Women's Health

Womens Health Group

Division Summary:

The Division of Women's Health at UW Medical Center (UWMC) has 15 physicians who provide primary and specialty Obstetrics and Gynecology care for women across 9 ambulatory, and 3 hospital sites including: VA Medical Centers (Puget Sound, American Lake), UW Neighborhood Clinics (Shoreline, Ravenna), UW Roosevelt Women's Healthcare Clinic, Seattle Children's Hospital Clinics (Bellevue, Sandpoint, Seattle Children's Hospital), and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA).

Our mission for the UWMC Women's Health Division is to promote excellence in Women's Health through:

  • Providing compassionate and state-of-the-art comprehensive obstetric and gynecologic care.
  • Maximizing our patients' experience through exceptional professional conduct and continual improvement of our clinic and hospital processes.
  • Serving as the premier referral center for complicated gynecology in the greater Northwest region.
  • Advancing knowledge and expertise within our field in research and education.
  • Becoming national leaders in obstetrics and gynecologic education and furthering the education of our University of Washington residents and medical students.

Clinical Care:

Our faculty care for patients at multiple clinical sites across the Seattle, serving a diverse female population from pediatric/adolescent patients at Seattle Children's Hospital (SCH), cancer patients at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) to the female veterans referred to the Seattle and Tacoma Veteran's Administration (VA) sites. They manage a wide range of general to complex gynecologic conditions, and serve as consultants to our primary care, pediatric, and oncology colleagues at our various clinical sites. We have Obstetrics and Gynecology Resident Clinics, and specialty clinics including Dysplasia, Vulvovaginitis, Referral Gynecology, Family Planning Clinics, Disorders of Sexual Development, and Pediatric/Adolescent Gynecology which allow us to concentrate our expertise and teaching efforts.

Each of our healthcare professionals has a special interest and expertise in women's health. We emphasize wellness and prevention, and encourage patients to become a partner in their health care.

Specialty services include:WHCC Pic

  • Mammography and breast imaging
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Dysplasia
  • Mental health services
  • Gynecology
  • Ultrasound
  • Radiology
  • Bone density scanning
  • Vaginitis
  • Endometriosis
  • Preventive Care

 


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Research:

As a primarily clinical division, we have focused our efforts on advancing knowledge and expertise in 3 main areas:

  • Global Education leadership and curriculum development- see education
  • Infectious disease and prematurity research (see bios on Dr. Adams Waldorf and Dr. David Eschenbach)
  • Process improvement and clinical standardization in the transformation of care.

Education:

While all of our division faculty are active in clinical teaching of medical students and residents (OBGYN, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine Women's Health track, Pediatrics) and fellows (Adolescent Medicine, Pediatric Surgery, Pediatric Urology) on Labor and Delivery, in the Operating Room, and in ambulatory setting, we also have 4 appointed Clinician-Educators: Dr. Chiang as the Residency Director since 2007, Dr. Mendiratta as the Clerkship Director since 2005, Dr. Debiec as the Assistant Clerkship Director since 2011, and Dr. Amies Oelschlager as director of the Pediatric Adolescent Gynecology (PAG) fellowship and curriculum. Our faculty are active in education and hold key leadership roles locally and nationally.