and Population Health Sciences. During the interview, Green discussed the broader, systemic inequalities that drive disparities in Black maternal ... more

Willging, trainee in Abbott Lab, presents at Diabetes Research Day

Molly Willging, a UW Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology trainee in David Abbott’s lab in Reproductive Sciences, was one of the invited speakers presenting talks at the 2nd Annual UW Madison Diabetes Research Day on March 15-16, 2021. Willging presented part of her PhD thesis work “Hypothalamic ESR1 Gene Knockdown Elicits Intermittent Decrement In Postprandial Energy E... more
 Bhagavath explains endometriosis with Spectrum News

Bhagavath explains endometriosis with Spectrum News

UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health Director Bala Bhagavath, MD discussed endometriosis in an article with Spectrum News. In “Founded in Milwaukee, Endometriosis Awareness Month Shines Light on Women’s Health”, Bhagavath explains what endometriosis is, common symptoms, options for treatment and management, and why it can take a long time to arrive at an... more
 Abbott receives UW award for undergraduate mentorship

Abbott receives UW award for undergraduate mentorship

Please join us in congratulating David Abbott, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences, who is one of just five educators on campus to receive the UW-Madison Award for Mentoring Undergraduates in Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities from the UW-Madison Office of the Provost! Abbott earned the award for decades of meaningfully engaging undergraduates i... more
 Women’s Healthcast: Social media and health communications, with Kenan Omurtag

Women’s Healthcast: Social media and health communications, with Kenan Omurtag

More and more, you can find doctors and other health care professionals talking about their expertise on social media, whether that’s answering questions on an Instagram Live, or adding a medical twist to the latest TikTok dance trend. Kenan Omurtag, MD joined the Women's Healthcast to talk about why doctors and health professionals are increasingly moving to social platfor... more
 Beninati to discuss COVID vaccines and women’s health on News 3 Now, Fox 47

Beninati to discuss COVID vaccines and women’s health on News 3 Now, Fox 47

Tune in to WISCTV / News 3 Now at 5:30pm or 10pm on Sunday, April 18 to catch Michael Beninati, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, discussing how COVID and COVID vaccines can affect women’s health! Beninati’s segment will also run in the 9pm newscast on Fox 47 News on Sunday. After it airs, the segment will be available on Channel 3000. You can also w... more
 Antony earns board certification from American Board of Obesity Medicine

Antony earns board certification from American Board of Obesity Medicine

Huge congratulations to Katie Antony, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, who recently earned her third board certification! Antony studied for and passed the American Board of Obesity Medicine certification exam. Over the years, Antony has worked to improve care for pregnant patients with obesity, from clinical recommendations and protocols to communi... more
 Key findings from UW CORE study published on Scholar Strategy Network

Key findings from UW CORE study published on Scholar Strategy Network

In 2012, the Wisconsin legislature passed Act 217, which increased regulation on medication abortion care in our state. The legislation included a ban on telemedicine provision of medication abortion, restrictions on who can prescribe the medication, and more. A new Scholar Strategy Network article by UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity trainee and UWSMPH medical stude... more
 Williams promoted to Associate Professor (CHS)

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-G... more
 McDonald published in Neurotoxicology and Teratology

McDonald published in Neurotoxicology and Teratology

Congratulations to Ryan McDonald, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, who recently co-authored an article published in Neurotoxicology and Teratology! The paper “Recruitment and retention of pregnant women in prospective birth cohort studies: A scoping review and content analysis of the literature” sought to review the literature for best practi... more
 Stewart published in FASEB BioAdvances

Stewart published in FASEB BioAdvances

Kathy Stewart, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, co-authored a new publication in the journal FASEB BioAdvances about adapting medical school instruction to meet educational needs and maintain safety during a public health emergency. In the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Stewart is the Director of Core Clinical Curriculum and Phase 2 Direct... more
 Jennings shares insights on HPV and Pap testing with Insider

Jennings shares insights on HPV and Pap testing with Insider

In a new article from Insider, Ashley Jennings, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, helps answer some common questions about Pap and HPV testing. Jennings helps explain what people can expect during the test, what happens to samples after they’re collected, and when to expect results from the tests. The article also includes updated guidelines o... more
 Green reframes vaccine disparities with WKOW

Green reframes vaccine disparities with WKOW

Tiffany Green, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, continues to add important context to conversations around inequities exposed by COVID-19. According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, just over 28% of white Wisconsinites have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, but that’s only true for 11.5% of Black Wisconsini... more
 Hutcherson published in Wisconsin Medical Journal

Hutcherson published in Wisconsin Medical Journal

In the Wisconsin Medical Journal special issue on the impact of race and racism on health, Beverly Hutcherson published an article on her experience as part of the UW SMPH Diversity and Inclusion Advocates (DIA) Program. In addition to her full-time role in the SMPH Dean’s Office in diversity and inclusion, Hutcherson is a graduate student in the lab of David Abbott, PhD (UW... more
 Wang presents oral abstract at SGO 2021 virtual conference

Wang presents oral abstract at SGO 2021 virtual conference

During the 2021 Society of Gynecologic Oncology Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer, UW Ob-Gyn resident Connor Wang, MD, PGY-2 presented an oral abstract! Wang presented the abstract “Cancer lethality: An important burden metric to consider for the allocation of clinical trial research funding from all sources” during a session on Sunday, March 21: “GYN cancers have significa... more
 Save the date for the 2021 Sparkle of Hope gala!

Save the date for the 2021 Sparkle of Hope gala!

You’re invited to join us on Friday, September 24 for a unique celebration of those whose lives have been touched by gynecologic cancers and a community dedicated to a cure. The Sparkle of Hope gala is a collaboration between the UW Department of OB-GYN Division of Gynecologic Oncology and the Carbone Cancer Center. This fabulous gala raises awareness and funds for women’s... more
 SAVE THE DATE: UW Women's Health and Health Equity Research Lecture & Symposium

SAVE THE DATE: UW Women's Health and Health Equity Research Lecture & Symposium

Mark your calendars for the 2021 UW Women’s Health and Health Equity Research Lecture and Symposium​ on October 14, 2021 at 7:00am. Please join us for this annual symposium that connects healthcare professionals, population health experts and community advocates dedicated to advancing health equity and eliminating persistent gender and racial health disparities. We are hono... more
 Al-Niaimi featured in story about cancer treatment in a pandemic

Al-Niaimi featured in story about cancer treatment in a pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic changed the face of health care last year, including care for gynecologic cancer patients. Shortly after the pandemic began, Ahmed Al-Niaimi, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology, helped a patient with stage 4 ovarian cancer. UW Health produced a video story about the experience - watch the video here! WISC-TV in Madison also picked ... more
 Women’s Healthcast: Emergency Contraception, featuring Molly Lepic

Women’s Healthcast: Emergency Contraception, featuring Molly Lepic

Discussions around emergency contraception often include some myths and misunderstandings. Even the nickname of the morning-after pill gives us an inaccurate sense of emergency contraception’s effective timeframe. Molly Lepic, DO, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, joined the Women’s Healthcast to help clear up some common questions about emergenc... more
 Grand Rounds: Clark presents Resident Research Day keynote

