Dr. Eric Heegaard

Dr. Eric Heegaard

ObGyn & Excision Specialist - Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Hennepin Healthcare

More about Dr. Heegaard
I am an OB-GYN in the Minneapolis area. I have been in practice now for 20 years. I grew up not far culturally from the mythological Lake Woebegon in a hamlet named Alexandria, Minnesota where my father was a general practitioner. It is because of his love for medicine and especially obstetrics that guided me into this profession and finally into the specialty of OB-GYN.
My approach to treatment and management of endometriosis and chronic pain is collaborative. From a surgical standpoint, my goal is excision. I have created a team which involves a  pelvic floor physical therapists, colorectal surgeons, and urologists who have interest in endometriosis. My goal is to have everything set ahead of time, prior to surgery, with the necessary team present or available so that, hopefully, all reasonable eventualities can be addressed at the time of surgery. I do not manage any gynecologic problems and especially endometriosis/pelvic pain from a top-down angle. I feel like the best results come from working collaboratively with the patient and, together, coming up with an agreed upon treatment plan. My experience has been that this approach allows the patient to feel like she is a participant in her care and not just the recipient. From my perspective, I also find this extremely satisfying.

2019-Present Hennepin Healthcare department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Minneapolis, Minnesota
2004-2019 OB-GYN West P.A. , Eden Prairie and Minnetonka, Minnesota
1997-2004 Associates in Women's Health, Edina and Minneapolis, Minnesota

Professional /Education
1999 - current Fellow and Diplomat in the American Board of Obstretrics and Gynecology
1993-1997 Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinic
Raymond J. Albrect Award for excellence in clinical teaching
1989-1993 Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) University of Washington Seattle, Washington
1982-1986 Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Cum Laude, The Colorado CollegeColorado Springs, Colorado

Medical Affiliations
American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists
American Society of Reproductive Medicine
American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
American Medical Association
American Society of Cosmetic Gynecologists