The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health invites applications and nominations for the position of chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

The opportunity

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Ob-Gyn) is a fixture of women’s health locally and around the world. As a robust and growing academic department, it houses clinicians, researchers, and educators who carry out its missions in patient care, education, discovery, and women’s health advocacy.

A key feature of the department is its institutional setting within a top-tier university and the nation’s first School of Medicine and Public Health. Department faculty and staff cover seven clinical care and research divisions: Academic Specialists in Obstetrics and Gynecology; Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery; Gynecologic Oncology; Maternal-Fetal Medicine; Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility; Reproductive and Population Health; and Reproductive Sciences.

The department, empowered by a culture of respect and integrity, continually innovates in the areas of patient care and education. Medical students experience obstetrics and gynecology in rotations and the department also houses a top-tier residency program, which has several unique features. These include a global health track, the first-ever rural ob-gyn training track in the country, resident research curriculum, surgical simulation program, family planning rotation, and resident clinic serving a diverse patient population.

The department also manages numerous specialized research, training, and care groups and clinics. Generations Fertility Care is one of the top fertility centers in Wisconsin and has grown tremendously in the last decade. The clinic offers fertility services to all who wish to expand their families. Specialists at Generations bring expertise in male and female infertility conditions, as well as women's endocrine conditions. In addition, the department houses specialized programs for research and training such as the interdisciplinary Health Disparities Research Scholars Program for postdoctoral training and UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity.

Ob-Gyn has deep ties to patients, communities, and organizations, collaborating to help create the conditions that address health equity and support well-being for women. The department produces a women’s health podcast, partners with a Community Advisory Council, and promotes civic engagement among department members.

The chair will be an innovative leader in the field of obstetrics and gynecology and champion outstanding qualities of strategic management and leadership. They will possess a commitment to diversity and inclusion and to furthering the department’s culture of teamwork and collaboration.

The successful candidate will maintain the department’s premier status by pushing forward its mission to provide innovative medical training, pursue cutting-edge research, enhance learning and advocacy experiences, eliminate women’s health disparities in Wisconsin, and contribute expertise in service of bettering human health.

Organization overview


“The University of Wisconsin–Madison is distinctive in its scale and breadth, the premium we place on our relevance to society, and our commitment to inclusivity in the broadest sense.” — Rebecca M. Blank, Chancellor

Since 1848, this campus has been a catalyst for the extraordinary. As a public land-grant university and one of the most prolific research institutions in the world, UW–Madison is home to those who are driven by a desire to both explore new worlds and to apply new ideas to real-world problems.

With a total annual budget of over $3.1 billion, including more than $1 billion in annual research expenditures, UW–Madison has been in the top 10 in national research spending every year since 1972. The campus is home to more than 23,000 faculty and staff and 45,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree students. Members of the student body represent all 50 states and 127 countries. The university is ranked 26th worldwide by the Center for World University Rankings and 13th among public U.S. universities in the 2021 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education rankings.

The Wisconsin Idea—the principle that the university should improve people’s lives beyond the classroom— has been guiding the efforts of UW–Madison Badgers for more than a century. The university has been dedicated to studying poverty and social inequity for 50 years, is ranked #1 among large schools for producing Peace Corps volunteers, and boasts 19 Nobel Prize winners among its faculty and alumni.

School of Medicine and Public Health

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) is recognized as an international, national, and statewide leader in education, research, and service. Founded in 1907, it transformed into the nation’s first School of Medicine and Public Health in 2005 to integrate the principles and power of interwoven medical and public health approaches in all of its missions.

Powered by more than 5,500 employees, including over 2,000 faculty, the school’s engagement spans the entire state of Wisconsin and includes a deep commitment to improvement of the health of the population. This commitment manifests itself in innovative models that serve as paradigms for the rest of the country.

Health Sciences Learning Center
The Health Sciences Learning Center and Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research are located at the western end of campus.

Members of the school rapidly translate discovery into application and continually foster synergies between clinical care, education, and research. Consistently ranked among the nation’s top medical schools, SMPH has established high-performance academic programs that are intentionally distributed across the entire spectrum of academic medicine. Its faculty members hold appointments in 27 departments—17 in the clinical sciences and 10 in the basic sciences. The faculty is composed of some of the nation’s leading researchers, educators, and clinicians. This includes several National Medal of Science recipients and National Academy of Science honorees.

Mission and values

UW SMPH strives to carry out its mission of advancing health and health equity through remarkable service to patients and communities, outstanding education, and innovative research. It upholds the values of integrity and accountability, compassion, diversity, equity and inclusivity, and excellence. The school’s Shared Guidelines for Professional Conduct help the SMPH community embody these values in their daily activities.

