Michael W. Varner, MD

Vice-Chair of Research, Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology

Research Interests

  • Pregnancy, High-Risk


  • English

Academic Information

  • Departments: Obstetrics/Gynecology - Professor, Pediatrics - Adjunct Professor
  • Divisions: Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Neonatology

Board Certification

  • American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
  • American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology (Sub: Maternal & Fetal Medicine)

Academic Office Information

  • 801-585-5156
  • School of Medicine
    Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
    30 N 1900 E, Room: 2B 200
    Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Academic Bio

Michael W. Varner, MD joined the Department in 1987 and currently serves as the HA and Edna Benning Endowed Presidential Professor and Vice-Chair for Research. His major interests lie in clinical trials and research administration. He developed and directs the Obstetrics and Gynecology Research Network, a consortium of over 50 research personnel who conduct and administer the many clinical trial networks - both obstetric and gynecologic - in which the Department participates. This Network currently conducts NIH-funded clinical trials in hospitals and offices of women's health providers along the northern Utah urban corridor. Dr. Varner currently serves as the Principal Investigator for the Utah Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units Network site, is a co-investigator on three others and is a mentor/collaborator on a number of individual and institutional training grants, including the Department’s BIRCWH and WRHR K12 awards. In addition to his Departmental obligations he is the Associate Director of the University's Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CTSA award) and the Co-Director of the University's Institute for Women's and Children's Health Research. Along with his wife (Kathleen Digre MD), he is the co-recipient of the 2012 University of Utah Rosenblatt Prize, the University's highest faculty honor in recognition of career excellence in teaching, research and administration.

Education History

Type School Degree
Fellowship University of Iowa
Maternal/Fetal Medicine
Residency University of Iowa
Internship University of Iowa
Professional Medical University of Minnesota
Undergraduate St. Olaf College