Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Congratulations to winners of the 2024 UW Department of Ob-Gyn awards!

On June 13, 2024, the UW Department of Ob-Gyn held its annual awards ceremony, recognizing educational, research and administrative accomplishments throughout the year.The ceremony started by celebrating service milestones, including both service in the Department of Ob-Gyn and at the University of Wisconsin or UW Health overall. Service years at UW/UW Health in parentheses:... more

Hoppe co-authors two articles about CHAP Trial outcomes in Green Journal

Kara Hoppe, DO, MS, associate professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Vice Chair of Clinical Research, recently co-authored two articles published in Obstetrics and Gynecology.In “Pregnancy Outcomes of Nifedipine Compared With Labetalol for Oral Treatment of Mild Chronic Hypertension,” co-authors compared the maternal and neonatal outcomes for different ant... more

Bailey presents at 2024 ACOG Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting

Erin Bailey, MD, MS, fellow in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, presented at the 2024 American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting, held in San Francisco in May 2024.Bailey was a panelist during the “Common and Treatable: Management of Peripartum Anemia and Chronic Hypertension” session. Panelists in that session, includ... more

Hoppe, Staying Healthy After Childbirth receive HHS Phase III grant

The Staying Healthy After Childbirth (STAC) program, created and led by Kara Hoppe, DO, MS, associate professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, was selected for the final phase of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office on Women’s Health Hypertension Innovator Award Competition! STAC is one of just eleven recipients of Phase III funding of u... more

Women’s Healthcast: Fourth Trimester: Heart Health after Pregnancy, featuring Kara Hoppe and Megan Knutson-Sinaise

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists calls the 12 weeks after giving birth the Fourth Trimester. This is the latest episode in the Women’s Healthcast series about important aspects of the fourth trimester: physical recovery, postpartum mental health, birth control after pregnancy, and more. One in eight people in the United States have high blood pressure ... more

UW Department of Ob-Gyn at 2024 ACOG Congressional Leadership Conference

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists hosted the 2024 Congressional Leadership Conference in Washington, DC, March 3-5. Many members of the UW Department of Ob-Gyn attended the conference to strengthen their advocacy skills and meet with Wisconsin legislators to discuss issues like Medicare payment and improving maternal mortality. Faculty: Amy Domeyer-Kle... more

Rhoades promoted to Associate Professor (CHS)

Huge congratulations to Janine Rhoades, MD, of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine! The School of Medicine and Public Health CHS Promotion to Associate Professor Committee unanimously voted to approve Rhoades promotion to Associate professor (CHS), effective June 30, 2024. Rhoades joined the UW Department of Ob-Gyn in 2018 after completing MFM fellowship at Washington Un... more

Posters, presentations, and awards at the 2024 Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine conference

Faculty, trainees, researchers, and more from the UW Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology brought posters and presentations to the 2024 Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Pregnancy Meeting in National Harbor, Maryland, this February. Read on for some of their exciting accomplishments! Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellow Jackie Powell, MD, earned the Best Poster of Poster Ses... more

Grand Rounds: Powell and Moore present “HIV Care & Prevention in Obstetrics & Gynecology”

On November 30, 2023, UW Ob-Gyn Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellow Jacqueline Powell, MD, and UW School of Medicine and Public Health Department of Family Medicine and Community Health LGBTQ+ Health Fellow Laurence Moore, MD, presented the Grand Rounds lecture, “HIV Care & Prevention in Obstetrics & Gynecology.”In the lecture, Powell and Moore described current HIV epidemiologic... more

Rhoades, Rose, Iruretagoyena serve as ABOG examiners

In early November, three Department of Ob-Gyn faculty served as American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology board examiners in Texas! Janine Rhoades, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine; Steve Rose, MD, professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology; and Igor Iruretagoyena, MD, MS, professor and director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Me... more

Grand Rounds: Bailey, Patel and Wagar present “Badger Bytes: Fellow Focused Session”

