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Awa Sanneh, MD
UW Health Resident

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Meriter Hospital
202 S. Park (Meriter)
Madison, WI, 53715

Hanks publishes blog about global health trip

Laura Hanks, MD, clinical assistant professor in the Division of Academic Specialists in Obstetrics and Gynecology, shared her experiences traveling to Gambia on the UW School of Medicine and Public Health Department of Surgery’s Global Surgery website. Hanks was a visiting lecturer at the Edward Francis Teaching Hospital in March of 2024.

In “In My Own Words: Dr. Hanks’ trip to Gambia,” Hanks describes what it was like serving as a mentor for UW Ob-Gyn global health resident Awa Sanneh, MD, PGY-4, and acting as a guest lecturer in Banjul, Gambia. Many of her lectures focused on quality improvement projects regarding postpartum hemorrhage and C-section rates.

“Overall, this trip was filled with a lot of great experiences. In addition to my observation with Dr. Sanneh, we met many doctors in various surgical specialties while we were there. I am hopeful that these connections will be important for creating future partnerships.”

Read the whole blog post here.

**by Ob-Gyn Communications Intern Paige Stevenson

Sanneh presents on panel during Department of Medicine Education Day

UW Department of Ob-Gyn resident Awa Sanneh, MD, PGY-4, joined a panel of physicians who shared their experiences with becoming parents during medical training at the 2024 UW School of Medicine and Public Health Department of Medicine Education Day on February 23, 2024.

Sanneh spoke during the breakout session “Fertility, Pregnancy, Parental Leave & Lactation Issues in GME”. The session was organized by faculty and learners in the Department of Medicine’s Fellow-As-Medical-Educator (FAME) training track.

Incredible work, Dr. Sanneh!

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 Session 3 with the poster “Improving participation in postpartum remote blood pressure monitoring collaborating with community doulas for Black women”. Associate Professor Kara Hoppe, DO, MS, is senior author on the poster. Co-authors include Tia Murray, BS, Uchenna Jones, RN, Erin Bailey, MD, MS, Kristin Hildebrandt, MSN, RN, Megan Knutson Sinaise, MS. 


Scientific Forum: Adverse Obstetric Outcomes Among Physicians – Jackie Powell, MD 


Breastfeeding rates among Black participants in a remote hypertension monitoring/community-based doula partnership study - Erin Bailey, MD, MS; Megan Knutson Sinaise, MS; Tia Murray, BS; Uchenna Jones, RN; Kathleen Wannemuehler, PhD; Kara Hoppe, DO, MS 

Engaging community doulas with a remote postpartum hypertension program for Black persons: A qualitative study – Elizabeth Albert, MA; Megan Knutson Sinaise, MS; Tia Murray, BS;  Nicole Thomas, BSN; Kathleen Wannemuehler, PhD; Susan Passmore, PhD; Kara Hoppe, DO, MS 

Understanding Fluid Shifts in Hypertension: Postpartum Point-of-Care Ultrasound of the Inferior Vena Cava and Aorta – Awa Sanneh, MD; Jenna Racine, MD; Amy Godecker, PhD; Kara Hoppe, DO, MS; J. Igor Iruretagoyena, MD, MS 

Improving participation in postpartum remote blood pressure monitoring collaborating with community doulas for Black women - Jackie Powell, MD; Tia Murray, BS; Uchenna Jones, RN; Erin Bailey, MD, MS; Kristin Hildebrandt, MSN, RN; Megan Knutson Sinaise, MS; Kara Hoppe, DO, MS 

Congratulations to all!  

Welcome Awa Sanneh to Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn

Awa Sanneh, MD, has accepted our offer to join the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn faculty as an assistant professor (CHS), effective September 3, 2024. Dr. Sanneh will be a Centennial Clinician faculty, with a role focusing on clinical care, education, and global health. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Sanneh to our faculty!

Sanneh earned her medical degree at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, followed by ob-gyn residency at the University of Wisconsin. She will complete residency here in June 2024. 

During residency, Sanneh was the class of 2024 Global Health Track resident and served on the Residency Recruitment Committee. She also served on the department-wide Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and the UW Quality and Safety Committee. 

Sanneh’s future faculty role will be devoted  to clinical care, education with a global health program development focus, and educational leadership around global health. Please welcome Dr. Sanneh to our faculty!

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 birthing simulations, guided students through case-based learning, and answered questions about their career paths during a panel discussion.  

Special thanks to the Department of Ob-Gyn Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee and DEI leaders for planning this event: 

  • Katie Sampene, MD – DEI Committee Co-Chair and associate professor, Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn 
  • Beverly Hutcherson – Manager, Diversity and Inclusion, UW School of Medicine and Public Health 
  • Cheryl Casey’Grant – Outreach Specialist, Department of Ob-Gyn 
  • Jackie Askins – Communications Manager, Department of Ob-Gyn 

Thanks to all the department members who shared their expertise with the students: 

  • Katie Sampene, MD (associate professor, Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn) 
  • Amy Domeyer-Klenske, MD (Director, Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn) 
  • Jennifer Karnowski, MD (assistant professor, Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn) 
  • Maggie Williams, MD (ob-gyn resident) 
  • Hannah Copp, CNM (Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn) 
  • Awa Sanneh, MD (ob-gyn resident) 
  • India Anderson-Carter, MD (ob-gyn resident) 
  • Laura Huffman, MD (assistant professor, Division of Gynecologic Oncology) 
  • Ellen Hartenbach, MD (Department Chair; Division of Gynecologic Oncology) 
  • Bala Bhagavath, MD (professor and Director, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility) 
  • Laura Jacques, MD (associate professor, Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn/Family Planning) 
  • Gabrielle Avery, MD (ob-gyn resident) 

UW Ob-Gyn residents represent department at Student National Medical Association conference

UW Ob-Gyn residents India Anderson-Carter, MD, PGY-2, Ushma Patel, MD, PGY-4, and Awa Sanneh, MD, PGY-2 attended the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Annual Medical Education Conference in Orlando to represent the UW Ob-Gyn residency in April!

The SNMA is an organization that supports current and future underrepresented minority medical students. The Annual Medical Education Conference brings together students from all levels of medical education for workshops focused on preparing physicians-in-training for academic and clinical success, and connecting students and physicians from across the country to build supportive networks.

Huge thanks to our residents for connecting more students with our training program during the conference!

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