Department of
Obstetrics and Gynecology

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN–MADISON
SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND PUBLIC HEALTH

Maternal-Fetal Medicine

 Iruretagoyena earns UW Health Clinical Practice Award

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!

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

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

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

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, Ma... 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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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
 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
 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
 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
 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
 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
 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!
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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!
 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
 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
 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
 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
 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
 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

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
 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
 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
 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
 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
 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
 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
 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