Portrait of Laura Bozzuto
Laura Bozzuto, MD, MS
Assistant Professor (CHS)
Academic Specialists in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Office Address

20 S. Park Clinic
3rd Floor
20 S. Park Street
Madison, WI, 53715

Clinic Address

Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinic
20 S. Park Street
Madison, WI, 53715
Phone: 608-287-2830

Administrative Assistant

Fellowship MedStar Washington Hospital Center and Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, D.C.
M.D. Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover, NH
Residency Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
M.S. The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, Hanover, NH
A.B. Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 

Society of Surgical Oncology and American Society of Breast Surgeons

Midwife Collaboration Award, Hospital of University of Pennsylvania

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists 

Society for Academic Specialists in General Obstetrics and Gynecology 

American Society of Breast Surgeons 

Society for Surgical Oncology 

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

A Four-Arm Randomized Clinical Trial of Topical Pain Control for Sentinel Node Radiotracer Injections in Patients with Breast Cancer

Alyssa A Wiener, Jessica R Schumacher, Scott B Perlman, Lee G Wilke, Meeghan A Lautner, Laura M Bozzuto, Bret M Hanlon, Heather B Neuman

CONCLUSION: In this randomized trial, no differences in patient-reported pain or satisfaction with treatment was observed between ice and other topical treatments. Providers found treatments using Buzzy^(®) more difficult to administer. Given patient satisfaction and ease of administration, ice is a reasonable standard.

Published: 04/01/2024

Annals of surgical oncology pmid:38557909

Expanded Indications for Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy and Immediate Breast Reconstruction in Patients Older Than 60 Years

Caroline A King, Guy Shaposhnik, Adaah A Sayyed, Alex J Bartholomew, Laura M Bozzuto, Michael Sosin, Ian T Greenwalt, Kenneth L Fan, David Song, Eleni A Tousimis

CONCLUSIONS: Based on similar complication profiles in both age groups, we demonstrate safety and feasibility of both NSM and IBR in the aging population. Despite increased age and comorbidity status, appropriately selected older women were able to achieve similar outcomes to younger women undergoing NSM with or without IBR.

Published: 02/23/2024

Annals of plastic surgery pmid:38394268

Postoperative Outcomes After Staged Versus Coordinated Breast Surgery and Bilateral Salpingo-Oophorectomy

Sudheer R Vemuru, Michael Bronsert, Kristen Vossler, Victoria D Huynh, Laurel Beaty, Gretchen Ahrendt, Jaime Arruda, Christodoulos Kaoutzanis, Kristin E Rojas, Laura Bozzuto, Simon Kim, Sarah E Tevis

CONCLUSIONS: While costs were similar, coordinating breast surgery with BSO was associated with more complications in patients who underwent mastectomy, but not in patients who underwent lumpectomy. These data should inform shared decision-making in high-risk patients.

Published: 06/19/2023

Annals of surgical oncology pmid:37336806

ACR Appropriateness Criteria® Evaluation of Nipple Discharge: 2022 Update

Expert Panel on Breast Imaging, Matthew F Sanford, Priscilla J Slanetz, Alana A Lewin, Arnold M Baskies, Laura Bozzuto, Susan A Branton, Jessica H Hayward, Huong T Le-Petross, Mary S Newell, John R Scheel, Richard E Sharpe, Gary A Ulaner, Susan P Weinstein, Linda Moy

The type of nipple discharge dictates the appropriate imaging study. Physiologic nipple discharge is common and does not require diagnostic imaging. Pathologic nipple discharge in women, men, and transgender patients necessitates breast imaging. Evidence-based guidelines were used to evaluate breast imaging modalities for appropriateness based on patient age and gender. For an adult female or male 40 years of age or greater, mammography or digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) is performed...

Published: 11/27/2022

Journal of the American College of Radiology : JACR pmid:36436958

Breast cancer risk reduction: who, why, and what?

Laura M Bozzuto

Women at increased risk of breast cancer have options to mitigate that risk. Understanding factors that increase risk and utilizing tools for quantitative estimates are important to be able to adequately counsel and target strategies for patients. On the basis of these estimates, patients may be able to engage in risk reduction interventions and increased screening, including chemoprevention or surgical risk reduction. Multiple organizations have published guidelines supporting risk assessment,...

