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Quick Facts

Undergraduate Degree: Wabash College, 1970
Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern, 1974
Internship: Wilmington Medical Center, 1975
Residency: University of Tennessee, Memphis, 1978
Areas of Special Interest: Obstetrics, Gynecology, Pelvic Pain, PMS, PMDD, Vestibulitis
Languages Spoken: English, Chinese
Professional Organizations: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists - Fellow, Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Society of Gynecologic Surgeons
Board-certified: Obstetrics, Gynecology

Meet Frank W. Ling, MD

Education & Experience

Dr. Frank W. Ling grew up in Evanston, Illinois and is a graduate of Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. He graduated from University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas and subsequently served an internship in Wilmington, Delaware, and residency at the University of Tennessee in Memphis.

He remained on faculty, serving in various roles including Student Clerkship Director, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Residency Director, and Director of Gynecology. He was the Chairman of the Department from 1994 through 2003.

Dr. Ling is a currently a partner in Women's Health Specialists in Germantown, Tennessee. He is also the Director for the Center for Pelvic Pain Management, which is one of five Centers of Excellence within Women's Health Specialists.

Professional Involvement

Dr. Ling has held many positions in professional organizations, including:

  • President of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics
  • President of the Tennessee Ob/Gyn Society
  • Chairman of the Tennessee Section of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • Chair of the Education Committee for the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Chair of the Liaison Committee for the Council of University Chairs of Ob/Gyn

Dr. Ling has been an oral examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 1989 and is a past president. He was a member of the Residency Review Committee for Obstetrics and Gynecology, and is a past-president of the APGO Medical Education Foundation.

Achievements & Publications

Dr. Ling’s publication credits include:

  • Edited 36 books
  • Published more than 145 articles and 130 abstracts
  • Written 50 book chapters
  • Created 13 audio/video productions

In addition, Dr. Ling has been cited annually as one of the "Best Doctors in America" as published by Woodward and White, one of "America's Top Doctors" by Castle Connolly Medical, and was named one of the "Top 401 Doctors for Women" in the United States by Good Housekeeping.

Local honors include the "Good Guy" award in the field of health care for women awarded by the Memphis Women's Political Caucus and being listed as one of the top physicians in Memphis by Memphis Magazine.

Dr. Ling's clinical interests, beyond student and resident education, include pelvic pain, vulvar vestibulitis, and primary care of women.