• MHealth Baby

    Slowdown on Cesareans

    The Birthplace at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital is one of 21 hospitals across the nation in the Reducing Primary Cesareans Project. The project is a quality improvement project with an aim to reduce the incidence of cesarean births in lower-risk, first-time mothers. Read more here about how we are working to reduce the rate of cesarean sections.

  • Minnesota Monthly Top Docs 2018

    Minnesota Monthly Magazine Recognizes 2018 "Top Doctors"

    In the September issue of Minnesota Monthly, the 2018 Top Doctors list was released. This list, formerly known as "Best Doctors", includes 238 doctors from across University of Minnesota Health and University of Minnesota Physicians. 20 of the recognized physicians practice within the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health. We congratulated these physicians for this recognition and thank them for providing exceptional health care for women. Click here for a complete link.

  • John Fischer, MD

    John Fischer, MD - new Head of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health

     We are delighted to announce John Fischer, MD, FACOG as the new Head of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health. 

    Dr. Fischer, a urogynecologist, joined the University of Minnesota Medical School in October 2017 and launched our new Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Sugery (FPMRS). He is one of only eight board-certified FPMRS urogynecologists in the Twin Cities that specializes in Pelvic Floor Disorders. 

    Dr. Fischer's experience, national reputation and commitment to women's health make him the perfect leader for this position. 

    Read the full announcement here.

  • Chainbreaker Grant

    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.

Our Mission: To Define the Standard of Care for all Women, 

Today and Tomorrow

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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. 

Learn more about our programs

OBGYN Residency Program

Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Program

Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program

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 and complementary and alternative medicine.

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. The NICU at University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital is staffed with Board-Certified Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists who have 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. 

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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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.

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