Carolyn J. Torkelson, MD, MS

Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Carolyn J. Torkelson


Office Phone
Office Address

University of Minnesota
516 Delaware St. SE
6-170 Phillips-Wangensteen Building
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States


Faculty, Center for Spirituality and Healing (CSH)


MD, University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota Methodist Hospital Family Medicine Residency

MS, University of Minnesota

Licensures and Certifications

ABIHM Certification

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Carolyn Torkelson, MD, MS, medical director of the University of Minnesota Physicians Women’s Health Specialists Clinic, is faculty in both the U of M 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.


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

Awards & Recognition

  • Best Doctors for Women, Minnesota Monthly magazine, 2014
  • Mpls.St. Paul Magazine "Top Doctor", 2012-2014
  • Best Doctors in America®, 2011-2012



Pechacek JM, Drake D, Terrell CA, Torkelson C. Interprofessional intervention to support mature women: a case study. Creat Nurs. 2015;21(3):134-43.

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;24(7):888-94.



  • Cancer
  • Family Medicine/Primary Care
  • Women's Health


Breast Center;Mill City Clinic;Women's Health Specialists Clinic

Clinical Interests

Women's health care; Breast health (high risk); Integrated holistic medicine consults