On November 2, 2023, UW Department of Ob-Gyn fellows Erin Bailey, MD, Ushma Patel, MD, and Matt Wagar, MD presented the Grand Rounds lecture “Badger Bytes: Fellow Focused Session”. Erin Bailey, MD, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellow, presented “Postpartum depression pre and post development of comprehensive PAS center at a single academic institution”.Matt Wagar, MD, Gynecologic... more

Bailey, Hoppe co-author CHAP article in Green Journal

UW Ob-Gyn Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellow Erin Bailey, MD, MS, is the lead author on a new article about the Chronic Hypertension and Pregnancy (CHAP) trial published in Obstetrics and Gynecology! Kara Hoppe, DO, MS, associate professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, is senior author on the article; co-authors include other researchers who were involved in this l... more

Grand Rounds: Bailey presents “To give or not to give: antenatal corticosteroids”

On October 5, 2023, UW Ob-Gyn Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellow Erin Bailey, MD, MS, presented the Grand Rounds lecture “To give or not to give: antenatal corticosteroids”.In the lecture, Bailey summarized the history of betamethasone (BMZ) administration in preterm birth; assessed the available literature on corticosteroid administration; and outlined future recommendations fo... more

Grand Rounds: Sampene, Adams present “Optimizing Contraceptive Counseling”

On August 10, 2023, UW Ob-Gyn Associate Professor and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Chair Katherine Sampene, MD, presented the Grand Rounds lecture “Optimizing Contraceptive Counseling”. Jackie Adams, MD, MS, assistant professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and Laura Berghahn, MD, private practice ob-gyn at Associated Physicians of Madison, co-pre... more

Welcome incoming Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellow Katy Hallman, MD!

The UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine is excited to announce that Katy Hallman, MD, matched to the Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellowship! Hallman received her MD from the Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine and is currently completing ob-gyn residency at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She comes highly recommended by our MFM colleague... more

Celebrate Advanced Practice Provider Week – September 25-29, 2023

This year, National Advanced Practice Providers Week is September 25-29, 2023. Please join us in thanking the many skilled, dedicated APPs who work in the UW Department of Ob-Gyn! National APP Week celebrates the hard work of Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Certified Nurse Midwives, and other specialists who help elevate the fields of medicine and nursing to ensur... more

Register now for UW Prevention Research Center Annual Meeting – October 24, 2023

Registration for the UW Prevention Research Center 2023 Annual Meeting is now open! The UWPRC 2023 Annual Meeting will be held October 24, 2023 from 8:30AM-4:30PM at the Goodman Community Center in Madison, WI. Jackie Adams, MD, MS, assistant professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, will give a keynote address during the PRC Annual meeting! The purpose of the UW... more

Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center featured in Quarterly Magazine

The UW Health Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center has celebrated many successes in the past several months, including rebuilding a baby’s airway partway through delivery, supporting a Wisconsin woman who gave birth and received a heart transplant all within eight weeks, and treating twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome. Michael Beninati, MD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gy... more

Beninati and Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment team save baby with innovative surgical intervention

UW Health recently shared a remarkable story from the Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center: the team performed a specialized surgery in February 2023 that saved a Waupun baby’s life. Michael Beninati, MD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, co-directs the center along with pediatric general surgeon Inna Lobeck, MD and was a crucial membe... more

Bosse reflects on training time, shares what’s next after MFM Fellowship

After three years of intense fellowship training in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Bradley Bosse, MD, is preparing to graduate. Bosse shares what’s next after fellowship, the important lessons he will carry forward, and messages of gratitude for people who shaped his time in Madison.Where will you be going and what will you be doing after UW Ob-Gyn?I am m... more

Congratulations to winners of the 2023 UW Ob-Gyn department awards!

On June 15, 2023, the UW Department of Ob-Gyn held its annual awards ceremony, recognizing educational, research and administrative accomplishments throughout the year.The ceremony started by celebrating service milestones:Five Years:Carol Hulland - Administrative ManagerIrene Ong, PhD - Assistant ProfessorJennifer Karnowski, MD - Clinical Assistant ProfessorLaura Cooney, MD... more

Racine passes MFM board exams!

