Carolyn W. Swenson, MD

Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical School


Dr. Swenson is an Assistant Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology with a specialty in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at Michigan Medicine. 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 faculty. She is currently a scholar in the NICHD’s Women’s Reproductive Health Research Program and her on-going research related to this grant 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. Dr. Swenson has experience with clinical and hypothesis-driven research design as well as research using administrative data and statewide clinical databases. Her main interest in health-services related research relates to improving outcomes following gynecologic surgery.

Research Interests

Dr. Swenson's research interests include improving clinical outcomes following gynecologic surgery and understanding the pathophysiology and biomechanics of pelvic organ prolapse.

Dr. Swenson's projects include:
-Definition Development and Prevalence of New Persistent Opioid Use Following Hysterectomy
-Home Opioid Use Following Cesarean Delivery: How Many Opioid Tablets Should Obstetricians Prescribe?
-Opioid Prescribing Patterns by Obstetrics and Gynecology Residents in the United States