Sampene to become Vice Chair of Clinical Operations

Katie Sampene, MD, associate professor in the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, will be the next Vice Chair of Clinical Operations, effective June 1, 2024. Sampene will assume the role following the retirement of Greg Bills, MD, professor in the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, who has served as the Vice Chair for Clinical Operations since 2018. Please help us congratulate Dr. Sampene on this new role and thank Dr. Bills for his many years of exceptional leadership! 

Sampene brings a passion for quality improvement and improving clinical experiences to this role. In 2022, she was appointed Director of Obstetrics Quality and Safety. She has been an active leader in obstetrics quality at UnityPoint Health-Meriter Hospital for several years: she served as chair of the UPH-Meriter Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology from 2017-2019, during which time she was also a member of the OB Quality Improvement Committee. 

Sampene is currently an active member of the UPH-Meriter Pregnancy and Childbirth Care Committee. She has ongoing research projects focused on standardized communications practices during unscheduled Cesarean birth, contraceptive counseling within a reproductive justice framework, and quality improvement research on prenatal aspirin recommendations. In addition, Sampene has co-chaired the UW Department of Ob-Gyn Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee since 2021 with a particular focus on improving patient and provider experience. 

Sampene will continue to serve as Director of Obstetrics Quality and Safety and co-leader of the Quality Improvement Review Committee in addition to this vice chair role. She has an excellent vision for quality and efficiency in clinical care; we are excited to see what she will accomplish in this position.