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Room 658 WARF
610 Walnut Street
Madison, WI 53726

Campus Phone Number: 
(608) 265-0559

Deborah B. Ehrenthal, MD, MPH, FACP

  • Associate Professor
  • Department of Population Health Sciences
  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology


Deborah Ehrenthal holds the Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families Endowed Chair at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She received a BA in Chemistry from Wesleyan University in Connecticut and her MD from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She completed her internship and residency training in General Internal Medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut, and later received an MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Before coming to UW-Madison, she worked for more than two decades as a member of the teaching faculty at the Christiana Care Health System in Newark, Delaware, a large academic community hospital.

Dr. Ehrenthal’s research uses a life course framework to investigate the determinants of health outcomes and health disparities of populations. She focuses on three intersecting areas of women’s and children’s health: perinatal outcomes, women’s cardiovascular disease, and child health. The goal of her work is to expand the evidence-base needed to guide clinical and public health recommendations and policies relevant to reproductive age women and their children. She studies health care delivery after pregnancy complications and investigates mechanistic pathways linking adverse pregnancy complications to women’s later cardiovascular disease. In addition, she has developed novel methods to use data from electronic medical records, linked to other sources, to study health care delivery and health outcomes of women and children.


  • Society of General Internal Medicine
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians
  • American Public Health Association
  • American Association of University Women
  • Delta Omega Society, Alpha Chapter
  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Department of Population Health Sciences
  • Department of Medicine
  • Health Innovation Program Investigator
  • Center for Demography and Ecology, Department of Sociology
  • Adjunct Professor, Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

Recent Honors/Awards

  • Elected to Delta Omega Society, Alpha Chapter, 2012
  • MPH Capstone Award for Outstanding Achievement, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School, 2012
  • Health Equity Award, Delaware Healthy Mother and Infant Consortium, 2014

Select Publications

Ehrenthal DB, Jurkovitz C, Hoffman M, Kroelinger C, Weintraub W. A Population Study of the Contribution of Medical Comorbidity to the Risk of Prematurity in Blacks. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2007 Oct; 197(4): 409 e1-6. PMID: 1790498.

Carson MP, Ehrenthal DB. Medical Issues From Preconception Through Delivery: A Roadmap for the Internist. Med Clin North Am 2008 Sep; 92(5): 1193-225, xi. PMID: 18721658.

Kroelinger C, Ehrenthal DB. Translating Policy to Practice and Back Again: Implementing a Preconception Program in Delaware. Womens Health Issues 2008 Nov-Dec; 18(6 Suppl): S74-80. PMID: 18848468.

Ehrenthal DB, Jiang X, Strobino DM. Labor Induction and the Risk of a Cesarean Delivery Among Nulliparous Women at Term. Obstet Gynecol 2010 Jul; 116(1): 35-42. PMID: 20567165 [Highlighted in an accompanying editorial].

Ehrenthal DB, Wingate MS, Kirby RS. Variation by State in Outcomes Classification for Deliveries Less Than 500g in the United States. Matern Child Health J 2011 Jan 29. PMID: 20111990.

Ehrenthal DB, Jurkovitz C, Hoffman M, Jiang X, Weintraub W. Prepregnancy Body Mass Index as an Independent Risk Factor for Pregnancy Induced Hypertension. J Women’s Health 2011 Jan; 20(1): 67-72. PMID: 21194273.

Feinberg S, Maiden K, Ehrenthal DB. Awareness of the 5 A's and Motivational Interviewing Among Community Primary Care Providers. Del Med J 2011 Jan: 83(1): 17-21. PMID: 21466014.

Ehrenthal DB, Núñez A, O’Neill E, Robertson C, Feinberg S, Stewart A. The Role of the Obstetrician/Gynecologist in the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Women. Women’s Health Issues 2011 Sep-Oct; 21(5): 338-44. PMID: 21703866.

Ehrenthal DB, Hoffman M, Jiang x, Ostrum G. Neonatal Outcomes After Implementation of Guidelines Limiting Elective Delivery Prior to 39 Weeks. Obstet Gynecol 2011 Nov; 118(5): 1047-1055. PMID: 22015872.

