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

Laurel W. Rice is chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a professor in the Division of Gynecologic 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 Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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 currently President of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology, Past President of the Council of University Chairs of Obstetrics and Gynecology, President Elect of the American Gynecological & Obstetrical Society, and an active member of several other professional organizations.

Since 2006, Dr. Rice has served on the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and currently serves as a Representative on the Board of Directors. 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 as Associate Editor 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.


Gynecologic Oncology

Cervical Cancer

Gynecologic Cancer (Cervical, Ovarian, Uterine, Vulvar)

Ovarian Cancer

Uterine Cancer

Vulvar Cancer


UW Carbone Cancer Center
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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

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PubMed Articles
Mojdehbakhsh RP Rose S Peterson M Rice L Spencer R A quality improvement pathway to rapidly increase telemedicine services in a gynecologic oncology clinic during the COVID-19 pandemic with patient satisfaction scores and environmental impact. Gynecol Oncol Rep . 2021 May;36:100708
[PubMed ID: 33521218]
Sobecki JN Rice LW Hartenbach EM Bone health and osteoporosis screening in gynecologic cancer survivors. Gynecol Oncol . 2021 Feb;160(2):619-624
[PubMed ID: 33309416]
Higgins JA Schmuhl NB Wautlet CK Rice LW The Importance of Physician Concern and Expertise in Increasing Abortion Health Care Access in Local Contexts. Am J Public Health . 2021 Jan;111(1):33-36
[PubMed ID: 33090878]
Rice LW Cedars MI Sadovsky Y Siddiqui NY Teal SB Wright JD Zorbas A Del Carmen MG Increasing NIH funding for academic departments of obstetrics and gynecology: a call to action. Am J Obstet Gynecol . 2020 Jul;223(1):79.e1-79.e8
[PubMed ID: 32272090]
Rice LW Espey E Fenner DE Gregory KD Askins J Lockwood CJ Universal access to contraception: women, families, and communities benefit. Am J Obstet Gynecol . 2020 Feb;222(2):150.e1-150.e5
[PubMed ID: 31542250]
Melamed A Bercow AS Bunnell K Rauh-Hain JA Wright JD Rice LW Del Carmen MG Age-Associated Risk of 90-Day Postoperative Mortality After Cytoreductive Surgery for Advanced Ovarian Cancer. JAMA Surg . 2019 Jul 1;154(7):669-671
[PubMed ID: 31066875]
Rice LW Lockwood CJ Phipps M Delancey JOL Alvarez RD Cedars MI The American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society-reinvigorating for the 21st century. Am J Obstet Gynecol . 2019 Apr;220(4):365.e1-365.e3
[PubMed ID: 30625296]
Rauh-Hain JA Hidrue MK Gaccione P Melamed A Meyer LA Keating NL Giordano SH Rice LW Birrer MJ Del Carmen MG Variation in resource utilization associated with the surgical management of ovarian cancer. Gynecol Oncol . 2019 Mar;152(3):587-593
[PubMed ID: 30579568]
Spencer RJ Rice LW Ye C Woo K Uppal S Disparities in the allocation of research funding to gynecologic cancers by Funding to Lethality scores. Gynecol Oncol . 2019 Jan;152(1):106-111
[PubMed ID: 30404721]
Melamed A Margul DJ Chen L Keating NL Del Carmen MG Yang J Seagle BL Alexander A Barber EL Rice LW Wright JD Kocherginsky M Shahabi S Rauh-Hain JA Survival after Minimally Invasive Radical Hysterectomy for Early-Stage Cervical Cancer. N Engl J Med . 2018 Nov 15;379(20):1905-1914
[PubMed ID: 30379613]
Tew WP Sill MW Walker JL Secord AA Bonebrake AJ Schilder JM Stuckey A Rice L Tewari KS Aghajanian CA Randomized phase II trial of bevacizumab plus everolimus versus bevacizumab alone for recurrent or persistent ovarian, fallopian tube or peritoneal carcinoma: An NRG oncology/gynecologic oncology group study. Gynecol Oncol . 2018 Nov;151(2):257-263
[PubMed ID: 30177462]
Del Carmen MG Pareja R Melamed A Rodriguez J Greer A Clark RM Rice LW Isolated para-aortic lymph node metastasis in FIGO stage IA2-IB2 carcinoma of the cervix: Revisiting the role of surgical assessment. Gynecol Oncol . 2018 Sep;150(3):406-411
[PubMed ID: 30017539]
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 Aug;219(2):174.e1-174.e8
[PubMed ID: 29792853]
Clark RM Rice LW Del Carmen MG Thirty-day unplanned hospital readmission in ovarian cancer patients undergoing primary or interval cytoreductive surgery: systematic literature review. Gynecol Oncol . 2018 Aug;150(2):370-377
[PubMed ID: 29929923]
Uppal S Spencer RJ Rice LW Del Carmen MG Reynolds RK Griggs JJ Hospital Readmission as a Poor Measure of Quality in Ovarian Cancer Surgery. Obstet Gynecol . 2018 Jul;132(1):126-136
[PubMed ID: 29889756]
Rice LW Expanding the pipeline. The 2018 Society of Gynecologic Oncology presidential address. Gynecol Oncol . 2018 Jun;149(3):435-438
[PubMed ID: 29729931]
Rauh-Hain JA Melamed A Schaps D Bregar AJ Spencer R Schorge JO Rice LW Del Carmen MG Racial and ethnic disparities over time in the treatment and mortality of women with gynecological malignancies. Gynecol Oncol . 2018 Apr;149(1):4-11
[PubMed ID: 29605048]
Del Carmen MG Rice LW Towards the elimination of health care disparities in gynecologic oncology: Call to action. Gynecol Oncol . 2018 Apr;149(1):1-3
[PubMed ID: 29605042]
Medlin EE Rice LW Al-Niaimi A Obstructive Sleep Apnea and the Impact on Surgical Outcomes in Gynecology. Obstet Gynecol Surv . 2018 Apr;73(4):242-250
[PubMed ID: 29701869]
Turner TB Dilley SE Smith HJ Huh WK Modesitt SC Rose SL Rice LW Fowler JM Straughn JM Jr The impact of physician burnout on clinical and academic productivity of gynecologic oncologists: A decision analysis. Gynecol Oncol . 2017 Sep;146(3):642-646
[PubMed ID: 28655413]