Our sincere congratulations to Jenna Racine, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine! Racine passed the ABOG subspecialty boards in maternal-fetal medicine in April 2023.Racine joined the UW Department of Ob-Gyn faculty in 2021 after completing her maternal-fetal medicine fellowship in our department. Though she will leave the department for a new ... more

Adams passes Maternal-Fetal Medicine board exam

Huge congratulations to Jacquelyn Adams, MD, MS, assistant professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine! Adams passed the ABOG subspecialty boards in maternal-fetal medicine in April 2023.Adams joined the UW Department of Ob-Gyn faculty in 2020 after completing her maternal-fetal medicine fellowship here. Incredible work, Dr. Adams!

Stewart elected to UWSMPH Technical Standards and Access to Accommodations Committee

Congratulations to Kathy Stewart, MD, professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine! Stewart was elected to the UW School of Medicine and Public Health’s Technical Standards and Access to Accommodations Committee (TSAAC) for a two-year term.The TSAAC is appointed and charged with reviewing and maintaining best practices related to medical school technical standards an... more

CHAP trial awarded trial of the year by Society for Clinical Trials

The Chronic Hypertension And Pregnancy (CHAP) trial, a multisite study led by the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) with a collaborating site at the University of Wisconsin, received the David Sackett Annual Trial of the Year Award from the Society for Clinical Trials!Kara Hoppe, DO, MS, associate professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, was the lead inv... more

Hoppe’s Staying Healthy After Childbirth project with PRC publicized on WORT

The Staying Healthy After Childbirth​ program, led by Kara Hoppe, DO, MS, associate professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, is the new core research project in the UW-Madison Prevention Research Center. WORT Community Radio in Madison covered the launch of Hoppe’s research with UWPRC at a recent community event.The radio story “CDC-Funded Center Prioritizes Bir... more

In the News: Beninati on Wisconsin woman’s heart failure in pregnancy

UW Health shared the remarkable story of a Wisconsin woman who gave birth and received a heart transplant within an eight-week span in late 2022 and early 2023. Michael Beninati, MD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, was a critical part of the team that cared for the patient and her baby:““We put together a huge team of experts at UW H... more

Grand Rounds: Department Research Day 2023

On May 4, 2023, the UW Department of Ob-Gyn hosted Department Research Day. You can watch all the research presentations given that day here. Keynote by Genevieve Neal-Perry, MD, PhD – 0:00:00-1:01:45Menopause Management: Where are we now? Graduating Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellow Brad Bosse, MD – 1:01:46-1:20:45Preeclampsia: It’s in the water?Graduating Gynecologic Oncology... more

Staying Healthy After Childbirth selected for Phase II HHS Hypertension Innovator Award Competition

Huge congratulations to Kara Hoppe, DO, MS, associate professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, whose Staying Healthy After Childbirth program was chosen as one of 15 Phase II awardees for the HHS Hypertension Innovator Award Competition by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office on Women’s Health (OWH)!The Hypertension Innovator A... more

Adams to co-chair Wisconsin Maternal Mortality Review Team

We are pleased to share that Jackie Adams, MD, MS, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, was recently named co-chair of the Wisconsin Maternal Mortality Review Team! Adams will co-chair alongside Jasmine Zapata, MD, MPH, assistant professor in the UW SMPH Department of Pediatrics and Chief Medical Officer for Community Health in the Wiscon... more

Barroilhet, Giles, Iruretagoyena in Texas as Board Examiners

Three UW Ob-Gyn faculty served as ABOG subspecialty board examiners in Texas this year!Dobie Giles, MD, MS, MBA, professor in the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Lisa Barroilhet, MD, MS, associate professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, and Igor Iruretagoyena, MD, MS, professor and director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine,... more

