Janet S. Rader, MD

Jack A. & Elaine D. Klieger Professor;
Chair of Obstetrics & Gynecology

"The lifelong health of women provides the major portal to improving family,
community, and global health."

Rader, Janet S., MD


Dr. Janet S. Rader became the Jack A. & Elaine D. Klieger Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical College of Wisconsin in September 2009. She received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Missouri. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center. She did a Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at the Johns Hopkins University Hospital. She is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and gynecologic oncology.

Named in U.S. News & World Report’s Top Doctors List, Dr. Rader is ranked in the top 1% of Gynecologic Oncologists nationwide. Dr. Rader’s practice involves chemotherapy and surgery (including laparoscopic/robotic procedures). She specializes in cervical, ovarian, and uterine cancers, gestational trophoblastic disease, pelvic masses, cancer screening and prevention.

In addition to leading the department, Dr. Rader provides leadership in development of a Women’s Health Research Program and while continuing her own research program in gynecologic cancers.

She has received National Institutes of Health (NIH) and American Cancer Society (ACS) funding for her research. Her research focuses on developing new therapies for gynecologic cancer through clinical trials and analysis of molecular changes in gynecologic malignancies.

Dr. Rader over 190 peer reviewed publications and 26 book chapters/editorials/reviews.

In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, long walks and bike riding.

At a Glance

Areas of Expertise

  • Cervical Cancer
  • Gestational Trophoblastic Disease
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Gynecologic Cancers
  • Pelvic Masses
  • Vulvar and Vaginal Cancers
  • Cancer Screening and Prevention
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Endometrial Cancer
  • Second Opinions
  • Chemotherapy for Treatment of Gynecologic Cancers
  • Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy
  • Cancer Treatment

Board Certification(s)

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Gynecologic Oncology

Patient Ages Seen

  • Infant (0-12 months)
  • Child (1-12 yrs)
  • Adolescent (13-18 yrs)
  • Adult (18 + )
  • Senior (60 +)

Languages Spoken

  • English

Education / Training

  • Doctor of Medicine – University of Missouri, St. Louis (1983)
  • Internship in Obstetrics & Gynecology – Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center – Chicago, IL (1983-1984)
  • Residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology – Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center – Chicago, IL (1984-1987)
  • Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology – Johns Hopkins University Hospital – Baltimore, MD (1995-1998)

MCW Start Date

  • 09/01/2009



Principal InvestigatorTitle of Research Study
Awards / Publications / Presentations
Rader, Janet S., MD, FACOG and Kaljo, Kristina, PhDStudent-Centered Pipeline to Advance Research in Cancer Careers (SPARCC) for Underrepresented Minority Students
*Grant funded by NIH Cancer Institute
Rader, Janet S., MD, FACOGR- Enlisting HPV integration events to illuminate drivers and target treatment in invasive cervical cancer
* Grant funded by NIH Cancer Institute
Rader, Janet S., MD, FACOGDefining HPV Integration Sites of Unknown Significance in Invasive Cervical Cancer
*Grant funded by NIH Cancer Institute (R21)
Rader, Janet S., MD, FACOGTCGA Database Project
Rader, Janet S., MD, FACOGMAP3: 125-04 A Phase III Randomized Study of Exemestane Plus Placebo in Postmenopausal Women at Increased Risk of Developing Breast Cancer
Rader, Janet S., MD, FACOG"HPV Assays for GOG 207: HPV Assays for GOG 207 (A Randomized Double-Blind Phase II Trial of Celecoxib, a COX-2 Inhibitor, in the Treatment of Patients with Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia 2/3 or 3 (CIN 2/3 or 3) (IND #69,656, Sponsor – GOG)"
Rader, Janet S., MD, FACOG"TCGA Cervical: RECOVERY - The Cancer Genome Atlas Project - Cervical Cancer"
Rader, Janet S., MD, FACOG"CerGE-Genetic Susceptibility: Genetic Susceptibility to Cervical Cancer (Cervical Cancer Genetic Epidemiology)"
Rader, Janet S., MD, FACOG"The Role of Slit-Robo Pathway in Gynecological Cancer Progression"
Rader, Janet S., MD, FACOG"Role of Microenvironment in Gynecological Tumor Metastasis"
Uyar, Denise S., MD, Bishop, Erin, MD, Bradley, William, MD, Rader, Janet, MD, Precious AkinsanyaPreliminary Data on First Line Combination Carboplatin, Taxane and Pembrolizumab Therapy Followed by Maintenance Pembrolizumab for Cytoreduced Ovarian Cancer with Residual Disease
* Presented at Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) Annual Meeting on Women's Cancer, March 24-27, 2018

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I know I can depend on Dr. Rader and the team for whatever I need or am concerned about.

Dr. Rader is excellent in every aspect. I drive from Oconto to Milwaukee to be under her care because she is the best!

Dr. Rader is a very attentive listener and provides adequate time for thorough communication between patient and staff. She is top notch in her attention to detail and concern for the patient as well as finding the best treatment for each individual. I highly recommend her.

I just wish all doctors were as wonderful as Dr. Janet Rader. If I had a friend or a family member that had cancer, I would not let them go to anyone except her.

All were pleasant. Consider myself fortunate to be a patient of Dr. Rader.

Dr. Janet Rader is Phenomenal! We are so lucky to have her. Not only did she save my life, but she did it in the least obtrusive manner possible. Even in our first meeting, I felt a connection with her. She is a strong, positive force and I wanted her fighting for me. I will be forever in her debt.

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