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Title Section Head
Department Women's Health
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Hysterosalpingogram
  • Hysteroscopic Myomectomy
  • Hysteroscopic Services
  • Hysteroscopy
  • Laparoscopic Hysterectomy
  • Laparoscopic Myomectomy
  • Laparoscopic Presacral Neurectomy
  • Laparoscopic Removal of Fibroids
  • Laparoscopic Rudimentary Horn Excision
  • Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Treatment of Endometriosis
  • Laparoscopic Treatment of Ovarian Cysts
  • Laparoscopy
  • Laparoscopy of Pelvis
  • Metroplasty
  • Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Myomectomy
  • Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopy
  • Septoplasty
  • Treatment of Fibroids
  • Uterine Fibroids Treatment
View all 23 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abnormal Menstrual Bleeding
  • Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
  • Adnexal Mass
  • Endometrial Polyps
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibroids
  • Menstrual Disorders
  • Mullerian Anomaly
  • Myomas
  • Ovarian Cysts
  • Uterine Fibroids
  • Uterine Mass
  • Vaginal Bleeding
View all 13 Specialties +


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About Cara King, DO

Dr. King is a member of the Cleveland Clinic Section of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS). She is the Section Head of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery and Medical Gynecology, and Program Director of the MIGS fellowship. She also serves as the Director of Innovation for the Women's Health Institute. She completed her residency training at Tufts University, Baystate Medical Center in Obstetrics and Gynecology followed by a Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery at Magee-Women's Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. While in Pittsburgh, she also obtained her Master's Degree in Medical Education from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

She is a member of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL), the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons (SGS), and the the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and was elected to serve as an active board member of the AAGL Fellowship Board as well as the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons Executive Board. She currently serves on the AAGL Board of Directors as the North America Representative. Dr. King also has a passion for surgical coaching and is Vice President of the Academy for Surgical Coaching, where she serves as a surgical coach and faculty for surgical coach training programs. She is an advocate for promoting evidence based care, education, and research for transgender health and is a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH).

Surgical education remains a priority and her research interests are focused on surgical coaching, competency based medical education, and simulation based assessments. Dr. King is a two-time recipient of the Golden Laparoscope Award, AAGL's most prestigious video award. She completed course work in the Surgical Education Scholars Program through APGO/CREOG in 2018.

Dr. King serves as the Program Director of the MIGS fellowship. She has earned multiple teaching awards for education endeavors for both medical students and residents, including the Ellen Hartenbach Award in 2018 for Innovation in Simulation.

Dr. King has spent time in Chad, Africa as a volunteer surgeon. She also looks forward to similar work in Ethiopia, where she will teach minimally invasive techniques. 

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Graduate School - University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA USA

Fellowship - Magee Womens Hospital
Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
Pittsburgh, PA USA

Residency - Baystate Medical Center
Springfield, MA USA

Medical Education - Michigan State U. Coll. of Osteopathy
East Lansing, MI USA

Undergraduate - Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI USA

Additional Training

  • Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery 2012-2014
  • Masters in Medical Education 2012-2014
  • APGO/CREOG Surgical Education Scholars Program 2016-2018
  • Surgical Coaching certificate, Academy for Surgical Coaching, 2018


  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

Specialty Interests

Fibroids, Endometriosis, Adnexal masses, Adenomyosis, Mullerian anomalies, Isthmocele repair, Abnormal uterine bleeding -Founder and Host of the "Gynecologic Surgeons Unscrubbed" podcast -Founder and Co-Host of the "Inspirations and Insights from Cleveland Clinic Women Docs" podcast

