Welcome to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Barbara Goff
Barbara Goff, M.D.

We firmly believe that women’s health is critical to the well-being of any community. Our mission is to improve women’s health through leadership, innovation and excellence in clinical care, research, education and service.

With almost 200 faculty trainees and staff we serve the five-state region known as WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho). We are dedicated to improving the health for the community we serve through discovery and dissemination of knowledge. Our multidisciplinary and patient centered approach allows us to provide exceptional care for both the routine and highly complex medical problems.

Our department has 10 separate clinical sections and a research division, all led by nationally regarded clinicians and scientists. Our sites of clinical practice include University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview, Northwest Hospital, VA Puget Sound, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and we have telemedicine and outreach clinics in Arlington, Olympia and Yakima.

Our research programs are diverse and take advantage of our collaborative relationship with investigators at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle Children’s as well as Departments of Immunology, Genome Sciences, Pharmacology, Population Health, Public Health, Infectious Disease and Global Health. We are proud of our Women’s Reproductive Health Research Grant which has trained numerous young OB/GYN’s to be successful clinician scientists. We have a large portfolio of clinical trials to bring our bench discoveries to the bedside.

Education is a central focus of every faculty member and trainee in our department. Training the next generation of obstetricians and gynecologists and leading education efforts for our medical community and our patients is at the heart of our academic mission. Our faculty and staff oversee all of the OB/GYN core student rotations throughout the WWAMI region. Our residency program is privileged to recruit some of the most talented trainees in the country. They participate in training at seven different sites which gives them a wealth of experience both in highly academic as well as community settings. We currently have 3 subspecialty ACGME approved fellowships, Gynecologic Oncology, Family Planning and Maternal Fetal Medicine. Our hope is to add additional fellowships in the next several years. Our faculty are exceptional educators who not only teach students, residents, fellows and colleagues locally but also participate in national and international lectures and CME courses.

I am extremely proud of this department not only because of its exceptional reputation for excellence in patient care, teaching and research but also because the individuals that work in this department are kind, collaborative and always put patients first.

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Barbara Goff, M.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
University of Washington


weaverestrellaThe Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology would like to welcome Estrella Weaver as the new Director. Estrella has been the administrator in the Division of Nephrology in the Department of Medicine for the past five years. Prior to that she was a senior administrator in the Center for Nuclear Receptors and Cell Signaling (CNRCS) at the University of Houston. Outside of work, Estrella enjoys spending time with her 4 year-old son, Bastian, and dog, Macchiato. She is currently pursuing her Leadership Executive MBA at Seattle University.


Urban Renata Dept webCongratulations to Dr. Renata Urban, UWMC Spring 2018 UW Medicine Cares Award Recipient! UW Medicine established the UW Medicine Cares Award in 2013, a program to formally recognize and celebrate the accomplishments and excellence of those in the UW Medicine community who consistently exemplify the UW Medicine Service Culture Guidelines.

Dr. Urban’s nomination reads: Dr. Renata Urban and the surgeons on the Gynecology/Oncology team are always willing to go the extra mile for patients whose insurance companies might be denying inpatient care. Although this does not affect care, it is distressing to patients and their families to receive denial letters. Dr. Urban and other Gyn/Onc surgeons have been willing, without hesitation, to speak to Insurance MDs on their patients' behalf. Their sense of advocacy for their patients is inspiring. Dr. Urban's commitment to her patients and to the UWMC has led to many reconsiderations and approvals for patients’ hospitalizations.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Dr. Urban goes out of her way for patients and for staff, colleagues, residents and students. She is much loved by all. Dr. Urban goes the extra mile for her patients and for the entire care team without looking for praise or accolades. She has two young children at home, but never hesitates to stay late if a patient needs to talk. She is a prime example of the best in our patient centric care.

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