Published: 01/07/2022

Best practice & research. Clinical obstetrics & gynaecology pmid:34991977

Decreased postoperative pain and opioid use following prepectoral versus subpectoral breast reconstruction after mastectomy: A retrospective cohort study: Pain after pre- versus subpectoral reconstruction

Laura M Bozzuto, Alex J Bartholomew, Shawndeep Tung, Michael Sosin, Stuti Tambar, Solange Cox, Idanis M Perez-Alvarez, Caroline A King, Mabel C Chan, Troy A Pittman, Eleni A Tousimis

CONCLUSION: Following mastectomy, PP breast reconstruction results in significantly reduced pain, opioid use, and hospital LOS compared with SP reconstruction.

Published: 01/16/2021

Journal of plastic, reconstructive & aesthetic surgery : JPRAS pmid:33451949

In Reply

David Chelmow, Mark D Pearlman, Amy Young, Laura Bozzuto, Sandra Dayaratna, Myrlene Jeudy, Mallory Kremer, Dana Marie Scott, Julia Sage O'Hara

No abstract

Published: 08/23/2020

Obstetrics and gynecology pmid:32826586

Opioid-free anesthesia for patients undergoing mastectomy: A matched comparison

Caroline A King, Idanis M Perez-Alvarez, Alex J Bartholomew, Laura Bozzuto, Kayla Griffith, Michael Sosin, Renee Thibodeau, Sumeet Gopwani, Joseph Myers, Kenneth L Fan, Eleni A Tousimis

Opioid-free anesthesia (OFA) is being implemented in breast surgery due to increased awareness of adverse effects and the national opioid crisis. The objective of this study was to examine the effect of OFA on postoperative pain and postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) in mastectomy patients. A single-institution matched-cohort study was conducted from 2014 to 2017 on 48 women undergoing mastectomy, with the majority also undergoing immediate prosthetic-based reconstruction. Patients...

Published: 08/09/2020

The breast journal pmid:32767477

Executive Summary of the Early-Onset Breast Cancer Evidence Review Conference

David Chelmow, Mark D Pearlman, Amy Young, Laura Bozzuto, Sandra Dayaratna, Myrlene Jeudy, Mallory E Kremer, Dana Marie Scott, Julia Sage O'Hara

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched the Bring Your Brave campaign to increase knowledge about early-onset breast cancer, defined as breast cancer in women aged 18-45 years. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists convened a panel of experts in breast disease from the Society for Academic Specialists in General Obstetrics and Gynecology to review relevant literature, validated tools, best practices, and practice guidelines as a first step toward developing...

Published: 05/28/2020

Obstetrics and gynecology pmid:32459439

Physician Perspectives on Fertility Preservation Discussions with Premenopausal Breast Cancer Patients: Results from a Multihospital Health Care System

Maria C Masciello, Alex J Bartholomew, Michelle Haslinger, Laura M Bozzuto, Shawndeep S Tung, Renee Thibodeau, Ekaterini V Tsiapali

CONCLUSIONS: Fertility preservation is an integral aspect of breast cancer care, requiring thorough discussion and clear documentation. This study identified that physicians believe the medical oncologist is the most appropriate person to have FPDs with patients and that empowering patients to bring up fertility concerns may improve rates of FPDs. Education of physicians and patients about fertility preservation techniques is likely to improve FPDs.

Published: 07/26/2019

Annals of surgical oncology pmid:31342399

ASO Author Reflections: Cost-Utility Analysis, Utility Scores, and Surgical Oncology

Alexander Y Yoon, Laura Bozzuto, Andrew J Seto, Carla S Fisher, Abhishek Chatterjee

No abstract

Published: 06/23/2019

Annals of surgical oncology pmid:31228132

A Systematic Review of Utility Score Assessments in the Breast Surgery Cost-Analysis Literature

Alexander Y Yoon, Laura Bozzuto, Andrew J Seto, Carla S Fisher, Abhishek Chatterjee

CONCLUSIONS: A reliable body of utility scores is important in enabling future cost-utility and value-based analysis comparisons for breast surgical oncology. Additional work is needed to obtain health state assessments from the patient perspective, as well as assessment of more modern surgical and reconstructive approaches.

Published: 01/24/2019

Annals of surgical oncology pmid:30673898

Effects of Delivery Volume and High-Risk Condition Volume on Maternal Morbidity Among High-Risk Obstetric Patients

Laura Bozzuto, Molly Passarella, Scott Lorch, Sindhu Srinivas

CONCLUSION: Patients with high-risk medical and surgical conditions had decreasing adverse maternal outcomes as total obstetric delivery volume increased. There were increased odds of adverse maternal outcomes in centers with high volumes of high-risk patients. These two types of volume had significant combined effect on maternal risk. Both types of volume should be considered in assessing hospital obstetric performance.

