Mary Jane Minkin, MD

Medical Services Provider

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Years active at Yale: YSM Class of 1975; 1979-present

Dr. Minkin is being recognized for excellence in clinical care and in teaching and mentoring. As a resident at Yale New Haven Hospital she received the Betsy Winters teaching prize. While on faculty she was honored with the Francis Gilman Blake award from medical students in 1992. She won the Association for Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics teaching prize for resident training three times. In 2009, the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame honored her in its celebration of “A New Century of Women in Healthcare.” 

One of 20 women to graduate from YSM in 1975, she completed a residency at Yale—a year after the first woman completed that residency. M.J., as she is called, joined a private practice group and became a well-known obstetrician/gynecologist, sought after by patients and sitting on several important committees. As Minkin and her patients got older, her focus shifted from obstetrics to menopausal health care. She co-founded and co-directs the Sexuality and Intimacy Program at Smilow Cancer Hospital. She also launched a website,, for furthering care for women and educating providers. She has taught medical students and residents for decades.