Rhoades to become Associate Division Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Janine Rhoades, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, will become associate director of the division on July 1, 2023! She will work closely with Division Director Igor Iruretagoyena, MD, MS, in this role.Rhoades joined the UW Department of Ob-Gyn in 2018 following MFM fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. She has been a leader in fel... more

Iruretagoyena to become Vice Chair of Finance in July 2023

Later this year, the UW Ob-Gyn Finance Committee will undergo a leadership change: Igor Iruretagoyena, MD, MS, professor and director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, will become the new Vice Chair of Finance, effective July 1, 2023. He will follow Dobie Giles, MD, MS, MBA, associate professor in the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, w... more

UWPRC invites you to two Birthing Justice screenings and launch of Hoppe’s research project in April

The UW-Madison Prevention Research Center invites community members, faculty, students, and staff to two screenings of the film Birthing Justice, “a documentary that flips the victim-blaming narrative by centering the lived experiences of Black women and their advocates as they fix a broken system one birth at a time.” The film screening will be followed by a panel discussio... more

Beninati discusses maternal mortality statistics with CBS 58

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated maternal mortality statistics showing an increase in maternal mortality from 2018 to 2021, with significant racial disparities in the rates of increase.Michael Beninati, MD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, discussed these statistics with CBS-58: “"I think that w... more

Hoppe’s MyHEART study results published in JAMA

Huge congratulations to Kara Hoppe, DO, MS, associate professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine! Results from the long-running MyHEART study, which Hoppe became principal investigator of in 2019, were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.“Effect of a Telephone Health Coaching Intervention on Hypertension Control in Young Adults: The MyHEART... more

UW Ob-Gyn brings impressive slate of research to 2023 SMFM meeting

​Faculty, residents, and fellows brought an exciting variety of posters and presentations to the 2023 Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine Annual Pregnancy Meeting February 6-11 in San Francisco! Just some of their incredible accomplishments:Erin Bailey, MD, MS (MFM fellow) presented “Treatment for mild chronic hypertension during pregnancy: is tighter better?” during an oral... more

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

On February 9, 2023, UW Ob-Gyn Professor and Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Director Igor Iruretagoyena, MD, presented the Grand Rounds lecture “Communication milestones for the OB/GYN resident”.In the lecture, Iruretagoyena summarized the new Ob-Gyn milestones from ACGME, defined the different components needed to advance in the milestones, identified tools needed to a... more

Adams accepted into Johns Hopkins Mixed Methods Research Training Program

Congratulations to Jackie Adams, MD, MS, assistant professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, who was recently accepted into the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Mixed Methods Research Training Program for the Health Sciences!The Mixed Methods Research Training Program for the Health Sciences is funded by the National Institutes of Health through th... more

Beninati and UW Health Fetal Surgery Center successes in news

​UW Health, in partnership with UnityPoint Health-Meriter Hospital, launched the Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center in 2022. Michael Beninati, MD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, co-directs the center along with pediatric general surgeon Inna Lobeck, MD. A recent surgery at the Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center was featured in s... more

Welcome Erin Bailey, MD, MS to the MFM Division!

The UW Department of Ob-Gyn is thrilled to announce that Erin Bailey, MD, MS will join the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine faculty as an assistant professor (CHS) upon completing fellowship in September 2024!Bailey earned a Master of Science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison Department of Population Health Sciences in 2013. She graduated from the University of Wis... more

Adams named Co-chair of UW Health/Meriter Maternal Child Health Steering Group

Jackie Adams, MD, MS, assistant professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, was recently named co-chair of the UW Health/UnityPoint Health-Meriter Maternal and Child Health Steering Group!The Maternal and Child Health Steering Group is comprised of stakeholders from UW Health and UPH- Meriter in clinical/non-clinical areas such as OB, Pediatrics, Family Medicine, S... more

UW Ob-Gyn named Preeclampsia Center of Excellence by Preeclampsia Foundation

After a highly successful visit from Preeclampsia Foundation CEO Eleni Tsigas in the summer of 2022, the Department of Ob-Gyn was named a Preeclampsia Center of Excellence!In June 2022, Kara Hoppe, DO, MS, associate professor of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Ian Bird, PhD, professor of Reproductive Sciences, and Derek Boeldt, PhD, assistant professor of Reproductive Sciences, pre... more

Bailey earns funding from UPH-Meriter Foundation

Congratulations to UW Ob-Gyn Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellow Erin Bailey, MD! She recently received a grant from the UnityPoint Health-Meriter Foundation to support her fellowship research project “AT GOAL: Adopting technology for glucose optimization and lifestyle in pregnancy.”In addition to the UPH-Meriter Foundation grant, she also received a generous equipment donation f... more

Save the date: Department Research Day, May 4, 2023

Please join us for several exciting research presentations at Department Research Day, coming up May 4, 2023 from 7:00-10:00am. The event will be held in 1335 HSLC.Department Research Day will open with a keynote presentation from Genevieve Neal-Perry, MD, PhD, Robert A. Ross Distinguished Professor and Chair in the University of North Carolina School of Medicine Department ... more

Adams earns Masters in Clinical Investigation from UW ICTR

Congratulations to Jackie Adams, MD, MS, assistant professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, who recently completed a master’s in clinical investigation through the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research!Adams started the master’s program during her time as MFM fellow in our department and continued to work on it when she joined the MFM division fac... more

Hoppe earns UPH-Meriter grant to expand Staying Healthy After Childbirth program

Kara Hoppe, DO, MS, associate professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, was recently awarded a grant from the UnityPoint Health-Meriter Foundation to expand the Staying Healthy After Childbirth program!Hoppe’s original program, Staying Healthy After Childbirth (STAC), is a six-week postpartum home blood pressure monitoring program with demonstrated succ... more

Grand Rounds: Adams and Bhatanagar present “Pregnancy and Drug Use: Dispelling the Myths and Understanding Legal Implications”

Jacquelyn Adams, MD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and Ritu Bhatnagar, MD, MPH, of the UW SMPH Department of Psychiatry, presented the Ob-Gyn Grand Rounds lecture “Pregnancy and Drug Use: Dispelling the Myths and Understanding Legal Implications” on August 4, 2022.In the lecture, they explained the benefits of medications for addic... more

Iruretagoyena to serve as ABOG board examiner in 2023

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

Green published in Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine

A new article in the journal Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine examines racial/ethnic differences in post-operative pain experience and opioid medication use in the first day after C-section delivery! Tiffany Green, PhD, assistant professor in the Division of Reproductive and Population Health, is senior author on the article. UW Ob-Gyn residency graduate John Poehlmann, ... more

Grand Rounds: Stewart presents “Will you write me a letter? Teaching, coaching, mentoring and the art of letter writing”

On October 27, 2022, Professor Kathy Stewart, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, presented the Grand Rounds lecture “Will you write me a letter? Teaching, coaching, mentoring and the art of letter writing”.In the lecture, Stewart explained the history of letters of recommendation, outlined the role of the letter writer, discussed competency domains as ... more

Former UW Ob-Gyn student presents at ASRM conference

Sincere congratulations to Leeann Bui, MD, who recently presented an abstract at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Scientific Congress in Anaheim, California! Bui, now an ob-gyn resident at Stanford Medicine, graduated from the UW School of Medicine and Public Health in 2022.Bui presented “Assessing the Effectiveness of a Pregnancy-Specific Obstructive Sleep Apn... more

Hoppe to become Vice Chair of Clinical Research

Kara Hoppe, DO, MS, associate professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, has been appointed the new Vice Chair of Clinical Research in the UW Department of Ob-Gyn! This appointment is effective November 1, 2022.Hoppe will be an incredible asset to the Department of Ob-Gyn’s research platform as Vice Chair of Clinical Research. In this role, she will provide oversi... more

Welcome incoming MFM Fellow Jacqueline Powell!

