Dr. Mary Vanko, MD

Dr. Mary Vanko, MD

Obstetrics & Gynecology  ·  
Dr. Mary Vanko, MD is an obstetrics & gynecology specialist in Merrillville, IN and has been practicing for 25 years. She graduated from University Of Illinois College Of Medicine Chicago in 1987 and specializes in obstetrics & gynecology, urogynecology, and more.Read her story

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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more than 99% of peers
Menstrual Disorders (incl. Dysmenorrhea)
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more than 99% of peers

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Dr. Vanko's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Vanko "I have been honored to take care of thousands of the region's families and serving as Ob Gyn, gyn surgeon, and most importantly, primary care physician. I entered medicine after spending 10 years as a high school teacher. Doctor means teacher in Latin. I serve as teacher and a collaborative partner in any health issue.You will find that I give you an honest assessment of your health care issue, many options or roads to consider, and let you decide. Knowing that many people have high dollar deductible health plans, I find medical management often is the best option. We offer most outpatient procedures in the office, most comfortably under local anesthesia,blocks, or a combination including narcotics . I serve as a clinical preceptor for Indiana University Medical School. It is important to think as a primary care physician first and specialist second. More importantly, I wish convey to medical students that what makes OB GYN special is that we see the patients and their families throughout their lives. So whether you need an HPV vaccine or contraceptive for your teen daughter or a continence procedure or pessary for an elderly relative, it is the connection to you that keeps the care special. Besides, I enjoy those Christmas cards with family pictures of all of you. Thanks. Mary Vanko MD"


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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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4  Specialties

  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
  • General Medical Practice
  • Urogynecology

1  Board Certifications

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

82  Conditions Treated


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75  Procedures

  • Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Ablation
  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Birth Control
  • Bladder Surgery
  • Cesarean Hysterectomy
  • Cholesterol Screening
  • Chronic Diabetes Management
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Colpopexy
  • Colporrhaphy
  • Colposcopy
  • C-Section
  • 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
  • Incontinence Sling Procedure
  • In-Office Surgery
  • In-Office Ultrasound
  • 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

Malpractice Claims not available

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Indiana.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

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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

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Vanko to family and friends
81 total reviews (23 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (81)

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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
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 experience and consider criticism


Patient Comments (23)

I have been seeing Dr. Vanko for more than 18 years. She is very professional and knowledgeable. Dr. Vanko delivered 4 of my children, 2 naturally and 2 by cesarean section. She has always allowed me to make the best decision for myself. I have 3 daughters that see her as well. We are all very...more
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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...more
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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.
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I feel Dr. Vanco is genuinely concerned about my health issues.
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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!
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