Grand Rounds: Clark presents Resident Research Day keynote

On March 25, 2021, Steven Clark, MD kicked off Resident Research Day with the keynote presentation “Antepartum Testing 2021 – Making Sense of the Confusion.” Clark is a professor in the Baylor College of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In his presentation, Clark discussed the broad range of available antepartum tests, the benefits and detractions of using ... more
 Green joins WKOW’s Capital City Sunday to reflect on pandemic anniversary

Green joins WKOW’s Capital City Sunday to reflect on pandemic anniversary

One year after Wisconsin’s first pandemic-related emergency order, Tiffany Green, PhD joined Capital City Sunday on WKOW in Madison to talk about lasting lessons from this pandemic that could carry forward to future public health crises. On Sunday, March 14, 2021, Green discussed the ways the pandemic highlighted structural inequities in the U.S., and what she hopes will be... more
 Match Day 2021: Welcome the UW Ob-Gyn resident class of 2025

Match Day 2021: Welcome the UW Ob-Gyn resident class of 2025

Another successful Match Day is in the books! It is our great pleasure to introduce the UW Ob-Gyn resident class of 2025. These amazing future ob-gyns will join us in Wisconsin this summer – please help us welcome them to our department! John Gravelle University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine Jackie Luthardt Rural Track Michigan State University Coll... more
 Women’s Healthcast: Jacques talks Vulvar Health, Care and Cleaning

Women’s Healthcast: Jacques talks Vulvar Health, Care and Cleaning

On the latest episode of the UW Ob-Gyn podcast, Laura Jacques, MD, of the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, discussed vulvar health, care and cleaning. She talked about how to care for vulvas and vaginas, what products are safe to use, how vulvar health can change with age, and more. Listen to Vulvar Health, Care and Cleaning now! Did you know the Women’s Healthca... more
 Patel published in International Journal of Surgery Case Reports

Patel published in International Journal of Surgery Case Reports

A case study by UW Ob-Gyn resident (and future UW Ob-Gyn Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery fellow) Ushma Patel, MD, PGY-3 was published in the International Journal of Surgery Case Reports. Christine Heisler, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of FPMRS co-authored the case study. “Enterocele manifesting as recurrent anterior rectal prolapse: A case report” outlin... more
 Green to appear on CDE Demography Seminar March 9

Green to appear on CDE Demography Seminar March 9

Tiffany Green, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, will offer comment on the UW-Madison Center for Demography and Ecology’s Demography Seminar on Tuesday, March 9 at 12:15pm. Green will respond to the presentation “Covering Undocumented Immigrants: The Effect of a Large-Scale Prenatal Care Intervention” by Associate Professor Laura Wherry, P... more
 Schmuhl and Antony co-author article in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth

Schmuhl and Antony co-author article in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth

A new article in the journal BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth examines prenatal care experiences for women with obesity. Medical student Danielle Hurst is lead author on the article, with co-authors Nicholas Schmuhl, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences and Katie Antony, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. “Prenatal care experiences amon... more
 Grand Rounds: Dehlendorf presents “Person-Centered Contraceptive Care: Advancing Reproductive Autonomy and Equity”

Grand Rounds: Dehlendorf presents “Person-Centered Contraceptive Care: Advancing Reproductive Autonomy and Equity”

Christine Dehledorf, MD, MAS, of the University of California, San Francisco Person-Centered Reproductive Health Program, presented the UW Ob-Gyn Grand Rounds lecture “Person-Centered Contraceptive Care: Advancing Reproductive Autonomy and Equity” on Thursday, March 4. In her lecture, Dehlendorf discussed different models of counseling commonly used in family planning care,... more

Green joins Badger Talks to discuss vaccine equity

Tiffany Green, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, joined Veronica Rueckert of UW-Madison Communications on a recent Badger Talks to discuss inequities in COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Wisconsin. In the interview, Green outlined disparities in COVID incidence and severity in Wisconsin, and a mismatch in who has access to the COVID vaccin... more
 Racine published in Wisconsin Medical Journal

Racine published in Wisconsin Medical Journal

A new study published in the Wisconsin Medical Journal by UW Ob-Gyn maternal-fetal medicine fellow Jenna Racine, MD sought to survey birthing centers in Wisconsin to better understand barriers to disclosing their level of maternal care. The article was co-authored by UW-Madison Prevention Research Center Deputy Director Kate Gillespie, DNP, Cynthie Wautlet, MD, of the UW Ob-... more
 Higgins publishes on contraceptive satisfaction in Journal of Sex Research

Higgins publishes on contraceptive satisfaction in Journal of Sex Research

Jenny Higgins, PhD, MPH, director of the UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity and member of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, published a new study in the Journal of Sex Research. “Sexual Functioning, Satisfaction, and Well-Being Among Contraceptive Users: A Three-Month Assessment From the HER Salt Lake Contraceptive Initiative” followed new ... more
 Hoppe promoted to Associate Professor (CHS)

Hoppe promoted to Associate Professor (CHS)

The UW SMPH CHS Faculty Appointments and Promotions Committee approved promotion to the rank of Associate Professor (CHS) for Kara Hoppe, DO, effective July 1, 2021. Hoppe joined the UW Department of Ob-Gyn and Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine in 2015. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Hoppe on this exciting achievement!
 Wagar published in Green Journal

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 Compar... more
 Advocacy Update: Abbott, Cooney join virtual PCOS Advocacy Day

Advocacy Update: Abbott, Cooney join virtual PCOS Advocacy Day

On March 4, 2021, David Abbott, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences and Laura Cooney, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility attended the virtual PCOS Advocacy Day, hosted by PCOS Challenge. PCOS Advocacy Day focuses on building connections with federal legislators and advocating for increased access to better informe... more
 UW Obstetrics and Gynecology - Edit Blog Post.htm

UW Obstetrics and Gynecology - Edit Blog Post.htm

Our congratulations to Katie Antony, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine! The UW SMPH CHS Faculty Appointments and Promotions Committee approved Antony’s promotion to Associate Professor (CHS), effective July 1, 2021. Antony joined the department in 2015. Please help us congratulate Dr. Antony on this exciting achievement!
 Grand Rounds: Brubaker presents “Everyday Scholarship”

Grand Rounds: Brubaker presents “Everyday Scholarship”

As the keynote speaker at Resident Research Day on February 25, 2021, Linda Brubaker, MD, MS presented the lecture “Everyday Scholarship.” Brubaker is a urogynecologist and chair of the UC San Diego Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. In her presentation, Brubaker discusses the value of scholarship as a personal challenge, professional growth too... more
 Green discusses Black Maternal Health Momnibus on WPR

Green discusses Black Maternal Health Momnibus on WPR

Tiffany Green, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, appeared on the Wisconsin Public Radio program Central Time to discuss the federal Black Maternal Health Momnibus legislation, along with Wisconsin Congresswoman Gwen Moore. In the interview, Green talked about Wisconsin’s maternal mortality and preterm birth inequities, and speculation abo... more
 Spencer promoted to Associate Professor (CHS)

Spencer promoted to Associate Professor (CHS)

Ryan Spencer, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology, was promoted to Associate Professor (CHS) by the School of Medicine and Public Health CHS Faculty Appointments and Promotions Committee, effective July 1, 2021. Spencer joined the UW Department of Ob-Gyn in 2012 as a gynecologic oncology fellow. After finishing his fellowship, Spencer joined the Division o... more
 Poehlmann and Tran selected as 2021-22 chief residents

