Clinical Advisory Board
Roger R. Dmochowski
MD, MMHC, FACS
Dr. Dmochowski is Professor at the Department of Urology, Professor of Surgery, and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. He is Director of the Section of Female Pelvic Medicine and program director of the Fellowship in Pelvic Medicine at Vanderbilt. He is Interim Vice President of Surgical Services. He is also Clinical Assistant Professor in Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. He is Vice Chair, Section of Surgical Sciences Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Associate Director of Quality and Safety, Vanderbilt Health System, Executive Medical Director for Patient Safety and Quality (Surgery), Associate Chief of Staff, and Medical Director of Risk Management at Vanderbilt University Hospital. Dr. Dmochowski is Medical Monitor for the Viveve PURSUIT Trial.
Dr. Dmochowski received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He completed an internship and residency in surgery and urology at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and at the M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute in Texas. In addition, Dr. Dmochowski is subspecialty fellowship trained in female urology, neurourology, urodynamics and reconstructive urology. He is board certified in urology and female pelvic medicine and reconstruction. He received a Masters in Medical Management from Owen School of Business at Vanderbilt in 2012.
Dr. Dmochowski has published more than 365 articles, 112 book chapters, and 485 abstracts, and has given over 291 presentations at various national and international meetings. Dr. Dmochowski is on the editorial board for the World Journal of Urology, and he is a reviewer for the Journal of Urology, and Urology. He is the Editor in Chief of Neurourology and Urodynamics. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Urological Association and International Continence Society. He is a trustee of the American Board of Urology. Dr. Dmochowski has been granted the Zimskind and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Urodynamics Society for his accomplishment in clinical treatment for incontinence. His current research interests are outcomes of incontinence therapies with a particular emphasis on quality of life issues, patient literacy and informed consent related to pelvic floor interventions. He also is active in bio materials evaluation
Mickey M. Karram
Dr. Karram is Director of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Surgery at The Christ Hospital and Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine. An internationally renowned urogynecologist and pelvic surgeon, he is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery. He completed his fellowship training in Urogynecology and Reconstructive Surgery at Harbor UCLA School of Medicine and received his medical degree from Cairo University College of Medicine.
Dr. Karram is the past Editor-In-Chief of the International Urogynecology Journal and the consumer publication Women’s Health Today and is past President of the American Urogynecology Society. He has published more than 200 scientific articles and book chapters and has co-authored numerous textbooks including “Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery,” the “Atlas of Pelvic Anatomy and Gynecologic Surgery” and “The Pelvic Surgery Video Atlas,” all published by Elsevier. Dr. Karram has directed a number of postgraduate teaching courses throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia. Good Housekeeping Magazine has designated him as one of the “Best Doctors in America for Women.”
Kathleen C. Kobashi
MD, FACS, FPMRS
Dr. Kobashi is Head of the Section of Urology and Renal Transplantation at Virginia Mason Medical Center and Director of Virginia Mason’s Pelvic Floor Center. She founded the Virginia Mason Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery fellowship in 2003 and a new Urology residency in 2014, for which she serves as the Program Director. She is also a Clinical Professor at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Dr. Kobashi received her bachelor’s degree at Wellesley College and her medical degree at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. She completed her urologic residency at the University of California, Irvine followed by a Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) fellowship at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles before joining Virginia Mason Medical Center.
Dr. Kobashi has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on topics related to urinary incontinence and pelvic prolapse and has been invited faculty on the subject around the globe. She is the Immediate Past President of the SUFU (Society for Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction (SUFU), President-elect for the Western Section, American Urological Association (AUA) and serves on the American Board of Urology Examination Committee. Dr. Kobashi also is Associate Editor of the new AUA journal, Urology Practice. She received the 2006 Continence Care Champion award from the National Association for Continence, the prestigious Paul Zimskind Award from SUFU in 2010, and a Presidential Citation from the American Urological Association in 2013.
Scott A. MacDiarmid
Dr MacDiarmid is director of the Alliance Urology Specialists Bladder Control and Pelvic Pain Center in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is a Clinical Professor of Urology in the Department of Urology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He is Co-coordinating Principal Investigator for the Viveve PURSUIT Trial.
