Women’s health

  • Associate Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health
  • Director of Research, Rural Health Research Center

Katy Backes Kozhimannil, PhD, MPA, an associate professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management in the School of Public Health, conducts research to inform the development, implementation, and evaluation of health policy that impacts reproductive-age women and their families. She researches the policy impact among special populations, including working mothers, racial and ethnic minorities, low-income women, and rural populations. Her current research examines the measurement and improvement of maternity care quality, with a focus on vulnerable populations and geographic variations. 

  • Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Community Health, School of Public Health

Ruby H.N. Nguyen, PhD, is an associate professor of Epidemiology & Community Health in the School of Public Health. Nguyen's research expertise focuses on women’s health. Nguyen studies the etiology and natural history of chronic pain in women and its uniquely gendered aspects, including social stigma and pregnancy. Her teaching expertise is in undergraduate public health education and she leads the School of Public Health’s undergraduate public health minor.  

  • Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical School

Carrie Anne Terrell, MD, is a practicing physician at the University of Minnesota Physicians Fibroid Clinic, Women’s Health Specialists and the Leo Fung Center for Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH) and Disorders of Sex Development (DSD). She focuses on women’s health care needs ranging from reproductive rights to prenatal care. 

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  • Family Physician, University of Minnesota Physicians, Medical School

Carolyn J. Torkelson, MD, MS, is a practicing physician at the University of Minnesota Breast Center, Women’s Health Specialists. and the Mill City Clinic. Dr. Torkelson is also the medical director of Integrative Health with the University of Minnesota Physicians. She focuses on a holistic approach to women’s health care, ranging from menopause symptoms to breast cancer treatments. 

  • Professor, Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems
  • Director, Ambulatory Care Residency Program, College of Pharmacy

As a pharmacist, professor and director of the U of M College of Pharmacy’s pharmacist residency program, Sarah Westberg is well versed in pharmacist-patient interactions. During medication management appointments, she meets with patients one-on-one to review current medications, adjusts dosages and identifies conflicting or unhelpful medicines. Her pharmacy expertise uniquely qualifies her to improve patient health through medication optimization. Westberg is available to discuss this patient-centered pharmaceutical care, especially in the context of diabetes or women’s health.