Hawaiʻi Urogynecology 

& Reconstructive Pelvic 


Need to schedule a consultation?  Online consultations are also available.

About Steven M. Minaglia, MD, MBA, FACS, FACOG


Medical School

University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, 1995-1999

Residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology

University of Southern California, 1999-2003

Fellowship in Urogynecology & Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery

University of Southern California, 2003-2006

Board Certification

American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2005

American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Urogynecology & Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery, 2013

American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Focused Practice Designation in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS), 2021

Steven M. Minaglia, MD, MBA, FACOG, FACS works in the Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Queen's University Medical Group in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Dr. Minaglia is also a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Women’s Health at the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine in Honolulu.  In 2016, he achieved the position of Associate Editor of Urogynecology, the official journal of the American Urogynecologic Society, The European Urogynaecological Association, The Mediterranean Incontience and Pelvic Floor Society, and the Italian Association of Urogynecology after beginning in 2010 as the journal's website editor.  As of June 30, 2024 he stepped down from the journal and will begin a 10-year tenure as a board examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Minaglia is board certified in Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery and Obstetrics and Gynecology and holds an advanced practice designation in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS). He holds both B. A. and M. D. degrees from the University of Chicago, where his undergraduate major was in the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science and Medicine. He received special honors for his bachelor’s thesis entitled, “Articulating a professional ethic for the treatment of patients with contagious diseases”. He completed both a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a 3-year accredited fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Southern California where he received the Daniel R. Mishell, Jr., MD resident teaching award. More recently, he received the Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Hawaii.

Dr. Minaglia specializes in vaginal and laparoscopic surgical approaches to treat uterine and vaginal prolapse, as well as treatments for urinary and fecal incontinence and those that restore sexual health. He has a passion for teaching and lectures internationally on clinical advancements in urogynecology and trains physicians worldwide in techniques and procedures of minimally invasive reconstructive pelvic surgery, including advanced training programs beyond residency in Europe, South America, China, mainland US and Hawaii.  

Dr. Minaglia offers all urogynecologic procedures as same-day discharge procedures.  Additionally he strives to provide the following procedures where appropriate:

Uterine preserving pelvic organ prolapse repairs 

Mesh-free pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence repairs

Dr. Minaglia enjoys long distance swimming, competes internationally and holds several local swimming records.

"The opportunity to teach, innovate, and most of all to make a meaningful difference in my patients' lives is medicine's greatest gift to me".  Dr. Steven Minaglia 

Click the above link to watch Dr. Minaglia discuss his treatment philosophy.



"Dr Minaglia did my hysterectomy and bladder lift. He’s a wonderful doctor. I felt bad because I know I can be a difficult patient, i am deathly afraid of needles and catheters. I have a low tolerance to pain and a high tolerance to pain medication. I’m a whiner and a pain to have as a patient, but doctor Minaglia was so kind and patient. I could tell that he really cares about his patients. He did a great job on the surgery, I haven’t had any complications. I’m only 5 days post op right now but I’m confident and excited to have a newfound quality of life with this surgery finally done, and I’m so lucky to have it done by the best, most highly skilled doctor possible. I can’t recommend him enough. Dr Minaglia, if you see this, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I appreciate you so very much."



"The best doctor I have ever seen! I can not express how happy I am to meet such a great doctor. I'm very picky. He was the only one who was professional and at the same time very nice and gentle. Thank you Doctor!!!"



"Dr Steven Minaglia has been my specialist for years. With ongoing complicated issues, he has been nothing but exceptional with his regards to my female health. Compassionate, kind, extensively knowledgeable in his field of expertise, he demonstrates an example of who and what a physician should be. I trust him completely and feel comfortable speaking of any concerns or issues I have so we can find the best solution. Mahalo nui Loa!"  



"My mother wanted me to post this. Dr. Minaglia is my surgeon who performed a complete hysterectomy, bladder repair, and a lot of other repairs I cannot pronounce. He explained the surgery, listened to me attentively, and answered all my questions. He was familiar with all of my issues and is quite knowledgeable, bright, skilled, and very experienced. He is also personable, nice, kind, and optimistic. The surgical and nursing staff spoke positively about him and said he was an excellent doctor. His office staff are nice, professional, and helpful. My surgery went well and the outcome exceeded my expectations, my bladder works better than ever for someone in their 70s! I can easily and highly recommend him to friends and family and anyone."



"I had a complicated surgery with Dr. Minaglia. He was absolutely the best doctor ever. He explained the entire surgery, in detail and answered all my questions. He was available by phone before surgery even when I had additional questions. Highly recommend"



What is a Urogynecologist?

A urogynecologist is an obstetrician/gynecologist who specializes in the care of women with pelvic floor disorders. This field of medicine is also known as Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery.  The pelvic floor is the muscles, ligaments, connective tissue, and nerves that help support and control the rectum, uterus, vagina, and bladder. The pelvic floor can be damaged by childbirth, repeated heavy lifting, chronic disease or surgery.

Although your primary care physician, Ob/Gyn, or urologist may have knowledge about these problems, a fellowship-trained urogynecologist offers considerable expertise. You should see or be referred to a urogynecologist when you have problems of prolapse, and/or troublesome urinary and/or fecal incontinence or when your primary doctor recommends consultation.

Other problems for which you or your doctor might think about consulting a urogynecologist include: problems with emptying the bladder or rectum, sexual dysfunction, and the need for special expertise in vaginal, vulvar, and/or labial surgery.

After medical school and a four-year residency in obstetrics/gynecology, a urogynecologist must complete a fellowship in Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery (fka Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery). This is an intensive, three-year surgical fellowship concentrating on treatment of the entire female pelvis including the vagina, uterus, bladder, and rectum.  Most urogynecologists have robust rotations in other fields like Urology and/or Colorectal Surgery during their fellowships.

In the past, women had to see several physicians to treat different components of pelvic floor disorders. Now, women can see one physician who is trained in managing the entire pelvic floor.

Urogynecologists are specialists in the evaluation and treatment of conditions that affect the female pelvic organs, and the muscles and connective tissue that support the organs. Their additional training focuses on the surgical and non-surgical treatment of non-cancerous gynecologic problems.

What is a Focused Practice Designation in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS)?

Minimally invasive gynecologic surgery (MIGS) refers to a group of surgical procedures performed to treat various gynecological conditions such as fibroids, ovarian and intrauterine diseases, pelvic organ prolapse, and urinary incontinence using the most advanced techniques that require smaller incisions, resulting in less pain, faster recovery, and reduced risk of complications compared to traditional open surgery.  The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology grants this designation to surgeons meeting several rigorous standards.   Visit the link below for more details: