On June 24, 2021, the UW Department of Ob-Gyn held its annual awards ceremony, recognizing educational, research and administrative accomplishments throughout the year. The ceremony started by acknowledging a few momentous departures:
Klaus Diem, MD is retiring after many years of service in the department. Diem is a past director of the Division of Gynecology, and served as interim director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility during a transition time.
Jeff Rodzak, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, is also retiring. Rodzak will continue to see patients at the VA Hospital.
Cynthie Wautlet, MD, of the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, is headed to Colorado for a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Congratulations, Dr. Wautlet!
We also have the great joy of welcoming new arrivals:
Kristina Warner, MD will join us in July as the first-ever Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery fellow. Dr. Warner graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Biology, earned her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and is currently completing her Ob-Gyn residency at Northwestern University.
Erin Bailey, MD will join the Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellowship program. Dr. Bailey received her M.D. from the University of Wisconsin. She is currently completing her Ob-Gyn residency at Washington University.
Lauren Montemorano, MD is the incoming Gynecologic Oncology fellow. Dr. Montemorano earned her medical degree from the University of Virginia and is completing her Ob-Gyn residency at The Ohio State University.
Guadalupe Aguilera, PhD is a new postdoctoral fellow joining the Health Disparities Research Scholars program. Aguilera is finishing her PhD at the University of Utah in the Department of Sociology and will join the HDRS program in September 2021.
And of course, we are thrilled to welcome the Ob-Gyn residency intern class!
MEDICAL STUDENT AWARDS
DR. SAMUEL G. PERLSON SCHOLARSHIP – Erin Nacev, MD (Oregon Health & Science University); Steven Hesse, MD (University of Minnesota)
This award goes out to one or more fourth year medical students planning to pursue a career in Ob-Gyn who have demonstrated outstanding abilities as a scholar and outstanding humanistic qualities.
T.A. LEONARD AWARD – Nicholas Schreiter
The T.A. Leonard Award is given to one or more medical students in recognition of exemplary performance on their third year Ob/Gyn rotation.
MEDICAL STUDENT EDUCATOR AWARD FOR RESIDENT TEACHING – Ramsey Larson, MD
This award is given to a UW-Madison, Obstetrics and Gynecology resident, selected by 3rd and 4th year medical students, who exhibits a high interest in teaching, actively involves students in patient care, teaches at an appropriate level, is respectful, approachable, honest, and is a great role model.
CHIEF RESIDENT RECOGNITION – Ramsey Larson, MD; Stephanie Peace, MD
For service as the administrative chief resident, academic year 2020-2021
UW HEALTH INTERDISCIPLINARY GLOBAL HEALTH TRACK RECOGNITION – Stephanie Peace, MD
Given to a graduating resident upon the completion of the Global Health Track.
UW HEALTH RURAL TRAINING TRACK RECOGNITION – Laura McDowell, MD
Given to a graduating resident upon the completion of the Rural Training Track.
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF GYNECOLOGIC LAPAROSCOPISTS (AAGL) AWARD – Ramsey Larson, MD
Given to a graduating resident with special excellence in endoscopic procedures.
SOCIETY OF LAPAROENDOSCOPIC SURGEONS (SLS) AWARD – Matt Wagar, MD
Awarded to a PGY3, outstanding laparoendoscopic resident.
RESIDENT CREOG AWARD – Ramsey Larson, MD
Awarded for the highest exam score on the annual CREOG In-Training Examination
BEN M. PECKHAM AWARD – Stephanie Peace, MD
Awarded to a senior residents for excellence in the teaching and clinical practice of Ob-Gyn, as voted by the residents.
SOCIETY OF GYNECOLOGIC ONCOLOGY (SGO) AWARD – Matt Wagar, MD
Awarded to a PGY3 who best exemplifies the qualities of the mission and vision of SGO.
SOCIETY FOR ACADEMIC SPECIALISTS IN GENERAL OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY (SASGOG) AWARD – Emily Buttigieg, MD
Awarded to a PGY4 who has distinguished themselves academically and demonstrates an interest in a career as an Academic Specialist.
AMERICAN UROGYNECOLOGIC SOCIETY (AUGS) AWARD – Ushma Patel, MD
Awarded to a PGY3 resident demonstrating excellence in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, as chosen by the FPMRS faculty.
SOCIETY FOR MATERNAL-FETAL MEDICINE (SMFM) AWARD – Madeline Wetterhahn, MD, MPH
Awarded to the PGY2 resident who best exemplifies the qualities of the vision of our society to improve pregnancy and perinatal outcomes.
DOUGLAS W. LAUBE BEST TRAINEE PAPER AWARD – Jessica Vazquez, PhD
For the best peer reviewed paper by a graduate student dissertator or medical fellow.
ROLAND K. MEYER GRADUATE TRAINEE AWARD – Amanda Mauro
Awarded to the graduate student dissertator showing the most scientific productivity and scholarly activity.
CHESTER B. MARTIN GRADUATE TRAINING PROGRAM MENTORSHIP AWARD – María Virumbrales Muñoz, PhD
Awarded to faculty or staff that has had the most impact on graduate student degree-related training.
PHILLIP R. HAMILTON III, MD RESIDENT RESEARCH AWARD – Ramsey Larson, MD
Awarded to the senior residents demonstrating the best effort in research.
DEPARTMENT ADMINISTRATIVE AWARD
OBGYN SUPPORT STAFF EXCELLENCE AWARD – Amy Williamson, MPP
In recognition of outstanding staff who routinely and regularly exemplify the mission of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology through excellent performance and customer service.
RESIDENT FACULTY AWARDS
JOHN M. ANDERSON, MD MEMORIAL AWARD – Heidi Brown, MD
For demonstrating the traits of Dr. Anderson: patience, integrity and compassion in the care of women.
KIMBERLEY J. MILLER-THORESON COMPASSIONATE COLLEAGUE AWARD – Kristen Sharp, MD
For demonstrating the traits of Dr. Miller-Thoreson showing respect, compassion, dedication and unending support towards their colleagues and trainees.
DOLORES A. BUCHLER AWARD – Jennifer Karnowski, MD
For excellence in instruction at the senior resident level.
KARL A. RUDAT AWARD – Ahmed Al-Niaimi, MD
For excellence in surgical teaching at the senior resident level.
FACULTY RECOGNITION AWARDS
OUTSTANDING FELLOW EDUCATOR – Shannon Rush, MD
Given to one fellow in either Gynecologic Oncology or Maternal-Fetal Medicine for excellence in resident education.
ST. MARY’S ADJUNCT FACULTY EDUCATOR AWARD – Ryan Luellwitz, DO
Selected by the residents for excellence in resident education.
MERITER ADJUNCT FACULTY EDUCATOR AWARD – Mary Stoffel, MD (Madison Women’s Health)
Selected by the residents for excellence in resident education.
SOCIETY FOR ACADEMIC SPECIALISTS IN GENERAL OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY (SASGOG) AWARD – Jennifer Karnowski, MD
National faculty award for dedication and commitment to the ideals of being an academic generalist.
SABINE DROSTE AWARD – Ruth Yemane, MD
The Sabine Droste Award is selected by the junior residents for a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in instruction at the junior resident level.
ELLEN HARTENBACH AWARD – Sumer Wallace, MD
Selected by the residents and given annually to the faculty member who has made the greatest contribution in simulation education.
CREOG FACULTY AWARD – Kristen Sharp, MD
National faculty award for excellence in resident education.