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Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Laurel W. Rice is chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a professor in the Division of Gynecology Oncology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health.


Dr. Rice attended college and medical school at the University of Colorado. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as a Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology, at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, in Boston, MA. After four years on the faculty of Massachusetts General Hospital, the University of Virginia (UVA) recruited her to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. During her 14 years at UVA, Dr. Rice was appointed Division Chief of Gynecologic Oncology, established a Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology, and served as Vice Chair of the Department of OBGYN.


Nationally recognized as an expert in the care of women with gynecologic malignancies, Dr. Rice has published extensively in her field. Her research focuses on hormones and human malignancies, specifically endometrial carcinoma. She has lectured extensively throughout the United States.


Dr. Rice continues to serve in leadership positions of many national organizations. She is president-elect of the Council of University Chairs in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Secretary/Treasurer of the American Gynecologic Obstetrics Society, and an active member of several other professional organizations, including the Society of Gynecologic Oncology.


Since 2006, Dr. Rice has served on the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and currently serves as director for the Division of Gynecologic Oncology. She is an examiner for candidates seeking board certification in both General Obstetrics and Gynecology, in addition to the subspecialty area of Gynecologic Oncology. She also serves on the editorial board of Gynecologic Oncology, and as a reviewer for Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, both highly regarded journals in her field.


Oncology (Gynecologic)

UW Health Clinics

UW Carbone Cancer Center
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Hospital Affiliation(s)

University Hospital (primary)
UnityPoint Health - Meriter (secondary)

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gynecologic Oncology
Fellowship Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
Residency Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
Internship Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
Medical School University of Colorado Denver and Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO


Madison Magazine Top Docs 2016

Best Doctors® in America 2015

Newsweek's Top Cancer Doctors 2015

Madison Magazine Top Docs 2014

Best Doctors® in America 2014

Best Doctors® in America 2013

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PubMed Articles
Del Carmen MG Annunziata CM Rice LW . The clinical trials crisis in gynecologic oncology. Gynecol Oncol. 2017 Apr 11;
[PubMed ID: 28410755]
Bregar AJ Alejandro Rauh-Hain J Spencer R Clemmer JT Schorge JO Rice LW Del Carmen MG . Disparities in receipt of care for high-grade endometrial cancer: A National Cancer Data Base analysis. Gynecol Oncol. 2017 Apr;145(1):114-121
[PubMed ID: 28159409]
Rice LW Brown HW . Hysterectomy: More Harm Than Good or Innocent Bystander? Dis Colon Rectum. 2017 Mar;60(3):256-257
[PubMed ID: 28177986]
Uppal S Chapman C Spencer RJ Jolly S Maturen K Rauh-Hain JA delCarmen MG Rice LW . Association of Hospital Volume With Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Locally Advanced Cervical Cancer Treatment. Obstet Gynecol. 2017 Feb;129(2):295-304
[PubMed ID: 28079775]
Bregar AJ Melamed A Diver E Clemmer JT Uppal S Schorge JO Rice LW Del Carmen MG Rauh-Hain JA . Minimally Invasive Staging Surgery in Women with Early-Stage Endometrial Cancer: Analysis of the National Cancer Data Base. Ann Surg Oncol. 2017 Jan 10;
[PubMed ID: 28074326]
Del Carmen MG Rice LW . International Gynecologic Cancer Society (IGCS) 2016: Meeting report. Gynecol Oncol. 2017 Jan;144(1):11-15
[PubMed ID: 27847107]
Al-Niaimi A Dickson EL Albertin C Karnowski J Niemi C Spencer R Shahzad MM Uppal S Saha S Rice L Nally AM . The impact of perioperative β blocker use on patient outcomes after primary cytoreductive surgery in high-grade epithelial ovarian carcinoma. Gynecol Oncol. 2016 Dec;143(3):521-525
[PubMed ID: 27693123]
Uppal S Rice LW Beniwal A Spencer RJ . Trends in hospice discharge, documented inpatient palliative care services and inpatient mortality in ovarian carcinoma. Gynecol Oncol. 2016 Nov;143(2):371-378
[PubMed ID: 27542965]
Penn CA Morgan DM Rice LW Harris JA Rauh-Hain JA Uppal S . Timing of and Reasons for Unplanned 30-Day Readmission After Hysterectomy for Benign Disease. Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Oct;128(4):889-97
[PubMed ID: 27607868]
Al-Niaimi A Rice LW Shitanshu U Garvens B Fitzgerald M Zerbel S Safdar N . Safety and tolerability of chlorhexidine gluconate (2%) as a vaginal operative preparation in patients undergoing gynecologic surgery. Am J Infect Control. 2016 Sep 1;44(9):996-8
[PubMed ID: 27234011]
Uppal S Del Carmen MG Rice LW Reynolds RK Jolly S Bregar A Abdelsattar ZM Rauh-Hain JA . Variation in care in concurrent chemotherapy administration during radiation for locally advanced cervical cancer. Gynecol Oncol. 2016 Aug;142(2):286-92
[PubMed ID: 27234144]
Uppal S Penn C Del Carmen MG Rauh-Hain JA Reynolds RK Rice LW . Readmissions after major gynecologic oncology surgery. Gynecol Oncol. 2016 May;141(2):287-92
[PubMed ID: 26927757]
Parker W Berek JS Pritts E Olive D Kaunitz AM Chalas E Clarke-Pearson D Goff B Bristow R Taylor HS Farias-Eisner R Fader AN Maxwell GL Goodwin SC Love S Gibbons WE Foshag LJ Leppert PC Norsigian J Nager CW Johnson T Guzick DS As-Sanie S Paulson RJ Farquhar C Bradley L Scheib SA Bilchik AJ Rice LW Dionne C Jacoby A Ascher-Walsh C Kilpatrick SJ Adamson GD Siedhoff M Israel R Paraiso MF Frumovitz MM Lurain JR Al-Hendy A Benrubi GI Raman SS Kho RM Anderson TL Reynolds RK DeLancey J . An Open Letter to the Food and Drug Administration Regarding the Use of Morcellation Procedures in Women Having Surgery for Presumed Uterine Myomas. J Minim Invasive Gynecol. 2016 Mar-Apr;23(3):303-8
[PubMed ID: 26773577]
Jennings AJ Spencer RJ Hanks L Barroilhet L Kushner D Rose S Rice L Al-Niaimi A . The Feasibility and Safety of Adopting Single-Incision Laparoscopic Surgery into Gynecologic Oncology Practice. J Minim Invasive Gynecol. 2016 Mar-Apr;23(3):358-63
[PubMed ID: 26561374]
Rauh-Hain JA Pepin KJ Meyer LA Clemmer JT Lu KH Rice LW Uppal S Schorge JO Del Carmen MG . Management for Elderly Women With Advanced-Stage, High-Grade Endometrial Cancer. Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Dec;126(6):1198-206
[PubMed ID: 26551187]
Jennings AJ Spencer RJ Medlin E Rice LW Uppal S . Predictors of 30-day readmission and impact of same-day discharge in laparoscopic hysterectomy. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Sep;213(3):344.e1-7
[PubMed ID: 25981843]
del Carmen MG Rice LW Schmeler KM . Global health perspective on gynecologic oncology. Gynecol Oncol. 2015 May;137(2):329-34
[PubMed ID: 25782635]
Uppal S Igwe E Rice LW Spencer RJ Rose SL . Frailty index predicts severe complications in gynecologic oncology patients. Gynecol Oncol. 2015 Apr;137(1):98-101
[PubMed ID: 25602715]
del Carmen MG Rice LW . Underrepresentation of women in clinical trials: why gynecologic oncologists are worried. Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Mar;125(3):616-9
[PubMed ID: 25730224]
Spencer RJ Hayes KD Rose S Zhao Q Rathouz PJ Rice LW Al-Niaimi AN . Risk factors for early-occurring and late-occurring incisional hernias after primary laparotomy for ovarian cancer. Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Feb;125(2):407-13
[PubMed ID: 25568995]