Student Spotlight: Cohort 15's Erica Stockwell, D.O. Obstetrician, Gynecologist and Minimally Invasive Surgeon Las Vegas Minimally Invasive Surgery and Women’s Pelvic Health Center

Jul. 20, 2017

Dr. Erica Stockwell, D.O. (Cohort 15) is an obstetrician, gynecologist and minimally invasive surgeon with Las Vegas Minimally Invasive Surgery and Women’s Pelvic Health Center (LVMIS-WPHC), where she also serves as the medical practice’s director of innovation and business education. In addition, Stockwell is in the process of completing her two-year minimally invasive surgical fellowship training while simultaneously pursuing her EMBA. Stockwell is one of a growing number of practicing physicians seeking an Executive MBA from the University of Nevada Las Vegas Lee Business School. 

“Prior to starting the UNLV EMBA program, I saw pursuing a business degree as a means-to-an-end,” said Stockwell. “I wanted a deeper understanding of business so I could champion what I believe is important in medicine and healthcare - providing quality care while also advancing new technological innovations. What I didn’t realize was how transformational the EMBA program would be, and how much I would love it. I had big goals before the EMBA experience, and UNLV is preparing me for achievements even I could not have envisioned.”

In addition to her work as a practicing physician, Stockwell is an entrepreneur who is using her biomedical engineering background to develop safer and more effective innovations in surgical technology. This endeavor is not new to Stockwell who, prior to medical school, double majored in Biomedical Engineering and Physiology and double minored in Chemistry and Psychology. She holds patents on several diverse technology-based medical and surgical devices. Furthermore, Stockwell has recently launched a medical consulting firm that will assist surgeons in evaluating and utilizing new technologies.

Stockwell’s passion for medicine and zeal for engineering comes naturally thanks to her parents: mom is a nurse and dad is an electrical engineer.  But her dedication to obstetrics and gynecology came as a bit of a surprise during a medical mission to Tanzania. “I had planned on being an orthopedic surgeon,” Stockwell recalled. “While there in this medically underserved part of the world that is rampant with infectious diseases, no running water, poor hygiene conditions, and confronted with a pregnant woman who needed my help, I experienced a seminal moment. I delivered her baby; held it in my arms, and knew immediately what I was meant to be.”

Stockwell went on to earn her osteopathic medical degree from Midwestern University, where she earned the prestigious departmental award in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She completed her residency training at the University of Minnesota, where she served as administrative chief and developed a robotic surgical training program for residents. Her aptitude for patient care was recognized with the American Urogynecologic Society’s (AUGS) Excellence in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery award in 2014, and the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons’ award for Outstanding Laparoendoscopic Resident. Stockwell relocated to Las Vegas in 2015 to accept the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists-approved fellowship with the Las Vegas Minimally Invasive Surgery and Women’s Pelvic Health Center, an internationally recognized post-graduate program specializing in the latest minimally invasive surgical and non-surgical treatments for gynecologic and uro-gynecologic issues.

Having once considered a healthcare-specific executive MBA before applying to UNLV, Stockwell

is confident she made the right choice in selecting a program that is expanding her thinking and skills outside the healthcare arena. “The broad business knowledge I’m gaining through the UNLV EMBA program can be applied to any number of enterprises. It’s that versatility that makes the program so impactful,” Stockwell said.

“An Executive MBA from UNLV adds to the skills I’ve accumulated over a number of years, enabling me to achieve my goal of incorporating my engineering, surgical and business experience into a venture that will benefit both patients and physicians,” added Stockwell.

Also, as a result of her UNLV EMBA experience, Stockwell is determined to assist young physicians and medical students in understanding the value of a business education. She is creating a business-focused program for medical residents at Mountain View Hospital, and is in early discussions with the new UNLV medical school to encourage the inclusion of a Certificate of Business in the school’s curriculum. 

A woman of many talents, and a master of time management, Stockwell credits her ability to successfully juggle work, school and personal life with a strong support system. “I’m fortunate to have the unwavering support of my mentor, and boss, Dr. K. Warren Volker, who is the managing partner of LVMIS-WPHC and an innovative entrepreneur. He understands exactly what I am working to accomplish and is a great role model,” said Stockwell. “Equally as important are my incredible fellow EMBA cohort members. In and out of the classroom, their support is never-ending.”

Commenting on her cohort compatriots, Stockwell is pleased to announce that she is a member of a newly formed business consulting and venture capital firm formed by UNLV EMBA’s Cohort 15, and aptly named C15. The group will be investing in and bringing to market a new line of prenatal vitamins, which Stockwell developed and brought to the group for investment consideration. “That’s teamwork!”