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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. 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.



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Hospital Affiliation(s)

University Hospital
UnityPoint Health - Meriter

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 Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
Internship Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
Medical School Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI

Medical interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. For more information, please contact interpreter services at (608) 262-9000.

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
Lees BF Stewart TP Rash JK Baron SR Lindau ST Kushner DM Abuse, cancer and sexual dysfunction in women: A potentially vicious cycle. Gynecol Oncol . 2018 Jul;150(1):166-172
[PubMed ID: 29661496]
Harrison RF Medlin EE Petersen CB Rose SL Hartenbach EM Kushner DM Spencer RJ Rice LW Al-Niaimi AN Preoperative obstructive sleep apnea screening in gynecologic oncology patients. Am J Obstet Gynecol . 2018 May 22;
[PubMed ID: 29792853]
Carter J Lacchetti C Andersen BL Barton DL Bolte S Damast S Diefenbach MA DuHamel K Florendo J Ganz PA Goldfarb S Hallmeyer S Kushner DM Rowland JH Interventions to Address Sexual Problems in People With Cancer: American Society of Clinical Oncology Clinical Practice Guideline Adaptation of Cancer Care Ontario Guideline. J Clin Oncol . 2018 Feb 10;36(5):492-511
[PubMed ID: 29227723]
Bishop EA Java JJ Moore KN Spirtos NM Pearl ML Zivanovic O Kushner DM Backes F Hamilton CA Geller MA Hurteau J Mathews C Wenham RM Ramirez PT Zweizig S Walker JL Surgical outcomes among elderly women with endometrial cancer treated by laparoscopic hysterectomy: a NRG/Gynecologic Oncology Group study. Am J Obstet Gynecol . 2018 Jan;218(1):109.e1-109.e11
[PubMed ID: 29037481]
McCourt CK Deng W Dizon DS Lankes HA Birrer MJ Lomme MM Powell MA Kendrick JE Saltzman JN Warshal D Tenney ME Kushner DM Aghajanian C A phase II evaluation of ixabepilone in the treatment of recurrent/persistent carcinosarcoma of the uterus, an NRG Oncology/Gynecologic Oncology Group study. Gynecol Oncol . 2017 Jan;144(1):101-106
[PubMed ID: 28029447]
Cass I Duska LR Blank SV Cheng G duPont NC Frederick PJ Hill EK Matthews CM Pua TL Rath KS Ruskin R Thaker PH Berchuck A Gostout BS Kushner DM Fowler JM Stress and burnout among gynecologic oncologists: A Society of Gynecologic Oncology Evidence-based Review and Recommendations. Gynecol Oncol . 2016 Nov;143(2):421-427
[PubMed ID: 27575910]
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]
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]
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]
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]