Department of
Obstetrics and Gynecology

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN–MADISON
SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND PUBLIC HEALTH

Gynecologic Oncology

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

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

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

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

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

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
 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
 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
 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
 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
 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
 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
 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
 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!
 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
 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
 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
 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
 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
 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
 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
 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

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
 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
 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
 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
 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
 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!
 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
 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
 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
 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
 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