Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

Cooney receives 2024 UW Health Clinical Practice Physician Excellence Award

Congratulations to Laura Cooney, MD, MS, associate professor in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, who received the 2024 UW Health Clinical Practice Physician Excellence Award at a ceremony on May 15, 2024! Cooney was nominated by colleagues to receive this award. The Clinical Practice Physician Excellence Award honors outstanding clinicians who de... more

Department hosts successful 25th Annual Clinical Embryologists Summit Conference

More than 100 professionals from reproductive endocrinology and infertility organizations around the world visited Madison for the 25th Annual Clinical Embryologists Summit (CES) Conference May 3-4, 2024.The CES Conference is an annual event designed to give participants an informal setting to share ideas and to interact with invited speakers and other clinical embryologists... more

Bhagavath discusses infertility and pregnancy conditions with WMTV-15

Bala Bhagavath, MD, director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, spoke with WMTV-15 in a recent story about a local woman, Abby Wiley, and her battle with infertility. The interview took place during National Infertility Awareness Week in late April. In “Wisconsin mom of three shares unique battle overcoming infertility,” Bhagavath explained what h... more

Cooney publishes reflection in Fertility and Sterility

Laura Cooney, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, published a Reflection piece in the journal Fertility and Sterility.Cooney’s article “Are we writing letters of mis-recommendation?” is a reflection essay in response to the article “Do gender differences exist in letters of recommendation for reproductive endocrinology and i... more

Cooney co-authors article on live birth rates and PCOS in Fertility and Sterility

Laura Cooney, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, is the lead author on a new study published in Fertility and Sterility.“The details matter: personalized prediction of live birth following in vitro fertilization in women with polycystic ovary syndrome” is a multicenter, retrospective cohort study attempting to validate a pr... more

Cooney receives UW Health Clinical Practice Physician Excellence Award

Please help us congratulate Laura Cooney, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility! Cooney was selected to receive a UW Health Clinical Practice Physician Excellence Award. Cooney and other winners will be honored at the UW Health Physician Excellence Awards Ceremony on May 15, 2024.The Clinical Practice Physician Excellence Award... more

Cooney publishes study on PCOS and mental health in Fertility and Sterility

Laura Cooney, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, co-authored a new study published in Fertility and Sterility. Co-authors include Snigdha Alur-Gupta, MD and Anuja Dokras, MD, PhD.In “Management of polycystic ovary syndrome must include assessment and treatment of mental health symptoms,” Cooney and co-authors mention how an... more

Welcome incoming REI fellow Jayapriya Jayakumaran, MD!

The UW Department of Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) is excited to announce that Jayapriya Jayakumaran, MD will join us as the first-ever REI fellow!Jayakumaran earned her medical degree from Madras Medical College, followed by obstetrics and gynecology residency at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College Hospital and University of Central Florid... more

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellowship earns ACGME accreditation

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology’s Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) Fellowship received initial accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) on February 7, 2024! Bala Bhagavath, MD, professor and director of the Division of REI, will serve as the fellowship program director. This will be the first REI fellowsh... more

Stanic Lab publishes study in Frontiers in Immunology

Aleksandar Stanic-Kostic, MD, PhD, associate professor in the Divisions of Reproductive Sciences and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, co-authored a new article published in Frontiers in Immunology. Postdoctoral researcher Jessica Vazquez, PhD, is lead author on the article, and co-authors include Mona A. Mohamed, Soma Banerjee, PhD, Logan T. Keding, PhD, Michelle ... more

Research and leadership at 2023 AAGL Global Congress on MIGS

The AAGL held the annual Global Congress on MIGS November 5-8, 2023, in Nashville. Members of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology brought research and contributed to the success of the event! Olga Fajardo, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, co-authored two abstracts presented during oral sessions. Other authors on the abstracts... more

Department engages UW students during AHANA-MAPS outreach event

On November 16, 2023, several members of the Department of Ob-Gyn participated in an outreach event with the University of Wisconsin–Madison AHANA-MAPS Pre-Health Society. The event focused on showcasing obstetrics and gynecology careers and career pathways with students interested in medical and health science careers. During the event, department members led hands-on birt... more

