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Congratulations to our 2015 Champions in Women’s Health!

The Champions in Women’s Health Awards honor individuals who have devoted themselves to improving the quality of life for women and families in their professional career. Past champions have been instrumental in raising awareness about women’s health issues, and have positively impacted the care that women in this state receive.

Champions will be honored for their work during a ceremony on Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 5 – 6:00pm at the Madison Concourse Hotel as a part of the Spring Gala festivities. Help us honor these amazing individuals by purchasing your Spring Gala ticket now!



Meet our 2015 Champions!

Jessica EngelJessica Engel, DNP, FNP-BC, AOCNP

Marshfield Clinic, Stevens Point Cancer Center

 Dr. Engel’s personal history of cancer led to her pursuit of a career in oncology. She sought to help others the way she had been helped, and is now fortunate to be contributing to improvements in cancer care, with an emphasis on young women with cancer, high risk or disadvantaged women, breast cancer, cancer prevention and screening, patient education and overall care coordination.

She is currently working as a Nurse Practitioner at Marshfield Clinic, Stevens Point Cancer Center as well as a part time Instructor in two graduate nursing programs at UW-Oshkosh and UW-Eau Claire. Dr. Engel is an advocate and example for her students in advanced practice nursing.

Along with a team of researchers (which includes 2014 Champion, Dr. Onitilo), Dr. Engel has had the opportunity to participate in a number of studies related to improving cancer care for women in Wisconsin through enrolling patients and utilizing data from the Marshfield Clinic system of care, either in stand-alone studies or in collaboration with state-wide (UW-Stevens Point, UW Madison, Medical College of Wisconsin) or nation-wide study groups.

She has co-authored and co-investigated numerous studies and publications covering cancer research. In one study, the prevalence of co-occurrence of breast cancer and diabetes is examined, emphasizing the influence of the pre-diabetic state. Another explores breast cancer and tamoxifen use with the results leading to better understanding of adverse outcomes following tamoxifen treatment for women with breast cancer and recommendations for safer and more effective treatment. In a third publication, Dr. Engel and her colleagues observe quality of surgical treatment for breast cancer. The results of this study included the formation of the National Breast Cancer Surgical Outcomes research database. In collaboration with the UW-Stevens Point GIS department, Dr. Engel and a research team examined characteristics associated with mammogram utilization in Wisconsin, especially those associated with worse cancer stage at diagnosis. Through her involvement at Marshfield Clinic, Dr. Engel was able to co-author a survival comparison for breast conserving surgery and mastectomy, with consideration for the role of radiation therapy. Lastly is a study related to toxicity and tolerability of certain chemotherapy treatments for breast cancer, especially in regards to cardiac toxicity.


Margaret Fagerholm, MDDr. Margaret Fagerholm

Clinical Professor, UW Medical Foundation – Department of Radiology, Madison

Dr. Fagerholm grew up in a multigenerational farm family in southeastern Minnesota, her family moving to Rochester, MN during her high school years.  Her mother introduced the family to the medical field, successfully transitioning from a farmwife to the lead technician of an internationally respected neuromuscular research lab at the Mayo Clinic.  Her parents believed strongly in education becoming the first in their respective families to obtain college degrees and their expectations became a reality with all five of their children earning advanced degrees.

In 1977, Dr. Fagerholm became a member of the sixth graduating class of Mayo Medical School in Rochester MN.  In 1981, she began a Diagnostic Radiology residency at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, transitioning to a faculty member in 1985.  She became the first outreach radiologist from the university, combining general radiology at Edgerton Memorial Hospital and breast imaging at UW from 1985-88. She brought back teaching cases from her practice, demonstrating to her colleagues that much of radiology happens outside of the large medical centers. Returning full time to UW, she was active in the Breast Imaging section serving as Chief of Mammography and Chief of Gastrointestinal and Genitourinary Radiology.   During this time, she participated in resident and medical student training and contributed to local and regional educational conferences and outreach lectures.  She taught the importance of attention to detail in obtaining history and high quality breast imaging to ensure patients receive the best possible care.   She left briefly during 2000 to join a community radiology group in Illinois and then returned in 2001 to the newly added Community Radiology section of the Department of Radiology in Madison, providing radiology services at Meriter Hospital, UWMF at 1 South Park, Group Health Cooperative and Associated Physicians.   She served as Chief of Breast Imaging and Clinical Director of 1 SP Operations over the next several years.  In addition, she became part of an outreach group servicing Hess Memorial Hospital in Mauston WI.  During this time, she expanded breast imaging, introducing ultrasound guided breast biopsy programs at 1 SP and Hess Memorial which replaced the more invasive method of surgical biopsy.

Over the past years, she has acted as Mammography Quality Standards Act Lead Interpreting Physician for 1SP, GHC and Hess Memorial.  In these positions, she has been able to guide and implement state of the art technology and information to facilities throughout Wisconsin.  She has consistently strived for the highest quality of breast imaging possible.  She believes and has demonstrated that bridging services between large academic and small community facilities provides the best care and services for all patients.


Gail HuntGail Hunt, MSW, LCSW

Women Veterans Program Manager, William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, Madison

Gail Hunt’s social work career at the Madison VA has spanned 32 years, with the last 20 years focused on women’s health. As the Women Veterans Program Manager, she has been a tireless advocate for women Veterans.

