Sean C. Dowdy, M.D.

  1. Gynecologic Oncologist
  2. Gynecologist

Location

  1. Rochester, Minnesota

Languages

English

Sean C. Dowdy, MD, FACS, FACOG is Professor and Chair of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, and a fellowship trained Gynecologic Oncologist specializing in ovarian, uterine, and cervical cancer and complex benign gynecologic surgery. He is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Gynecologic Oncology. Dr. Dowdy grew up in New Hampshire, completed a BA in English at Cornell University, a medical degree at Georgetown University, and residency and fellowship at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. He also completed a 6-month Mayo Scholar program in Lille, France, and Berlin, Germany, focusing on laparoscopic oncology.

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Dowdy is Vice-chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Midwest Chair of Quality, Experience, and Affordability. He serves on the Executive Committee of the NIH funded May Clinic Ovarian SPORE within our Comprehensive Cancer Center, and has authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications, including the International Guidelines for Enhanced Recovered After Surgery, among the most downloaded publications in the journal Gynecologic Oncology. He serves on the Board of Directors for Society of Gynecologic Oncology, ERAS USA, and is a former board member of Society of Gynecologic Surgeons.

  1. Adnexal tumors
  2. Cancer
  3. Cancer during pregnancy
  4. Cervical cancer
  5. Cervical dysplasia
  6. Ectopic pregnancy
  7. Endometrial cancer
  8. Endometriosis
  9. Fallopian tube cancer
  10. Germ cell tumor
  11. Ovarian cancer
  12. Ovarian cyst
  13. Ovarian remnant syndrome
  14. Peritoneal cancer
  15. Uterine fibroid
  16. Vulvar cancer
  1. Abdominal hysterectomy
  2. Diagnostic laparoscopy
  3. Endometriosis surgery
  4. Fertility sparing surgery
  5. Minimally invasive hysterectomy
  6. Minimally invasive surgery
  7. Minimally invasive surgical staging
  8. Ovarian remnant removal
  9. Pelvic exenteration
  10. Robotic hysterectomy
  11. Robotic surgery
  12. Sentinel node biopsy
  13. Vaginal hysterectomy
  14. Vaginectomy
  15. Vulvectomy
  1. 2007
    Certificate - Certificate Program in Clinical ResearchMayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
  2. 2004
    Fellow - Gynecologic OncologyMayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  3. 2001
    Resident - Obstetrics and GynecologyMayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  4. 1997
    MDGeorgetown University School of Medicine
  5. 1993
    BA - EnglishCornell University

Certifications

  1. 2008
    Gynecologic OncologyAmerican Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  2. 2006
    Obstetrics & GynecologyAmerican Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Awards and honors

  1. 2019
    Inaugural Most Downloaded Paper Award International Journal of Gynecologic Cancer
  2. 2016
    2016 Roy M. Pitkin Award Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
  3. 2015
    Best Doctors in Gynecologic OncologyBest Doctors in Minnesota - Minnesota Monthly Magazine
  4. 2012
    Excellence in Teamwork Award for Enhanced Recovery Pathway in Gynecology SurgeryDepartment of Obstetrics & Gynecology
  5. 2008
    Susan A. Olde Endometrial Cancer Research AwardGynecologic Cancer Foundation
  6. 2008
    National Faculty AwardThe Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology
  7. 2007
    Early Career Development Supplement AwardResearch Career Development Subcommittee
  8. 2005
    Clinical Research Loan Repayment ProgramNational Institutes of Health
  9. 2004
    Recognized for outstanding teachingMayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Department of Education Administration
  10. 2004
    Leo D. Lagasse Award for Best Clinical PresentationWestern Association of Gynecologic Oncologists
  11. 2004
    Donald C. Balfour Award for Meritorious ResearchMayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Department of Education Administration
  12. 2004
    Award for Basic ScienceNational Gynecologic Oncology Fellows Forum
  13. 2001
    Elizabeth Ann Harris Award for Excellence in Clinical Research in the Field of Obstetrics and GynecologyMayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Department of Education Administration
  14. 2000
    Lawrence Randall Travel Award for Excellence in the Field of Obstetrics and GynecologyMayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Department of Education Administration

