• OBGYN Autumn Seminar

    Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Women's Health Autumn Seminar

    The University of Minnesota Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health along with Essential Health Obstetrics and Gynecology Department bring you this full day conference to provide best practices, research updates and innovations. Content will be especially relevant for obstetricians/gynecologists, primary care physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, midwives and other health care team members. 

    Friday, September 22, 2017
    Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center
    Save on fees when you register by August 25th!
  • 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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  • Diana Drake, DNP

    Mature Women Optimize Their Health with the Help of Nurse Practitioners

    The number of aging women is growing at an unprecedented rate world-wide. In fact, over the next 30 years the number of women age 65 and older is projected to double in America alone - to nearly 49 million according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Carolyn Torkelson, M.D., the medical director of the Integrative Health Clinic at M Health's Women's Health Specialists Clinic (WHS) defines 'mature woman' as women beyond reproductive age. Dr. Torkelson and Diana Drake, DNP, WHNP and Program Director for Integrative Health, have guided the creation of a comprehensive women's health clinic that offers integrative, holistic services provided by a team of multidisciplinary providers. Nurse Practitioners at WHS truly embrace the 'mature woman' age group and encourage patients to become proactive in self-care. Click here to learn more about how nurse practitioners focus on the whole person, and help fill the gap in the health care system. 

                                                          Photo cred: Ackerman + Gruber

  • ObGyn Top Doctors

    10 M Health OBGYN Physicians Recognized by Their Peers as 2017 "TOP DOCS" in Mpls.St. Paul Magazine

    Every year Mpls.St.Paul Magazine sends out a survey to 5,000 licensed physicians in the 10-county metro area, asking participants to nominate one or more doctors, excluding themselves. The candidates who made the final list were evaluated on indicators of peer recognition, professional achievement, and disciplinary history. We are proud to feature the 10 physicians with appointments in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health who made the list for 2017. Congratulations "Top Doctors"!

  • Empowering Change

    Empowering Change

    ObGyn doctors share the latest research on reproductive cancers

    Staying abreast of your health by speaking up when something is amiss is crucial. For women, it’s especially important in discovering gynecologic cancers, which oftentimes present symptoms only after the disease has advanced past those early, usually most treatable, stages. The rates of uterine and ovarian cancers are increasing, and the local medical community is working to change that. (Read the full article)

    Originally published in Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, May 2017. Reprinted with permission.

  • Cannoeing

    Study finds some melanoma survivors still report getting suntans and sunburns

    A new study by Rachel Isaksson Vogel, PhD, a Cancer Epidemiologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of ObGyn & Women's Health found that while most melanoma survivors limit sun exposure, some reported still seeking suntans and getting sunburns. Dr. Vogel's study was published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. Find more of Dr. Vogel's research here


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

today and tomorrow.


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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

Patient Care

WHS video

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. 


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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.  

Obstetrics, Gynecology, Midwifery & Family Planning

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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 Clinics

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

Linda Carson

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.