Ellen M. Hartenbach, MD Print Friendly PageFaculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Dr. Hartenbach is the Vice-Chair of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Wisconsin Medical School, the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program Director and an Associate Professor with tenure in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. She completed her residency at the University of Missouri and her Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Hartenbach holds board certifications in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Gynecologic Oncology and Palliative Care.
Dr. Hartenbach joined the University of Wisconsin in 1995. Her passions are the delivery of compassionate comprehensive care to women with gynecologic cancers and to the development and refinement of strategies to improve cancer outcomes. She is a busy clinician, surgeon, administrator and researcher with a strong interest in clinical cancer trials and medical education.
Dr. Hartenbach is recognized as a leader in the field of Gynecologic Oncology and has spoken extensively at national meetings since 1992. She is also passionate about improving the quality of life of patients and their families facing life-threatening illness and is a dedicated to providing Palliative Care to her patients. In addition, Dr. Hartenbach works with the UW Breast Center and counsels patients who have hereditary risks for breast and ovarian cancer.
Dr. Hartenbach has acted as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on more than 14 grants from various organizations, including the National Institute of Health. She is also an avid journal reviewer to ensure quality research is disseminated appropriately to health care providers. She has authored or co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and has co-authored two book chapters. She is also an examiner for the ABOG oral boards for Obstetrics and Gynecology.
UW Health Clinics
UW School of Medicine and Public Health
|Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology|
Professional Certifications and Education
Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Obstetrics & Gynecology
University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinics
University of Missouri, Kansas City
University of Missouri, Kansas City
University of Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia, MO
|Medical interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. For more information, please contact interpreter services at (608) 262-9000.|
Our doctors provide a wide range of services. The following list represents some, but not all, of the procedures offered by this physician.
- Robotic Hysterectomy
Dr. Hartenbach's research interests include ovarian cancer prevention and early detection, evaluation of sentinel lymph node biopsy techniques for cancer, peri-operative pain control and ovarian cancer therapeutics.
Albertin CL Uppal S Al-Niaimi AN Seo S Hinshaw JL Hartenbach EM .
Thrombocytosis is Predictive of Postoperative Pulmonary Embolism in Patients With Gynecologic Cancer. Int J Gynecol Cancer. 2015 Jul;25(6):1096-101
[PubMed ID: 26098091]
Omari EA Varghese T Kliewer MA Harter J Hartenbach EM .
Dynamic and quasi-static mechanical testing for characterization of the viscoelastic properties of human uterine tissue. J Biomech. 2015 May 29;
[PubMed ID: 26072212]
Al-Niaimi AN Ahmed M Burish N Chackmakchy SA Seo S Rose S Hartenbach E Kushner DM Safdar N Rice L Connor J .
Intensive postoperative glucose control reduces the surgical site infection rates in gynecologic oncology patients. Gynecol Oncol. 2015 Jan;136(1):71-6
[PubMed ID: 25263249]
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]
Uppal S Hernandez E Dutta M Dandolu V Rose S Hartenbach E .
Prolonged postoperative venous thrombo-embolism prophylaxis is cost-effective in advanced ovarian cancer patients. Gynecol Oncol. 2012 Dec;127(3):631-7
[PubMed ID: 22940486]
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]
DeWall RJ Varghese T Kliewer MA Harter JM Hartenbach EM .
Compression-dependent viscoelastic behavior of human cervix tissue. Ultrason Imaging. 2010 Oct;32(4):214-28
[PubMed ID: 21213567]
Jensen ME Hartenbach E McElroy JA Faerber A Havighurst T Kim KM Bailey HH .
Brief report: Measuring the attitudes of health care professionals in Dane County toward adolescent immunization with HPV vaccine. WMJ. 2009 Jul;108(4):203-5
[PubMed ID: 19753828]
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]
Hobson MA Kiss MZ Varghese T Sommer AM Kliewer MA Zagzebski JA Hall TJ Harter J Hartenbach EM Madsen EL .
In vitro uterine strain imaging: preliminary results. J Ultrasound Med. 2007 Jul;26(7):899-908
[PubMed ID: 17592053]
Einstein MH Pritts EA Hartenbach EM .
Venous thromboembolism prevention in gynecologic cancer surgery: a systematic review. Gynecol Oncol. 2007 Jun;105(3):813-9
[PubMed ID: 17449089]
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]
Kiss MZ Hobson MA Varghese T Harter J Kliewer MA Hartenbach EM Zagzebski JA .
Frequency-dependent complex modulus of the uterus: preliminary results. Phys Med Biol. 2006 Aug 7;51(15):3683-95
[PubMed ID: 16861774]
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]
Wilkin M Horwitz G Seetharam A Hartenbach E Schink JC Bruskewitz R Jarrard DF .
Long-term complications associated with the Indiana pouch urinary diversion in patients with recurrent gynecologic cancers after high-dose radiation. Urol Oncol. 2005 Jan-Feb;23(1):12-5
[PubMed ID: 15885577]
Hartenbach EM Becker JM Grosen EA Bailey HH Petereit DG Laxova R Schink JC .
Progress of a Comprehensive Familial Cancer Genetic Counseling Program in the Era of BRCA1 and BRCA2. Genet Test. 2002 Summer;6(2):75-8
[PubMed ID: 12229876]