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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Kushner is the John M. and Jeanne C. Flesch Professor in Gynecologic Oncology and 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.


Dr. Kushner joined the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center in 2001 and is a nationally recognized specialist in minimally invasive surgery for gynecologic cancer, including robotic hysterectomy and trachelectomy. Dr. Kushner is an expert in postoperative pain management and fertility/menopause-sparing surgery. More recently, he has turned his research focus to minimizing the negative impact of cancer and subsequent treatments on patients' quality of life.


He is the Chair of the Scientific Network on Female Sexual Health and Cancer, an international consortium of leading researchers dedicated to the scientific pursuit of improving sexual health for women after a cancer diagnosis, and hosted the group's charter meeting in Madison in May 2012. He is the primary investigator on multiple studies evaluating sexual health among gynecologic cancer survivors, as well as studies aiming to decrease pain and improve mindfulness after cancer treatment. He is the Principle Investigator for the Gynecologic Oncology Group at Wisconsin and runs a large clinical trials program for the Division.


Dr. Kushner developed the curriculum for endoscopic education for the University of Wisconsin Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He has studied and written on the impact of both standard simulators and computer-based training on laparoscopic surgical education. He has won multiple teaching awards from learners.


Dr. Kushner holds numerous national positions in the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists, Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG) and the American Association of Gyn Laparoscopists. He is also an ABOG examiner for the oral gynecologic oncology board exam and writes questions for the written exam as well.


Dr. Kushner has co-authored more than 25 peer-reviewed journal articles, authored textbook chapters for future learners and is frequently invited to speak nationally for various medical organizations.


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 Gynecologic Oncology
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Fellowship Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Residency Northwestern University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Internship Northwestern University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Medical School Wayne State University, Detroit


Madison Magazine Top Docs 2016

Best Doctors® in America 2015

Madison Magazine Top Docs 2014

Best Doctors® in America 2013

Madison Magazine Top Docs 2012

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.


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.

PubMed Articles
Lindau ST Abramsohn EM Baron SR Florendo J Haefner HK Jhingran A Kennedy V Krane MK Kushner DM McComb J Merritt DF Park JE Siston A Straub M Streicher L . Physical examination of the female cancer patient with sexual concerns: What oncologists and patients should expect from consultation with a specialist. CA Cancer J Clin. 2016 May;66(3):241-63
[PubMed ID: 26784536]
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]
Huffman LB Hartenbach EM Carter J Rash JK Kushner DM . Maintaining sexual health throughout gynecologic cancer survivorship: A comprehensive review and clinical guide. Gynecol Oncol. 2016 Feb;140(2):359-68
[PubMed ID: 26556768]
Medlin EE Kushner DM Barroilhet L . Robotic surgery for early stage cervical cancer: Evolution and current trends. J Surg Oncol. 2015 Dec;112(7):772-81
[PubMed ID: 26768315]
Sadowski EA Robbins JB Guite K Patel-Lippmann K Munoz del Rio A Kushner DM Al-Niaimi A . Preoperative Pelvic MRI and Serum Cancer Antigen-125: Selecting Women With Grade 1 Endometrial Cancer for Lymphadenectomy. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2015 Nov;205(5):W556-64
[PubMed ID: 26496578]
Lindau ST Coady D Kushner D . Female sexual dysfunction: focus on low desire. Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Jun;125(6):1495-6
[PubMed ID: 26000527]
Seaborne LA Prince RJ Kushner DM . Sexual health education in U.S. physician assistant programs. J Sex Med. 2015 May;12(5):1158-64
[PubMed ID: 25856226]
Jiang Q Yang L Ashley C Medlin EE Kushner DM Zheng Y . Uterine rupture disguised by urinary retention following a second trimester induced abortion: a case report. BMC Womens Health. 2015 Jan 22;15:1
[PubMed ID: 25608736]
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]
Hao L Lindenbach B Wang X Dye B Kushner D He Q Newton M Ahlquist P . Genome-wide analysis of host factors in nodavirus RNA replication. PLoS One. 2014;9(4):e95799
[PubMed ID: 24752411]
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]
Perry LJ Guralp O Al-Niaimi A Zucker NA Kushner DM . False positive PET-CT scan and clinical examination in a patient with locally advanced vulvar cancer. Gynecol Oncol Case Rep. 2013;4:29-31
[PubMed ID: 24371671]
Gold AM Zucker NA Shahzad MM Kushner DM . Community screening leading to the diagnosis of androgen insensitivity syndrome at the age of 65. Gynecol Oncol Case Rep. 2012;3:23-5
[PubMed ID: 24371658]
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]