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Innovative Clinical and Translational Research Programs
As an academic medical center, we believe that robust clinical and translational research programs are essential to improving patient care and outcomes for the millions of women suffering from pelvic floor disorders. We are working to translate promising research advances into more effective treatment approaches and prevention strategies for our patients locally, nationally, and internationally. Northwestern Medicine's Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery team possesses the essential expertise for breakthrough clinical and translational research that will advance the science associated with pelvic floor disorders and will improve outcomes for women afflicted with these conditions.
Our urogynecologists are faculty at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and are surgeon–scientists with extensive experience as leaders in surgical trials and patient-reported outcomes research. They have published their work in well-respected medical journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, Obstetrics & Gynecology, The Journal of Urology, the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Journal of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.
With colleagues here at Northwestern Medicine and at other academic centers, we are spearheading a number of investigations, including studies on urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, maternal pelvic floor outcomes after childbirth, changes in the female genitourinary microbiome, and the relationships between muscle biomechanics and pelvic floor symptoms. As a site known for initiating novel research, we are honored to be a member of several national, multi-centered networks, including the Lower Urinary Tract Research Network, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health, and the American Urogynecologic Society Research Network.
For more information about our ongoing clinical trials, please visit the Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery–Urogynecology Research site and type in FPMRS in the search bar under Search Trials. We also encourage you to speak to your care provider or one of our research team members about our clinical trial options.
WHAT IS A UROGYNECOLOGIST
A urogynecologist is a fellowship-trained and subspecialty board-certified surgeon who specializes in the care of women with pelvic floor disorders.