Awards & Honors

  • 2018 The Ellen M. Hartenbach Award for Creativity and Innovation in Simulation Education. Selected by the residents and given to the faculty who has made the greatest contribution in simulation education.
  • 2017 Jay M. Cooper Endowed Award for the Best Paper in Minimally Invasive Gynecology at the AAGL 46th Global Congress for “Intravenous acetaminophen versus saline in postoperative analgesia after laparoscopic hysterectomy: A randomized, double blind, placebo controlled trial”
  • 2015 American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology Annual Conference. Best Video; Award for; “Laparoscopicureterolysis: Techniques and approaches to ureter identification and dissection“
  • 2015 Society of Gynecologic Surgeons Annual Conference. Best Video Award for “Laparoscopicureterolysis: Techniques and approaches to ureter identification and dissection”
  • 2015 APGO/CREOG Annual Conference. Second place oral presentation award for “Development and Validation of Laparoscopic Simulation Model for Suturing the Vaginal Cuff”
  • 2014 Fellow Medical Education Award. Selected by Magee-Women's Hospital OB/GYN residents as the fellow who provided outstanding education in Gynecology.
  • 2013 Golden Laparoscope Award. Awarded to the top laparoscopic video at the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists Meeting.
  • 2013 Best Video on Education Award given to the top video in education at the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists Meeting.
  • 2013 Best Video on Laparoscopic Surgeries Award given to the top laparoscopic video at the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists Meeting.
  • 2012 Golden Laparoscope Award. Awarded to the top laparoscopic video at the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists Meeting.
  • 2012 Outstanding Laparoendoscopic Resident Award from the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons.
  • 2012 Resident Teacher Award. Selected by Baystate Medical Center OB/GYN residents as the resident who provided outstanding education.
  • 2011 Resident Teacher of the Year Award. Selected by Tufts University Medical School as a resident to be recognized for accomplished teaching in the Obstetrics and Gynecology clerkship at Baystate Medical Center.
  • 2010 Resident Teacher of the Year Award. Selected by Tufts University Medical School as a resident to be recognized for accomplished teaching in the Obstetrics and Gynecology clerkship at Baystate Medical Center.
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 6/22/2023, Dr. King has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

94 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

31 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2023

Dr. King is always amazing when I meet with her, but I have to schedule months in advance to get an appointment.

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2023

Dr. King is one of the only doctors who has made me feel heard and validated. She also does an amazing job explaining information!

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2023

The doctor is wonderful. I highly recommend her.

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2023

This has been the best doctor I've ever had at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. King listened, informed, and understood me. She is very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend her to family, friends, and acquaintances.

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2023

Dr king is able to answer all my questions and very patient.

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2023

It was obvious to tell that Dr. King cares. I felt like I had her undivided attention. She is attentive to detail and thorough, and I feel confident in the care she provides.

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2023

Dr. King was so attentive, kind and patient with describing options for care. The best I've had in any doctor.

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2023

I am exceedingly happy with the care that Dr King provided. She listened to all of my concerns and helped me with all of the information that we had available.

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2023

Dr King is fantastic.

Reviewed on May 26, 2023

Dr. King is a compassionate, thorough, and wise doctor. I appreciate her listening to my concerns and answering my questions honestly.

Reviewed on May 26, 2023

Since Dr. King is so popular, booking way in advance is the best way to get on her schedule

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2023

Excellent surgeon. I would seek her services again if necessary

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2023

Dr King was very knowledgeable, professional and provided detailed answers to my questions. I appreciated her attention to detail and kindness.

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2023

Dr. King is amazing!! She answered all my questions without rushing me and listened and gave me good options going forward if I needed them! I am so grateful for her expertise and care in this whole process!

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2023

Dr. King and her staff are the most kind, caring, and knowledgeable medical professionals I have interacted with in any practice or specialty I have been to.

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2023

Dr King is great

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2023

Dr. King listens so well - I always have such positive experiences at our visits because I feel like she really hears what I'm saying about my symptoms, feelings, and hopes for treatment. This is the easiest it's ever been to advocate for myself as a patient.

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2023

Dr. King is a first-class physician. She's knowledgeable, solutions oriented, and she has great bedside. I truly appreciate that she's reasonable and has a down to earth demeanor.

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2023

Dr King and her staff were amazing. She spent an incredible amount of time listening and gathering my medical history and proposing a treatment plan.

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2023

Excellent physician. I feel fortunate to be her patient.

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2023

Wonderful physician with skill and compassion.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2023

I have been to many other doctors for my concerns and this is the first time I felt heard. Dr. King listened and provided me with comfort, answers/solutions, and we developed goals. I am extremely grateful. I can't wait to see what the future holds.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2023

Had an excellent experience working with Dr. King. She took my concerns seriously and was very personable and informative.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2023

Wow, so impressed by Dr. King! I cannot even begin express how much her level of understanding, explanation, and caring for someone with my issues Is appreciated.

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2023

Dr King is wonderful

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2023

She drew pictures to explain to me what they did in my surgery to what else I need to have done. She let me have my daughter in to explain everything to her too.

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2022

Dr. King was running behind & someone from her office called to let me know! It was so appreciated that they called instead of just letting me wait.

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2022

Dr. King was incredibly kind and listened like no doctor I've ever seen before.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2022

This was an initial appointment and she was wonderful. She answered all my questions and made me feel cared about as a person.

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2022

Dr. King is an amazing provider.

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2022

I have confidence in this doctor. She seems very competent, and her reputation is well known. After a previous experience that was challenging with another provider, I am so thankful for the opportunity to work with Dr. King.

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