About CHRT

Carolyn Swenson, MD

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Michigan Medical School

Dr. Swenson is an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology with a specialty in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery at the University of Michigan. She received her medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and completed residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Utah. After completing fellowship training in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery at the University of Michigan in 2015, she stayed on as an assistant professor. She is currently a scholar in the NICHD’s Women’s Reproductive Health Research Program and her on-going research involves understanding the pathophysiology of pelvic organ prolapse.

Dr. Swenson’s clinical practice is devoted to medical and surgical treatment of pelvic floor disorders including urinary and fecal incontinence, and pelvic organ prolapse. Her expertise includes minimally-invasive surgical treatments of prolapse, with a focus on native-tissue vaginal surgery. Swenson is part of the Gynecology Health Services Research Group (GHSRG), a collaboration of physicians and statisticians who work to improve health outcomes in gynecology.  She has experience with clinical and hypothesis-driven research design as well as research using administrative data and statewide clinical databases. Through their research efforts, the GHSRG has identified several patient, surgeon and hospital-level factors associated with complications following hysterectomy. Dr. Swenson also has an interest in optimizing the balance between healthcare resources and patient outcomes using evidence-based strategies.