Vivian von Gruenigen, MD


Vivian von Gruenigen, MD

Vivian von GruenigenVivian von Gruenigen, MD, joined Summa Health System in 2009 and is the department chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology for Summa Akron City and St. Thomas Hospitals and medical director of Women’s Health Services for Summa Health System.

Dr. von Gruenigen recently became Summa’s endowed chair of women’s health, where she allocates funds for ongoing efforts such as faculty development and research and education growth.

For eight years prior to her current post at Summa, Dr. von Gruenigen was in the gynecologic oncology division of the Department of OB/GYN at University Hospitals’ MacDonald Women’s Hospital. She also served as director of robotic surgery at UH and associate professor for the Department of Reproductive Biology at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.


With a rich history and experience in research, Dr. von Gruenigen is continuing her work in cancer survivorship and quality of life while expanding her focus in women’s health and cancer.


Postgraduate, Physician Executive Institute, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas
Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Summa Akron City Hospital
MD, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio
BS, Nursing, The Ohio State University, Columbus

Recent articles & talks
Recent Articles and Talks

Dr. von Gruenigen has authored or co-authored nearly 100 journal articles and abstracts and was named one of the “Best Doctors in America” by the Consumer’s Research Council of America. She is a primary author of Flourish, a women’s health blog from Summa Health System.

Endometrial Cancer Survivorship: What does obesity have to do with it?
Nov. 2010
Danbury Hospital Praxiar Cancer Center 7th Annual Cancer Symposium, Danbury, Conn.

Minimally Invasive Surgery Applications in Cancer
Oct. 2010
The Third Annual Vincent & Nancy DiGirolamo Cancer Symposium, Akron, Ohio

Endometrial and Other Uterine Cancers: Survivorship and Quality of Life
Oct. 2010
Gynecologic Cancer Foundation, MD Anderson, Houston, Texas

“Weight, physical activity, diet, and prognosis in breast and gynecologic cancers”
Sept. 2010, von Gruenigen, et. al.
Journal of Clinical Oncology

Healthy Lifestyles for Girls
Aug. 2010
LeBron James Foundation Luncheon, Akron, Ohio

“Recent Innovations in Minimally Invasive Surgery and Implications for Gynecology”
2010, von Gruenigen, et. al.
Journal of Gynecologic Surgery

“Physical Activity and Gynecologic Cancer Survivorship”
2010, von Gruenigen, et. al.
Ch. 13, Physical Activity and Cancer, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg

Ovarian Cancer Survivorship: Quality of life, complementary medicine, and lifestyle issues
Sept. 2009
Gynecologic Cancer Foundation, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois



  • GYN cancer prevention
  • A woman’s journey: Maintaining quality of life during and after cancer
  • Latest advances in ovarian and endometrial cancer treatment
  • Robotic hysterectomy and other GYN surgeries
  • Advanced concepts in gynecologic oncology (for academic audiences)

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