Published: 01/12/2019

Obstetrics and gynecology pmid:30633129

Delayed Recurrent and Bilateral Breast Cancer in Patients With Partial Poland's Anomaly: Report of 2 Rare Cases and Review of the Literature

Michael V DeFazio, Ornela A Dervishaj, Laura M Bozzuto, Troy A Pittman, Michael J Olding, Eleni A Tousimis, Shawna C Willey

No abstract

Published: 02/25/2018

Clinical breast cancer pmid:29475749

Interprofessional education about shared decision making for patients in primary care settings

Nananda Col, Laura Bozzuto, Pia Kirkegaard, Marije Koelewijn-van Loon, Habeeb Majeed, Chirk Jen Ng, Valeria Pacheco-Huergo

With an increasingly complex array of interventions facing healthcare professionals and patients, coupled with a potentially diverse number of professionals operating within the primary care team, the adoption of shared decision making (SDM) - with or without patients' decision aids - in an interprofessional manner is essential to ensure the highest quality of care for patients. In this article, we propose a framework for interprofessional education about SDM targeted to primary care settings....

Published: 10/21/2011

Journal of interprofessional care pmid:22011026

Dr. Bozzuto's Research

Focus: Healthcare delivery, patient reported outcomes and gynecologic issues in breast cancer patients.

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 Institution in Wisconsin Before and After the Dobbs Decision” 

Amy Tran, mentored by Jon Pennycuff, MD, MSPH - “Pelvic Floor Symptom Burden and Treatment Choices for Rural versus Urban Dwelling Women” 

Lindsey Christianson, mentored by Laura Jacques, MD - “How is the Dobbs Decision Impacting Decision-Making and Perceived Training Options for Ob-Gyn Residency Applicants?” 

Sami Stroebel, mentored by Laura Cooney, MD - “Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSD) & Time to Pregnancy” 

Doua Chee Xiong, mentored by Laura Bozzuto, MD - “Optimizing Care for Patients with Granulomatous Mastitis” 

Watch all the presentations here. 

Women’s Healthcast: Understanding Your Breast Health, with Laura Bozzuto

About one in eight U.S. women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re replaying this interview with Laura Bozzuto, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn. Bozzuto is double certified in ob-gyn and breast cancer surgery.

In the episode, Bozzuto talks about breast cancer symptoms, the latest in screening guidelines, and how to lower your breast cancer risk. 

Listen to Understanding Your Breast Health now.

Did you know the Women’s Healthcast is available on all your favorite podcast platforms? Whether you like to listen on iTunesSpotifyGoogle PlayStitcherPodbean, or anywhere else, you can find us! (Just search Women’s Healthcast, and while you’re at it, may as well subscribe!)

Brown, Williams edit book on older women’s health

What happens when two world-class experts on menopause and pelvic floor disorders work together? They literally write the book on older women’s health concerns.

Heidi Brown, MD, MAS, of our Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, and Makeba Williams, MD, Director of our Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, edited the book “Challenges in Older Women’s Health: A Guide for Clinicians.” Williams and Brown each authored chapters on their respective expertise areas of menopause and bladder and bowel incontinence.

The book also includes a chapter on breast health from UW Ob-Gyn clinical assistant professor Laura Bozzuto, MD, and chapters by UW Ob-Gyn residency graduates Emily Rosen, MD and Lauren Verrilli, MD.

You can find the book here. Congratulations to all involved on this incredible achievement!

Bozzuto publishes executive summary of Early-Onset Breast Cancer Evidence Review Conference, commentary

In 2018, Laura Bozzuto, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, was invited to join the ACOG Breast Cancer Evidence Review Panel to review the current evidence on how best to educate women’s healthcare providers about early onset breast cancer, publish a literature review, and serve as content experts in the development of scripts for provider education videos on early onset breast cancer.

The panel published “Executive Summary of the Early-Onset Breast Cancer Evidence Review Conference” in Obstetrics and Gynecology in June:

This article summarizes the relevant literature, existing guidance, and validated tools to guide health care providers in the prevention, early detection, and special considerations of early-onset breast cancer. Substantive knowledge gaps were noted and summarized to provide guidance for future research.

The executive summary inspired further commentary in the Green Journal. Read the Executive Summary here, and take a look at the feedback here

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