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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Spencer is an assistant professor in the UW Gynecologic Oncology program and the associate director of the Gynecologic Oncology fellowship-training program. He has won a number of teaching awards from both medical students and for the surgical teaching of resident physicians. Dr. Spencer has given talks in the Wisconsin region and nationally regarding the use of minimally invasive sentinel lymph node biopsies for gynecologic cancers, optimizing care for patients with gynecologic cancer syndromes and incorporating techniques to improve the quality of life of cancer patients. In addition, Dr. Spencer earned an MS in Clinical Investigation.

Dr. Spencer has received numerous funding awards for his research that looks at developing interventions to improve cancer patients’ quality of life during treatment and in the survivorship period. Additionally, he has multiple national research presentations looking at decreasing health disparities in gynecologic cancer care and ways to improve the funding gap for gynecologic cancer clinical trials.

Dr. Spencer believes that the best care is delivered when patients and their doctors work together - using the best available information with cutting-edge advancements to deliver a high quality, individualized treatment plan that maximizes both the chance for cure and a patient’s quality of life. Dr. Spencer is a big proponent of clinical trials to keep patients at the forefront of the latest innovations in gynecologic cancer care.


Gynecologic Oncology


Gynecologic Cancer (Cervical, Ovarian, Uterine, Vulvar)

Laparoscopic Hysterectomy



UW Carbone Cancer Center
(608) 265-1700 | (800) 323-8942 | Map
SwedishAmerican Obstretrics and Gynecology
(779) 696-2750 | | Map

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Professional Certifications and Education

Fellowship University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI
Residency Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
Medical School Stony Brook University School of Medicine, Stony Brook, NY

Medical interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. For more information, please contact interpreter services at (608) 262-9000.
PubMed Articles
Penn CA Kamdar NS Morgan DM Spencer RJ Uppal S Preoperatively predicting non-home discharge after surgery for gynecologic malignancy. Gynecol Oncol . 2018 Nov 26;
[PubMed ID: 30497792]
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 . 2018 Nov 4;
[PubMed ID: 30404721]
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]
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]
Kao MJ Roy M Harter J Spencer RJ Uterine Sarcoma Presenting with Sepsis from <i>Clostridium perfringens</i> Endometritis in a Postmenopausal Woman. Case Rep Obstet Gynecol . 2018;2018:8217296
[PubMed ID: 29850320]
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]
Spencer RJ Hacker KE Griggs JJ Rice LW Reynolds RK Uppal S Ninety-Day Mortality as a Reporting Parameter for High-Grade Serous Ovarian Cancer Cytoreduction Surgery. Obstet Gynecol . 2017 Aug;130(2):305-314
[PubMed ID: 28697111]
Greco PS Bazzi AA McLean K Reynolds RK Spencer RJ Johnston CM Liu JR Uppal S Incidence and Timing of Thromboembolic Events in Patients With Ovarian Cancer Undergoing Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy. Obstet Gynecol . 2017 Jun;129(6):979-985
[PubMed ID: 28486358]
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]
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]
Barnes H Harrison R Huffman L Medlin E Spencer R Al-Niaimi A The Adoption of Single-port Laparoscopy for Full Staging of Endometrial Cancer: Surgical and Oncology Outcomes and Evaluation of the Learning Curve. J Minim Invasive Gynecol . 2017 Sep - Oct;24(6):1029-1036
[PubMed ID: 28662990]
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]
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 Spencer RJ Medlin EE Uppal S Rice LW Al-Niaimi AN Successful Adoption of Single-Port Laparoscopy for Gynecologic Indications: Outcomes From a Large Single Institution's Experience. J Minim Invasive Gynecol . 2015 Nov-Dec;22(6S):S98
[PubMed ID: 27679393]
Medlin E Spencer RJ Hufman L Uppal S Sandeep S Barroilhet L Rice LW Al-Niaimi A Surgeon's Heart Rate Measurements as a Means of Evaluating Proficiency in Newly Adopted Surgical Technique in Gynecologic Oncology Surgery. J Minim Invasive Gynecol . 2015 Nov-Dec;22(6S):S90-S91
[PubMed ID: 27679375]
Barnes H Spencer R Uppal S Rice L Al-Niaimi A The Adoption of Single-Port Laparoscopic Full Staging for Endometrial Cancer: Safety, Learning Curve and Surgical Outcome. J Minim Invasive Gynecol . 2015 Nov-Dec;22(6S):S49-S50
[PubMed ID: 27679257]
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]
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]
Hotujec BT Spencer RJ Donnelly MJ Bruggink SM Rose SL Al-Niaimi A Chappell R Stewart SL Kushner DM Transversus abdominis plane block in robotic gynecologic oncology: a randomized, placebo-controlled trial. Gynecol Oncol . 2015 Mar;136(3):460-5
[PubMed ID: 25462201]