Dr. MacDiarmid received his medical degree from the School of Medicine, Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He completed fellowships in reconstructive urology and urodynamics at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC; the University of Otago in Christchurch, New Zealand; and the University of Sheffield in England.
Dr MacDiarmid’s clinical, educational, and academic expertise is in male and female voiding dysfunction, neurogenic bladder, and complex lower urinary tract and pelvic floor reconstruction and he has lectured extensively on these topics throughout the United States and abroad. He has authored or co-authored numerous books, book chapters and journal articles, and is recognized internationally as a leader in his field. Dr. MacDiarmid has been instrumental both clinically and academically in advancing the field of neuromodulation in the treatment of overactive bladder.
Eric S. Rovner
MD, FACS, FPMRS
Dr. Rovner is a Professor in the Department of Urology at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, South Carolina. He is the director of the Section of Voiding Dysfunction, Female Urology and Urodynamics in the Department of Urology at MUSC. Dr. Rovner is Co-Coordinating Principal Investigator for the Viveve PURSUIT Trial.
Board Certified in Urology as well as Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, he is a member of the American Urological Association (AUA), International Continence Society (ICS), Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Society of Pelvic Surgeons, and the American Association of GU Surgeons. Dr. Rovner has served on several committees for the International Consultation on Incontinence. He served as a member of the AUA/ABU Examination Committee, the AUA Urodynamics Guidelines Committee, the AUA SUI Guidelines Committee, the AUA NLUTD Guideline Committee, the Urology RRC, and is Past President of the Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction (SUFU).
Dr. Rovner’s research interests include the study of voiding dysfunction, overactive bladder, interstitial cystitis, neurourology, and urodynamics. He has a highly specialized clinical practice within Urology and sees mostly patients with complex voiding problems including urinary incontinence, vaginal prolapse, urinary fistulae and neurogenic bladder dysfunction. He has held several visiting professorships and is the author or coauthor of over 150 peer-reviewed scientific articles, over 40 book chapters, dozens of monographs as well as books on urinary incontinence and urodynamics. Dr. Rovner has been an invited speaker throughout the United States and abroad, and has been the Principal or Co-investigator on multiple grants.
Alan J. Wein
MD, PhD (Hon), FACS
Dr. Wein is Professor with Tenure and Emeritus Chief of Urology and Director of the Residency Program in Urology at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pennsylvania Health System. He is a graduate of Princeton University and received his MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed training in Surgery and Urology at the University of Pennsylvania and a fellowship at the Harrison Department of Surgical Research. He has been certified and recertified (voluntary) by the American Board of Urology. He was awarded an honorary Ph.D. from the University of Patras, Greece in September 2005, and was conferred the status and received a Certificate of Honorary Professorship by the Federal State Institute of Urology of Ministry of Healthcare and Social Development of Russian Federation. He has chaired the Residency Review Committee in Urology and served as Vice President of the American Board of Urology.
Dr. Wein has received numerous awards and honors for excellence in the field of urology and has been recognized nationally and internationally through his many affiliations and professional memberships which include the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons, Clinical Society of Genitourinary Surgeons, American Surgical Association, Society of Surgical Oncology, Society of Urologic Oncology (founding member), Society of Pelvic Surgeons, Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction, Société Internationale d’Urologie (SIU), American Urological Association (AUA) and the Royal Society of Medicine. He is a recipient of the Urodynamics Society Lifetime Achievement Award, the F. Brantley Scott Award of the American Foundation for Urologic Diseases, the Hugh Hampton Young Award of the American Urological Association, both the Distinguished Service Award and the Distinguished Contribution Award of the American Urological Association. In 2012, he was awarded the Keyes Medal by the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons for outstanding contributions in the advancement of urology.
Dr. Wein has authored or co-authored more than 2,000 articles, chapters, and editorials, edited or co-edited 45 books, and has multiple multimedia presentations to his credit. His extensive experience in the field of urology has afforded him the opportunity to participate in numerous invited academic activities, meetings, and courses as a speaker, faculty member and chairperson. He is a prodigious lecturer with over 950 invited academic activities over the course of his career, including the co-chairmanship of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th International Consultations on Incontinence.