Poehlmann and Tran selected as 2021-22 chief residents

Our congratulations to UW Ob-Gyn residents John Poehlmann, MD and Vienna Tran, MD! Currently in their third year of residency, Poehlmann and Tran have been selected to serve as Administrative Chief Residents in the coming year. Poehlmann and Tran will take the reins from PGY-4 residents Ramsey Larson, MD and Stephanie Peace, MD. After a transition period starting March 1, t... more
 Grand Rounds: Byars-Winston presents “Science of Mentorship: From Good Intentions to Good Practice”

Grand Rounds: Byars-Winston presents “Science of Mentorship: From Good Intentions to Good Practice”

Angela Byars-Winston, PhD, of the UW SMPH Department of Medicine, presented the Grand Rounds lecture “Science of Mentorship: From Good Intentions to Good Practice” to the UW Department of Ob-Gyn on February 11, 2021. In her lecture, Byars-Winston discussed how cultural diversity can affect mentoring relationships, described evidence-based mentorship education to improve cul... more
 Green discusses federal Momnibus legislation on WORT, Wisconsin Public Radio

Green discusses federal Momnibus legislation on WORT, Wisconsin Public Radio

Tiffany Green, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, joined WORT Community Radio in Madison to offer insight on the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021, including the Perinatal Workforce Act introduced by Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin and Congresswoman Gwen Moore. In the interview, Green offers additional perspective on the Perinatal... more
 UW Ob-Gyn brings research, developments to 2021 SMFM Conference

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 birt... more
 Advocacy Update: Holmes-Drammeh quoted in support of Perinatal Workforce Act

Advocacy Update: Holmes-Drammeh quoted in support of Perinatal Workforce Act

Emelle Holmes-Drammeh, PA, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn submitted a statement in support of the Perinatal Workforce Act, which has been included in materials supporting the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021: "It is a known fact that the health care disparities that impact many people in this country lead to poor outcomes. As an Africa... more
 WISH Clinic team publishes article in Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology

WISH Clinic team publishes article in Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology

A new article co-authored by Joanne Rash, PA-C, Megan Peterson, DNP, Janelle Sobecki, MD, and David Kushner, MD was published in the Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology! “Development, Implementation, and Patient Perspectives of the Women’s Integrative Sexual Health Program: A Program Designed to Address the Sexual Side Effects of Cancer Treatment” outlines the ... more
 Hoppe’s telehealth grant featured in Wisconsin Partnership Program article

Hoppe’s telehealth grant featured in Wisconsin Partnership Program article

A new article from the Wisconsin Partnership Program features the “Advancing Postpartum Care For Black Women in Wisconsin By Engaging Community Partners With a Home Telehealth Service for Hypertension” program, led by UW Ob-Gyn Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist Kara Hoppe, DO! The program is funded by a WPP New Investigator grant. In the article, Hoppe discusses the postp... more
 Grand Rounds: Zapata presents “Combating Racial Inequities in Infant Mortality: A Personal and Professional Journey”

Grand Rounds: Zapata presents “Combating Racial Inequities in Infant Mortality: A Personal and Professional Journey”

Jasmine Zapata, MD, MPH, of the UW SMPH Department of Pediatrics, presented the Grand Rounds lecture “Combating Racial Inequities in Infant Mortality: A Personal and Professional Journey” to the UW Department of Ob-Gyn on February 4, 2021. In the lecture, Zapata identified leading causes of Black infant mortality in Wisconsin, examined major health problems affecting infant... more
 Lindsey Block, of Golos Lab, published in Biology of Reproduction

Lindsey Block, of Golos Lab, published in Biology of Reproduction

Lindsey Block, graduate student in the Golos Lab, is first author on a recent paper in the journal Biology of Reproduction entitled “The promise of placental extracellular vesicles: models and challenges for diagnosing placental dysfunction in utero”. Co-authors include Aleks Stanic, MD, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Divisions of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and Repro... more
 Grand Rounds: Davis presents “Medical Therapy for Transgender Patients”

Grand Rounds: Davis presents “Medical Therapy for Transgender Patients”

On January 28, Dawn Davis, MD, PhD presented the Grand Rounds lecture “Medical Therapy for Transgender Patients.” Davis is an associate professor in the UW SMPH Department of Medicine’s Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. In her presentation, Davis identified best practices for creating safe and welcoming environments for transgender patients, discussed heal... more
 Welcome Jon Pennycuff, MD, MPH to the Division of FPMRS

Welcome Jon Pennycuff, MD, MPH to the Division of FPMRS

The UW Ob-Gyn Division of Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery is happy to announce that Jon Pennycuff, MD, MPH will join the department as the fourth FPMRS faculty member on September 1, 2021. Pennycuff comes to us after finishing his FPMRS fellowship at Georgetown University/MedStar Health in Washington, DC. After receiving his undergraduate degree in Science,... more
 Mojdehbakhsh published in Gynecologic Oncology Reports

Mojdehbakhsh published in Gynecologic Oncology Reports

A quality improvement study by lead author Rachel Mojdehbakhsh, MD, PGY-2, was published in Gynecologic Oncology Reports. Co-authors include Stephen Rose, MD, Megan Peterson, DNP, Laurel Rice, MD, and Ryan Spencer, MD, all of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic that began in early 2020, industry organizations like the National C... more
 Iruretagoyena discusses changes to pregnancy care during COVID on NBC-15

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

A 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 ... more
 Patankar publication featured on front page of journal Analyst

Patankar publication featured on front page of journal Analyst

A study co-authored by UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences Director Manish Patankar, PhD was featured on the front page of the journal Analyst! Patankar and co-authors took on the study outlined in “Affinity-free enrichment and mass spectrometry analysis of the ovarian cancer biomarker CA125 (MUC16) from patient-derived ascites” to expand ovarian cancer diagnostic t... more
 Gyn Onc fellowship grad Lees published in Gynecologic Oncology

Gyn Onc fellowship grad Lees published in Gynecologic Oncology

An article by UW Ob-Gyn Gynecologic Oncology fellowship graduate Brittany Lees, MD was published in the journal Gynecologic Oncology! “A population-based study of causes of death after endometrial cancer according to major risk factors” uses data from a population-based study by UW-Madison researchers that followed 745 women with a diagnosis of invasive endometrial cancer. ... more
 Antony’s OBLido study published in AJOG MFM

Antony’s OBLido study published in AJOG MFM

A study by Katie Antony, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, was published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology – Maternal-Fetal Medicine! Jackie Adams, MD, of the MFM Division, and Laura Jacques, MD, of the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, co-authored the study. “Lidocaine patches for postcesarean pain control in obese women... more
 Register now for the 2021 Wisconsin Contraceptive Care Summit

Register now for the 2021 Wisconsin Contraceptive Care Summit

There's still time to register for the 2021 Wisconsin Contraceptive Care Summit, coming up March 5, 2021. Join an inclusive group of practitioners and community experts to learn the latest in person-centered and equitable access to contraceptive care. The Summit will feature keynotes on reproductive justice and person-centered contraceptive care, as well as virtual training... more
 Abbott published in Fertility and Sterility

