Dr. Ellen Wilson is the division director for pediatric and adolescent gynecology at Children's Health℠ and a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at UT Southwestern Medical Center.
Gynecologic conditions can affect females of any age, not just adult women. Infants, young girls and adolescents can present with hormonal or anatomical issues that are uncommon, complex or different from those seen in adults. Dr. Wilson was drawn to the challenge of treating these young patients.
“I love the field of reproductive endocrinology, and it’s a good bridge to pediatric and adolescent gynecology," she says. "Many children present with hormonal and anatomical abnormalities very different from those we see in adults. They can also have rare disorders that a general practitioner may not often see or have much experience treating.”
Dr. Wilson says she gets many referrals from the general ob/gyn community because most general ob/gyn training does not include pediatric adolescent gynecology. It’s a specialty for which there are still few advanced training opportunities in the United States and Canada.
“There is a large need in the Dallas community for these services, and there are very few practitioners who offer it,” she explains. “I can't imagine a better job – being able to go in to work every day and make a difference in the lives of these young girls.”
Dr. Wilson earned her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and then spent a year at Good Shepherd Hospital in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) as a surgical intern.
She completed her ob/gyn internship at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., followed by a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at UT Southwestern and another in minimally invasive surgery at the Woman's Hospital of Texas in Houston. She is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive endocrinology, and has won many teaching awards at UT Southwestern.
She says the field of pediatric and adolescent gynecology is growing exponentially.
“Prior to the mid-1980s, the field didn’t exist. Now, there is a national organization, the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, which has annual meetings to discuss education, research and communication among health professionals who provide gynecologic care to children and adolescents,” she says. “As more physicians are trained and the field grows, young girls will have access to the care they need in all areas of the country.”
Dr. Wilson says that, in addition to her daily practice, she’s very interested in growing research regarding the relationship between polycystic ovary syndrome – a condition that can affect a woman’s hormone levels, menstrual cycle and fertility – and obesity in adults and children.
Outside of her practice, she enjoys spending time with her husband – who owns an orthopedic sales business – and her daughter when she’s home from college. She works out every day, and can also be found reading or traveling the globe.
Education and Training
- Medical School
- Baylor College of Medicine (1984)
- Good Shepherd Hospital (1985), Rotating
- George Washington University Hospital (1989), Obstetrics & Gynecology
- Obstetrical & Gynecological Associates (1992), Reproductive Endocrinology
UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (1991), Reproductive Endocrinology
- Board Certification
- American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS)
- Bartholin Gland Cyst
- Breast Pathology
- Condyloma (Genital Warts)
- Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH)
- Congenital Anomalies of the Cervix and Uterus
- Congenital Anomalies of the Fallopian Tubes and Ovaries
- Congenital Anomalies of the Vulva and Vagina
- Dysmenorrhea (Severe Menstrual Cramps)
- Fallopian Tube Cysts (Paratubal)
- Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
- Female Genital Trauma
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
- Hymen Disorders
- Labial Adhesions
- Labial Hypertrophy
- Lichen Sclerosis (LS)
- Menstrual Issues
- Ovarian Cysts
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
- Pelvic Masses
- Pelvic Pain
- Pelvic Tumors
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Pre-Pubertal Vaginal Bleeding
- Premature Adrenarche (PA)
- Premature Thelarche
- Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (POI)
- Puberty Problems
- Torsion of the Ovary and Fallopian Tube
- Turner Syndrome
- Uterine Fibroids
- Vaginal Foreign Body
- Vulvar Cysts and Abnormalities
- Yeast Infection
Departments and Programs
Awards and Honors
- Super Doctors in Texas - Reproductive Endocrinology; Obstetrics/Gynecology (2004-2015)
- Top Doctors - Reproductive Endocrinology; Gynecology - U. S. News and World Report (2013)
- D Best - Infertility; Obstetrics-Gynecology - D Magazine Best Doctors 2006, 2010, 2011 (2012)
- Fellows Teaching Award - 2006, 2009 (2009)
- Alpha Omega Alpha (1988)
- Resident Physician of the Year (1988)