Department of
Obstetrics and Gynecology

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND PUBLIC HEALTH

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

At the University of Wisconsin Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, we value and promote an inclusive environment that respects, welcomes and embraces differences across all of our missions including, but not limited to race, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, language, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental ability, religion, income, and national origin.

To achieve this, we provide education and promote policies and practices that support patients, their families and our employees throughout the State of Wisconsin and beyond.

We embrace the mission, vision, values, and strategies set forth by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public HealthUW Health, and the combined Office of Diversity and Equity Transformation.


The UW Ob-Gyn Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee's goals are to:

  • Make the department more welcoming and inclusive
  • Incorporate anti-racism principles throughout the department
  • Increase diversity among faculty, staff, trainees, and collaborators
  • Improve the patient experience and health outcomes for women from underrepresented groups

DEI Committee:

  • Melody Bockenfeld, BSN, MPH – Co-Chair
  • Katherine Sampene, MD – Co-Chair
  • Jacquelyn Adams, MD
  • India Anderson-Carter, MD
  • Jacquelyn Askins
  • Gabrielle Avery, MD
  • Shiva Bidar
  • Heidi Brown, MD
  • Cheryl Casey'Grant
  • Anastasia Doherty, CNM
  • Greg Erickson
  • Luther Gaston, MD
  • Maya Gross, MD
  • Ellen Hartenbach, MD
  • Emelle Holmes-Drammeh, PA
  • Kara Hoppe, DO, MS
  • Beverly Hutcherson
  • Laura Kwitek, DNP
  • Ushma Patel, MD
  • Benjamin Pickus, MD
  • Awa Sanneh, MD
  • Gloria Sarto, MD
  • Lisa Scott, PhD
  • Nicole Shapiro, NP
  • Jody Silva
  • Cassidy Slinger
  • Naomi Takahashi
  • Jodi Wagner, CNM
  • Ruth Yemane, MD
  • Catherine Zhang, MD
  • Andrea Zorbas