Abbott published in Fertility and Sterility

David Abbott, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences, co-authored an article published in the journal Fertility and Sterility. “Accelerated subcutaneous abdominal stem cell adipogenesis predicts insulin sensitivity in normal-weight women with polycystic ovary syndrome” sought to examine “whether subcutaneous abdominal adipose stem cell differentiation into ... more

Health Disparities Research Scholars recruiting new scholar

The Health Disparities Research Scholars program, a postdoctoral training program in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, currently has an opening for a postdoctoral trainee. The goals of the Health Disparities Research Scholars (HDRS) Training Program are to foster training opportunities for the next generation of investigators within health dispar... more

UW Ob-Gyn posters and presentations coming up at SGO Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer

The agenda for the virtual Society of Gynecologic Oncology’s 2021 Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer, coming up in March, is available, and UW Ob-Gyn faculty and trainees will have an extensive presence at the conference. We're proud of the broad variety of research our team will bring to the event! “Cannabidiol: Assessing Activity in Ovarian and Endometrial Carcinoma Cell Li... more
 Abbott contributes to rhesus macaque genome study in Science

Abbott contributes to rhesus macaque genome study in Science

David Abbott, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences, was part of a study published in Science that generated whole-genome sequence data for more than 800 rhesus macaques. The study, “Sequence diversity analyses of an improved rhesus macaque genome enhance its biomedical utility”, provides a high-quality genome for one of the most widely used nonhuman prima... more
 COVID vaccine selfies – we love to see it!

COVID vaccine selfies – we love to see it!

COVID vaccines are rolling out for health care professionals, and vaccine selfies are rolling in! Two vaxxies were even featured in a CNN story about vaccine selfies – watch the video to see UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists Director Makeba Williams, MD and Jackie Adams, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine in the story!
 Grand Rounds: Badger Bytes on opioids and women’s health

Grand Rounds: Badger Bytes on opioids and women’s health

On Thursday, January 7, a multidisciplinary group presented Badger Bytes Grand Rounds lectures as part of the presentation “The Multiple Dimensions of Opioid Use for Women’s Health.” The session was moderated by UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health Director Deborah Ehrenthal, MD, MPH. Erin Nacev, MD/MPH student in the UW SMPH started off with “Prenatal O... more
 Sobecki published in Gynecologic Oncology Reports

Sobecki published in Gynecologic Oncology Reports

UW Ob-Gyn Gynecologic Oncology fellow (and soon-to-be Division of Gynecologic Oncology faculty member) Janelle Sobecki, MD published a new case report in Gynecologic Oncology Reports. UW Ob-Gyn resident Kathryn Dryer, MD, PGY-2, and Ryan Spencer, MD co-authored the article. “BRCA-2 (+) high-grade serous fallopian tube cancer diagnosed as an isolated breast mass by mammograp... more
 Green included on list of 1,000 inspiring Black scientists

Green included on list of 1,000 inspiring Black scientists

Congratulations to Tiffany Green, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health! Green was included in a list of “1,000 inspiring Black scientists in America”, published by Cell Press. Green, who has a joint appointment with the UW-Madison Department of Population Health Sciences, made the list as part of the Rising Stars category. With her focus on m... more

Brown joins ICTR Dissemination & Implementation program faculty

Congratulations to Heidi Brown, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery! Brown was appointed to join the UW-Madison Institute for Clinical and Translational Research Dissemination & Implementation Launchpad program faculty. As part of the program faculty, Brown will head up a pilot grant program to help investigators incorporate pr... more
 Mark your calendars for two Resident Research Days

Mark your calendars for two Resident Research Days

Please join the UW Department of Ob-Gyn for two excellent celebrations of resident research! The first Resident Research Day, on February 25, 2021, will be led by the keynote presentation “Everyday Scholarship” from Linda Brubaker, MD, MS, FACOG. Dr. Brubaker is a clinical professor in the University of California San Diego Department of Ob-Gyn. After Dr. Brubaker’s keynot... more
 Women’s Healthcast: Iruretagoyena talks “Pregnancy, Vaccines and COVID-19”

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 vaccinati... more
 Jacobson publishes on severe COVID infection in pregnancy in Case Reports in Women’s Health

Jacobson publishes on severe COVID infection in pregnancy in Case Reports in Women’s Health

A new article by Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellow Jennifer Jacobson, MD outlines treatment of a severe COVID-19 infection in a pregnant patient, offering insight into care for other such patients in the future. “Use of dexamethasone, remdesivir, convalescent plasma and prone positioning in the treatment of severe COVID-19 infection in pregnancy: A case report” is online now, ... more
 Williams talks vaginal atrophy prevention with Health Central

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,... more
 Gaston, Hoppe, Spencer earn UW Health Excellence Awards

Gaston, Hoppe, Spencer earn UW Health Excellence Awards

Three faculty from the UW Department of Ob-Gyn were honored at the UW Health Physician Excellence Awards ceremony on December 7, 2020. The virtual ceremony recognized recipients of 17 excellence awards across the health system. Recipients in our department: Luther Gaston, MD, of the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, received the UW Health Physician Excellence Risi... more
 Save the Dates: Resident Research Days and Department Research Day 2021

Save the Dates: Resident Research Days and Department Research Day 2021

Save the dates for three Department of Ob-Gyn research events coming up in 2021: February 25, 2021 - Resident Research DayMarch 25, 2021 - Resident Research Day May 13, 2021 - Department Research Day Learn more about keynote speakers and other presentations scheduled for each day, and join us for these virtual events in February, March and May! more
 Registration open for the 2021 Wisconsin Contraceptive Care Summit

Registration open for the 2021 Wisconsin Contraceptive Care Summit

Registration is now open for the 2021 Wisconsin Contraceptive Care Summit, coming up March 5, 2021. Join a diverse group of practitioners and stakeholders to learn the latest in person-centered and equitable access to contraceptive care. This activity is intended for individuals working in health care, public health, community, policy, research, advocacy, and educational s... more
 Grand Rounds: Meyer presents “Navigating the Pandemic: COVID-19 on Labor and Delivery”

Grand Rounds: Meyer presents “Navigating the Pandemic: COVID-19 on Labor and Delivery”

The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 drastically affected health care provision this year. At UW Ob-Gyn Grand Rounds on December 17, 2020, UW Ob-Gyn resident Melissa Meyer, MD, PGY-4 discussed some of the ways care changed in the lecture “Navigating the Pandemic: COVID-19 on Labor and Delivery​”. In her lecture, Meyer provided an overview of COVID and pregnancy, discussed changes ... more
 Bhagavath edits Textbook of Assisted Reproduction

Bhagavath edits Textbook of Assisted Reproduction

Pick up a copy of the newly released Textbook of Assisted Reproduction, and you’ll find a familiar name on the cover. UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Director Bala Bhagavath, MD edited the book, which covers all aspects of assisted reproduction. Take a look at the book here – congratulations, Dr. Bhagavath!
 Golos research offers new way to study HIV therapies

Golos research offers new way to study HIV therapies

New research from Ted Golos, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences, may provide an important animal model to study HIV therapies that could apply to humans. The study “Genome editing of CCR5 by CRISPR-Cas9 in Mauritian cynomolgus macaque embryos”, published in Scientific Reports, outlines the research team’s methods for editing the DNA in cynomolgus macaqu... more
 Al-Niaimi to present at Society of Gynecologic Oncology surgical webinar

