With the cancellation of the in-person Pelvic Floor Consortium Annual Meeting in Boston, we are now planning to gather virtually to continue our 2020 work on Multicompartment Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP).
Please join us and contribute your expertise and opinions!  233-ASCRS2019-7302196.jpg

Colorectal surgeons, urogynecologists, physical therapists, urologists, gastroenterologists, radiologists and all other providers who are interested in improving the care of the patients with these conditions is welcome to participate. Membership in the Pelvic Floor Consortium and registration for this event are free. 

Pelvic Floor Disorders Consortium 2020 Consensus Meeting on Pelvic Organ Prolapse 

‚ÄčSaturday, September 12, 2020, 12:00pm - 2:00pm CST
 Pelvic Organ Prolapse: Physical Exam

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Part 1: Physical Exam
Meet our Team

Physical Exam Workgroup Chairs: 

grimes-photo.jpgDr. Cara L Grimes, MD, MAS, is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York Medical College. She is the Chief of Urogynecology and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.  Her academic interests include defecatory dysfunction related to the pelvic floor, standardization of terminology, surgical outcomes, systematic reviews and multicenter studies. She is the co-founder and current Steering Committee Chair of the Society for Gynecologic Surgeons Collaborative Research in Pelvic Surgery Consortium (CoRPS).
She believes that pelvic floor disorders are best treated by a multi-disciplinary approach and is excited at the opportunity to work collaboratively with colleagues to improve the evaluation, management and surgical outcomes for pelvic floor disorders.

DKeller-Headshot-NYP.pngDr. Deborah S Keller, MS MDis a colorectal surgeon and an Assistant Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina Her research Interests include Enhanced Recovery, Functional Outcomes after Colorectal Cancer, Precision Therapy and Outcome Metrics
She was involved in the initial consortium at ASCRS as an attendee, but this is my 1st time as a group leader. I’m excited to be involved in the consortium as this is an under represented area that really has a huge impact on patient quality of life, so developing multidisciplinary standards is important.

varma_madhulika_g.JPGDr. Madhulika (Mika) Varma is Professor of Surgery and Chief of Colorectal surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. She is director of the Center for Pelvic Physiology, which evaluates patients with fecal incontinence, constipation, pelvic floor prolapse, rectal cancer and anal fistula. She is a member of the UCSF Center for Colitis and Crohn's Disease and a member of the Women's Continence Center. She has been a member of the ASCRS Pelvic Floor Steering Committee and the Pelvic Floor Consortium workgroups since their inception. Her research interests include clinical and quality of life outcomes for inflammatory bowel diseases and defecation disorders.


Physical Exam Workgroup Experts:

James W. Ogilvie Jr. MD, MS, FACS, FASCRS is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Michigan State University-affiliated hospitals and the endowed director of colorectal research at Spectrum Health/Ferguson Clinic in Grand Rapids, Michigan.   His professional interests include rectal prolapse and functional disease.  Originally from Minneapolis, MN, he attended medical school and residency at the University of Minnesota.  For colorectal fellowship he attended the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio and the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital in Australia.   He is excited to be a part of the Pelvic Floor Consortium to help bring attention and research into an enigmatic field.

Hsieh,-Christine.jpgDr. Christine Hsieh is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. She is a colorectal surgeon who approaches patients with colorectal diseases from a patient-centered point of view. As a former journalist, she seems to understand patients and their experiences in context. She has a particular interest in pelvic floor disorders and is eager to collaborate and learn from the expert team that is participating in this workgroup. Her research interests include women’s health, functional concerns, surgical education, and Narrative Medicine theory and practice.

