David M. Kushner, MD Print Friendly PageFaculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Dr. Kushner is Director of the UW Gynecologic Oncology program. He completed his four-year residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University Prentice Women’s Hospital. After finishing his residency in 1998, he went on to the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and performed a three-year clinical and research fellowship in gynecologic oncology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and holds board certification in obstetrics and gynecology as well as gynecologic oncology.
Since joining the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center in 2001, Dr. Kushner has continued his clinical interest in minimally invasive gynecologic cancer procedures and complicated pelvic surgery. He has received special training in fertility-sparing surgery for cervical cancer, including radical trachelectomy. Such laparoscopic cancer approaches minimize the impact of surgery on a patient’s life, with less pain and shorter recovery. He directs and participates in numerous cancer clinical research studies. He is also a nationally recognized specialist in minimally invasive surgery for gynecologic cancer including robotic hysterectomy.
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UW School of Medicine and Public Health
|Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology|
Professional Certifications and Education
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Wayne State University, Detroit
Our doctors provide a wide range of services. The following list represents some, but not all, of the procedures offered by this physician.
Dr. Kushner’s research interests relate to the surgical and chemotherapeutic management of gynecologic malignancies. Areas of focus include laparoscopic techniques, fertility and hormone preserving cancer treatments, ovarian cancer chemotherapy and quality of life research.
Uppal S Al-Niaimi A Rice LW Rose SL Kushner DM Spencer RJ Hartenbach E .
Preoperative hypoalbuminemia is an independent predictor of poor perioperative outcomes in women undergoing open surgery for gynecologic malignancies. Gynecol Oncol. 2013 Nov;131(2):416-22
[PubMed ID: 23962700]
Lin JE Seo S Kushner DM Rose SL .
The role of appendectomy for mucinous ovarian neoplasms. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2013 Jan;208(1):46.e1-4
[PubMed ID: 23117124]
Al-Niaimi AN Einstein MH Perry L Hartenbach EM Kushner DM .
Uterine artery sparing robotic radical trachelectomy (AS-RRT) for early cancer of the cervix. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2011 Jan;112(1):76-80
[PubMed ID: 20947081]
Engle DB Belisle JA Gubbels JA Petrie SE Hutson PR Kushner DM Patankar MS .
Effect of acetyl-l-carnitine on ovarian cancer cells' proliferation, nerve growth factor receptor (Trk-A and p75) expression, and the cytotoxic potential of paclitaxel and carboplatin. Gynecol Oncol. 2009 Mar;112(3):631-6
[PubMed ID: 19263582]
Einstein MH Kushner DM Connor JP Bohl AA Best TJ Evans MD Chappell RJ Hartenbach EM .
A protocol of dual prophylaxis for venous thromboembolism prevention in gynecologic cancer patients. Obstet Gynecol. 2008 Nov;112(5):1091-7
[PubMed ID: 18978110]
Engle DB Bradley KA Chappell RJ Conner JP Hartenbach EM Kushner DM .
The effect of laparoscopic guidance on gynecologic interstitial brachytherapy. J Minim Invasive Gynecol. 2008 Sep-Oct;15(5):541-6
[PubMed ID: 18657479]
Kushner DM Connor JP Wilson MA Hafez GR Chappell RJ Stewart SL Hartenbach EM .
Laparoscopic sentinel lymph node mapping for cervix cancer--a detailed evaluation and time analysis. Gynecol Oncol. 2007 Sep;106(3):507-12
[PubMed ID: 17560635]
Kushner DM Connor JP Sanchez F Volk M Schink JC Bailey HH Harris LS Stewart SL Fine J Hartenbach EM .
Weekly docetaxel and carboplatin for recurrent ovarian and peritoneal cancer: a phase II trial. Gynecol Oncol. 2007 May;105(2):358-64
[PubMed ID: 17258800]
Robinson JK Kushner DM .
Development and validation of a home-based, mirrored, gynecologic laparoscopy trainer. J Minim Invasive Gynecol. 2006 Mar-Apr;13(2):102-7
[PubMed ID: 16527711]
Kushner DM LaGalbo R Connor JP Chappell R Stewart SL Hartenbach EM .
Use of a bupivacaine continuous wound infusion system in gynecologic oncology: a randomized trial. Obstet Gynecol. 2005 Aug;106(2):227-33
[PubMed ID: 16055569]
Ahlquist P Schwartz M Chen J Kushner D Hao L Dye BT .
Viral and host determinants of RNA virus vector replication and expression. Vaccine. 2005 Mar 7;23(15):1784-7
[PubMed ID: 15734041]
Kushner DB Lindenbach BD Grdzelishvili VZ Noueiry AO Paul SM Ahlquist P .
Systematic, genome-wide identification of host genes affecting replication of a positive-strand RNA virus. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2003 Dec 23;100(26):15764-9
[PubMed ID: 14671320]
Lindheim SR Adsuar N Kushner DM Pritts EA Olive DL .
Sonohysterography: a valuable tool in evaluating the female pelvis. Obstet Gynecol Surv. 2003 Nov;58(11):770-84
[PubMed ID: 14581828]
Ahlquist P Noueiry AO Lee WM Kushner DB Dye BT .
Host factors in positive-strand RNA virus genome replication. J Virol. 2003 Aug;77(15):8181-6
[PubMed ID: 12857886]