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Department and Faculty

Obstetrics faculty Yvonne Butler Tobah, M.D. at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services for pregnant patients and those with disorders of the reproductive and urinary tracts. Fifty physicians on staff provide patient care and are actively involved in research and medical education. There are no private patients at Mayo Clinic since only Mayo Clinic faculty staff the outpatient clinics and hospitals. All patients are seen by trainees who participate in their care, which affords a wide variety of clinical learning experiences and educational opportunities for you as a fellow. 

The department includes these divisions:

Division of Obstetrics:  Obstetrics hospitalists, obstetrics generalists, and midwives provide personalized care for pregnant patients before, during, and after pregnancy.

Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine:  Maternal fetal medicine subspecialists specialize in high-risk pregnancies with complex care needs.

Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility: Reproductive endocrinologists manage clinical problems such as amenorrhea, congenital uterine anomalies, fertility preservation, infertility, polycystic ovarian disease, and recurrent pregnancy loss.

Division of Gynecology:  Board-certified generalists including experts in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery provide outpatient medical and surgical treatment for disorders of the reproductive and urinary systems.

Division of Gynecologic Oncology:  Gynecologic oncology subspecialists diagnose and treat patients with cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal and vulvar cancers.

Division of Urogynecology:  Subspecialists in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery provide medical and surgical care for patients with fecal and urinary incontinence, fistulas, and pelvic floor disorders.

The Division of Obstetrics in conjunction with the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine participate in 2,400 deliveries per year at the Family Birth Center at Rochester Methodist Mayo Clinic Hospital. 

From the program director

Laura Elliott, M.D.Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Obstetrics Hospitalist Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota!

This is a new two-year fellowship program that launched academic year July 2022.  What makes this program unique is 12 months of dedicated research time and graduate coursework leading to the completion of the CCaTS Postdoctoral Certificate Program. Unparalleled resources are available to support the completion of the required research project and submission to a peer-reviewed journal. 

We offer exposure to a wide array of low-risk and high-risk pregnancies that are managed in a multidisciplinary approach with obstetrics hospitalists, maternal fetal medicine, midwifery, neonatology, and obstetrics anesthesia. 

Teaching opportunities available to the fellow include Family Birth Center team rounds, resident didactics, simulations in situ and at the Multidisciplinary Simulation Center, and medical student didactics.

The goal of the program is to provide unsurpassed clinical, education, and research (Mayo Clinic's three shields) experience to prepare academic obstetrics hospitalists for their future.

Laura Elliott, M.D.
Program Director, Obstetrics Hospitalist Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota


The Obstetrics Hospitalist Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota boasts an expert panel of core faculty who are dedicated to excellence in education and patient care.

Advisers and mentors

Fellows are assigned a faculty adviser who provides personal support and comprehensive educational advice.  A research mentor will be selected by the program director and the fellow at the start of the fellowship. Other faculty may also serve as advisers and mentors throughout the two-year fellowship. Many of the faculty have generated multiple publications and lectured widely in their areas of interest and expertise.


The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit has undergone a recent expansion at Saint Marys Mayo Clinic Hospital to afford more beds for the growing number of neonates resulting from the deliveries of the complex high-risk obstetrics patients. When medically stable, postpartum patients are transferred to this campus to be closer to their babies. The obstetric team rounds at this campus as well as the Family Birth Center.

The Multidisciplinary Simulation Center offers participation in simulation training such as TeamSTEPPS, simulation instructor development courses, and education research opportunities.

Visiting professors

Many prominent professors visit Mayo Clinic in Rochester each year and often present a lecture at Obstetrics and Gynecology Department Grand Rounds. A fellow may have the opportunity to participate in informal discussions and educational experiences with the visiting professors.