April 2015 Newsletter

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Introducing the Pelvic Health After Pregnancy Clinic

Emory Clinic’s Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics is proud to announce the opening of the Pelvic Health After Pregnancy Clinic, a new and unique subspecialty clinic for postpartum women with pelvic floor concerns.

Deborah Karp, MD, Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Emory University School of Medicine, will lead the Pelvic Health After Pregnancy Clinic. Dr. Karp is fellowship-trained and board-certified in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.

“Becoming a mother is a wonderful experience,” said Dr. Karp. “Women should be able to focus on getting to know their babies in the postpartum period, not worry about dealing with embarrassing or uncomfortable issues that result from pelvic floor changes.”

The clinic, which will be held at Emory University Hospital Midtown, is for women who have given birth in the past year who have a postpartum pelvic floor issue such as:

  • 3rd and 4th degree lacerations
  • pain or healing complications associated with perineal tears or episiotomy
  • obstetric-related fistula or anal sphincter defect/tear
  • urinary or fecal urgency or incontinence
  • trouble emptying the bladder fully
  • defecatory problems or constipation
  • perineal pain
  • pelvic organ prolapse
  • painful intercourse

The clinic will also offer counseling for women with previous or existing pelvic floor disorders who are planning on a pregnancy in the next year and desire consultation regarding the impact of future pregnancy and delivery on the pelvic floor.

“Our service will allow obstetricians to focus on postpartum needs such as breastfeeding and contraception. We will provide early assessment and treatment of pelvic floor problems resulting from childbirth in postpartum women. We can offer a range of therapies that can help women regain control of their pelvic floor,” said Dr. Karp, emphasizing that once the immediate pelvic issues of the patients are addressed, the patient will be directed to return to her provider for continued obstetric and gynecologic care.

Appointments for the Pelvic Health After Pregnancy Clinic can be made by calling 404-778-3401.

Physicians Excel on Press Ganey

We’re happy to announce that eight of our physicians were recognized for exceptional Press Ganey scores. Congratulations to Betsy Collins, MD, MPH; Mary Dolan, MD, MPH; Cherie Hill, MD; John Horton, MD; Namita Khanna, MD, MSPH; Kurt Martinuzzi, MD; Taniqua Miller, MD; and Kalinda Woods, MD. These providers received at least 30 completed surveys between December 2014 and February 2015, and their scores placed them at or above the 90th percentile in their respective specialty’s benchmarking group in Press Ganey.

Greene Blogs for Emory Healthcare

Kristie Greene, MD, contributed two entries to Emory Healthcare’s Advancing Your Health blog. The first, “Sexual Dysfunction: When to See a Specialist” covered causes of sexual dysfunction and the link between sexual dysfunction and menopause. The second entry, “Fecal Incontinence: Talk to Your Doctor Today” explained factors that cause fecal incontinence and what a patient can expect during office visits for treatment. Both entries emphasized that these issues are not normal and can be treated.

Schirmer Inducted into AOA

Congratulations to Austin Schirmer, MD, who was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society. Schirmer, pictured at left with Jessica Arluck, MD, and Lisa Flowers, MD, is a fourth-year resident. Following graduation from residency, he will begin his fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility with our department.

Staff Spotlight: Meet Shani Coleman

Shani Coleman is a Patient Care Coordinator at the Emory Reproductive Center, which means she helps patients through every step of their infertility treatment. Because she works so closely with patients dealing with infertility, Shani has to bring an immense amount of compassion to her role. “I never forget that building a family is their main goal,” she says of patients. Learn more about Shani.

Upcoming Events

Emory Reproductive Center - Fertility and IVF Seminar
Saturday, May 2, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Glenn Auditorium, Emory University Hospital Midtown
To register, please call 404-778-7777


Grand Rounds - My Epilepsy Story
Presented by Brandy Parker-McFadded, Executive Director and Founder, My Epilepsy Story, and David W. Loring, PhD, ABPP-CN, Professor, Departments of Neurology and Pediatrics, and Director, Neuropsychology Program
Wednesday, May 6, 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Glenn Auditorium, Emory University Hospital Midtown


Resident and Fellow Research Day, Part Two
Project proposals will be presented by second-year residents and first-year fellows
Wednesday, May 13, 8:00 a.m. - noon
Glenn Auditorium, Emory University Hospital Midtown

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