Drees M, Johnson O, Wong E, Stewart A, Ferisin S, Silverman P, Ehrenthal DB. Acceptance of 2009 H1N1 Influenza Vaccine Among Pregnant Women in Delaware. Am J Perinatol 2011 Dec 6. PMID: 22147638.

Hermann JW, Rogers S, Ehrenthal DB. Centering Pregnancy Helped me be a Better Mother: A Focus Group Study. MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs 2012 Jan; 37(1): 19-26. PMID: 22072019 [Selected to be a continuing education article for the journal].

Ehrenthal DB, Chichester ML, Cole OS, Jiang X. Maternal Risk Factors for Peripartum Transfusion. J Womens Health (Larchmt) 2012; Apr 13. PMID: 22500552.

Rao A, Maiden K, Carterette B, Ehrenthal DB. Predicting Baby Feeding Method from Unstructured Electronic Health Record Data. In DTMBIO'12: ACM Sixth International Workshop on Data and Text Mining in Biomedical Conference Proceedings, Oct 2012.

Ehrenthal DB, Tambourelli B, Denstman A, Zent R, McGraw M, Johnson O, Drees M. Sustained High Influenza Vaccination Rates and Decreased Safety Concerns Among Pregnant Women During the 2010-2011 Influenza Season. Vaccine 2013 Jan 2; 31(2): 362-6. PMID: 23146674.

Ehrenthal DB, Maiden K, Rao A, West DW, Gidding SS, Bartoshesky L, et al. Independent Relation of Maternal Prenatal Factors to Early Childhood Obesity in the Offspring. Obstet Gynecol 2013 Jan; 121(1): 115-121. PMID: 23262935.

Ehrenthal DB, Haynes SG, Martin KE, Hitch JA, Addo SF, O'Neill E, et al. Evaluation of the Heart Truth Professional Education Campaign on Provider Knowledge of Women and Heart Disease. Womens Health Issues 2013 Mar-Apr; 23(2): e87-93. PMID: 23481694.

Ehrenthal DB and Catov J. Importance of Engaging Obstetrician/Gynecologists in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention. Curr Opin Cardiol 2013 Sep; 28(5): 547-53. PMID: 23928919.

Hoffman M, Ehrenthal DB. Fetal Outcomes Following Elective Delivery. Clin Obstet Gyneol 2014 Jun; 57(2): 401-14. PMID: 24709710.

Maiden K, Gunter WD, Martin SS, Ehrenthal DB. Teen Mothers, Unintended Pregnancies, and Costs Across Delaware. Del Med J 2014 Apr; 86(4): 109-16. PMID: 25000643.

Ehrenthal DB, Maiden K, Rogers S, Ball A. Postpartum Health Care After Gestational Diabetes and Hypertension. J Women’s Health 2014 Aug 4. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 25089915.

Ehrenthal DB, Goldstein ND, Wu P, Rogers S, Townsend RR, Edwards DG. Arterial Stiffness and Wave Reflection One Year After a Pregnancy Complicated by Hypertension. J Clin Hypertens 2014 Aug 13. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 25116457.

Bradley SL, Ehrenthal DB. Commentary on Beigi Paper. Hum Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics 2014; 10(9): 0-1.

Ehrenthal DB, Goldstein ND, Rogers S, Weintraub W. Cardiovascular Risk Factors One Year After a Hypertensive Disorder of Pregnancy. J Women’s Health (in press).

Michelic B, Maiden K, Ortiz J, Bell A, Ehrenthal DB. Expanding the Discussion on Medical Interpreters in the Inpatient Setting. J Applied Social Sciences (in press).

Select Book Chapters:

Ehrenthal DB, Carney P, Kottenhahn R, Charney P. "Women’s Health," in Andreoli and Carpenter’s Cecil’s Essentials of Medicine, VIII, Saunders, 2011.

Ehrenthal DB, Strobino D, Minkovitz C. "Maternal Obesity, Gestational Weight Gain and Early Childhood Growth," in Nicholson W and Baptiste-Roberts K (eds), Obesity During Pregnancy in Clinical Practice, Springer, 2014.