Eric G. Heegaard, MD

As a renaissance doc, Heegaard rocks.

Eric Heegaard wasn't always going to be a doctor. At one point, he dreamed of being a rocker. Well, a soft rocker anyway. "I loved the singer/songwriters," he admits. "Like James Taylor and Crosby Stills & Nash" So after college, Eric moved to San Francisco with his two band mates to pursue his passion: singing and playing guitar and bass.

The experience was fulfilling, but superstardom just wasn't in the cards. So Eric loaded up his '73 Dodge van and headed to Seattle so he could attend med school at the University of Washington.

All during those early adult years-while going to school and trying to make ends meet working at a lab and a nursing home-Eric continued to pursue his music, as well as another great passion: cooking. "I love to cook. I love to watch cooking shows. I also make the most smoky, creamy, fabulously fantastic spaghetti carbonara you'll ever taste. It'll make you weep with joy." His world famous salsa verde is not bad either.

It's that enthusiasm, humor and complete commitment that patients respond to in Dr. Heegaard. Wrote one satisfied new mom after successful infertility treatment: "It overwhelms me to think how lucky I am to have found a doctor who is so obviously competent and trustworthy, while also caring and compassionate. You are the best." Eric credits his dad for steering him in the right direction. "Dad was a general practitioner in our home town of Alexandria, Minnesota," he explains. "He did a lot of OB work and just loved it, especially the joy of bringing new life into the world. When I went to med school, I knew OBGYN was the right direction for me."

His clinical passion is in the diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis and his mission is to increase awareness among patients, the general public and the medical community of this condition.

Dr. Heegaard is married and the proud father of two human children and one adorable labradoodle. When he is not carefully tending to his flock of patients, he can be found playing his guitar, reading historical fiction and paging through his library of cookbooks and cooking magazines.

Medical School:

University of Washington School of Medicine

Residency Program:

Obstetrics and Gynecology University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinics

Honors:

Named a “Top Doctor for Women” by Minneapolis Monthly Magazine 2009

Board Certified:

American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Fellow:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (FACOG)

Member:

  • American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists
  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine

Staff Affiliation:

  • University of Minnesota
  • Fairview Southdale Hospital

Special Interests:

Female incontinence and infertility