Division of Academic Specialists in Obstetrics and Gynecology


In keeping with the legacy of UW, our mission as Academic Specialists is:

  • Use our expertise to educate and inspire the next generation of OB/GYNs
  • Be regional and national leaders in the provision of evidence-based obstetric, gynecologic and office care
  • Foster a diverse division with focused interests to advance the expertise of our group as a whole for the benefit of our patients and community
  • Excellence: We strive for excellence in patient care, education, and clinical practice.
  • Integrity: We do what we say we are going to do; we pull our own weight; we do the right thing for every patient, every time.
  • Fairness: We strive for fairness in compensation, fairness in opportunity, and fairness in our work schedules and clinical demands, allowing time and space for personal and professional development.

Our board-certified obstetrician/gynecologists practice at several sites around the Madison area. We offer comprehensive obstetrical services, including general and high-risk obstetrics; pre-conception counseling and screening; contraceptive management (birth control); infertility evaluation and treatment; and obstetric consultative services.

Our physicians perform gynecologic surgery at both Meriter Hospital and the Madison Surgery Center. We are skilled in a wide variety of surgical procedures including pelvic organ prolapse, incontinence and minimally invasive procedures, including laparoscopic hysterectomies and laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomies.

We practice at Meriter Hospital, the highest-volume birthing center in Wisconsin, where we deliver more than 3,000 babies a year. At Meriter, we provide in-house coverage in support of the residency program, and also support our Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine by providing obstetrical care for its patients. We are responsible for accepting most patients referred from outlying hospitals and for providing care to most of the unassigned patients who may be present. We serve as consultants to Family Practice physicians from several different practices, and have a collaborative practice with the UW Hospitals and Clinics Certified Nurse Midwife program.

Our primary mission is to provide excellent clinical care, but we are also devoted to the education and training of medical students and residents. We teach not only on labor and delivery and in the operating room, but in our clinics and the classroom as well. We are proud to be involved with the training of the next generation of physicians.

Sharp and Hope After Loss Clinic featured in On Wisconsin magazine

Kristen Sharp, MD, clinical associate professor and Resident Continuity Clinic Director in the Division of Academic Specialists in Obstetrics and Gynecology and her UW Health Hope After Loss Clinic were featured in a recent On Wisconsin article.The Hope After Loss Clinic gives follow-up care, preconception counseling, and pre... more

Hanks publishes blog about global health trip

Laura Hanks, MD, clinical assistant professor in the Division of Academic Specialists in Obstetrics and Gynecology, shared her experiences traveling to Gambia on the UW School of Medicine and Public Health Department of Surgery’s Global Surgery website. Hanks was a visiting lecturer at the Edward Francis Teaching Hospital in ... more

Welcome Abigail Nelezen, MD, MS, MHA, to Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn

Abigail Nelezen, MD, MS, MHA, has accepted an offer to join the UW Department of Ob-Gyn as an assistant professor (CT) in the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, starting September 1, 2024.A native of northeastern Wisconsin, Nelezen earned her undergraduate degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, after which sh... more

Cutler discusses ob-gyn training and abortion restrictions on WNYC Science Daily

Abigail Cutler, MD, MPH, assistant professor in the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, joined Science Friday for a recent podcast episode focussing on the post-Dobbs landscape across the U.S. and its implications for physicians and abortion access.In “Abortion-Restrictive States Leave Ob-Gyns With Tough Choices,” Cut... more

Fajardo publishes in Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Olga Fajardo, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, co-authored a new article published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. In “Impact of trainees involvement on surgical outcomes of abdominal and laparoscopic myomectomy”, Fajardo and co-authors explored the impact of trainee inv... more