Al-Niaimi to present at Society of Gynecologic Oncology surgical webinar

On January 21, 2021, Ahmed Al-Niaimi, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology, will present in the webinar “Bowel Resection in Gynecologic Cancer: From Fundamentals to Mastery.” The webinar is offered by the Society of Gynecologic Oncology. In the session, which is aimed at surgeons, Al-Niaimi and his co-presenter will review technical specifications for surgi... more
 Sobecki published in Gynecologic Oncology

Sobecki published in Gynecologic Oncology

UW Ob-Gyn fellow (and soon to be faculty) in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology Janelle Sobecki, MD published an article in the journal Gynecologic Oncology. In the article “Bone health and osteoporosis screening in gynecologic cancer survivors”, Sobecki and co-authors Ellen Hartenbach, MD and Laurel Rice, MD review available data of bone health in women with gynecologic ... more

Higgins, Schmuhl, Wautlet, Rice publish in American Journal of Public Health

Findings from a UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity study on how doctors view access to abortion has been published in the December issue of the American Journal of Public Health. In the research-based editorial “The Importance of Physician Concern and Expertise in Increasing Abortion Health Care Access in Local Contexts”, Jenny Higgins, PhD, Nicholas Schmuhl, PhD, Cynt... more
 Sampene promoted to Clinical Associate Professor

Sampene promoted to Clinical Associate Professor

Our sincere congratulations to Katherine Sampene, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn! The SMPH Clinician Teacher Track Appointments and Promotions Committee endorsed Sampene’s promotion to the rank of Clinical Associate Professor, effective July 2021. Congratulations on this well-deserved honor!
 Grand Rounds: Larson presents “Waste within the Healthcare System: How Your Actions Impact Patients, Providers, and the Planet”

Grand Rounds: Larson presents “Waste within the Healthcare System: How Your Actions Impact Patients, Providers, and the Planet”

On December 3, 2020, UW Ob-Gyn resident Ramsey Larson, MD, PGY-4 presented the Grand Rounds lecture “Waste within the Healthcare System: How Your Actions Impact Patients, Providers, and the Planet”. In her presentation, Larson shared trends in health care spending and utilization in the U.S. and throughout the world; identified areas of waste in the U.S. health care system;... more
 Grand Rounds: Buttigieg presents “From Schoolhouse Rock to Modern Day Politics: Applying Childhood Lessons to Practical Advocacy Strategies in Women’s Health”

Grand Rounds: Buttigieg presents “From Schoolhouse Rock to Modern Day Politics: Applying Childhood Lessons to Practical Advocacy Strategies in Women’s Health”

On November 12, 2020, UW Ob-Gyn resident Emily Buttigieg, MD, PGY-4 presented the Grand Rounds lecture “From Schoolhouse Rock to Modern Day Politics: Applying Childhood Lessons to Practical Advocacy Strategies in Women’s Health​.” In the presentation, Buttigieg provided essential background for anyone interested in incorporating advocacy into their work. She outlined the pr... more

Patankar grad student Alharbi published in Scientific Reports

Research led by Yousef Alharbi, PhD, former graduate student in the lab of Division of Reproductive Sciences Director Manish Patankar, PhD, has been published in Scientific Reports! “Oxidative stress induced by the anti-cancer agents, plumbagin, and atovaquone, inhibits ion transport through Na+/K+-ATPase” was written in collaboration with Patankar, Bikash Pattnaik, PhD, of... more
 Heisler published in AJOG; response from Dee Fenner

Heisler published in AJOG; response from Dee Fenner

An article published by Christine Heisler, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology garnered a responding editorial from legend in the field Dee Fenner, MD (ob-gyn department chair at the University of Michigan). Heisler’ article “Has a critical mass of women resulted in gender eq... more
 Patel selected as 2022 FPMRS fellow!

Patel selected as 2022 FPMRS fellow!

The UW Ob-Gyn Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, and FPMRS Fellowship Director Christine Heisler, MD, are thrilled to announce that Ushma Patel, MD will join us as our second FPMRS fellow in July 2022! Patel is currently a PGY-3 resident in our department. Patel attended Marquette University for her undergraduate degree, and earned her MS from th... more
 Wagar to bring poster to 2021 virtual APGO/CREOG meeting

Wagar to bring poster to 2021 virtual APGO/CREOG meeting

UW Ob-Gyn resident Matt Wagar, MD, PGY-3 will bring the poster “Degree of Agreement Between Resident and Faculty Procedural Assessments Using MyTIPreport” to the 2021 APGO/CREOG virtual meeting in March. Wagar's poster is just one of many reasons to consider registering for the conference. Congratulations, Dr. Wagar!
 Grand Rounds: Stowe presents “Perinatal Mental Illness – an Early Adverse Life Event”

Grand Rounds: Stowe presents “Perinatal Mental Illness – an Early Adverse Life Event”

On November 5, 2020, Zachary Stowe, MD, of the UW SMPH Department of Psychiatry presented the lecture “Perinatal Mental Illness – an Early Adverse Life Event” at UW Ob-Gyn Grand Rounds. In his lecture, Stowe described the impact of maternal anxiety, stress, depression and early adverse life events on health outcomes. He also explained the potential confounds of illness and ... more

Grand Rounds: Addressing Microaggressions in Health Care

As part of our department’s efforts around diversity, equity and inclusion, we invited UW Health Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Shiva Bidar, MA, and UW Health Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Program Coordinator Naomi Tahakashi, MSW, LCSW to present the training “Addressing Microaggressions in Health Care.” In their presentation, Bidar and Takahashi reviewed... more
 Women’s Healthcast: Sergeant talks PT, pessaries, and more

Women’s Healthcast: Sergeant talks PT, pessaries, and more

In honor of Bladder Health Month, Angie Sergeant, NP, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, joined the Women's Healthcast to talk about common pelvic floor questions. In the episode, Sergeant discussed risk factors for pelvic floor disorders, pelvic floor physical therapy and other interventions, and what visits to the UW Health Wome... more

Department gearing up for exciting SMFM conference

The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s Annual Pregnancy Meeting is coming up in January 2021, and the UW Department of Ob-Gyn is ready to impress! Residents Melissa Meyer, MD, PGY-4, Matt Wagar, MD, PGY-3, and Stephanie Peace, MD, PGY-4 all have accepted posters at the conference. John Poehlmann, MD, PGY-3 will present an oral abstract. Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellows Br... more
 Grand Rounds: Peace presents “From Ebola to Covid-19: Lessons on Obstetric Care During a Global Pandemic”

Grand Rounds: Peace presents “From Ebola to Covid-19: Lessons on Obstetric Care During a Global Pandemic”

Can lessons from the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak be applied to maternal health care in COVID-19? UW Ob-Gyn resident Stephanie Peace, MD, PGY-4 discussed in a recent UW Ob-Gyn Grand Rounds lecture. In the presentation “From Ebola to COVID-19: Lessons on Obstetric Care During a Global Pandemic”, Peace used the two case studies to examine obstetric care and maternal health in a g... more
 Save the Date: Wisconsin Contraceptive Care Summit, coming March 5, 2021

Save the Date: Wisconsin Contraceptive Care Summit, coming March 5, 2021

The UW Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology invites you to attend the second statewide Wisconsin Contraceptive Care Summit in 2021. The 2021 summit will be a virtual event. The 2021 Wisconsin Contraceptive Care Summit will be held from 8:00am - 4:00pm on March 5, 2021. Join a diverse group of practitioners and stakeholders to learn about the latest evidence-based strateg... more
 Green gives McMaster University Labelle Lecture

Green gives McMaster University Labelle Lecture

Tiffany Green, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, delivered the McMaster University Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis Labelle Lecture on November 11, 2020! In the lecture “Saving Black Women and Babies: Leveraging Data and Community Engagement to Achieve Health Equity”, Green provided an overview of maternal and child health ... more
 Welcome Sobecki to Gyn Onc faculty!

