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Associate Professor Division Director of Minimally Invasive GYN Surgery Program Director of Minimally Invasive GYN Surgery

Dr. Erin T. Carey is a fellowship trained Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgeon and a board certified obstetrics and gynecology physician. She attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, completed residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and completed fellowship subspecialty training at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. While in fellowship she also earned a masters of science in clinical research (MSCR) at the Gills School of Public Health and stayed on to complete an additional year of training in female pelvic pain disorders with pain medicine at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Dr. Carey is an expert minimally invasive surgeon and treats the full scope of gynecologic surgical and pelvic pain issues including endometriosis care, excision surgery for endometriosis pain and infertility, essure-related pain, transgender affirming surgery and the management of complex pelvic and vulvar pain disorders.

Dr. Carey’s goal is to work with patients using a shared medical decision making model to collectively create a medical and surgical plan that is deeply aligned with the patient’s personal treatment goals and supported by the medical literature and best-practice guidelines.

When not providing medical care (or chasing after her three young sons), Dr. Carey enjoys trail running, mountain biking and cooking  southern comfort food.

Clinical Profile

Erin Carey, MD, MSCR – UNC Health Care


For Prospective Fellowship Trainees

What Is Your Main Clinical Interests?

Dr. Carey is actively engaged in academic research, specifically the cross-section of neurobiological mechanisms and therapeutic treatments for chronic pain syndromes in women. The long-term goal of her research is to incorporate new discoveries into clinical practices that improve treatments for women experiencing chronic pain.

Why Did You Choose UNC?

Initially, I came to UNC for fellowship training and returned home to the Midwest for my first academic job. Three years into my post-fellowship career, however, the opportunity to return to UNC presented itself, and we haven’t looked back! I am deeply invested in the culture at UNC, maintaining and growing a challenging and healthy space that pushes each of us to our best self. Fellowship training is my favorite team sport!

What’s Your OR Playlist?

Hip hop/rap all day: Kendrick Lamar, Drake, J. Cole, Lizzo, DaBaby.

Once You’ve Left the OR, We Can Find You…

Running the beautiful trails in NC, trying to keep up with my three young boys, or cooking southern comfort food.

Favorite MIGS Surgery

Excision of endometriosis is my jam.

One Word to Describe Our Program

Innovative