The UW Ob-Gyn Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship program is thrilled to welcome incoming Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellow Jacqueline Powell, MD, to the department! Powell will arrive in August 2023.Powell attended medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and is currently completing ob-gyn residency at Oregon Health & Science University. We can’t wait to welcome Dr. ... more

UW Ob-Gyn celebrates National Advanced Practice Provider Week!

​National Advanced Practice Providers Week is September 26-30, 2022! Please join us in learning a little bit more about some of the incredible APPs who support the clinical, educational, and research missions in the UW Department of Ob-Gyn and thanking them for their expertise, excellence, and dedication! [image]ObGyn News Files/CNM1.png[/image] [image]ObGyn News Files/CNM... more

Hoppe presents Community Talk “High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy & Beyond”

In the first UW Ob-Gyn Healthy Women Community Talk​ of the year, Kara Hoppe, DO, MS, associate professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, shared research and resources about hypertension and pregnancy.In “High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy and Beyond”, Hoppe helped participants understand blood pressure basics, get to know blood pressure ranges during pregnancy... more

Racine published in Wisconsin Medical Journal

Jenna Racine, MD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, is the lead author on a new study published in the Wisconsin Medical Journal!In “Perinatal Outcomes Associated With Institutional Changes Early in the COVID-19 Pandemic”, Racine and co-authors (including Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division Director Igor Iruretagoyena, MD, and Kara Hoppe,... more

Rhoades published in AJOG MFM

UW Ob-Gyn Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Director Janine Rhoades, MD, has published a new article in AJOG-MFM!In “Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellowship program director perspective on virtual interviews following matriculation of the first virtual interview class”, Rhoades and co-authors compared program directors’ experiences with fellows who interviewed virtually to their... more

Rhoades becomes Director of MFM Fellowship

UW Ob-Gyn Assistant Professor Janine Rhoades, MD became the director of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellowship on July 1, 2022! Rhoades takes over the fellowship director role from Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Director Igor Iruretagoyena, MD. Iruretagoyena will be the associate fellowship director for a transition period.Rhoades served as associate director of the fel... more

Hoppe discusses updated treatment recommendations for hypertension in pregnancy with Spectrum News

Kara Hoppe, DO, MS, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, was a co-author on the recent Chronic Hypertension and Pregnancy study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. She joined Spectrum News to discuss updated treatment recommendations for hypertension during pregnancy, strategies for staying on top of blood pressure during pregnancy, and more.Wa... more

UW Health and Meriter launch innovative Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center

Earlier this year, UW Health and UnityPoint Health-Meriter Hospital launched the new Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center, a collaboration between maternal-fetal specialists, pediatric surgeons, neonatologists and multiple pediatric sub-specialties located in the Meriter Center for Perinatal Care.The Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center is the only fetal surgical center in W... more

Grand Rounds: Hoppe presents “Hypertension in Pregnancy and Young Adults”

On June 9, 2022, UW Ob-Gyn associate professor of maternal-fetal medicine Kara Hoppe, DO, MS, presented the Grand Rounds lecture “Hypertension in Pregnancy and Young Adults”.In the lecture, Hoppe shared how to classify hypertension, outlined current management recommendations for pregnant and non-pregnant young people with hypertension, discussed the recent Chronic Hypertens... more

Congratulations to winners of UW Ob-Gyn 2022 department awards!

On June 23, 2022, 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. Many people retired from the department this academic year, including:Carol Carr, CNM (Midwife in the ASOG Division)Janet Short (Medical Studen... more

Jacobson reflects on training time, shares what’s next after MFM fellowship

After three years of intense fellowship training in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Jennifer Jacobson, MD is moving on to the next stage of her career! Jacobson shares what’s next after fellowship, the important lessons she will carry forward, and messages of gratitude for people who shaped her time in Madison.***Where will you be going and what will you b... more

2022 Department Research Day

On May 26, 2022, the UW Department of Ob-Gyn hosted Department Research Day, which included many research presentations from across the Department.Jeffrey Peipert, MD, chair of the Indiana University School of Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, kicked off Department Research Day with the keynote presentation “The Contraceptive CHOICE Project to Path4You: Les... more

Kick off the Promise Walk for Preeclampsia fundraiser with a brat fry on June 4!

