Dr. Mary Vanko, MD

Dr. Mary Vanko, MD

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Dr. Mary Vanko, MD is an obstetrics & gynecology doctor who practices in Merrillville, IN. She has been practicing for 30 years.

280 E 90th Dr Side 2

Merrillville, IN 46410

Contact Information

(219) 769-7650

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Ambetter
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
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Menstrual Disorders (incl. Dysmenorrhea)
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Vanko "My patients are active participants in their healthcare.I provide personalized healthcare throughout a woman's life,and also provide complete OBGYN care including delivery services as well as primary care services for women. Preventative services are necessary for good health. Our office also provides medically supervised weight loss services. As a trained surgeon, when a patient needs surgery, I provide the most up to date minimally invasive techniques and use the newest technology to acheive the best outcomes. My training in vaginal surgery allows me to offer you many other options that other physicians will not discuss. Generally vaginal surgery offers the quickest recovery.Most importantly you can count on me to offer you all the options available to you.You have the right to know what your problem is and all of the treatments, including medical treatment, interventional radiology,as well as surgical treatment."


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  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Urogynecology

Board Certifications

  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
    Accredited by: American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology*

Conditions Treated

  • Abdominal Disorders
  • Abnormal Female Sexual Function
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Asymptomatic Post-Menopausal Status
  • Atrophic Vaginitis
  • Bleeding Disorders
  • Blood Disorders
  • Blood Disorders in Pregnancy
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Breast Diseases
  • Breast Pain
  • Breech Position
  • Cancer
  • Carcinoma in Situ
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Cervical Polyps
  • Cervicitis
  • Chlamydia Infections
  • Complicated Monochromic Twins
  • Dyspareunia
  • Ectopic Pregnancy
  • Encounters for Normal Pregnancies
  • Endometrial Disorders
  • Endometriosis
  • Female Infertility
  • Gestational Diabetes
  • Gestational Hypertension
  • Gynecologic Cancer
  • HPV (Human Papillomavirus)
  • Hemorrhoids
  • High Risk Pregnancy
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Hypertension Complicating Pregnancy, Childbirth and Postpartum
  • Incontinence
  • Infertility
  • Intrauterine Growth Restriction
  • Maternal Anemia
  • Menopausal and Postmenopausal Disorders
  • Menopause
  • Menstrual Disorders (incl. Dysmenorrhea)
  • Miscarriages
  • Noninflammatory Cervical Disorders
  • Obesity
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Ovarian Cysts
  • Ovarian Diseases
  • Pap Smear Abnormalities
  • Pelvic Disorders
  • Perimenopause
  • Placenta Previa
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Preeclampsia
  • Pregestational Diabetes Mellitus
  • Pregnancy-Related Disorders
  • Rectovaginal Fistula
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
  • Symptomatic Menopause
  • Syphilis Infections
  • Thrombosis
  • Trichomoniasis
  • Urinary Disorders
  • Urinary-Genital Tract Fistula, Female
  • Uterine Cancer
  • Uterine Diseases
  • Uterine Fibroids
  • Uterine Prolapse
  • Vaginal Candidiasis
  • Vaginal Disorders
  • Vaginal Prolapse
  • Vaginal and Pelvic Prolapse
  • Vaginitis and-or Vaginosis
  • Vulvar Cancer
  • Vulvar Diseases
  • Vulvodynia
  • Weight Loss
  • Yeast Infections


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  • Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Ablation
  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Birth Control
  • Bladder Surgery
  • C-Section
  • Cesarean Hysterectomy
  • Cholesterol Screening
  • Chronic Diabetes Management
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Colpopexy
  • Colporrhaphy
  • Colposcopy
  • Cystourethroscopy and Transurethral Resection of Bladder Neck
  • Destruction or Excision of Lesion of Cervix (incl. LEEP)
  • Destruction or Excision of Vaginal Lesions
  • Dilation and Curettage
  • Endocervical Curettage
  • Endometrial Ablation
  • Essure® Procedure
  • Excision of Cervix
  • Excision, Shaving, or Destruction of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue (incl. Mohs Micrographic Surgery), Tissue Transfer
  • Family Planning Services
  • Fecal Occult Blood Test for Colorectal Cancer
  • Fetal Cardiac Monitoring
  • Fluid Contrast Ultrasound
  • Gynecologic Cancer Screening
  • Gynecologic Surgical Procedure
  • Gynecologic Ultrasound
  • HIV Screening
  • Hysterectomy
  • Hysterectomy - Laparoscopic
  • Hysterectomy - Open
  • Hysteroscopic Resection of Fibroids and Polyps
  • Hysteroscopy
  • Implanon® Placement
  • In-Office Surgery
  • In-Office Ultrasound
  • Incontinence Sling Procedure
  • Intrauterine Device (IUD) Placement
  • Intrauterine Device (IUD) Removal
  • Laparoscopic Salpingectomy
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Myomectomy - Open and-or Laparoscopic
  • Neck Surgery
  • Nexplanon® Etonogestrel Implant
  • Normal Vaginal Delivery
  • Obstetric Ultrasound
  • Oophorectomy
  • Osteoporosis Screening
  • Pap Smear
  • Pelvic Exams
  • Pregnancy Test
  • Pregnancy Ultrasound
  • Prenatal Care and Counseling
  • Removal of Reproductive Organs (Hysterectomy, Oophorectomy, Salpingectomy, Salpingo-Oophorectomy, Resection of Peritoneal Malignancy)
  • Repair of Anal and Rectal Defects (Anoplasty, Repair of Imperforate Anus, Sphincteroplasty, Rectal Graft)
  • Rh Incompatibility Screening
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections Screening
  • Sterilization
  • Supracervical Hysterectomy
  • Syphilis Screening
  • Thyroid Screening
  • Tubal Ligation
  • Ultrasound, Transvaginal
  • Urinary Incontinence Surgery
  • Uterine Prolapse Surgery
  • Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)
  • Vaginal Hysterectomy
  • Vaginal Prolapse Surgery
  • Vaginal Surgery
  • Vulvectomy
  • Weight Maintenance
  • Wound Repair


