Department of
Obstetrics and Gynecology

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND PUBLIC HEALTH

Alumni - Caring For Women For Life

2022 Graduates

Front row, left to right:

Vienna Tran, MD - generalist practice in Seattle, WA

Jordan Ward, MD - Academic Specialist in OB/GYN at the University of Wisconsin

Alexa Lowry, MD (Rural Program) - generalist practice at Gundersen Hospital in La Crosse, WI

Back row, left to right:

Daniel Pellicer, MD - general ob-gyn at Dean in Madison, WI

Matt Wagar, MD - Gynecologic Oncology fellowship at the University of Wisconsin

Ushma Patel, MD - Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery fellowship at the University of Wisconsin

John Poehlmann, MD - Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellowship at Women & Infants Hospital/Brown University in Rhode Island

2021 Graduates

Left to right: 

Laura McDowell, MD (Rural Program) - Rural OB/GYN practice with Carris Health in Willmar, MN

Emily Buttigieg, MD - Academic Specialist in OB/GYN at the University of Wisconsin

Stephanie Peace, MD - OB/GYN serving commitment for the National Health Service Corps in Las Cruces, NM

Erica Carballo, MD - Pelvic Surgery Fellowship at Emory University

Melissa Meyer, MD - OB/GYN with IHA in Livonia, MI

Dandi Huang, MD - Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Ramsey Larson, MD - OB/GYN with MultiCare in Spokane, Washington

2020 Graduates

Left to right: 

Antonio Romo de Vivar Chavez, MD - OB/GYN with University Medical Center of El Paso in El Paso, TX

MJ Kao, MD - OB/GYN with Aurora Health Care in Sheboygan, WI

Brenda Niu, MD - OB/GYN with Kaiser Permanente in Tacoma, WA

Sierra Jansen, MD - Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship at the University of New Mexico

Kali Rivas, MD - OB/GYN with Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee, WI

Kathleen Ireland, MD - OB/GYN with Allina Health in Maple Grove, MN

Anna Drewry, MD - OB/GYN with Allina Health in Fridley, MN

2019 Graduates

Front row, left to right:

Lauren Verrilli, MD - Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility fellowship at University of Utah

Emily Rosen, MD - joined Obstetrics and Gynecology faculty at The Ohio State University

Han Cun, MD - Gynecologic Oncology fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas in Houston

UW Ob-Gyn Department Chair Laurel Rice, MD

Ashley Durward, MD - ob-gyn practice at Madison Women's Health

Anna Meyer, MD - ob-gyn practice at Oakdale Obstetrics and Gynecology in Minnesota

Back row, left to right: 

Ryan McDonald, MD

UW Ob-Gyn Residency Program Director Ryan Spencer, MD

2018 Graduates

Front row, left to right:

Patrice Grzebielski, MD, Joined the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn.

Ashley Turner, MD, Family Planning fellowship at Northwestern University.

Hayley Barnes, MD, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery fellowship at Loyola University.

Erin Krizman, MD, Ob-Gyn practice in South Bend, IN.

Back row, left to right:

UW Ob-Gyn Department Chair and Residency Director Laurel Rice, MD.

Ross Harrison, MD, Gynecologic Oncology fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas in Houston.

UW Ob-Gyn Vice Chair of Education Ellen Hartenbach, MD.

Kevin McCool, MD, Gynecologic Oncology fellowship at University of Michigan.

UW Ob-Gyn Associate Program Director Ryan McDonald, MD.

2017 Graduates

from left to right:

Caroline Kieserman-Shmokler, MD, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery fellow at the University of Michigan.

Charles Ashley, MD, Gynecologic Oncology fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Carley Zeal, MD, Family Planning Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis.

Janessa Rorhbach, MD, Joined the UW Ob-Gyn generalist faculty.

Mary Rysavy, MD, Joined the division of general Ob-Gyn at the University of Iowa.

Laurel Rice, MD, Department Chair.

Ellen Hartenbach, MD, Residency Director.

Amanda Schwartz, MD, Generalist at Associated Physicians in Madison and continued to work at Meriter.

2016 Graduates

from left to right:

Shefaali Sharma, MD, remained in Madison and is practicing with Madison Women's Health.

Steve Wheelwright, DO, moved to Utah and is practicing with Tanner Clinic.

Erika Mikulec, MD, remained in Madison and is practicing at Dean Clinic - Fish Hatchery.

Katherine O’Rourke, MD, moved to Illinois and is practicing with Loyola University Medical Center.

Ashley Jennings, MD, remained in Madison, was hired within our department, and is practicing at the University Hospital.

Dave Herrmann, MD, headed west to work at Women's Care at Riverbend in Oregon.

2015 Graduates

From left to right:

Emily Beres, MD remained in Madison, was hired within our department, and is practicing at West Towne Clinic.

Chase Petersen, MD, moved to Utah and is practicing with Intermountain Health Care.

