Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Graduate Fellows

Dr. Zhang received her combined medical and master of public health degrees from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in 2016. She completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency at the University of Minnesota in June 2020. Following gynecologic oncology fellowship graduation in 2023, she joined the faculty of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology in the UW-Madison Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Shannon Rush, MD

Role title: Graduated 2022

Dr. Rush earned her medical degree from the University of Washington-Pullman and completed an ob-gyn residency at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. During her fellowship, Dr. Rush worked on a number of projects including endometriosis-related ovarian cancers, funding disparities for gynecologic cancers, and completed a thesis looking at models of mortality based on age at the time of oophorectomy. After graduating in June 2022, Dr. Rush joined University of Pittsburgh (Magee Women's Hospital).

Role title: Graduated 2021

Dr. Sobecki received her medical degree from Wayne State University in 2014. She completed ob-gyn residency training at Northwestern University in 2018. During her UW fellowship, she completed clinical research with a focus on cancer survivorship and quality of life. Her thesis focused on identification of bone loss in gynecologic cancer survivors. Following graduation in 2021, she joined the faculty of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology in the UW-Madison Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Brittany Lees, MD

Role title: Graduated 2020

Dr. Lees received her medical degree from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in 2013. She completed residency in 2017, graduating from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. During her UW fellowship she completed clinical research with her thesis focused on PSMA PET-MR imaging of gynecological malignancies and corresponding histology. Following graduation in 2020, she joined the Charlotte-based practice at Atrium Health Levine Cancer Institute.

Andrea O'Shea, MD

Role title: Graduated 2019

Dr. O’Shea received her medical degree from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in 2012. She went on to complete her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. During her fellowship at UW, her research focused on the investigating the role of macrophages in ovarian cancer metastases with Dr. Pam Kreeger in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Following fellowship, she took a position at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN.

Cassandra "Sandy" Niemi, MD

Role title: Graduated 2018

Dr. Niemi received her medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in 2011. She completed residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at Oregon Health Science University in Portland, Oregon, in 2015. During fellowship, her research interests included improving assays for biomarkers in ovarian cancer and surgical outcomes in gynecologic oncology. Following fellowship, she began work with the Compass Oncology group in Portland, OR and now works at the Providence Cancer Institute.

Role title: Graduated 2017

Dr. Huffman received her medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 2010. She completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in 2014 before joining the fellowship at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Huffman’s research included investigating the mechanism of action and reversibility of the suppressive effects of common anesthetics and analgesics on natural killer cell cytotoxic function against cancer cells. Following fellowship, she took a position in her home state at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and was recruited back to UW in 2022.

Erin E. Medlin, MD

Role title: Graduated 2016

Dr. Erin Medlin received her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati in 2009. She completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency at the University of Colorado Denver, Anshultz Medical Campus in 2013 before joining the fellowship at the University of Wisconsin. After completing her fellowship training, she joined the faculty at the University of Louisville as an assistant professor. She currently works at Kaiser Permanente in Denver, CO.

Role title: Graduated 2015

Dr. Spencer received his medical degree from the Stony Brook University School of Medicine in 2007. He completed his residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital in 2012. Dr. Spencer has served as the OB/GYN Residency Program Director since 2019 and the GYN Oncology Fellowship Director since 2022. His current research includes racial and funding disparities for gynecologic cancer care.

Shitanshu Uppal, MD, MBBS

Role title: Graduated 2014

Dr. Uppal completed medical school at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi, India and then completed a preliminary year of surgical internship at the University of Pennsylvania prior to his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Uppal completed his fellowship training in 2014. He is now an Associate Professor, GYN Oncology Fellowship Director, and GYN Oncology Division Director at the University of Michigan. He also serves as the Director of the Michigan Oncology Quality Consortium (MOQC).

Mian Shahzad, MD

Role title: Graduated 2013

Dr. Shahzad completed his residency at the University of Buffalo in 2007. He received mentored physician-scientist training at Baylor/M.D. Anderson and was a WRHR Scholar from 2007 to 2010. He completed a Master of Science degree in Cancer Biology and Molecular Carcinogenesis at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in 2009. During his fellowship at the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Shahzad successfully a completed a PhD and defended his dissertation in the Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology program. Upon graduation, Dr. Shahzad joined Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida and is currently an associate professor.

Nonyem Amara Onujiogu, MD

Role title: Graduated 2012

Dr. Onujiogu earned her medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and completed her residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Upon completing her fellowship in 2012, Dr. Onujiogu joined the Gynecologic Oncology faculty at the University of Illinois-Chicago as an Assistant Professor. Currently she is in private practice in the Beacon Health System in South Bend, IN.

Role title: Graduated 2011

Dr. Al-Niaimi performed his medical school and general surgery residency training at the University Hospital in Baghdad, Iraq. After further surgical training in the field of liver transplantation at the University of Miami in Florida, he completed obstetrics and gynecology residency at Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Following his GYN Oncology fellowship, Dr. Al-Niaimi remained at UW as faculty for 11 years. In 2022, he became the GYN Oncology Division Director at Banner Health-MD Anderson Cancer Center in Phoenix, AZ.

Heather Einstein, MD

Role title: Graduated 2011

Dr. Einstein earned her medical degree from Mount Sinai Medical School in New York, NY and completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. Dr. Einstein completed fellowship in 2011 and practices at the Hartford Hospital with University of Connecticut OB/GYN residency program in Hartford, Connecticut.

Fellowship Director

Role title: Gynecologic Oncology

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