Grand Rounds: Bhagavath presents “Reproductive Surgery: Past, Present, Future”

On November 9, 2023, Bala Bhagavath, MD, professor and director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, presented the Grand Round lecture “Reproductive Surgery: Past, Present, Future”.In this lecture, Bhagavath described the history of reproductive surgeries and the various things they help fix. Advancements in reproductive surgeries was also discussed... more

REI Division members lead sessions at 2023 ASRM Congress

Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Director Bala Bhagavath, MD, and Associate Professor Aleks Stanic-Kostic, MD, PhD, led sessions at this year’s American Society for Reproductive Medicine Scientific Congress on October 14-18 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Bhagavath presented Cesarean Scar Isthmoceles: When and How to Diagnose and Treat Surgically.Stanic-Kost... more

Bhagavath accepted into 2024 UW Health Physician Leadership Development Program cohort

Congratulations to UW Ob-Gyn Professor and Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Director Bala Bhagavath, MD! He was accepted into the UW Health Physician Leadership Development Program’s 2024 cohort.As part of the program, Bhagavath will participate in 10 live courses on topics including leadership, strategy and human resources. The curriculum includes lead... more

Cooney featured in UW Health IVF success story

An area family shared their IVF experience at Generations Fertility Care with UW Health in the story “Second IVF try a charm for the McMahon family”. Laura Cooney, MD, associate professor in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, worked with the couple and added perspective on their care to the UW Health article.“While IVF never comes with a guarantee, D... more

Grand Rounds: Shapiro Students present research projects

Every summer, Shapiro Summer Research students collaborate with UW Department of Ob-Gyn faculty on research projects. On August 3, the 2023 Shapiro Summer Research students presented their projects during Ob-Gyn Grand Rounds. Presenters, mentors, and projects were: Camille Phillips, mentored by Laura Hanks, MD - “Sterilizations Rates of Pregnancy Capable People at a Single I... more

Local family hosts fundraiser for Hope after Loss clinic

In early October, during Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, a local family hosted the fundraiser Cheers to Hope at Octopi Brewing in Waunakee to support the Hope After Loss Clinic!Kristen Sharp, MD, associate professor in the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn and founder of the Hope After Loss Clinic, and Julianne Zweifel, PhD, clinical assistant professor a... more

Cooney, Stanic co-author publication in Women

Associate Professor Laura Cooney, MD, and Associate Professor Aleks Stanic-Kostic, MD, PhD, both of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, co-authored a recent study in the journal Women. In “Rapid Ovarian Reserve Decline in a Woman with Pericentric Inv(9) Variant”, Cooney, Stanic, and lead author Leeann Bui, MD, UW SMPH graduate and current ob... 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

Golos, Stanic receive NIH R21 grant

Congratulations to Ted Golos, PhD, professor in the School of Veterinary Sciences and the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences, and Aleks Stanic, MD, PhD, associate professor in the Divisions of Reproductive Sciences and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility! They received a new NIH R21 grant for the project “Gestationally driven trafficking of decidual lymphocyt... more

Banerjee, Stanic, Cooney published in Immunohorizons

Congratulations to Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology graduate student Soma Banerjee, MD, who is lead author on a new article in the journal Immunohorizons! Aleks Stanic-Kostic, MD, PhD, associate professor in the Divisions of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and Reproductive Sciences, and Laura Cooney, MD, associate professor in the Division of Reproductive... more

Grand Rounds: Badger Bytes – Industry-Sponsored Trials in Ob-Gyn

On June 1, 2023, three members of the UW Department of Ob-Gyn with expertise in clinical research presented the Grand Rounds Badger Bytes session “Industry-Sponsored Trials in Ob-Gyn.”Clinical Research Manager Kellie Baumann, MS, presented “Industry-Sponsored Clinical Trials: An Overview”, during which she shared the benefits of participating in industry-sponsored trials.Div... more