Welcome Sobecki to Gyn Onc faculty!

Happy news out of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology! When Janelle Sobecki, MD, current third-year fellow in gynecologic oncology, finishes her fellowship in 2021, she will join our faculty. Sobecki received her master’s degree in Medical Science from Boston University, her Doctor of Medicine from Wayne State University and completed her Ob-Gyn Residency at Nort... more
 Iruretagoyena discusses pregnancy during pandemic on WKOW

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 whet... more
 Women’s Healthcast: Brown discusses strengthening health literacy

Women’s Healthcast: Brown discusses strengthening health literacy

Health literacy – how well we can find, understand, and apply information to help us make health decisions – affects many areas of our lives. On the Women’s Healthcast, Heidi Brown, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, talked about where to find accurate health information, resources for building health literacy skills, and ho... more

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 ru... more
 Mind Over Matter program eligible for Title III-D funding

Mind Over Matter program eligible for Title III-D funding

The Mind Over Matter: Healthy Bowels, Healthy Bladder program, brought to Wisconsin and studied by Heidi Brown, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, is approved for inclusion in the list of Title III-D-eligible programs! Community agencies across the country can apply for funding from the U.S. Administration for Community Livin... more
 Hoppe’s telehealth blood pressure study published in AJOG

Hoppe’s telehealth blood pressure study published in AJOG

Kara Hoppe, DO, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, published results from her telehealth postpartum hypertension management study in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology! “Telehealth with remote blood pressure monitoring compared with standard care for postpartum hypertension” compares outcomes for patients who participated in the telehealth w... more
 Senderowicz earns PRC grant

Senderowicz earns PRC grant

UW Ob-Gyn Health Disparities Research Scholar Leigh Senderowicz, ScD, MPH, earned a grant from the UW-Madison Prevention Research Center for the project “Understanding Structural Barriers To Contraceptive Autonomy Among Low-Income Black African Women In The Global South: An Exploratory Study.” The grants support research regarding maternal and child health, and health equity... more
 Wautlet matches into UC Denver MFM fellowship!

Wautlet matches into UC Denver MFM fellowship!

We’re so proud to announce that Cynthie Wautlet, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, matched into the University of Colorado Denver Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellowship! We’re also rather sad that she’ll be leaving Madison for Colorado next summer. Wautlet’s extensive experience as an excellent physician will make her an asset to the University of... more
 Gaston earns UW Health Rising Star Clinical Educator award!

Gaston earns UW Health Rising Star Clinical Educator award!

Luther Gaston, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, earned the UW Health Physician Excellence Rising Star – Clinical Educator Award! Huge congratulations on this incredible achievement, Dr. Gaston! The Physician Excellence Clinical Educator award recognizes outstanding educators, with significant emphasis on teaching residents and medical student... more
 Higgins discusses CORE research on Wide Awake in Wisconsin podcast

Higgins discusses CORE research on Wide Awake in Wisconsin podcast

On the final episode of Wide Awake in Wisconsin, a podcast from the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health, UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity Director Jenny Higgins, PhD, MPH appeared to discuss UW CORE research on policy impacts! In the interview, Higgins talks about ongoing CORE research, and how CORE projects help inform policy decisions and development in Wisconsi... more
 Spencer earns UW Health Rising Star Leadership award!

Spencer earns UW Health Rising Star Leadership award!

Congratulations to Ryan Spencer, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology! Spencer earned the 2020 UW Health Physician Excellence Rising Star – Leadership Award! Spencer and other awardees will be honored in a virtual ceremony coming up December 7, 2020. Congratulations, Dr. Spencer, on this well-deserved achievement!
 Ehrenthal published in Pediatrics

Ehrenthal published in Pediatrics

UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health and UW-Madison Prevention Research Center Director Deborah Ehrenthal, MD, MPH, published a new study in the journal Pediatrics. “Infant Mortality in Rural and Nonrural Counties in the United States”, co-authored by Hsiang-Hui Daphne Kuo and Russell S. Kirby, uses a social-ecological framework to explain infant mortali... more
 Hoppe earns UW Health Rising Star Clinical Practice award!

Hoppe earns UW Health Rising Star Clinical Practice award!

Huge congratulations to Kara Hoppe, DO, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine! Hoppe was selected to receive the 2020 UW Health Physician Excellence Rising Star Clinical Practice Award. The Clinical Practice Rising Star award honors outstanding clinicians who demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to safety and quality patient-and-family centered care. Hoppe... more
 Women’s Healthcast: Green discusses economic policy and health

Women’s Healthcast: Green discusses economic policy and health

Economic policy has a significant effect on our individual health. And policies are not always equitable. Tiffany Green, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, joined the Women's Healthcast to discuss ways systems and structures affect health: how health and economic security are cyclically linked, how COVID-19 has highlighted many structural ... more
 Jacques publishes in Obstetrical and Gynecological Survey

Jacques publishes in Obstetrical and Gynecological Survey

In a new publication in Obstetrical and Gynecological Survey, Laura Jacques, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn reviews available evidence to compile best practices for diagnosis and treatment of genital lichen planus. “Diagnosis and Management of Vulvovaginal Lichen Planus” provides guidance for health care professionals to differentiate betwee... more
 Bozzuto publishes executive summary of Early-Onset Breast Cancer Evidence Review Conference, commentary

Bozzuto publishes executive summary of Early-Onset Breast Cancer Evidence Review Conference, commentary

In 2018, Laura Bozzuto, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, was invited to join the ACOG Breast Cancer Evidence Review Panel to review the current evidence on how best to educate women’s healthcare providers about early onset breast cancer, publish a literature review, and serve as content experts in the development of scripts for provider educat... more
 FPMRS division presents “Break Free from Pelvic Floor Disorders” talk on November 17

FPMRS division presents “Break Free from Pelvic Floor Disorders” talk on November 17

The next UW Ob-Gyn Healthy Women Community Talk is coming up November 17, 2020 from 7-8pm! Presented by Heidi Brown, MD, of the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Lisa Jones, MD, of the UW SMPH Department of Medicine, and Frank Lin, MD, of the UW SMPH Department of Urology, “Break Free from Incontinence and Pelvic Floor Disorders” will answer que... more
 Green writes about health disparities and election platforms in Medical News Today

Green writes about health disparities and election platforms in Medical News Today

Health care and reproductive health are important issues for many voters heading into the 2020 presidential election. In Medical News Today, Tiffany Green, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, evaluates policy platforms in terms of how they might affect maternal and infant health disparities. “What will the US election mean for Black-white d... more
 Huang matches to Cedars-Sinai Gyn Onc fellowship!

