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Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery

MESSAGE FROM THE DIVISION DIRECTORGina Northington

Emory University School of Medicine has a rich and enduring legacy leading advanced gynecologic care for women. With the rapid pace of new surgical techniques and innovative research in the treatment of gynecologic disease, the Department has grown and heavily invested in the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS). The Division serves women with pelvic floor disorders through high quality patient care, innovative educational programs, and state-of-art research. The scope of our Division’s practice includes evidence-based care for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, and sexual dysfunction. Our Division also provides advanced minimally invasive gynecology for women with endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and abnormal bleeding. We have assembled a diverse health care team including two fellowship trained urogynecologists, a minimally invasive gynecologist, and a nurse practitioner.

The Division also offers a three year ACGME accredited Fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery for qualified candidates who have completed a residency in either Urology or Obstetrics and Gynecology. The program provides extensive training in the diagnosis, evaluation, and non-surgical management of female pelvic floor disorders. The resident and fellow curriculum is designed to provide the trainee with diverse clinical, research, and teaching opportunities. Specifically, we offer a large surgical volume inclusive of vaginal, abdominal, robotic, and laparoscopic approaches to pelvic reconstructive surgery. Emory Gynecology and Obstetrics residents are an integral part of our Division's practice and a formal rotation is completed during the 3rd year of residency training. There are opportunities to participate in clinical and/or translational research projects related to female pelvic floor disorders. The residents and fellows are mentored by the FPMRS faculty at three academic sites: Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, and Grady Memorial Hospital. There are also clinical training opportunities at the Atlanta VA Medical Center.

The FPMRS Division offers coordinated interdisciplinary care that includes primary care physicians, gynecologists, urologists, gastroenterologists, and colorectal surgeons -- all specially trained in the diagnosis and management of pelvic floor disorders. As part of the Emory Center for Pelvic Health and Pelvic Floor Reconstruction, we emphasize a multidisciplinary approach to caring for women with pelvic floor disorders through weekly and monthly didactics and case conferences respectively. Current faculty include fellowship trained Urogynecologists (Gina M. Northington, MD, PhD and Deborah Karp, MD), Urologists (Naill Galloway, MD and Dan Canter, MD), Colorectal Surgeons (Virginia Shaffer, MD and Patrick Sullivan, MD), a Gastroenterologist (Jennifer Christie, MD), and a Radiologist (Pardeep Mittal, MD). A Physical Therapist in private practice (Beth Kemper, MPT) also collaborates with the team in patient care. In addition, clinical and research collaborations with the Division of Geriatrics (Ted Johnson, III, MD) are underway.

Our goal is to provide diagnostic and therapeutic options tailored to a patient’s specific pelvic floor needs. We provide education to improve health literacy about female pelvic floor disorders. Our philosophy is that it is important to provide patients with up-to-date information and resources that encourage their active participation in decision making.

 

Regards,

Gina Northington MD, PhD

Director, Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery

Fellowship Director, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery

Associate Chief of Service for Gynecology & Obstetrics, Emory University Hospital