Help kick off planning and fundraising for the Promise Walk for Preeclampsia with a brat fry on Saturday, June 4! The kick-off event is hosted by the Madison Promise Walk for Preeclampsia, and will feature special guest Eleni Tsigas, CEO of the Preeclampsia Foundation.Join the brat fry at Lake Farm County Park at 11:00am – more details are available on Facebook.The Promise W... more

UW Ob-Gyn research and presentations at 2022 ACOG Annual Meeting

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists held the Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting in San Diego May 6-8, 2022. Faculty, fellows and residents in the UW Department of Ob-Gyn brought many exciting presentations and projects to the conference. Read more about some of their awesome accomplishments:Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn Director Makeba Wi... more

Birkeland becomes program director of Master of Genetic Counselor Studies

Please help us congratulate Assistant Professor Laura Birkeland, MS, CGC, who recently became the next program director of the UW SMPH Master of Genetic Counselor Studies! Birkeland will provide expert leadership, vision, and oversight to continue the growth and positive impact of this important health professions education program.Laura joined the UW SMPH in 2006, and has b... more

Hoppe co-authors CHAP study published in NEJM; discusses results with Wisconsin media

Results from the national Chronic Hypertension and Pregnancy study were recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Kara Hoppe, DO, MS, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, was the lead investigator for the UW arm of the study and a co-author on the article!In “Treatment for Mild Chronic Hypertension during Pregnancy”, Hoppe and co-authors sha... more

Women’s Healthcast: Healthy Pregnancy at Any Weight, featuring Katie Antony, MD

On the latest episode of the Women’s Healthcast, Katie Antony, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, discusses respectful, person-centered care, her recommendations for safe and healthy pregnancies at any weight, and concerns or considerations for pregnant people with overweight or obesity.Listen to Healthy Pregnancy at Any Weight now!Did you know the Wom... more

Wetterhahn, Bosse present at AIUM Conference

Huge congratulations to UW Ob-Gyn resident Madeline Wetterhahn, MD, PGY-3 and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellow Brad Bosse, MD, who shared research at the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine’s 2022 Annual Integrative Ultrasound Meeting!Wetterhahn and Bosse both presented during Obstetric Ultrasound Scientific Sessions at the conference, which was held March 12-16, 2022... more

Poehlmann and Antony published in AJOG-MFM

A new study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology-Maternal-Fetal Medicine examines the link between maternal anxiety and pain following C-section delivery.In “The impact of preexisting maternal anxiety on pain and opioid use following cesarean delivery: a retrospective cohort study”, UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine faculty Katie Antony,... more

Antony discusses COVID vaccines, pregnancy with Verywell Health

Katie Antony, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, spoke with Verywell Health about COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy!In “COVID Vaccine During Pregnancy Protects Babies, Study Shows”, Antony provided an overview of how immunity is passed from the pregnant person to the fetus, how long antibodies persist in babies after birth, and other ways to protec... more

Antony, Cooney publish in journal Women

A new study co-authored by Katie Antony, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Laura Cooney, MD, of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility examines whether screening for sleep apnea should be included for women seeking fertility treatment.Published in the journal Women, “Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Another Condition to Screen for in Wo... more

Faculty Development Funding Feature: Janine Rhoades, MD

Each fiscal year, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Faculty Development Committee makes available a total of $10,000 for professional development. Faculty may submit applications at any time (until funds are exhausted for the current fiscal year).Read more about Dr. Janine Rhoades’ experience with the Faculty Development Funding Program, and learn how you can apply... more

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

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

Beninati talks about COVID vaccines and temporary cycle changes on NBC-15

A new study published in the Green Journal found that COVID vaccines can cause brief, temporary changes to menstrual cycles. Michael Beninati, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine joined NBC-15 Madison to explain why those temporary cycle changes are not cause for alarm and do not indicate future fertility issues.“But MD Michael Beninati, an OBGYN at UW H... more

