• Contag Cross Jones

    M Health Expands its Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialty Group

    The Divison of Maternal-Fetal Medicine is the largest academic program in the upper Midwest Region. In the past year, the Division has added three new Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists: Dr. Stephen Contag, Dr. Sarah Cross, and Dr. Cresta Jones. With numerous outreach clinics and telemedicine services, the MFM division provides care for patients throughout the region. Our board-certified faculty physicians are nationally recognized in their fields of interest including education, quality and safety, reproductive infectious diseases, substance abuse in pregnancy and many others. Read more in the latest issue of Consult, the quarterly Clinicican-to Clinician newsletter.



  • Baby and Mother

    Addressing Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)

    The rise in opioid use during pregnancy means physicians are seeing an increasing number of infants born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). Dr. Cresta Jones, a Maternal-Fetal Medicine physician at M Health specializes in treating opioid use disorders during pregnancy. Read about the latest care approaches for these patients and their mothers in the latest issue of Consult. 





  • Rachel Isaksson Vogel researcher Legacy

    Making Life Better for Cancer Survivors

    The GOLD study is the brainchild of Rachel Isaksson Vogel, a researcher in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women’s Health. She’s made it her mission to learn more about cancer survivors in order to find ways to improve their lives. “We want to know, What is their life like? What lingering side effects do they have? What is their emotional health? Are they having trouble with social interactions?” she says. “What does survivorship look like?” Read about her research in University of Minnesota Foundation's Legacy  magazine here

  • ACNM Triple Aim Recognition

    University of Minnesota Health Nurse Midwives Awarded ACNM "Triple Aim" National Best Practice

    University of Minnesota Health Women’s Health Specialists Clinic midwifery group was recognized with the Triple Aim Award by the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) for providing excellent care to pregnant and laboring women. The award recognizes midwifery services with low cesarean section (C-section) rates, high breastfeeding rates and low preterm birth rates. The group was one of two Minnesota nurse midwifery services to receive this designation. Read more about the 2016 Benchmarking Project results here.

  • John Fischer

    Dept. of Ob/Gyn & Women's Health Establishes a New Division for Female Pelvic Medicine

    Pelvic floor disorders, including incontinence, can significantly affect a person's life. But many women feel uncomfortable discussing the problem-or asking for help. Urogynecologist John Fischer, MD, is here to help. Read the interview here.

    What is urogynecology? Watch the video here to see John Fischer, MD, discuss his expertise.

  • Conjoined Twins

    Connected at the Heart

    When a routine ultrasound revealed that the babies she was carrying were conjoined twins, Paris Bryan was referred to M Health Maternal-Fetal Medicine Center at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. Dr. Kathryn Jacobs, the director of the Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center at MFM assumed care for this complicated pregnancy. Months later, following the birth of the babies, a team of pediatric cardiothoraic surgeons performed a groundbreaking series of surgeries to separate them.

    Read Their Amazing Journey to Separation in this MHealth News Blog

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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

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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.

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.

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.

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