Fostering a diverse and inclusive community is important both as an end in itself and also as a valuable driver of eliminating health disparities. The school strives to be comprised of a diverse, inclusive academic community committed to excellence and equity in health; wellness through teaching and learning, clinical service, and advocacy; and research in all forms of biological science, population health science, and health care.

SMPH is dedicated to creating an inclusive, collaborative, respectful, and welcoming environment in which all faculty, students, and staff will thrive. This effort is referred to as Building Community, and includes a call to action for every SMPH member to examine not only our intent, but our impact—“Every Person. Every Action. Every Time.”

UW Health

UW Health is the integrated health system of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, serving more than 600,000 patients each year in the Upper Midwest and beyond with 1,750 physicians and 21,000 staff at seven hospitals and more than 80 outpatient sites. UW Health is governed by the UW Hospitals and Clinics Authority and partners with UW School of Medicine and Public Health to fulfill patient care, research, education and community service missions. UW Health Hospitals, which includes both University Hospital on the UW–Madison campus and UW Health at The American Center on the east side of Madison, has been ranked No. 1 in Wisconsin for nine years in a row by U.S. News and World Report. University Hospital is one of only 25 U.S. hospitals named to Newsweek’s “Top 100 Global” list, which includes hospitals in 11 countries around the world. American Family Children’s Hospital is also nationally ranked as a top children’s hospital. UW Health has been designated by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation as a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality in the Healthcare Equality Index.

UnityPoint Health-Meriter Hospital

UnityPoint Health-Meriter Hospital is a nonprofit, 448-bed community hospital that provides a complete range of medical and surgical services. A joint operating agreement between UnityPoint Health-Meriter and UW Health formalizes and expands a long history of partnership and collaboration. Meriter Hospital is the largest birthing hospital in Wisconsin and serves as the location for all inpatient obstetrics, maternal-fetal medicine consultation at the Center for Perinatal Care, gynecologic surgery, Advanced Pelvic Wellness Clinic, and reproductive sciences research. The department chair plays an integral role in optimizing the unique relationship with UnityPoint Health-Meriter Hospital. As the leader of the largest delivering practice at Meriter, the chair has tremendous opportunity to influence everything from policy and process to space and funding for the department.

Meriter Hospital
Meriter Hospital

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Ob-Gyn) is a recognized leader in women’s health, positively impacting learners, researchers, scholars, and community members on campus, regionally, and across the globe.

The department’s divisions encompass all aspects of women’s health care and research, including fertility, high-risk pregnancies, birth, infant loss, breast health, cancers, complex gynecologic concerns, population health, menopause, and more. The volume of clinical activity is strong and continues to expand. Research activities span basic, clinical, and population science, as well as dissemination and implementation research. Faculty collaborate with a wide array of investigators in units like the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Department of Human Oncology, Department of Sociology, School of Human Ecology, School of Nursing, and Carbone Cancer Center.

Notable highlights and achievements include:

  • The department has increased extramural funding by 76% since 2008-09 ($2.8M to $4.9M).
  • Since 2007, the department’s faculty has grown by 48% and the administrative staff by 122%.
  • Overall clinical visits in the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn increased 29% over the past 14 years.
  • For fiscal year 2019-2020, the Maternal-Fetal Medicine team experienced a 20% increase in clinic volume.
  • Generations Fertility Care has expanded from 83 total cycles in 2010 to 241 total cycles in 2020.
  • The department has signed six new regional agreements since 2007 across Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois, resulting in a total of eight regional agreements.
  • Women’s Healthcast, the department’s podcast, has more than 76,000 episode downloads.
  • In its first year, the UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity produced 10 policy briefs, 22 presentations and posters, 11 studies, and contributions to a U.S. Supreme Court amicus brief.

Ob-Gyn has a balanced and comprehensive education program, including medical student, resident, and fellowship training. The department recently established a first-of-its-kind rural ob-gyn residency track. In response to high demand, the department also founded the first Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery fellowship program in Wisconsin.

The department boasts strong programming in faculty development, mentoring, advocacy, wellness, philanthropy, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Seminars, initiatives, and internal grant mechanisms support innovation in education and mentoring. Diverse committees focus on wellness by working to advance provider well-being and on DEI by incorporating antiracism principles throughout the department. In collaboration with institutional partners, the department has a tradition of advocating for women’s health and conducting outreach to address women’s health inequities. In addition, a dedicated director of development engages with alumni and donors to support all aspects of the department, from research funding to endowed professorships. An upcoming comprehensive campaign for SMPH and UW Health has designated women’s health as one of its key pillars.

