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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Rose is the Director of the UW Gynecologic Oncology program, and is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in both General Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as Gynecologic Oncology. He is a Fellow in the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a nationally known expert in quality of life of gynecologic cancer patients and the use of humor in cancer patients. He embraces minimally invasive surgical interventions for gynecologic cancer such as traditional laparoscopy and robotically assisted laparoscopic surgical techniques.


In 2007, Dr. Rose was named a Liz Tilberis Research Scholar from the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, Inc. for his research on the Notch 1 signaling pathway in ovarian cancer. He has served on the Ovarian Cancer Committee in the Gynecologic Oncology Group since 2010, helping to shape the future of ovarian cancer clinical trials. He also serves on the Education Committee for the Society of Gynecologic Oncology, the Steering Committee for the Wisconsin Cancer Council and the Editorial Board for the journal Gynecologic Oncology Case Reports. Dr. Rose is also the program director of the University of Wisconsin Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology. He was nominated twice for a UW Health "Rising Star" award.


Gynecologic Oncology

Cervical Cancer

Gynecologic Cancer (Cervical, Ovarian, Uterine, Vulvar)

Ovarian Cancer

Uterine Cancer

Vulvar Cancer


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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 University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA
Residency St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis, IN
Medical School Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN

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PubMed Articles
Andreotti RF Timmerman D Strachowski LM Froyman W Benacerraf BR Bennett GL Bourne T Brown DL Coleman BG Frates MC Goldstein SR Hamper UM Horrow MM Hernanz-Schulman M Reinhold C Rose SL Whitcomb BP Wolfman WL Glanc P O-RADS US Risk Stratification and Management System: A Consensus Guideline from the ACR Ovarian-Adnexal Reporting and Data System Committee. Radiology . 2019 Nov 5;:191150
[PubMed ID: 31687921]
Gorzelitz J Costanzo ES Spencer RJ Rumble M Rose SL Cadmus-Bertram L Longitudinal assessment of post-surgical physical activity in endometrial and ovarian cancer patients. PLoS One . 2019;14(10):e0223791
[PubMed ID: 31618279]
Harrison RF Mcnamara JE Beaumont CB Sadowski EA Chappell RJ Shahzad MM Spencer RJ Al-Niaimi AN Barroilhet LM Rose SL Kushner DM Using simple radiologic measurements to anticipate surgical challenge in endometrial cancer: a prospective study. Int J Gynecol Cancer . 2019 Jan;29(1):102-107
[PubMed ID: 30640690]
Harl F Niemi C Mankowski Gettle L Weisman P Rose S Solitary CNS Metastasis on Initial Presentation of High Grade Serous Carcinoma of the Fallopian Tube. Case Rep Obstet Gynecol . 2018;2018:6930986
[PubMed ID: 30627463]
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]
Roy M Connor J Al-Niaimi A Rose SL Mahajan A Aldehyde dehydrogenase 1A1 (ALDH1A1) expression by immunohistochemistry is associated with chemo-refractoriness in patients with high-grade ovarian serous carcinoma. Hum Pathol . 2018 Mar;73:1-6
[PubMed ID: 28851663]
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]
Medlin EE Flanagan C Zavala K Rose S Endometriosis inflammation mimicking pseudomyxoma peritonei: A case report. Case Rep Womens Health . 2016 Oct;12:3-4
[PubMed ID: 29629301]
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]
Honerlaw KR Rumble ME Rose SL Coe CL Costanzo ES Biopsychosocial predictors of pain among women recovering from surgery for endometrial cancer. Gynecol Oncol . 2016 Feb;140(2):301-6
[PubMed ID: 26363211]
Rumble ME Rose SL White KH Moore AH Gehrman P Benca RM Costanzo ES Circadian actigraphic rest-activity rhythms following surgery for endometrial cancer: A prospective, longitudinal study. Gynecol Oncol . 2015 Jun;137(3):448-55
[PubMed ID: 25906914]
Uppal S Rose SL Reply: To PMID 24949539. Am J Obstet Gynecol . 2015 May;212(5):688
[PubMed ID: 25530594]
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]
Cleeland CS Rose SL Symptom management of gynecologic cancers: refocusing on the forest. Gynecol Oncol . 2015 Mar;136(3):413-4
[PubMed ID: 25752571]
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]
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]
Igwe E Hernandez E Rose S Uppal S Resident participation in laparoscopic hysterectomy: impact of trainee involvement on operative times and surgical outcomes. Am J Obstet Gynecol . 2014 Nov;211(5):484.e1-7
[PubMed ID: 24949539]
Dunn EF Geye H Platta CS Gondi V Rose S Bradley KA Anderson BM Predictive factors of recurrence following adjuvant vaginal cuff brachytherapy alone for stage I endometrial cancer. Gynecol Oncol . 2014 Jun;133(3):494-8
[PubMed ID: 24657301]
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]
Rose SL Spencer RJ Rausch MM The use of humor in patients with recurrent ovarian cancer: a phenomenological study. Int J Gynecol Cancer . 2013 May;23(4):775-9
[PubMed ID: 23552803]