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Background Check

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  • University Of Illinois
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1973
  • University Of Illinois College Of Medicine Chicago
    Medical School | Graduated 1987
  • Columbus-Cabrini-Cuneo Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1987
  • University Of Illinois Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1991
  • Fellow American College Of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1993
  • Chicago Public Schools Master Teacher 1975-1983
    Other Education | Completed 1975
  • Moraine Valley College Instructor 1975-1980
    Other Education | Completed 1975
  • Northeastern Illinois University Administation Certification Program, Masters Plus 36
    Other Education | Completed 1980
  • Northeastern Illinois University Master Of Arts
    Other Education | Completed 1975
  • University Of Illinois B S. Biological Sciences
    Other Education | Completed 1982
  • University Of Illinois Neuroanatomy Graduate Assistant
    Other Education | Completed 1980

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Golden Apple University of Illinois Resident Award, 1987-1991
  • American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology Certification, 1993-2010
  • Editorial Board Contemporary OB GYN, 2009-2010
  • Physicians Recognition Certificate, AMA, 1990 to present, 1990-2010
  • Patient Choice Award, 2007
  • Patient Choice Award, 2008
  • Patient Choice Award, 2009
  • University of Illinois James Scholar, 1967-1970
Media & Publications
  • Mom is GettingOlder, 5/9/2004
  • Womens Health, 1997
  • Tort Reform, Lack of Good Samaritan Coverage in Indiana Hospitals, 1997

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Vanko's Reviews

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based on 78 total reviews (22 with comments)
Dr. Vanko Says:

My patients thank me in person every day and they thank me the most by sending in their families, girlfriends and neighbors. It would me nice if they would go online but most don't. I see thousands of satisfied patients yearly, many  of whom  have followed me through transitions when I've worked for other physicians over the last 25 years.

I am always interested in improving your...

