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General Obstetrics & Gynecology

UofL Physicians - General Obstetrics and Gynecology provides care to women of all ages and in all phases of life. Our physicians provide annual preventive exams and screenings, contraceptive counseling and management, pre-conception and obstetric care, management of gynecologic problems and menopause care.  If surgery is needed, our physicians are trained in a wide range of minimally invasive surgical techniques, including advanced laparoscopy and in-office procedures.

Our gynecologists in Louisville offer the highest standards of clinical practice, patient education and patient satisfaction.  By ensuring patient understanding, we believe that you as our patient can better participate in your medical care and therefore maintain wellness. In doing so, we partner with you and our team of medical experts to remain your primary health care providers throughout life, thus making the commitment to put your well-being first.

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OB/GYN & Women's Health Vision Statement

“Paying It Forward Today for Tomorrow’s Medicine”

It is the mission of the faculty and staff at UofL Physicians – OB/GYN & Women’s Health to provide comprehensive care in a compassionate manner for both patients and their families. 

We are dedicated to providing services for normal and high risk births, non-invasive treatments for the young and elderly, and give hope to those who feel incapable of ever having a family of their own. All of this care is given with high ethical and moral standards. 

Our department strives for recognition as an institution of excellence. This includes hands-on patient care, as well as, priding ourselves on advocating and promoting advancements in women’s healthcare. This is achieved by providing excellence in education and research, thus paying it forward to our students to continue providing the highest quality care possible. 

– Sean L. Francis, M.D., Chairman for Obstetrics, Gynecology & Women’s Health


Gynecologic conditions

Menstrual irregularities:

  • absence of periods (amenorrhea)
  • infrequent periods (oligomenorrhea)
  • too frequent periods (metrorrhagia)
  • heavy periods (menorrhagia)
  • painful periods (dysmenorrhea)
  • endometriosis
  • premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)

Uterine problems:

  • uterine fibroids (leiomyomata)
  • polyps of the lining of the uterus (endometrial polyps)
  • prolapse of the uterus, bladder, or rectum

Infections and irritation:

  • vaginitis
    • yeast infection (candidiasis)
    • bacterial vaginosis
  • sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
  • vaginal dryness
  • vaginal and vulvar irritation and skin changes, such as sores, lumps, itching, stinging or burning

Family planning:

  • contraceptive counseling and management (all forms)
  • placement of long acting reversible contraception
    • intrauterine device
    • Implanon/Nexplanon
  • surgical sterilizations
  • preconception counseling

Perimenopause and menopause issues:

  • mid-life health care and menopause management
  • hormone replacement counseling and management
  • osteoporosis prevention and management

Breast pain, infections or changes

  • breast pain (mastodynia)
  • breast infection, such as mastitis
  • galactorrhea (flow of milk from breast unassociated with childbirth or nursing)
  • changes in the breasts:
    • growths or thickening of the breast or armpit
    • puckering, dimpling or other changes in the skin of the breast
    • newly retracted nipples or bleeding or discharge from the nipple
    • changes in the size or shape of the breast


  • family planning
  • prenatal counseling
  • infertility
  • full range of pregnancy, delivery and postnatal care, including vaginal birth and cesarean deliveries
  • management of ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage
  • obstetrical emergencies, such as heavy bleeding
  • gynecologic concerns which may affect or arise during pregnancy


Gynecology services

  • Annual well-woman examinations and comprehensive preventive screenings

Office  procedures:

  • diagnostic ultrasonography
  • pessary fitting
  • biopsies of the vulva, vagina, cervix and uterus
  • colposcopy
  • hysteroscopy
    • including hysteroscopic tubal occlusion for permanent sterilization (Essure)
  • placement of long acting reversible contraception
    • intrauterine device
    • Implanon/Nexplanon

Surgical procedures:

    • laparoscopic surgeries
      • removal of the uterus (hysterectomy)
      • removal of the tubes and or ovaries (salpingo-oophorectomy)
      • removal of uterine fibroids (myomectomy)
      • removal of endometriosis
      • tubal ligation
    • hysteroscopic surgeries
      • diagnostic hysteroscopy
      • removal of endometrial polyp
      • removal of fibroid
      • endometrial ablation
      • tubal occlusion
    • vaginal surgeries
      • removal of uterus (hysterectomy)
      • repair of prolapse of the bladder (cystocele)
      • repair of prolapse of the rectum (rectocele)
      • treatment of vulvar, Bartholin’s abcess
    • abdominal surgeries
      • removal of the uterus (hysterectomy)
      • removal of the tubes and or ovaries (salpingo-oophorectomy)
      • removal of uterine fibroids (myomectomy)
      • removal of endometriosis

Obstetrics services

  • in-office ultrasound and non-stress test (antepartum surveillance)
  • on site laboratory for lab draws
  • free prenatal classes at UofL Hospital Center for Woman and Infants
  • total pregnancy care
  • preconception counseling
  • comprehensive prenatal, delivery and postpartum care
  • vaginal birth after cesarean (for those patients who are candidates)
  • In-house physician on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • collaborative care with our Maternal-Fetal Medicine physicians for high-risk pregnancies


CenteringPregnancy is a pregnancy program offered through UofL Physicians – OB/GYN & Women’s Health which takes prenatal care to a group setting. Women due around the same time get to know each other and learn about pregnancy together. Moms record their own health data, then have a private belly check with the provider. The group learns from the provider (who facilitates the discussion) and from one another.

This model of care ensures moms are engaged in their care and all important health topics are covered. It allows the women to form friendships and discuss what’s important to them.

Women who participate:

  • Are more satisfied with their care
  • Feel more prepared for birth and parenting
  • Have higher rates of breastfeeding

Benefits include:

  • More time with your provider
  • No waiting for appointments
  • Know schedule ahead of time
  • Better health outcomes
  • Self-care
  • Self-confidence
  • More time with your provider
  • Support and friendship
  • Learning and fun

Centering Pregnancy is offered through UofL Physicians – OB/GYN & Women’s Health. This includes groups that meet with our midwives. To join a group, call 502-588-4400.

Learn more about the program from news coverage with Dr. Carol Brees’ Centering Pregnancy group.

Download our Centering flyer.

Physicians in this practice may not see patients at all locations listed below. For details, please call the appointment line for the location you are interested in visiting.

Offices and Clinics

  • OB/GYN & Women's Health at UofL Physicians Outpatient Center
    401 E. Chestnut Street
    Suite 470
    Louisville, Kentucky 40202
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Hospital Affiliations

  • University of Louisville Hospital

UofL Physicians’ board-certified general obstetrician-gynecologists serve either as primary health care providers or consultants for women from the teen-age through menopausal years, offering screening, evaluation, and counseling based on age and risk factors. Health examinations for screening and counseling are tailored specifically to address risk factors for the patient’s age. An obstetrician-gynecologist can be the chief care provider for women ages 19-39, providing preventive health care and specialized obstetrics and gynecology care, thus building relationships with their patients that transcend the disease spectrum and extend to preventive care, early intervention, routine assessments and management of medical disorders. As the major providers with specialized skills and training in reproductive disorders of women, our physicians manage all aspects of care for and serve as advisors to continue health maintenance.

Next Steps

For more information or to make an appointment,
call 502-588-6000

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