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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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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

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.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

84 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
Listens 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

27 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2024

Dr. King listened to every single word I had to say, and she made me feel heard. She spent time explaining and teaching me things. Hands down one of the best doctors I have ever spoken to. Loved her!

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2024

Though I was waited close to 45 minutes before the provider joined me. She is very friendly and respectful

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2024

What she verbally said differs in part to what is noted in my medical record. I was deferred with minimal actual help for pain I have been dealing with for >1 year. Wait times for other appointment now add to a further dealy to pain resolution.She did not care about the fact that I have a difficult time personally getting to the Cleveland Clinic campus.Communication after appointment was very disappointing. I more than likely will not return.

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2024

Dr. King cared for me as a person; asking me what I would like to do for future treatment post-op. She treated me with nothing but courtesy and respect! She is the most pleasant surgeon I have ever encountered! I wish we would have discussed the MRI and potential IUD placement in a little more detail, but I'm hoping to speak with her or her staff before my surgery.

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2024

I can't wait for Dr. King to operate so I can improve my quality of life - I have read and heard nothing but great things about her!

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2024

Takes way too long to get an appointment - the Cleveland Clinic consistently overbooks its providers and makes it impossible to get care when I need it. This is a reflection of the Clinic; not my doctor.

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2024

I would recommend anyone I knew to Dr. King. She did an amazing job at explaining everything and truly listening to my concerns. I felt so taken care of.

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2024

Dr. King is wonderful.

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2024

Dr King is caring, knowledgeable, and evidence-based. I would definitely recommend her.

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2024

Love Dr. Cara King!! She is the BEST

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2024

Dr. King is incredibly kind, understanding and helpful.

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2023

Dr. King listened well, and asked me multiple times if I understood or had questions. I felt she took the time to understand my concerns, even though the visit was relatively brief as the Clinic doesn't allow providers spend much time with patients.

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2023

Long wait to get in for an appointment see dr. King

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2023

Dr. King has an excellent "bedside" manner, explained everything thoroughly and assured me that she was available for any further questions or concerns.

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2023

Dr. King was excellent. Please see earlier remarks in the survey regarding front office workers.

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2023

Dr. King is a amazing doctor. I have a lot of anxiety when it comes to doctors from past surgery experience at a different hospital. She takes the time to explain everything plus she lets her patients have a say in their care. She is a very positive person and I wish every doctor was like her. I had surgery by Dr. King before and she saw I was scared so she hold my hand until I fell asleep. Such a amazing surgeon. Hands down the best

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

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