Dr. Vanko's Performance
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  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (22)
in Merrillville, IN |
I had a softball cyst on my right ovary after many attempts with different types of birth control we weren’t able to shrink my cyst. So I had Laparoscopic surgery to remove my cyst originally Dr. Vanko said I would probably lose the majority of my right ovary she was very realistic with what I should expect going into surgery. After surgery she and another doctor were able to save my entire right ovary! I’m very impressed with her and her staff. She’s currently helping me to try to get pregnant
in Crown Point, IN |
Dr Vanko has been my gynecologist for many years. She has helped me through a variety of issues, primarily rectocele and cystocele problems. She uses minimally invasive surgical techniques, often as an outpatient. She is patient, informative, and knowledgeable.
Merrillville, IN |
I feel Dr. Vanco is genuinely concerned about my health issues.
in Saint John |
After having failed pregnancies I decided to seek help. Dr. Mary Vanko was very professional, thorough and informative. She was able to pin point what was causing the miscarriages and I just recently delivered a healthy boy thanks to her. I would recommend her to family and friends!
I love Dr. Vanko. After trying to get pregnant for 5yrs on my own I went through fertility treatments with her. She never gave up & I eventually conceived. I delivered a beautiful healthy boy! 3 years later due to my health issues my 2nd son was born premature. Dr. Vanko was amazing! She did everything she could to help my son be as healthy as possible under the circumstances. My son is now 10yrs old & has a mild case of CP. It could have so much worse if not for Dr. She's been my Dr for 20yrs.
Chicago, IL |
You will be here for at least 2-4 hours every time you come. They mess up your paperwork and insurance and then don't even call you to let you know. Put off on ordering what you need adding months onto the wait time. Every time you call the receptionist says they will call back and never do or if they do it is over a week later. Terrible service. Dr. Vanko should not be recommended. Especially to first time patients because she doesn't explain enough.
in Valparaiso,In |
Dr.Vanko is a wonderful dr. She not only listens but, she also takes time to ask you questions to get a better understanding of whatever the situation maybe. She also gives wonderful knowledge on birth control options and the pros & cons that come with them. She has been with me pre and post pregnancy. She delivered my daughter. She also helped me get temporary health insurance when my original insurance was taken away. She is always very concerned with my well being. Over all she is amazing.
in Crown Point, IN |
Great doctor! Very helpful staff Highly recommended ??
in Valparaiso, IN |
I have been a patient of Dr. Vanko for 20 years. I am pass child bearing years but have had some incontinence problems and needed prolapse surgery. Dr. Vanko is very up to date on new procedures regarding these specific female problems. I was very satisfied and that was about 10 years ago. Dr. Vanko is very professional, knowledgeable, down to earth, kind and caring physician. Dr. Vanko takes the time to thoroughly explain medical issues and the staff is always kind and pleasant.
in Portage, IN |
I have been with Dr. Vanko for many years. I only wish I would have found her sooner in life so I could have been under her care during my three pregnancies; but she did take care of me through my hysterectomy and the "joys" of menopause. I find Dr. Vanko to be very straightforward, professional, knowledgeable, helpful, and caring in her own way. She is not "fluffy" but she does care about her patients. She and her staff are great and they are just the right fit for me.
in Valparaiso, IN |
A friend gave me Dr. Vanko's name 14 years ago when I was looking for a new OB/GYN. I recommend Dr. Vanko to anyone who asks. Her knowledge of prescriptions and new procedures proves to me that she continues her education to serve her patients the best way possible. She is straight forward and tells you exactly what is happening. I am a complicated patient with many health issues and she takes her time to make sure her treatment choices won't affect me negatively, and for that I am very thankful
in Crown Point, IN |
I have been with Dr. Vanko for 5 years. I feel very comfortable with her. She gets right down to the problem and solves it. I give her a thumbs up. The office staff is great, helpful and funny.
Crown Point, IN |
Very informative. Problem solved !!!!!
in Cedar Lake |
I have been a patient of Dr. Vanko for many years. I love her! She is a great doctor and person. She always takes time with me during my visit and explains everything thoroughly. I have 3 healthy boys via c-section all with out issue. She is a knowledgeable Doctor not only in Obgyn but also primary care. Her office staff is extremely friendly and always tries to accommodate my schedule.
in Valparaiso, IN |
I have been a patient of Dr. Vanko for 10+ years. I started seeing her before I even got married. I now have 3 children, all of whom she delivered. She always takes the time to listen to my concerns / questions, and is always very thorough in her answers / explanations. I think she is a wonderful Dr. and I would highly recommend her to others.
in Cedar lake,Indiana |
She is very unprofessional.Im 7 months pregnant and having bad Braxton hicks contractions that shouldn't be the way they are and she said the pain is in my head and then she decided to get a psychologist involved when I told her that it was unnecessary
in Cedar Lake |
Knowledgable and courteous. Took her time and when above and beyond to help me not only achieve pregnancy, but also helped me to become more proactive about my health. She's a great doctor and a wonderful person
Told me I wouldn't be able to carry a child to full term. Was also told I wouldn't be able to get pregnant with out medication. I now have a beautiful baby girl and had absolutely no complications during pregnancy. Also told me I couldn't deliver at south lake due to being overweight. Had a perfectly routine csection no complications.
in Hammond, IN |
First time with doctor last week, she was really great! I would recommend her to my girlfriends!
in indiana |
I have been a pt of Dr Vankos for 7 years she has delivered my daughter and also I just recently had a surgery performed by her. I would definently recommend her. She is very well educated, explains everything thoroughly and answers any questions you have. Office staff is excellent. Never have to wait long to get an appointment or sit in waiting room!
in Merrillville, IN |
Dr Vanko and her staff made me feel quite welcome - they are awesome!
in Highland, IN |
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Dr. Vanko accepts 38 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna POS
    Aetna PPO
  • Ambetter
    Superior Health Plan
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield PPO
    Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield POS
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • Cofinity
    Cofinity PPO
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Community Health Choice
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Coventry Health Care of Illinois
    Coventry Health Care of Illinois PPO
    Platinum PPO
  • Coventry Health Care of Missouri
    Coventry Health Care of Missouri PPO
  • EmblemHealth
    Emblem Health
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Golden Rule
  • Health Net
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  • HealthPlus
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
    Preferred PPO
  • inHealth
  • INTotal Health
  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
  • Medicaid
  • Medical Mutual of Ohio
    Medical Mutual of Ohio POS
  • Midwest Health Plan
  • Molina Healthcare
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • NGS CoreSource
  • Peach State Health Plan
  • Pipefitters
  • Sagamore Health Network
    Sagamore Plus
  • Staywell (Wellcare)
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Navigate HMO
    Navigate POS
    Options PPO
  • WellCare
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Methodist Hospital Southlake
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Methodist Hospitals - Northlake Campus
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St. Mary Medical Center
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Hobart, IN 46342
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