First, she has focused on quality care. Gail and Dr. Molly Carnes established a nationwide program to train VA providers in the care of women. Gail also led the initiative to implement comprehensive primary care for women Veterans, ensuring that designated women’s health providers were in place at all VA outpatient clinics. Gail coordinates the Maternity Program, an important benefit for many women Veterans. Additionally, Gail regularly participates in Wisconsin National Guard Reintegration events to educate women service members about VA Care.

Second, Gail has helped the VA culture evolve to be more inclusive of women, who now constitute 8 percent of Veterans served by the hospital.  She ensures that women’s privacy and dignity are respected throughout the hospital and has led initiatives to recognize the contributions of women service members.

Third, as a Senior Preceptor at the UW-Madison School of Social Work, Gail trains future social workers to recognize the special needs of women and older Veterans.   In this capacity, she has shaped the careers of more than 100 Master of Social Work students.

Gail’s work was recognized with the highest national social work award given by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Under Secretary for Health’s Award for Excellence in Social Work Leadership (2012).  The Wisconsin Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers also awarded Gail with its highest award, the Distinguished Social Worker Award (2006).


Sailaja Kamaraju, MDKamaraju_Sailaja (4)

Assistant Professor, Division of Hematology-Oncology at Froedtert and The Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Medical Director- Moorland Reserve Cancer Center, Froedtert and The Medical College of Wisconsin, New Berlin

Dr. Sailaja Kamaraju grew up in a family where her mother, father, and grandparents all worked for underserved women groups in India. As a teenager, she volunteered for Mother Teresa and  Sri Sathya Sai Organizations in India which sowed the seed for her passion in medicine. After coming to the United States, she completed her residency at Hennepin County Medical Center and fellowship at  University of Minnesota, Minneapolis MN. For the past 7to 8 years, she has been working with women from under-served communities and single handedly started a small breast cancer awareness group for Asian women, where cultural barriers play a major role in  breast health education. She started this group at her own residence, which then expanded into  annual events bringing women’s health issues to local communities in Milwaukee. She coordinated these events with various ethnic groups such as the  Hindu Temple and the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin.

She recently joined the Froedtert and The Medical College of Wisconsin as a faculty in the division of breast oncology and received the Susan G. Komen Foundation grant to promote breast health for under-privileged communities in the City of Milwaukee (2014-2015 and 2015-2016). She organized monthly events at several local organizations such as the Muslim Community Health Center, the Sikh Temple of Milwaukee, Al-Qur’an, and the Dava center. Holding workshops at multiple venues has allowed her to reach out to African American, Asian, Burmese, and Somali immigrants. She collaborated with Froedtert and The Medical College of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Well Woman’s program, and Columbia St. Mary’s Mobile Mammogram Coach to organize monthly breast health educational workshops, examinations, and mammograms all at one door step for 250 underserved and underinsured women. Clinical breast examinations were all performed single handedly by Dr. Kamaraju in the first grant cycle.

She is also training several women volunteers in the community in hopes of coaching dedicated women leaders who will help promote cancer awareness and actively take a role in the search for a cure. She ensures that there is high quality of care given to women as they go through the process of breast cancer treatment and follow up.  She provides very focused and compassionate care for women with breast cancer in each and every step of their journey and takes time to call patients on weekends and on a day off.  Dr.Kamaraju has a passion in early detection and cancer survivorship and is actively participating in a community-academic partnership at The Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Kamaraju has an extremely supportive husband and they are blessed with two wonderful daughters.


PhotographerChristine Shaw, PhD, ANP-BC, FNP-BC

Co-founder of Marquette Clinic for Women & Children

Clinical Associate Professor, Marquette University College of Nursing, Milwaukee

Chris Shaw PhD, FNP-BC, ANP-BC is a Clinical Associate Professor at Marquette University College of Nursing and the co-founder of the Marquette Clinic for Women and Children (MCWC), a free clinic in the inner city of Milwaukee.  Dr. Shaw has been practicing at MCWC as a nurse practitioner for the last eighteen years.  The care she provides includes diagnosis and treatment of chronic and episodic illnesses, health education, health promotion, and strategies to reduce health risks, all in the context of individual lifestyle, family and community.  Though providing primary care to underserved women is a significant part of her role, the empowerment of these women that allows them to reduce their risk factors and promote and maintain health is the role that she most values.  Dr. Shaw consistently demonstrates genuine respect, caring and advocacy for her clients and serves as a role model to nursing students and other health care providers in her treatment of clients with complex health and social issues.

Her role as faculty for Marquette undergraduate nursing students and graduate nurse practitioner students is also a high priority.  She believes that one provider can affect the care of a limited number of women, but ensuring that students become knowledgeable and caring nurses magnifies the impact that one person has in improving women’s lives.  As faculty in the College of Nursing, Dr. Shaw guides her students to obtain the knowledge and skills needed to provide the highest quality health care to those who are in greatest need.  She is truly an individual who has devoted her career and her passion to improving the lives of women and their families.

Chris Shaw has been recognized by the Wisconsin Nurses Association with the Signe Cooper Image of Nursing Award, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners State Excellence in Practice Award for Wisconsin, and the Raynor Faculty Teaching Award at Marquette University.




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