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Family Medicine OB Faculty

Fellowship leaders

Our experienced staff deliver more than 1,700 newborns each year – more than any other facility in our area – with up to 400 born through cesarean section. Our flagship medical center in La Crosse, Wis., serves as a regional referral center for mothers expecting a high-risk pregnancy and hosts a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.


Shannan Stephens, MD, program director

"Gundersen has a long-standing history of providing excellent obstetrics training to Family Medicine residents and medical students. This fellowship is the next step in that journey for both fellows and us as educators. Through this fellowship, Family Medicine physicians will further their skills and knowledge to be able to provide full-spectrum obstetrics care for patients close to home. This is essential to fill obstetric care needs in rural and under-resourced areas to improve the health of the communities we serve."

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Our team

Heidi Allred, MD 

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Robert Holness, MD

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Ken Merkitch, MD 

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Marie Heath

Fellowship program administrator

Christine Fox

Fellowship program assistant

Why Gundersen
Call La Crosse Home

We have it all in La Crosse, Wis. Our vibrant city and region support your dream lifestyle with a welcoming community, culture and outdoor adventure.

Explore La Crosse

Steps from our flagship medical center in La Crosse, our housing options allow you to enjoy the company of your family and the comradery of your colleagues.

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Prioritizing Your Wellness

As you learn how to become the clinician you aspire to be, we’ll provide space to prioritize your mind and body wellness, and reach the work-life balance you need.

Wellness opportunities
Contact our team

We’re here to answer your questions about our fellowship. 

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1900 South Ave.
La Crosse, WI 54601

(608) 782-7300

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