Beninati discusses COVID vaccines and fertility on CBS 58

A recent study in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that COVID-19 vaccination does not affect future fertility. Michael Beninati, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine appeared on CBS 58 News to help explain what people need to know about COVID vaccination and fertility.In the interview, Beninati emphasized that pregnant people are at higher risk ... more

Iruretagoyena earns UW Health Clinical Practice Award

Huge congratulations to UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Director Igor Iruretagoyena, MD! Iruretagoyena was selected to receive a UW Health 2021 Physician Excellence Clinical Practice Award, and was honored at the UW Health Physician Excellence Awards ceremony on November 30.The Clinical Practice Award, which is nominated by peers, is a tremendous and well-deser... more

Congratulations to Women’s Health Symposium poster award winners Mojdehbakhsh and Bailey!

On October 14, 2021, the UW Department of Ob-Gyn hosted the annual Women’s Health and Health Equity Research Lecture and Symposium​. This year’s virtual event included the keynote presentation “Health Equity and Quality of Care: The Case of Maternal Mortality and Morbidity” by Elizabeth Howell, MD, Chair of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the Perelman School of ... more

Hoppe published in Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine

Kara Hoppe, DO, MS, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, published an article in a recent issue of the Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine.In the article “Cost-effectiveness of telehealth with remote patient monitoring for postpartum hypertension”, Hoppe and co-authors (including UW Ob-Gyn residency alum Brenda Niu, MD) evaluate the costs of a re... more

Welcome incoming MFM fellow Scott Infusino, MD

The Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine is thrilled to introduce the incoming 2022 Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellow. Please help us welcome Scott Infusino, MD!Infusino received his MD from Quinnipiac University. He is currently completing his ob-gyn residency at the University of Maryland. We look forward to welcoming him to Madison in July 2022.

Beninati shares CDC recommendations on COVID vaccines and pregnancy with UW Health, area news

Michael Beninati, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, has been helping combat COVID vaccine and pregnancy misinformation a lot over the last few months. He recently appeared in a UW Health video explaining why COVID vaccines are recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding people, which aired on many Wisconsin news stations.Beninati’s recommendation was s... more

Save the Dates: UW Ob-Gyn 2022 Research Events

Save the dates for three UW Department of Ob-Gyn research events in 2022:February 24, 2022 - Resident Research DayFeaturing a keynote presentation by Lisa Hollier, MD, MPH, professor of ob-gyn at Baylor College of Medicine and former president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Resident research presentations by PGY-4 residents John Poehlmann, MD, an... more

Hoppe published in Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine

Kara Hoppe, DO, MS, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, published a new study in the Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine.The article “Longitudinal blood pressure patterns of women with hypertensive disorders of pregnancy: preconception through postpartum” details a retrospective study on nearly 900 people diagnosed with hypertension disorders of... more

Iruretagoyena earns UW Health Clinical Practice Award

Huge congratulations to UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Director Igor Iruretagoyena, MD! Iruretagoyena was selected to receive a UW Health Physician Excellence 2021 Clinical Practice Award, and was honored at the UW Health Physician Excellence Awards ceremony on November 30.The Clinical Practice Award, which is nominated by peers, is a tremendous and well-deser... more

Iruretagoyena promoted to Professor (CHS)

We are thrilled to announce that the UW School of Medicine and Public Health CHS Faculty Appointments and Promotions Committee voted unanimously to promote UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Director Igor Iruretagoyena, MD to the rank of Professor (CHS). The promotion will be effective July 1, 2022.Iruretagoyena joined the UW Department of Ob-Gyn faculty in 2011, ... more

Hoppe’s Staying Healthy After Childbirth earns HHS grant

Huge congratulations to Kara Hoppe, DO, MS, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine! Hoppe’s Staying Healthy After Childbirth program, a home telehealth monitoring program for postpartum hypertension, was one of 20 recipients of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Phase I Hypertension Innovator Awards.The Hypertension Innovator Award Competition was... 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

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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