Professional memberships

  1. 2020 - present
    Program CommitteeWestern Association of Gynecologic Oncologists
  2. 2020 - present
    Session ChairWestern Association of Gynecologic Oncologists
  3. 2020 - present
    Board MemberSociety of Gynecologic Oncologists
  4. 2019 - present
    MemberMidwest Executive Operating Team
  5. 2019 - present
    ChairMidwest Clinical Practice Quality Oversight Subcommittee
  6. 2019 - present
    MemberMidwest Hospital Practice Subcommittee
  7. 2019 - present
    Steering Committee MemberSociety of Gynecologic Oncologists
  8. 2019
    Co-Chair for Post Graduate EducationSociety of Gynecologic Oncologists
  9. 2019 - present
    MemberGynecologic Oncology Program Evaluation Committee (PEC)
  10. 2018 - present
    Subject Matter Expert MemberAmerican Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Gynecologic Oncology Practice Analysis SME Panel
  11. 2018 - present
    ChairQuality and Outcomes Committee, Society of Gynecologic Oncologists
  12. 2017 - present
    Board of DirectorsEnhanced Recovery After Surgery USA (ERAS USA)
  13. 2017 - 2019
    MemberMayo Clinic Rochester Committee Surgical and Procedural Committee
  14. 2017 - 2019
    ChairSurgical Quality Subcommittee, Mayo Clinic Rochester Surgical Committee, Mayo Clinic Rochester Committees
  15. 2017 - 2019
    ChairMidwest Surgical Quality Subcommittee
  16. 2017 - 2019
    MemberSurgical Executive Committeee, Department of Surgery
  17. 2017
    Program ChairSociety of Pelvic Surgeons
  18. 2017 - present
    MemberGynecologic Oncology Tumor Board
  19. 2016 - 2018
    MemberAchieve Operational Excellence
  20. 2016 - present
    Vice ChairDepartment of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Specialty Council
  21. 2016 - 2018
    Deputy Director of PracticeMayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery
  22. 2016 - 2019
    MemberMayo Clinic Rochester Committees, Clinical Practice Committee
  23. 2016 - 2019
    ChairDepartment of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Clinical Practice Committee
  24. 2016 - 2019
    MemberSurgical Practice Chairs Committee
  25. 2016 - 2019
    MemberPractice Chairs Forum
  26. 2016 - 2018
    MemberPractice Optimization and Acceleration
  27. 2016 - 2018
    Program CommitteeSociety of Pelvic Surgeons
  28. 2016
    Program Committee RepresentativeInternational Gynecologic Cancer Society
  29. 2015 - 2016
    Medical DirectorCenter for Science of Health Care Delivery, Health Care Systems Engineering Program
  30. 2014 - 2018
    MemberMember representing the Americans, Nominating Committee, International Gynecologic Cancer Society
  31. 2014 - 2017
    Co-ChairQuality and Outcomes Committee, Society of Gynecologic Oncologists
  32. 2013 - present
    Medical Advisory Board - MemberMinnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance
  33. 2013 - 2018
    Vice ChairClinical Practice Committee Equipment Subcommittee
  34. 2012 - 2018
    MemberExecutive Committee, Society of Gynecologic Surgeons
  35. 2012 - 2018
    MemberSGS Representative to ACS, Executive Committee, Society of Gynecologic Surgeons
  36. 2012 - 2017
    MemberOB/GYN Advisory Committee, American College of Surgeons
  37. 2012 - 2017
    MemberGYN Oncology Specialty Interest Group
  38. 2012 - 2014
    MemberQuality and Outcomes Committee, Society of Gynecologic Oncologists
  39. 2012 - present
    Executive Committee MemberOvarian Spore, Department of Oncology
  40. 2012 - present
    MemberOB-GYN Executive Committee, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
  41. 2011 - 2013
    MemberDepartment of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Midwest Integration
  42. 2010 - 2014
    Vice Chair of Research in OB/GYNMayo Clinic Rochester
  43. 2010 - 2014
    ChairResearch Committee, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
  44. 2010 - 2012
    MemberEducation Committee, Society of Gynecologic Oncologists
  45. 2010
    ChairHereditary Group of GynecoLogic, Society of Gynecologic Oncologists
  46. 2009 - present
    MemberGyn Oncology 3-Site DOG Committee, Disease/Discipline Oriented Groups (DOGs), Mayo Clinic Cancer Center
  47. 2009 - present
    MemberSociety of Gynecologic Surgeons
  48. 2008 - 2018
    MemberClinical Practice Committee Equipment Subcommittee
  49. 2008 - 2011
    MemberProgram Committee, Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  50. 2008
    Co-Chair for Post Graduate EducationSociety of Gynecologic Oncologists
  51. 2008
    Full MemberSociety of Gynecologic Oncologists
  52. 2008
    MemberProgram Committee, Society of Gynecologic Oncologists
  53. 2007 - 2016
    MemberCollaborative Practice Subcommittee, Practice and Quality Committee, Division of Gynecologic Oncology
  54. 2007 - present
    MemberDepartment of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Clinical Practice Committee
  55. 2006 - 2011
    MemberCorpus Committee, Gynecologic Oncology Group
  56. 2006 - 2008
    MemberGovernment Relations Committee, Society of Gynecologic Oncologists
  57. 2005 - 2014
    MemberResearch Committee, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
  58. 2005
    FellowAmerican College of Surgeons
  59. 1999 - 2004
    MemberDepartment of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Education Committee
  60. 1997 - present
    MemberAmerican Medical Association
  61.  
    MemberGynecologic Oncology Group
  62.  
    Panel MemberGynecologic Oncology Group
  63.  
    MemberCentral Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Publications

Research activities

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