Joelle Thomas, MD, remained in Madison, was hired within our department, and is practicing at 20 S. Park St.

Katherine Lee, MD, moved to California and is practicing with Orange Coast Women's Medical Group.

Jill Masana, MD remained in Madison and is practicing with Associated Physicians.

Jeremiah McNamara, MD headed west to work at HCA/HealthONE SkyRidge Medical Center in Colorado.

2014 Graduates

From left to right:

Sarah Leadley, MD moved to Minneapolis and is practicing with Fairview OB GYN in Minnesota.

Sarah Yanke, MD remained in Madison and is practicing with Madison Women's Health.

Rajal Patel, MD, moved to New Jersey to practice with Advanced OB/Gyn in Flemington.

Michael Balistreri, MD, MPH moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan to pursue a fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine with the University of Michigan.

Jennifer Karnowski, MD headed north to work at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Asheley Baker, MD joined Aurora Advanced Healthcare and is practicing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

2013 Graduates

From left to right:

Patricia Harper, MD has moved to Coon Rapids, Minnesota and has joined Allina Women’s Health.

Kristin Lyerly, MD, MPH is heading north to work at OB/GYN Associates group of Bellin Health Care System in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Jameca Price, MD, MPH has moved to Portland, Oregon to pursue a fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery with Oregon Health & Science University.

Rebecca Faber, MD is practicing at Dean Clinic - Fish Hatchery in Madison, Wisconsin.

Stephanie Bjork, MD is practicing at Hallmark Healthcare in Medford, Massachusetts.

Bryan Hotujec, MD is practicing at Dean Clinic-West in Madison, Wisconsin.

2012 Graduates

From left to right:

Tom Littlefield, MD is practicing at Dean Clinic in Sun Prairie.

Jennifer Lin, MD, has joined a large private practice group, Women's Healthcare Associates, based in Portland, Oregon. She is at the Newberg clinical site, joining three other providers.

Elizabeth Sullivan, MD has moved to Providence, Rhode Island and has joined a generalist practice. She is providing delivery services out of Woman and Infant’s Hospital.

Christie Trautman, MD has joined Melius, Schurr, and Cardwell Physicians for Women group in Fitchburg.

Shiloh Small, MD is working for the Southcentral Foundation which is an Alaska Native-owned, nonprofit health care organization serving the entire Alaska Native and American Indian population of the state. It is located at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage.

Jill Steinle, MD has headed back to her hometown of Bismarck, ND and has joined the Mid Dakota Clinic. She has joined a group of seven other OB/GYNs, one of them her mother.

 Wang publishes study on digital cervicography in Gynecologic Oncology Reports

Wang publishes study on digital cervicography in Gynecologic Oncology Reports

Congratulations to UW Ob-Gyn resident Connor Wang, MD, PGY-4, who published a new study in Gynecologic Oncology Reports! The study was a cooperative effort with the UW SMPH Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.In “Digital cervicography for cervical cancer screening in low-resource settings: A scoping review”, Wa... more
 Grand Rounds: Gross presents Put Me In, Coach: Surgical education beyond “see one, do one, teach one”

Grand Rounds: Gross presents Put Me In, Coach: Surgical education beyond “see one, do one, teach one”

On January 12, 2023, UW Ob-Gyn resident Maya Gross, MD, MPH, PGY-4 presented the Grand Rounds lecture “Put Me In, Coach: Surgical education beyond “see one, do one, teach one””.In the lecture, Gross discussed the history and terminology of surgical education and coaching, compared the nuances of surgical coaching in a formal ... more
 Residency alum Carballo publishes in Scientific Reports

Residency alum Carballo publishes in Scientific Reports

Erica Carballo, MD, UW Ob-Gyn residency graduate in the class of 2021, published a new article in Scientific Reports! Lisa Barroilhet, MD, MS, associate professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, is senior author on the article.In “Surgical outcomes of adnexal masses classified by IOTA ultrasound simple rules”, Carbal... more
 Spencer discusses rural GME opportunities with ACGME blog

Spencer discusses rural GME opportunities with ACGME blog

As part of an ongoing series of interviews with programs offering rural graduate medical education experiences, UW Ob-Gyn Residency Program Director Ryan Spencer, MD, MS, spoke with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) about the successes and challenges of sustaining the nation’s first-ever rural o... more
 Mojdehbakhsh published in Gynecologic Oncology Reports

Mojdehbakhsh published in Gynecologic Oncology Reports

Congratulations to UW Ob-Gyn resident (and soon-to-be gynecologic oncology fellow) Rachel Mojdehbakhsh, MD, PGY-4, who published a new study in Gynecologic Oncology Reports!In “Efficacy and safety of a restrictive blood transfusion protocol in gynecologic surgical patients”, Mojdehbakhsh and co-authors compared postsurgical o... more