New Obstetrics/Gynecology Chair

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MADISON – Dr. Laurel Rice has been appointed chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH).
Rice comes to Madison from the University of Virginia, where she served as vice chair of its department of obstetrics and gynecology since 2002. She also led the division of gynecologic oncology since 1997, as well as initiated its fellowship training program.
Prior to her appointment at Virginia, Rice was a faculty member in obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. 
“We are thrilled that Dr. Rice has accepted our offer to lead this important department,” says SMPH Dean Robert N. Golden. “Dr. Rice is widely recognized as a committed leader, clinician and educator. We welcome her experience and energy as she embraces this role for us.”
An accomplished educator and clinician, Rice and her work have been recognized locally and nationally. The University of Virginia placed her on its “Best Doctors From Virginia List” in 2002 and 2004, and presented her with the 2006 Sharon L. Hostler Women in Medicine Award.
In 2003, she received a National Faculty Award from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology and was featured in a National Institutes of Health (NIH) article celebrating America’s women physicians. She has also been recognized for her research into the causes and treatment of endometrial cancer.
Rice is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, as well as gynecologic oncology. She completed her fellowship in gynecologic oncology at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, where she also did her internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology.
She received her medical degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine and completed an additional program in medical management at the Darden Business School at the University of Virginia.
“To say that I am enthusiastic about joining the faculty of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health department of obstetrics and gynecology would be a major understatement. I’m past enthusiastic,” says Rice. “This is an outstanding department in an institution that is recognized nationally as a leader in the health field. With Dean Golden at the helm, the entire organization will extend its mission even further, and I am looking forward to working with him and the entire leadership team.”
The UW department of obstetrics and gynecology, a clinical, educational and research organization, includes five clinical divisions: general obstetrics, gynecology, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, maternal-fetal medicine and gynecologic oncology.
The department’s physician faculty provide health care in clinics across Madison, as well as within UW Hospital and Clinics, Meriter Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital. The department’s educational programs include undergraduate and graduate medical education in general obstetrics and gynecology, as well as subspecialty training in maternal-fetal medicine and gynecologic oncology.
The research mission of the department, which includes basic science, translational and clinical research, is spearheaded by the reproductive science division. This division has a strong reputation for both successful NIH research funding as well as proactive leadership training, developing a specific graduate training program (the Endocrinology Reproductive Physiology Training Program) focused on preparing leaders in the field of reproductive biology.
Rice is married to Dr. Eugene Foley, a nationally recognized leader in the field of colorectal surgery who also has been recruited to join the SMPH faculty. They have two children, Olivia and Conor Foley, who will attend high school in the Madison area.

Date Published: 06/13/2008

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