February 2015 Newsletter

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Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Division Welcomes New Physicians

Our department has welcomed two new assistant professors in the division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. Amos Adelowo, MD, MPH, comes to Emory after completing his residency at University of Massachusetts Memorial Hospital and his fellowship at Mount Auburn Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Kristie Greene, MD, completed both her residency and fellowship at the University of South Florida.

They join Gina Northington, MD, PhD, and Deborah Karp, MD, who are both members of the inaugural group of physicians to receive certification in the subspecialty of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (also known as urogynecology).

Dr. Northington, who serves as division director, notes that the growth of this division is crucial, given that one in four women suffers from a pelvic floor disorder, including urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, and pelvic organ prolapse.

“There is so much help available for women who suffer from these conditions,” Northington says. “At Emory, our goal is to provide state-of-the-art technology and care, based on the latest research findings. Our patients are experiencing exceptional results, often exceeding nationally reported outcomes.”

Northington is particularly excited about advances in neuromodulation and nerve stimulation for the treatment of incontinence.

“It’s so important that physicians ask their patients if they’re having issues with leakage of urine or stool, and to let them know that help is available. Our division can provide first-line management for incontinence, as well as take on more advanced cases,” she says.

For the first time, the division is offering care at Emory University Hospital Midtown, in addition to the existing practice at the Emory Clinic adjacent to Emory University Hospital. Dr. Adelowo is seeing patients at Emory University Hospital Midtown, including urodynamics testing. Dr. Greene is seeing patients at the campus location, alongside Dr. Northington and Dr. Karp; additionally, this team provides care at Grady Health and the Atlanta VA Medical Center.

According to Dr. Adelowo, one of Emory’s unique strengths for patients with pelvic floor disorders is its commitment to multidisciplinary care. “Our team includes urogynecologists, urologists, colorectal surgeons, radiologists, gasteroenterologists, and pelvic floor physical therapists. We meet regularly to discuss cases, and our patients get the benefit of receiving input from different subspecialists without multiple clinic visits,” he says.

For the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse, the team offers all forms of minimally invasive surgery, using the latest technological advances in vaginal implant materials that are safe and effective.

“Each patient is evaluated individually, the choice and route of surgery is based on patient characteristics and preferences,” says Dr. Greene. “We focus on improving a patient’s quality of life with the treatment plan that is right for her.”

This division also offers treatment for genitourinary fistulas, and Dr. Karp has traveled internationally to provide teaching and treatment on the subject.

“Although fistulas aren’t as common in the United States as they are internationally, they are still a problem for women after a difficult childbirth or a complication from pelvic surgery,” says Dr. Karp. “We can treat the issue with a vaginal repair, and we have very low recurrence rates.”

To refer a patient to the Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery team, please call 404-778-3401.

For more information: Amos Adelowo faculty bio | Kristie Greene faculty bio | Deborah Karp faculty bio | Gina Northington faculty bio

EUHM Achieves Baby-Friendly Designation

Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM) has been officially designated a Baby-Friendly Hospital for meeting criteria for exceptional breastfeeding support. EUHM is one of only two hospitals in the state of Georgia to achieve this designation. "Collaboration and constant communication between Emory and private practice OBGYNs at EUHM helped propel this journey," said Betsy Collins, MD, physician lead on the project. Read the news release.

The JAMA Report Visits
Emory Reproductive Center

Jennifer Kawwass, MD, is a co-author on “Trends in Use of and Reproductive Outcomes Associated with Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection,” published January 20 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The JAMA Report video series covered this research in a clip recorded at Emory Reproductive Center. It features authors Sheree Boulet, DrPH, MPH, from the CDC and Akanksha Mehta, MD, from the Department of Urology. Watch the clip.

Zertuche Wins Pearse Award

Resident Adrienne Zertuche, MD, MPH, is the 2015-2016 recipient of the Warren H. Pearse Women’s Health Policy Research Award, presented by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). The award provides $10,000 to support research related to health care policy that affects physicians’ ability to treat women. Read more about Dr. Zertuche's project.

Staff Spotlight: Meet Cheryl Penn

Cheryl Penn, a priority access specialist in the call center, has worked for our department for nine years. She’s become known for her encyclopedic knowledge about our department and her ability to put patients at ease, leading one patient to write, “In all my years, I have never experienced such great customer service.” Meet Cheryl.

Upcoming Events

Grand Rounds - Chronic Pelvic Pain and Pelvic Organ Cross-sensitization
Presented by Anna Malykhina, PhD, Associate Professor, Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Wednesday, March 4, 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Glenn Auditorium, Emory University Hospital Midtown

Emory Reproductive Center - Fertility and IVF Seminar
Saturday, March 7, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Glenn Auditorium, Emory University Hospital Midtown
Registration: http://www.emoryhealthcare.org/reproductive-center/patient-resources/fertility-ivf-seminar.html

Grand Rounds
Presented by May Hsieh Blanchard, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Current Chair of the CREOG Education Committee
Wednesday, March 11, 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Glenn Auditorium, Emory University Hospital Midtown

Grand Rounds - Sleep Deprivation in Medical Trainees
Presented by David A. Schulman, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
Wednesday, March 18, 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Glenn Auditorium, Emory University Hospital Midtown

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