Bhagavath discusses infertility coverage on Let’s Get Local podcast

During National Infertility Awareness Week in April, Bala Bhagavath, MD, professor and director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, joined the Let’s Get Local podcast to talk about efforts in Wisconsin to improve access to fertility care.During the interview, Bhagavath contrasted his experience working in states with state-mandated infertility cove... more

Stanic, Ong Labs publish in the Journal of Immunology

A new study in collaboration between the Stanic and Ong research groups in the UW Department of Ob-Gyn will be published in the July 2023 issue of the Journal of Immunology!“Proteogenomic and V(D)J Analysis of Human Decidual T Cells Highlights Unique Transcriptional Programming and Clonal Distribution”, by Deborah A. Chasman; Rene Welch Schwartz; Jessica Vazquez; Melina Chav... more

Bhagavath discusses Dobbs’ implications on fertility care with Tone Madison

In a recent article on Tone Madison, Bala Bhagavath, MD, professor and director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, weighted in about the impact of the Dobbs decision on infertility care.In “Fertility care in Wisconsin faces worrisome unknowns in the wake of Dobbs”, Bhagavath discussed common questions and concerns he has heard from patients, and w... more

UW Ob-Gyn presentations at 2023 Society for Reproductive Investigation Conference

In March 2023, the Society for Reproductive Investigation hosted their 70th Annual Scientific Meeting in Brisbane, Australia. Members of the UW Department of Ob-Gyn brought fantastic representation to the meeting: Irene Ong, PhD, assistant professor in the Division of Reproductive Sciences, was invited to present during the “Circulating Factors Regulating Maternal/Fetal Immu... more

REI professionals gather in Madison for 2023 Clinical Embryologists Summit Conference

More than 80 professionals from reproductive endocrinology and infertility organizations across the country visited Madison for the 24th Annual Clinical Embryologists Summit (CES) Conference April 21-22, 2023. The CES Conference is an annual event designed to give participants an informal setting to share ideas and to interact with invited speakers and other clinical embryol... more

Healthy Women Community Talk: Navigating Your Fertility Journey

Starting or growing a family is a deep desire for many people, but the path to parenthood is not always straightforward. A panel of experts answered fertility questions during the well-attended virtual community talk "Navigating Your Fertility Journey" on April 10, 2023: Generations Fertility Care Director Dr. Bala Bhagavath discussed physical and medical aspects of fertili... more

Healthy Women Community Talk: Navigating Your Fertility Journey – April 10, 2023

Starting or growing a family is a deep desire for many people, but the path to parenthood is not always straightforward. All are invited to a free, virtual community talk about navigating your fertility journey, presented by the UW Department of Ob-Gyn! Bring your questions about all aspects of fertility to a panel of experts at 6:30pm on April 10, 2023:Generations Fertility... more

Cooney promoted to Associate Professor (CHS)

Our sincere congratulations to Laura Cooney, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences! The UW School of Medicine and Public Health CHS Faculty Appointments and Promotions Committee met in February 2023 and overwhelmingly endorsed her promotion to the rank of Associate Professor (CHS).The promotion will be effective June 18, 2023. Incredible work, Dr. Cooney! more

Zweifel publishes article in Fertility and Sterility

Julianne Zweifel, PhD, assistant clinical adjunct professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, published a Views and Reviews piece in the journal Fertility and Sterility!In “The risky business of advanced paternal age: neurodevelopmental and psychosocial implications for children of older fathers”, Zweifel and co-author Julia Woodward, P... 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

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

Bhagavath discusses fertility with Brava Magazine

Bala Bhagavath, MD, director of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, provided insight into common causes and treatments of infertility in a recent article in Brava Magazine.In “When Fertility Is Fragile”, Bhagavath outlines criteria for infertility, discusses common treatment options, and shares information on how much some of the treatment o... more

