Cancer researcher, Dr. Tim Starr, awarded first Chainbreaker Breakthrough Cancer Research Grant
Tim Starr, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Obstetrics,Gynecology and Women's Health will co-lead a research team of 13 faculty who will study the role of stomach microorganisms in causing cancer and their influence on the success of cancer therapy. Read more here.
PBS report on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum DisordersFetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) could be more common than autism, and women often receive mixed signals about how much alcohol may be safe during pregnancy. A 2-part PBS report features M Health Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist and Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health faculty member, Dr. Yasuko YamamuraWatch the PBS report here
Mpls. St. Paul Magazine Recognizes 2018 "TOP DOCS"
The 2018 Mpls. St. Paul Magazine Top Doctors edition features 151 University of Minnesota Health doctors representing 43 specialties – the most of any health care organization on the list. 11 of those physicians recognized practice within the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health. We congratulate these physicians for this recognition and thank them for providing exceptional health care for women. Click here for a complete link.
New Ob/Gyn Residency Program Director
The Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health is pleased to announce the appointment of Samantha Hoffman, MD, as the new OB/GYN Residency Program Director effective June 10, 2018. Dr. Hoffman has served as the Associate Residency Program Director since joining the department in 2009.
Dr. Hoffman is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Obstetrics, Gynecology, Midwifery and Family Planning. She is a current member of the Medical Executive Committee for the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC). In 2014 she completed the UMN David A. Rothenberger Leadership Academy and has been an Advisory Council Member of Minnesota ACOG since 2013. In addition to her leadership skills, Samantha is also a superb teacher and clinician. She is the current Residency Continuity Clinic Director for Women's Health Specialists Clinic and has been named a 'Top Doctor-Rising Star' by Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine in 2015, 2016 & 2017.
Dr. Rachel Vogel Recipient of Young Investigator AwardCONGRATULATIONS!Rachel Isaksson Vogel, PhD
Assistant Professor - Division of Gynecologic Oncology
Recipient of The Wayne Stinchcomb Big Orange Foundation-MRA Young Investigator Award
2018-2021Dr. Vogel is dedicated to research in women’s cancer and is currently the Masonic Cancer Center’s Women’s Health Research Scholar. She is interested in outcomes research and cancer survivorship.
2018 Top Doctor: "Rising Stars" Make Their Mark in Medicine
Ob/Gyn Physicians Named Top Doctor: "Rising Stars" by Mpls.St.Paul MagazineThree physicians in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Women's Health were among the nearly 70 University of Minnesota Physicians being honored as "Rising Stars" this year by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. Gynecologic Oncologists Drs. Britt Erickson and Coleen Rivard and Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist, Dr. Katherine Jacobs, were nominated by their peers in the field. All candidates are then evaluated on a variety of factors, including personal achievement, review by an expert physician panel, and individual disciplinary history. Find the complete M Health list here.
Our Mission: To Define the Standard of Care for all Women,
Today and Tomorrow
Our faculty and staff are dedicated to creating a learning environment that focuses on excellence in clinical care while also fostering individual interests in research, teaching and other professional pursuits. We offer a required clerkship and advanced electives for medical students; a large, diverse residency program; and fellowships in gynecologic oncology and maternal-fetal medicine. Through educational events such as Grand Rounds and community outreach, we strive to educate & inform community physicians, and other healthcare providers.
As the only Ob/Gyn residency in the Twin Cities, and one of only two Ob/Gyn residencies in Minnesota, our program offers residents the unique opportunity to work in one of the best states for healthcare. Residents work alongside some of the finest physicians, surgeons, and researchers who are truly interested in their success and training. Dedicated faculty, breadth of clinical exposure, and exposure to world-class research and cutting-edge care make us a top choice for future leaders in obstetrics and gynecology.
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Women’s Health Specialists Clinic Your home for truly integrative women’s health care. Our wide-range of services include gynecology, mature women’s health, obstetrics & midwifery, preventive medicine, contraception for adult women and adolescents, screening mammograms, mental health services and complementary and alternative medicine.
Basic and translational research is an integral part of the work being done by the faculty and staff in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health. Our collaborative approach to research enables clinicians and research scientists to work together on a daily basis to plan and implement research studies, and share, manage and analyze research data.
Basic scientists and physician-scientist faculty members are actively involved in multiple clinical trials testing the most promising cutting edge therapies under investigation. These research efforts cover a broad range of topics from testing new drugs to understanding the genetic basis of ovarian cancer. Discover more about some of the research here.
The mission of the Ovarian Cancer Early Detection Program (OCEDP) is to develop, within five years, a clinical test to screen women for early markers of ovarian cancer.
Welcome to the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health
A shared sense of purpose. That is what drives our faculty and staff to address the most complex health concerns facing women today. Our three-pronged approach: teaching, research, and direct patient care, enable us to take research from the lab, to clinical trials, and then into the clinic or hospital setting. Our Department consists of a dedicated team of experienced physicians, residents, fellows, psychologists, certified nurse midwives, and basic science investigators dedicated to the advancement of women’s health, and to improving the lives of women across the lifespan. We take pride in offering rich and diverse graduate medical education programs that are key elements in developing the next generation of women’s health providers for the state of Minnesota and the nation.
The department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health includes an outstanding team of internationally recognized health care providers and investigators who provide world-class expertise in the specialty, and sub-specialties of obstetrics and gynecology. It is our mission to transform women’s health through our research, education, and our patient care for all those we are privileged to serve.