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MEET LOCAL LEGEND: Val Vogt, M.D.

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Val Vogt, M.D.

“I chose medicine because it would be a good job I could do wherever I lived.”

NOMINATING CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE

Marsha Blackburn

“EXPERIENCED, CARING PRACTITIONER...”

BIOGRAPHY

Val Vogt radiates an instantly appealing enthusiasm and energy about her commitment to medicine and tireless dedication to helping women: "It is fabulous to play such an important role, to be there for patients and to be trusted by them," she declares. "It is a very enjoyable career!"

She was nominated to be a Local Legend of Medicine by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-7), who commended her for her "great accomplishments and positive, enduring contribution to the health care of her community and our country."

Vogt recently joined Memphis-based Women's Health Specialists, a group practice providing obstetrical, gynecologic and urogynecologic care for women at all stages of life. Although she estimates delivering well over 1,000 babies in her earlier career, she now focuses on treating primarily post-menopausal issues, especially urinary incontinence and prolapse.

A 1986 graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, and a 1990 graduate of Rush Medical College, in Chicago, she completed her internship at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, a learning experience she vividly recalls: "We served Los Angeles County and I was on 24-hour call. We averaged 40 babies born a day! Every time you deliver a baby, it's an incredibly rewarding experience. Each one is unique."

Leaving Los Angeles in 1994, she returned to Chicago for Obstetrics and Gynecology residency training at Rush Presbyterian Hospital, followed by a Fellowship in Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery at Indiana University/Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, from 1994 until 1997. She was appointed Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, in Memphis, in 1997, rising to Associate Professor five years later.

A Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners, she was initiated in 2003 as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She is also certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists serving in national positions, and belongs to the American Urogynecology Society, the Association of Professors of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Memphis/Shelby County OB/GYN Society.

Of her many accomplishments, she is proudest of being named by her peers as one of the "Best Doctors in America," considered to one of the more prestigious, credible lists available to consumers for selecting a doctor; being the OB/GYN representative on the Committee of Young Surgeons of the American College of Surgeons; and serving as Vice Chair of the sub-specialist committee which writes the examination administered each January to the nation's approximately 5,000 OB/GYN residents.

Vogt is a prolific researcher whose work has been published in Obstetrics and Gynecology, International Urogynecology Journal, the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and other professional publications. She has lectured extensively on urinary incontinence, surgical treatment of prolapse, sexual dysfunction and other gynecological issues. She has received grant support from a variety of sources, including Pharmacia, Eli Lilly and Company, and the University of California/Alza Pharmaceutical.

MILESTONES

1990

Earns MD from Rush Medical School

1994

Completes residency in Integrated Obstetrics and Gynecology at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center, Chicago

1998

Wins University of Tennessee OB/GYN Student Teaching Award

2001, 2003

Named one of the Best Doctors in America

BORN

1963

MEDICAL SCHOOL

Rush Medical School, Chicago

SPECIALTY

Obstetrics and Gynecology


Sub Specialty

Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery

LOCATION

Tennessee