Women’s Healthcast: Finding Out About Fibroids, featuring Bala Bhagavath, MD

Uterine fibroids are incredibly common – between 20 and 70 percent of people with uteruses will develop fibroids during their lifetimes. And while they’re often benign, they can still cause some troublesome symptoms.Bala Bhagavath, MD joined the Women’s Healthcast to talk about common symptoms of uterine fibroids, the broad variety of treatment options, and whether all fibro... more

90 attendees gather in Madison for Clinical Embryologists Summit Conference

More than 90 professionals from reproductive endocrinology and infertility organizations across the country visited Madison for the 23rd Annual Clinical Embryologists Summit (CES) Conference April 29-30, 2022. The CES Conference is an annual event designed to give participants an informal setting to share ideas and to interact with invited speakers and other clinical embryol... more

Bhagavath co-authors publication in Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology

UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Director Bala Bhagavath, MD, co-authored a study in the latest issue of the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology!“Clinical and Patient Reported Outcomes of Pre- and Postsurgical Treatment of Symptomatic Uterine Leiomyomas: A 12-Month Follow-up Review of TRUST, a Surgical Randomized Clinical Trial Comparing ... more

Bhagavath discusses endometriosis and infertility in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

In a recent article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a Wisconsin woman shares her experience with endometriosis and infertility. UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Director Bala Bhagavath, MD adds insight into the challenges of endometriosis and the importance of insurance coverage for fertility services in the article. In “Summit woman shares... 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

Stanic promoted to Associate Professor with tenure

We are thrilled to announce that Aleks Stanic-Kostic, MD, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Divisions of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and Reproductive Sciences has been promoted to Associate Professor (tenure track). The promotion will be effective July 1, 2022.Since joining the UW Department of Ob-Gyn in 2014, Stanic has earned a reputation as a talented researcher, educa... more

Advocacy Update: Bill for insurance coverage of infertility care introduced in Wisconsin legislature

Fertility treatments can be costly, and most states across the country do not require insurance plans to cover fertility care (take a look at this Kaiser Family Foundation issue brief on coverage and use of infertility services in the United States). A bill recently introduced in the Wisconsin State Legislature would require insurance companies to provide coverage for fertil... more

Bhagavath discusses fibroids with HealthCentral

Uterine fibroids can have big effects on menstruation, fertility, pregnancy, even sleep and exercise. In a new article on HealthCentral, UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Director Bala Bhagavath, MD discussed how to recognize and manage uterine fibroids:“Uterine fibroids aren’t cancerous—but that doesn’t mean they can’t affect your life profoun... more

Welcome Zeki Beyhan, PhD!

The UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility is so happy to welcome Zeki Beyhan, PhD, to the department! Beyhan joins our team as the Lab Director for Generations Fertility Care.Beyhan earned an MS and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology Program. Prior to returning to Wisconsin, Beyhan served as labor... more

HPV research from UW Ob-Gyn cited in PBS News Hour article

Misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines is abundant. One of the most pernicious myths – that COVID-19 vaccines can cause infertility – may be deterring people from getting the vaccine. (Michael Beninati, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, already dispelled that myth on a recent episode of the Women’s Healthcast!)Making up fertility concerns is a common ... more

Bhagavath accepted as AGOS fellow

Congratulations to UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Director Bala Bhagavath, MD, who was recently accepted as an active fellow of the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society (AGOS)!AGOS advances the health of women by providing dedicated leadership and promoting excellence in research, education and medical practice. In order to be cons... more

Zweifel shares causes, signs of postpartum depression with CNET

While emotional changes after having a baby are not uncommon, many may not know how to identify the more severe symptoms of postpartum depression.In an article on CNET, Julianne Zweifel, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, outlines the differences between baby blues and postpartum depression, and discusses the factors that can cause ... more

Grand Rounds: Badger Bytes on PCOS

On December 2, 2021, three presenters offered different updates on PCOS during the UW Ob-Gyn Grand Rounds Badger Bytes research presentation. David Abbott, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences, Laura Cooney, MD, of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and Leeann Bui, UW SMPH medical student, each presented updates on polycystic ovary... 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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