Huang matches to Cedars-Sinai Gyn Onc fellowship!

Fellowship Match Day brought some very exciting news – UW Ob-Gyn resident Dandi Huang, MD, PGY-4, matched into the gynecologic oncology fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles! Huang was a highly sought-after candidate on the fellowship trail, and Cedars-Sinai is lucky to have her. Congratulations, Dr. Huang, we’re so excited and proud! ... more
 Welcome incoming MFM fellow Erin Bailey

Welcome incoming MFM fellow Erin Bailey

The Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Team is happy to announce that Erin Bailey, MD has matched as our July 2021 incoming MFM fellow!Bailey received her MD from the University of Wisconsin SMPH. She is currently completing her ob-gyn residency at Washington University in St. Louis. Our selection committee was very impressed with her dedication to the health of mothers and... more
 Welcome incoming Gyn Onc fellow Lauren Montemorano

Welcome incoming Gyn Onc fellow Lauren Montemorano

The Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Team is happy to announce that Lauren Montemorano, MD will join us in July 2021 as our newest gynecologic oncology fellow!Montemorano earned her medical degree from the University of Virginia and is completing her Ob Gyn residency at The Ohio State University. She will come to the fellowship program with a strong research background. As st... more
 FPMRS Division brings posters, presentations to virtual AUGS meeting

FPMRS Division brings posters, presentations to virtual AUGS meeting

The UW Ob-Gyn Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery shared research and new developments at the annual American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) Meeting October 8-10, 2020! Since the meeting was held virtually (instead of in Vancouver), attendees joined from the wonderful offices within Meriter Hospital. Our group presented three oral presentations and ... more
 UW gets shout-out at NSQIP for low surgical site infections!

UW gets shout-out at NSQIP for low surgical site infections!

​Huge congratulations to our surgical teams – UW was recognized at the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program meeting as having the lowest surgical site infections! Ahmed Al-Niaimi, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology, was at the meeting and reports several universities have asked to learn more about our SSI bundles. Ver... more
 Brown publishes Clinical Experts article in Green Journal

Brown publishes Clinical Experts article in Green Journal

Heidi Brown, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, authored a Clinical Experts Series article on the management of fecal incontinence in Obstetrics and Gynecology!In "Management of Fecal Incontinence", Brown and co-authors provide an overview of the evaluation and management of fecal incontinence for ob-gyn practices: “Fewer than... more
 2020 Women’s Health and Health Equity Research Lecture & Symposium poster awards

2020 Women’s Health and Health Equity Research Lecture & Symposium poster awards

On October 8, nearly 170 people tuned in for the virtual UW Women’s Health and Health Equity Research Lecture and Symposium for amazing presentations: Erica Marsh, MD, of the University of Michigan, presented the keynote lecture “Ministration without Representation: The Essential Roles of Inclusion and Voice in Creating Health Equity.” We also learned about substance use pol... more
 Abbott published in Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

Abbott published in Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

In collaboration with ob-gyn groups from Norway, David Abbott, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences, published an article in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism!“Sustained Maternal Hyperandrogenism During PCOS Pregnancy Reduced by Metformin in Non-obese Women Carrying a Male Fetus” looks at the ability of metformin, a well-known PCOS therape... more
 Patankar co-authors publication in Analytical Chemistry

Patankar co-authors publication in Analytical Chemistry

A recent publication by UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences Director Manish Patankar, PhD was selected as an Editor’s Choice article in the journal Analytical Chemistry!“On-Tissue Derivatization with Girard’s Reagent P Enhances N-Glycan Signals for Formalin-Fixed Paraffin-Embedded Tissue Sections in MALDI Mass Spectrometry Imaging”, coauthored with the lab of Lingjun... more
 Abbott authors invited reflection in Fertility Sterility

Abbott authors invited reflection in Fertility Sterility

David Abbott, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences, published an Invited Reflection in Fertility Sterility!“Midgestation origins of androgenic and estrogenic pathophysiology in three major women’s health disorders” is a response to an article in the same issue that sought to demonstrate associations between some physiological measurements and the incidence... more
 Heisler authors paper, earns Best Diversity Paper Award

Heisler authors paper, earns Best Diversity Paper Award

Huge congratulations to Christine Heisler, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery! Heisler authored a paper in a recent edition of the American Journal of Surgery – the paper was presented at the 2020 Association of Women Surgeons Annual Conference, where it won the Best Diversity Paper award!“Leading from Behind: Paucity of gender... more
 Williams shares important mammogram info with InStyle

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 ... more
 Green co-chairs Black Maternal and Child Health Alliance of Dane County

Green co-chairs Black Maternal and Child Health Alliance of Dane County

Tiffany Green, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health and UW-Madison Department of Population Health Sciences, was recently announced as co-chair of the Black Maternal and Child Health Alliance of Dane County. Congratulations, Dr. Green!The group will focus on improving rates of low birth weight and infant mortality for Black babies in Dane Coun... more
 Spencer, Silva, McDowell serve on CREOG rural training panel

Spencer, Silva, McDowell serve on CREOG rural training panel

On September 23, 2020, members of the UW Ob-Gyn residency team led the panel discussion “Increasing the Rural OB/GYN Pipeline: a Pathway for Rural Track Training”, presented by the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology!Residency program director Ryan Spencer, MD, program manager Jody Silva, M.Ed, and resident Laura McDowell, MD, PGY-4 presented to over 4... more
 Higgins published in Contraception

Higgins published in Contraception

UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity Director Jenny Higgins, PhD published the article “Beyond Safety and Efficacy: Sexuality-Related Priorities and Their Associations with Contraceptive Method Selection” in Contraception!In the study, Higgins and colleagues assessed contraceptive preferences in people selecting new methods, and gauged whether (and to what degree) sexual... more
 Abbott appears on PCOS advocacy panel

Abbott appears on PCOS advocacy panel

On September 26, 2020, David Abbott, PhD of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences, appeared on a panel as part of PCOS Awareness Symposium 2020! Abbott joined the panel “PCOS Legislative Advocacy: How You Can Make a Difference.”Abbott provided a research expert contribution to individual patient advocacy visits with congressional representatives or senators to lobb... more
 First HAGO Conference was a great success!

