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Carolyn Torkelson, MD, MS

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Associate Professor




Women’s health care, including mature women’s heath, cancer care, breast care, and fibromyalgia; botanical medicine


MD, MS, University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota Methodist Hospital Family Medicine Residency

Bio Summary

Torkelson, medical director of the University of Minnesota Physicians Women’s Health Specialists Clinic, is faculty in both the University’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and Center for Spirituality and Healing. Her clinical practice offers comprehensive, integrative care to women. She also teaches medical students a course on integrated healing and is active in clinical research, studying women’s health and herbal and nutritional interventions.

Contact Information

B529 Mayo Memorial Building
420 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Current Grant

2009-2014, NIH, co-investigator, “Green Tea and Reduction of Breast Cancer Risk”

Recent Publications

Cameron ME, Torkelson CJ, Haddow S, Namdul T, Prasek A, Gross C. Tibetan medicine and integrative health: validity testing and refinement of the constitutional self-assessment tool and lifestyle guidelines tool. Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing. 2012;8(3):158-171.

Motsinger S, Lazovich D, Maclehose RF, Torkelson CJ, Robien K. Vitamin D intake and mental health-related quality of life in older women: the Iowa Women's Health Study. Maturitas. 2012;71(3):267-73.

Drake D, Torkelson CJ. Twenty-first century women’s health care: a new model is emerging—one that integrates both conventional and alternative medicine and emphasizes disease prevention. Minnesota Medicine. 2012;March.

Emir UE, Raatz S, White T, McPherson S, Torkelson CJ, Terpstra M. Noninvasive quantification of ascorbate and glutathione concentration in the elderly human brain. NMR Biomed. 2011;advanced online publication.

Terpstra M, Torkelson CJ, Raatz S. Noninvasive quantification of human brain antioxidant concentrations after an intravenous bolus of vitamin C. NMR Biomed. 2010;advanced online publication.


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