Ob-Gyn has invested in a deep bench of talented physicians, advanced practice providers, researchers, trainees, and staff, all committed to improving women’s health in Wisconsin and beyond. Department members uphold the values of integrity, respect, responsibility, transparency, and collaboration and have cultivated a collegial environment in which to work and train.

Qualifications and attributes of leadership

The successful candidate will have a compelling vision for the future of obstetrics and gynecology in a leading public academic institution and medical center. The chair will possess proven leadership and management skills as well as an outstanding academic background and dedication to furthering diversity of the faculty, staff, and students in the department and establishing an inclusive work environment. The chair will provide strategic, academic, and administrative leadership of the highest quality to this distinguished department in its patient care, research, teaching, and service missions.

Applicants must have a MD, MD/PhD, DO or equivalent degree(s); board certification; eligibility for a Wisconsin Physician license; have a substantial record of achievement in administrative leadership, clinical care, teaching across the full continuum of learners; and a strong academic background that would qualify for appointment as a tenured professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

The community

Located on an isthmus between two lakes, Madison is the capital city of the state of Wisconsin. Madison has been voted:

  • No. 3 Best Place to Live (Liveability, 2020)
  • among the Best Small Cities in America (National Geographic, 2018)
  • No. 1 City for Most Successful Women Per Capita (Forbes, 2019)
  • No. 1 City for Best Work-Life Balance (SmartAsset, 2020)
  • No. 8 Best Area for STEM Professionals (WalletHub, 2020)
  • No. 2 Best State to Practice Medicine (WalletHub, 2020)
  • No. 2 Best City for Biking (People for Bikes, 2020)
  • No. 2 Most Walkable City (Expedia, 2018)
  • No. 4 Fittest City in the U.S. (ACSM American Fitness Index, 2020)
  • No. 5 Best City for Young Professionals (Forbes, 2016)
  • No. 1 Best Place in the U.S. for Raising Children ( 2020)
  • No. 1 Best College Football Town in America (Sports Illustrated, 2019).

Madison’s technology economy is growing rapidly, and the region is home to the headquarters of Epic Systems, Exact Sciences, American Family Insurance, American Girl, Sub-Zero, and Lands’ End, as well as many biotech, healthcare IT, and health systems startups.

A farmer's market
The Dane County Farmer's Market is held Saturdays on the Capitol Square in downtown Madison.

Madison is the second largest city in the state, with a city population of approximately 260,000 and regional population of over 1 million. The city is within easy driving range of Chicago and Milwaukee. Madison offers numerous unique neighborhoods and commercial areas including the Capitol Square, State Street, Willy Street, Shorewood Hills, Maple Bluff, and Hilldale. Suburbs and surrounding smaller communities include Sun Prairie, Middleton, McFarland, Verona, Cottage Grove, Waunakee, and Fitchburg.

Madison is home to one of the strongest local food scenes in the country with several James Beard Award winners, gastropubs, and farm-to-table restaurants. From April to October, the Capitol Square hosts the impressive Dane County Farmers’ Market, the largest producer-only farmers’ market in the country. The city is rich with cultural offerings such as the Overture Center for the Performing Arts, Orpheum Theatre, Concerts on the Square, Jazz at Five, UW-Madison Mead Witter School of Music Hamel Music Center, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Madison Opera, Madison Ballet, UW–Madison Chazen Museum of Art, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Wisconsin Historical Museum, and Madison Children’s Museum, among others.

The city has a dedicated athletics fanbase which largely centers around the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Sports venues include Camp Randall Stadium, the Kohl Center, LaBahn Arena, Wisconsin Field House, and the Alliant Energy Center. Madison is home to Forward Madison FC, the first professional soccer team in the city, as well as the Madison Mallards, a college wood-bat summer baseball league team. Marquee endurance sports and specialty sporting events include IronMan Wisconsin and IronMan 70.3, Reebok CrossFit Games, Madison Marathon, and many national and international championship competitions.

Application process


Please send nominations to:

Paul Harari, MD, and Terri Young, MD, MBA
Co-chairs of the Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Search Committee
c/o Benjamin Schultz-Burkel, DMA
4299C HSLC, 750 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI, 53705-2111


To apply, please visit the UW-Madison jobs website, using the "apply now" button below. Applicants will be asked to upload a CV and personal statement/cover letter.

Diversity, equity and inclusion

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health has a deep and profound commitment to diversity both as an end in itself but also as a valuable means for eliminating health disparities. As such, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who foster and promote the values of diversity and inclusion.

Applications from Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) individuals, women, and LGBTQ+ and non- binary identities are strongly encouraged.


To receive full consideration, please apply by June 6, 2021.


Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality. The University of Wisconsin is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

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