• Dr. Carrie Terrell in Havana, Cuba

    Informed Dissent? A glimpse at health care in Cuba.

    In early March 2016, faculty member Dr. Carrie Terrell traveled to Havana, Cuba as part of a delegation from Witness for Peace. Over the course of her 10-day visit, she toured clinics and hospitals,and met with physicians, health care officials, medical school directors and other community members and leaders. While socialized medicine means there is no financial barrier to receiving care, what she found while observing the real Cuban health system used by ordinary people, may surprise you. Read her first-person perspective here: myth and reality juxtaposed

    Originally published in Minnesota Medicine, 2017;100(1), 16-18. Reprinted with permission, Minnesota Medical Association. 

  • This is what surgeons look like.

    New study suggests patients of female physicians live longer and do better.

    A new research study has found that elderly patients are less likely to die or be readmitted to the hospital when they're treated by a female physician than by a male physician. In the study, which was published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers stated that though differences in patient mortality rates were "modest," they estimate that approximately "32,000 fewer patients would die if male physicians could achieve the same outcomes as female physicians" each year. The team of researchers, from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health says their findings "suggest that the differences in practice patterns between male and female physicians, as suggested in previous studies, may have important clinical implications for patients outcomes." Click here to read the study. 

  • Midwifery Team

    Department of Ob/Gyn and Women's Health Nurse-Midwifery program growing to meet rising demand

    More women of reproductive age are choosing midwives as their provider of choice for normal births. Due to the increased demand for their services, M Health Women’s Health Specialists Clinic recently added 3 new certified nurse-midwives to their care team. The group has been designated as a Triple Aim National Best Practice by the American College of Nurse-Midwives in their 2015 Benchmarking project. In addition to assisting women through the challenges and joys of pregnancy and birth, the care team offers the full spectrum of services designed to meet the health needs of women for each stage of their lives. Click here to find out more about Nurse-Midwifery and other Women’s Health Services at University of Minnesota Health.

  • CNM Triple Aim

    M Health Nurse Midwives Named a Triple Aim National Best Practice

    M Health Certified Nurse Midwives are one of three Minnesota nurse midwifery services who have been designated as a Triple Aim National Best Practice by the American College of Nurse Midwives in their 2015 Benchmarking Project. This achievement recognizes practices which meet the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Triple Aim of improving the patient experience, reducing cost of care and improving the health of populations. This is demonstrated by high breastfeeding rates, low preterm birth and cesarean rates, and reporting fiscal variables. 

    You can read more about the ACNM Project Results here.

    Learn more about the great work of our CNMs here.

  • Bazzaro Science

    Discovery of a biomarker that may predict recurrence in endometrial cancer patients

    Basic and translational research is an integral part of the work being done by clinic and staff in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health. Our goal is to take our research from the lab to clinical trials and then finally into the hospital or clinic setting, where it can improve the lives of patients. One of these projects, led by Dr. Martina Bazzaro, is focused on finding out why some patients with endometrial cancer relapse after surgery and chemotherapy. And she's discovered a biomarker that may predict recurrence in endometrial cancer patients. Read about what she's discovered here

    To find out more about the Bazzaro lab here


 Our vision is to define the standard of care for all women,

today and tomorrow.

Patient Care


Our clinics include:

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, as well as complementary practitioners who provide nutrition counseling, health coaching and acupuncture.

When women are experiencing a pregnancy-related condition, high-risk pregnancy or fetal concerns, the perinatal specialists at MFM bring nationally-recognized expertise to provide the highest level of care for women and their babies. Our specialists are board-certified in Maternal-Fetal Medicine and our team has one of the only physicians in Minnesota who is dually trained in maternal-fetal medicine and clinical genetics. The NICU at University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital has staff with extensive experience and training to provide stabilizing and life-saving care for sick newborns. Our program was ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News and World Report and was again the top-ranked NICU in Minnesota in 2016.
As one of the largest gynecologic cancer programs in the Midwest, our team of nationally-recognized gynecologic oncologists treat all cancers of the female reproductive system, including cervix, ovaries, uterus and vulva. Our program has achieved the highest five-year cancer survival rates, as determined by the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics. Our patients are cared for by a team of experts who are at the forefront of gynecologic treatments and therapies and our providers write, design and lead many clinical trials both locally and nationally. Patients in our program have access to innovative therapies and a full range of treatment options. 



The faculty and staff in the Department of Ob/Gyn & Women’s Health 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 take advantage of one of the best healthcare environments in the country. Residents work alongside some of the finest physicians, surgeons, and researchers in the field. Thanks to their wide and diverse range of training opportunities, our residents are highly recruited by practices in and outside of Minnesota. Our graduates repeatedly report that this residency prepare them extremely well for their careers. 

Learn more about our programs

OBGYN Residency Program

Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Program

Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program



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.

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 Clinical innovations happen at academic medical centers like M Health and the University of Minnesota Medical Center. From common to complex, we understand every patient is unique and that’s why we individualize care to take our patient’s life circumstances into account. 

General Obstetrics & Gynecology

M Health - Women’s Health Specialists Clinic , Minneapolis

Maternal-Fetal Medicine (High Risk Pregnancy)

M Health – Maternal-Fetal Medicine Center, Minneapolis

M Health - Ridgeview Medical Building, Burnsville

M Health - Fairview Southdale Medical Building, Edina

Gynecologic Cancer Clinic

M Health - Clinics & Sugery Center, Minneapolis

M Health - Maple Grove Cancer Care

Fairview Ridges Specialty Care Center, Burnsville,

Regions Cancer Care Center, St Paul

Park Nicollet Women’s Center, St. Louis Park

Welcome to the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health

Carson Library

Linda F. Carson, M.D., F.A.C.O.G
Professor and Head

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.

As Chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health here at the University of Minnesota, I am honored to lead this 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.