Division of Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery (Urogynecology)
American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) officially recognized Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery in spring 2011. In doing so, ABMS acknowledged that care for women with complex pelvic floor disorders, such as urinary and fecal incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, required subspecialty training and certification beyond that of a general obstetrician/gynecologist or urologist.
The mission of the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) — also known as Urogynecology — at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is to be a national leader in the medical and surgical treatment of women with pelvic floor disorders and to earn distinction as a leader in research pursuits aimed at enhancing care for these disorders. We will advance the science of the discipline through outstanding clinical and surgical care, leading-edge clinical and translational research and excellence in our roles as mentors and educators.
About Our Work
FPMRS faculty place a high priority on providing educational opportunities in an interactive, collaborative environment. We aim to train academic leaders in FPMRS from obstetrics and gynecology and urology. We expect fellowship graduates to advance healthcare for women as surgeon-scientists by the demonstration of excellence as mentors and educators and by the provision of outstanding clinical and surgical care. Likewise, the multidisciplinary nature of the specialty and Integrated Pelvic Health Program affords an exceptional opportunity for resident and medical student education in the evaluation and treatment of pelvic floor disorders through participation outpatient and surgical settings as well as in weekly clinical, research and scholarly conferences.
Clinical and translational research programs are essential to improving clinical care and outcomes for the millions of women suffering from pelvic floor disorders. The members of Feinberg’s FPMRS division possess the expertise and resources essential for breakthrough clinical and translational research to advance the science associated with pelvic floor disorders. Our faculty have extensive experience as leaders in surgical trials and patient-reported outcomes research and have published their work in well-respected medical journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine and The Journal of the American Medical Association. The program serves as a national model for care of women with pelvic floor disorders where patients can benefit from the latest treatments and opportunities by participation in clinical research trials for urinary incontinence, bowel control problems and pelvic organ prolapse, as well as a state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary pelvic health center.
The clinical program is based in the Integrated Pelvic Health Program and Prentice Women's Hospital the Obstetrics and Gynecology pavilion of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, which is the primary teaching affiliate of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Our diverse patient population and comprehensive approach to women’s care provides the opportunity to provide the best in clinical care. Our Integrated Pelvic Health Program brings together a multispecialty approach to pelvic floor disorders in one location. It is an interdisciplinary initiative amongst the departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Urology, Surgery, Physical Medicine Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy & Human Movement Sciences. Clinical and surgical care includes treatment of urinary incontinence, anal incontinence, urinary (bladder and ureteral) and rectal fistulas, pelvic organ prolapse, congenital anomalies/neovagina creation, postpartum perineal issues and colorectal pelvic floor dysfunction involving a complex referral patient population. There is also a strong emphasis on research and collaboration with other clinical and basic science departments.