Department of
Obstetrics and Gynecology


Visiting Professor Series

The UW-Madison Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology brings in experts from around the country to give special Grand Rounds lectures as part of our endowed lecture series. These speakers present the latest developments in ob-gyn research, education and clinical care. Speakers are invited as part of either the Ben M. Peckham Memorial Lectures or the Dr. & Mrs. Thomas A. Leonard Visiting Professor Series.

Ben M. Peckham Memorial Lectures

Dr. Benjamin M. Peckham was a remarkable surgeon, leader, and pioneer in the field of obstetrics and gynecology. As the first chair of our department, his passion was educating the next generation of physicians, ensuring fantastic care for women for years to come. This memorial fund honors his legacy by bringing leading national experts in women’s health to the UW SMPH to share their knowledge with our faculty, residents, fellows and students. Ben Peckham Visiting Professors build upon Dr. Peckham’s accomplishments by continuing to educate the best and brightest physician leaders in women’s health.

Dr. & Mrs. Thomas A. Leonard Visiting Professor Series

Dr. Thomas A. and Myrtle Leonard gave a bequest to establish the Leonard Visiting Professors in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Leonard received both his BS and Doctor of Medicine degrees from Madison and was a member of the UW Hospitals and Clinics faculty in Madison from 1931 until his retirement in 1967.  A beloved doctor and surgeon, Dr. Leonard dedicated his life to improving the care of women and children. The Leonards’ gift supports distinguished visiting professors who enrich the teaching, research and clinical practice of the Madison obstetrics and gynecology community.