Dr. Downs is Director of Gynecologic Oncology at Park Nicollet Health Services in Minneapolis, MN. Dr. Downs received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He did his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Magee-Women’s Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Downs completed a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the University of Minnesota and has a Master of Science degree in clinical research from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.
Prior to joining Park Nicollet, he was Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School where he served as Division Director for Gynecologic Oncology, Women’s Cancer Program Director at the Masonic Cancer Center, and Chief Medical Officer of the University of Minnesota Medical Center and University of Minnesota Physicians.
Dr. Downs has served as principal investigator for numerous clinical trials investigating cervical cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment, and preventive approaches to HPV related diseases. As an active member of the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP) he has participated in cervical cancer screening and management consensus conferences. He has served on the ASCCP Board and joined the Executive Committee in 2019 and is the current ASCCP President. Dr. Downs is also a member of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists and has served as a member on the Board of Directors of many other professional societies. He has a commitment to service that extends beyond the medical profession. He was on the Board of Directors for College Possible and served as the inaugural chair of their National Board and he is currently on the Chairman Regional Board of Teach for America, Twin Cities.