Welcome from the Chair and Department Executive Officer

Bradley Van Voorhis, portrait

Rachel A. Maassen, MD, MBA
Interim Chair and Department Executive Officer
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Welcome to the UI Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. We provide consultation, comprehensive treatment planning, and a broad range of services for patients with normal and high-risk pregnancies and for gynecology, including oncology and reproductive endocrinology.

Our comprehensive medical, surgical, and nursing services span the full spectrum of all obstetric and gynecologic patients at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. In addition to patient care, the department is noted for its strong educational programs for medical students, residents, fellows, and practicing physicians. Basic and clinical research in reproductive medicine is an important departmental activity.

In keeping with the institution's tertiary care role, a large proportion of our patients represent complicated or high-risk conditions. Our labor-delivery suite is a state-of-the-art facility providing total care for the mother and her newborn. It incorporates both modern technological advances as well as facilities for the family-oriented approach to patient care.

The gynecologic oncology program is an integral unit of the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa. Additional specialty areas include: genetics counseling, infertility, in-vitro fertilization, gynecologic urology, menopause, pelvic pain, prenatal diagnostics, and reproductive care.

We are dedicated to excellence in the education of medical students, residents, and fellows, as reflected by a competency-based curriculum that is designed to provide practitioners with comprehensive knowledge and outstanding skills. The clinical and research efforts of trainees are closely mentored and nurtured. Our graduates move on to successful careers in clinical practice and academic obstetrics and gynecology. We have four ACGME-accredited fellowship programs in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Gynecologic Oncology, Maternal Fetal Medicine and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.