Lewicky-GAupp.jpgDr. Christina Lewicky-Gaupp is board-certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology and Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery. She completed her Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery at University of Michigan after completing an Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency at University of Chicago. She is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Urology and the Director of Gynecologic Surgical Simulation.  Dr. Lewicky-Gaupp is also the Medical Director of the Peri-partum Evaluation and Assessment of the Pelvic Floor around Delivery (PEAPOD) Clinic at Northwestern Medicine; this clinic is one of only a few in the country. Her research interests focus on maternal birth trauma. 

gurland-brooke-headshot-current.jpgDr. Brooke Gurland a Clinical Professor of Surgery in the Division of Colorectal Surgery at Stanford University, Stanford, CA. She is the Medical Director of the Stanford Pelvic Health Center in Redwood City, CA and the Surgery Department Director of Wellness. Her clinical interests focus on multidisciplinary approach to pelvic floor disorders, innovative approaches to rectal prolapse, robotic surgery, fecal incontinence, defecation disorders and benign colon and anorectal diseases.

Dr. Ghazaleh Rostaminia, MD, MSc is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery  at NorthShore University Health System/University of  Chicago 
Her research interests include pelvic floor imaging, pelvic floor biomechanical studies, obstructed defecation symptoms and fecal incontinence. 

VPB-Professional-Picture-2019-(2).jpgDr. Valerie Papaconstantinou-Bauer, MD, FACS, FASCRS is a Colorectal Surgeon in private practice at Jackson Health. Her research Interests include:  Improving functional outcomes in the treatment of pelvic floor disorders.  She is very excited to be a part of an integrated program for improving the understanding and care of pelvic floor disorders. The insight provided by my interdisciplinary colleagues has been invaluable in helping to better understand the complex and often interrelated pathophysiology caused by pelvic organ prolapse.  

Andy_Uduak-photo.jpgDr. Uduak Andy is an Assistant Professor in OBGYN with a subspecialty in Urogynecology.  Dr. Andy’s clinical interests include robotic surgery and management of women with accidental bowel leakage (ABL).  She runs a specialty ABL clinic, which provides testing for and management of women with ABL.  Dr. Andy’s research interests focus on fecal incontinence as well as the intersection of geriatrics and pelvic floor disorders.  She has received funding from the National Institute on Aging. Dr Andy is also involved in multicenter collaborative research as the site PI for the AUGS Junior Faculty Research Network and as a co-investigator in the NICHD Pelvic Floor Disorders Network. 

OCHS_Knoepp_photo_under500pixels.jpgDr. Leise R. Knoepp is a Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Medicine surgeon at the Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans, LA. She is the   Head of the  Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Medicine Section at the  Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland School of Medicine.

Shane-bio-photo.jpgM. Shane McNevin attended Wayne State University School of Medicine, completed his general surgery residency at Washington University, St. Louis, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, followed by his fellowship in Colon & Rectal Surgery at the University of Minnesota.  Dr. McNevin has been a partner at Columbia Surgical Specialists since completing his training in 2002. Additionally, he is  an Associate Professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine and also serves on many professional boards and committees.

Bordeianou-Headshot.jpgDr. Liliana Bordeianou  MD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.  She is a surgeon at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, USA. There she leads as  Chief of the Colorectal Surgery and Pelvic Floor Centers. She also co-chairs   the Mass General Brigham Health  Colorectal Surgery Collaborative, which comprises a regional healthcare network of academic and private hospitals. Dr. Bordeianou  performs research on topics related to patient reported outcomes,  pelvic floor disorders,  and preservation of dignity and quality of life after surgery.  

With representatives from different subspecialties, the Pelvic Floor Disorders Consortium takes a multidisciplinary approach to enhancing patient care. For 2020, the spotlight and the preliminary research of our workgroups has been on multicompartment pelvic organ prolapse (POP). Members of these workgroups have been preparing to discuss important topics such as standardization of the physical exam, testing, imaging, physical therapy and surgical principles. In this first virtual forum, the Pelvic Floor Consortium will convene for a review of the work done by the Physical Exam workgroup. Join us for this important discussion, debate and consensus building. Additional virtual forums will be dedicated to the discussion of the work done by each of the other workgroups created.  To contribute to our workgroups and to the Pelvic Floor Disorders Consortium work, please join it for free HERE.