Faculty, UW–Madison
Chair, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Ellen Hartenbach, MD

  • Gynecologic Oncology
Ellen M. Hartenbach, MD


Ellen Hartenbach, MD, is a gynecologic oncologist at UW Health and is the is the Ben Miller Peckham, MD, PhD, Chair in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and a professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology.

Dr. Hartenbach is a leader in the field with over 25 years of experience. She utilizes the latest technology to diagnose and treat her patients, delivering comprehensive care for women in all stages of their cancer journey and is dedicated to improving the care quality and the quality of life for every patient she meets. She ensures that her patients have a safe environment to communicate their needs and discuss innovative treatment options and she is dedicated to providing palliative care to her patients.

Dr. Hartenbach has acted as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on a multitude of grants from various organizations, including the National Institute of Health. She is also an avid journal reviewer to ensure quality research is disseminated appropriately to health care providers. She has authored or co-authored more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles and has co-authored two book chapters. Her clinical and educational expertise enabled her to serve as an American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology Board Examiner for General Obstetrics and Gynecology for over a decade. She has served on numerous committees in national professional organizations, most notably as a current member of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology Clinical Practice Committee and the National Cancer Institute NRG Ovarian Committee.

Communicating well with patients gives them more control over decisions. They know you're on their side. That can help harness the body’s healing powers to help people improve their health and their outcomes.

Languages spoken
  • English

Education & credentials

Board certifications
  • Gynecologic Oncology
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
Medical School
  • University of Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia, MO
  • University of Minnesota Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • Truman Medical Centers, Kansas City, MO
  • Truman Medical Centers, Kansas City, MO

Areas of expertise