My philosophy is a comprehensive approach to the pelvic floor, since multiple conditions often affect the pelvic floor simultaneously. I believe that this complex interaction must be understood to deliver the best care.
I am also passionate about promoting awareness of female pelvic floor disorders, with the goal of decreasing ‘silent suffering’ amongst women with these conditions.
In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, backcountry snowboarding, and gardening.
Qualifications and experience
- Urology, Failed Prior Surgery, Kidneys and Urinary System - Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery, Kidneys and Urinary System - Incontinence, Kidneys and Urinary System, Women's Health - Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Women's Health, Women's Health - Fecal Incontinence, Surgery - Robotic Surgery, Surgery, Surgery - Urologic Surgery
- Languages spoken
UCLA Medical Center Program (2017)
Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital/St. Louis Children's Hospital (2011)
University of Virginia School of Medicine (2010)
Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital/St. Louis Children's Hospital (2015)
University of Virginia (VA) (2006)
- Clinical interest for patients
My practice focuses on disorders of the female pelvic floor - urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, pelvic organ prolapse, fistula, and other disorders of the female urethra, vagina, and bladder. I have received specialized training in complex reconstruction of the female pelvic floor, including surgical repairs of urinary incontinence, fistula, pelvic organ prolapse, urethral strictures, and robotic reconstructive surgery. I am Board Certified in Urology and Board Eligible in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. I have completed a fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery with Dr. Shlomo Raz at the University of California, Los Angeles where I trained in both urogynecology and urology. I am one of a small number of reconstructive urologists trained to perform complete mesh removal and advanced techniques of female pelvic floor reconstruction using native tissue (a patient's own tissues including fascia).
You will find more information about me, some of the conditions I treat, and our Women's Pelvic Health and Surgery Clinic at the websites below.
- Research interest for patients
I have conducted research on a breadth of urologic topics and have published in several medical journals on robotic repair of pelvic organ prolapse, mesh-related complications, voiding dysfunction, and new surgical techniques for repair of complex female pelvic floor disorders.
- Volunteer activities
I am dedicated to global health outreach. I have traveled to Uganda with the non-profit organization Medicine for Humanity to spread awareness of and perform surgeries to repair obstetric fistulae. I have also volunteered with the CRUDEM Foundation and performed urologic surgeries at Hôpital Sacré Coeur in rural northern Haiti.