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 Dir... more

Residency alum Harrison publishes on occupational HPV exposure in Green Journal

UW Ob-Gyn residency grad (class of 2018) and current MD Anderson fellow in gynecologic oncology Ross Harrison, MD, authored an article in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology!In “Occupational Exposure to Human Papillomavirus and Vaccination for Health Care Workers,” Harrison offers commentary on the risks associated with workplace exposure to HPV, especially in surgical smo... more
 Women’s Healthcast: Spencer discusses Endometrial Cancer

Women’s Healthcast: Spencer discusses Endometrial Cancer

September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month. On this episode of the Women’s Healthcast, Ryan Spencer, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology, joins us to talk about endometrial cancer, the most common gynecologic cancer in the United States.In the episode, Spencer covers risk factors for endometrial cancer, what diagnosis and treatment look like, and ways ... more
 Brown, Schmuhl published in Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Brown, Schmuhl published in Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Heidi Brown, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, and Nicholas Schmuhl, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, published the article “After the Randomized Trial: Implementation of Community‐Based Continence Promotion in the Real World” in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society!The study gat... more
 Green publishes op-ed on implicit bias trainings in Scientific American

Green publishes op-ed on implicit bias trainings in Scientific American

Tiffany Green, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, co-authored an editorial in Scientific American on the difference between intent and impact of implicit bias training.In “The Problem with Implicit Bias Training”, Green argues that, though implicit bias training is often a go-to option for organizations working to address racism, we lack th... more
 Abbott’s article on PCOS earns Endocrinology homepage feature

Abbott’s article on PCOS earns Endocrinology homepage feature

Congratulations to David Abbott, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences! Abbott’s paper “Androgen Receptors in Multiple Organ Systems Provide Molecular Gateways to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?”, published in the journal Endocrinology, earned a front page feature on the journal’s website in August. In the article, Abbott and co-authors offer commentary on a pa... more
 Al-Niaimi Publishes In European Journal Of Surgical Oncology

Al-Niaimi Publishes In European Journal Of Surgical Oncology

Ahmed Al-Niaimi, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology, published “Guidelines for Perioperative Care in Cytoreductive Surgery (CRS) with or without hyperthermic IntraPEritoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC): Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS®) Society Recommendations — Part I: Preoperative and intraoperative management” in the European Journal of Surgical Oncology... more
 Bird publishes in International Journal of Neonatal Screening

Bird publishes in International Journal of Neonatal Screening

Ian Bird, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences, co-authored the article “Newborn Screening for Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia: Review of factors affecting screening accuracy” in the International Journal of Neonatal Screening.The article discusses limitations to current screening methods for 21-hydroxylase deficiency, and what that means for screening for ... more
 Welcome Camille Ladanyi, MD

Welcome Camille Ladanyi, MD

Camille Ladanyi, MD, has joined the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn as a minimally invasive gynecologic surgeon. Her clinical interests include endometriosis, chronic pelvic pain, uterine fibroids, and complex pelvic conditions.Ladanyi attended medical school at the University of Colorado, completed her ob-gyn residency in Portland, ME at the Maine Medic... more
 Abbott published in Endocrine Reviews

Abbott published in Endocrine Reviews

David Abbott, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences, published the article “Animal Models to Understand the Etiology and Pathophysiology of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome” in the journal Endocrine Reviews!In the article, Abbott and co-authors discuss the need for further research to help predict polycystic ovary syndrome, and how animal models can help: “More t... more
 Welcome Marlane Angle, PhD

Welcome Marlane Angle, PhD

On September 8, 2020, Marlane Angle, PhD joins the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility as the Generations Fertility Care lab director. Welcome, Dr. Angle!Angle earned her PhD in Reproductive Physiology from Auburn University. After training in the University of California San Francisco IVF laboratory, she became an IVF laboratory director. She ha... more
 Women’s Healthcast: Zapata on racial disparities in preterm birth

Women’s Healthcast: Zapata on racial disparities in preterm birth

Black women have the highest rate of preterm birth in the United States, with approximately 13.8% of babies born preterm, according to the March of Dimes. Jasmine Zapata, MD joins the Women’s Healthcast to talk about what being born prematurely can mean for children’s health outcomes, the significant racial gap in preterm birth rates as well as Black maternal and infant mort... more
 Abbott co-edits Current Opinion in Endocrine and Metabolic Research journal issue

Abbott co-edits Current Opinion in Endocrine and Metabolic Research journal issue

David Abbott, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences, co-edited a recent issue of the journal Current Opinion in Endocrine and Metabolic Research focused on polycystic ovary syndrome! Abbott also co-authored the leading editorial in the issue: “Polycystic ovary syndrome inspires clinical consensus and scientific innovation.”The issue includes articles on cli... more
 Grand Rounds: Unser presents “Wheelchair Barbie Goes to the Gynecologist”

Grand Rounds: Unser presents “Wheelchair Barbie Goes to the Gynecologist”

On July 9, 2020, Cody Unser, MPH joined the UW Deparmtnet of Ob-Gyn to present the Grand Rounds lecture “Wheelchair Barbie Goes to the Gynecologist: A Perspective on the Sexual and Reproductive Health Care of Women with Disabilities.”In her lecture, Unser defined disability and walked through medical and social models of disability; discussed the intersection of sexuality an... more
 First FPMRS fellow announced! Welcome Dr. Kristina Warner

First FPMRS fellow announced! Welcome Dr. Kristina Warner

The Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship Team is pleased to announce that Kristina Warner, MD has matched as our July 2021 incoming fellow. This is exciting news as she will be the first fellow to begin training in our newly accredited fellowship program. Warner graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Biology, earned her medical ... more

Rural residency highlighted in CMS report

Congratulations to the UW Ob-Gyn Rural Residency team! Our first-in-the-nation rural ob-gyn training program was prominently featured in a recent “Improving Access to Maternal Health Care in Rural Communities” issue brief from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service.In addition to being included in a section on programs expanding training of maternal health providers i... more
 Jacques published in journal Contraception

Jacques published in journal Contraception

Laura Jacques, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, published an article in a recent edition of the journal Contraception!In “Complication rates of dilation and evacuation and labor induction in second-trimester abortion for fetal indications: A retrospective cohort study”, Jacques compared complication rates of dilation and evacuation (D&E) to mi... more
 Barroilhet named first-ever Dolores A. Buchler, MD, Professor in Gynecologic Oncology

Barroilhet named first-ever Dolores A. Buchler, MD, Professor in Gynecologic Oncology

A special congratulations to Lisa Barroilhet, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology, as she is officially appointed the first Dolores A. Buchler, MD Professor of Gynecologic Oncology. It is only once or twice a lifetime that you come across a doctor like Dolores “Dee” Buchler. Dee joined the University of Wisconsin in 1969 after finishing her residency at Uni... more
 Women’s Healthcast: Rhoades discusses preterm birth

Women’s Healthcast: Rhoades discusses preterm birth

Preterm birth is fairly common, with one in eight women going into labor prior to 37 weeks of gestation, which qualifies as preterm. On this episode of the Women’s Healthcast, Janine Rhoades, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, talks about what causes preterm labor, what options are available to slow or stop labor, and what people can do to reduce their... more
 Williams, Brown are collaborators on UW ICTR D&I Research pilot award

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 Rese... more
 Carr reaches 30 years of service!

Carr reaches 30 years of service!

We would like to extend our sincere congratulations and deep gratitude to Carol Carr, CNM, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn! Carr recently passed an important career milestone – 30 years of sharing expertise and caring for patients as a certified nurse midwife with UW Health!ASOG Division Director Makeba Williams, MD, has this to say of Carr: “She ... more
 Golos earns UW ICTR Translational Basic and Clinical pilot award

Golos earns UW ICTR Translational Basic and Clinical pilot award

Ted Golos, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences, received a Translational Basic and Clinical pilot award from the UW-Madison Institute for Clinical and Translational Research! Katie Antony, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, is a collaborator on the grant.“Nonhuman Primate Placental Therapy” will build on information learned from the... more