Editorial Board

Roger R. Dmochowski, MD

Dr. Roger Dmochowski received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He completed an internship and residencies in surgery and urology at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and at the MD Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute in Houston, Texas. Currently, Dr. Dmochowski is a professor in the Department of Urologic Surgery at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He is also a clinical assistant professor of surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.

Dr. Dmochowski is the director of the Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Urology Fellowship program at Vanderbilt, and has been intrinsically involved and taken a leadership position in the development and subsequent certification of the new specialty of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, a process that was carried out in concert with the American Urological Association and the American Board of Urology.

Dr. Dmochowski has published more than 250 articles and book chapters, and 285 abstracts, and has given over 160 presentations at various national and international meetings. He serves on the editorial boards for the World Journal of Urology, Neurourology and Urodynamics, and International Journal of Urogynecology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Urological Association and International Continence Society. Dr. Dmochowski has been granted the Zimskind Award from the Urodynamics Society for his accomplishments in the clinical treatment of incontinence. His current research interests are outcomes of incontinence therapies, with a particular emphasis on quality of life issues.

Board certified in urology, Dr. Dmochowski is subspecialty fellowship trained in female urology, neurourology, urodynamics, and reconstructive urology.

John B. Gebhart, MD

Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA

John Gebhart, MD, MS, FACOG, is Associate Professor in the Departments of Surgery and Obstetrics & Gynecology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He is the Fellowship Program Director in Female Pelvic Medicine / Reconstructive Surgery at Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Gebhart received his medical degree from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. He completed residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as a 3 year fellowship in Urogynecology & Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery at Mayo Clinic. He served as the Director of the Incontinence and Prolapse Clinic from 2001-2008.

Dr. Gebhart has lectured extensively nationally and internationally. He has published over a hundred peer-reviewed articles, abstracts, videos, and book chapters and is the Editor of “Urologic Surgery for the Gynecologist and Urogynecologist”. He serves as a member of the Editorial Board for the International Urogynecology Journal, on the Executive Committee for the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons, and as Treasurer and Board Member for the American Urogynecology Society and the AUGS Foundation.

Tommaso Falcone, MD

Tommaso Falcone, MD, FRCS(C), FACOG, is Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University and Chairman of the Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. He is Vice Chairman of the Office of Professional Staff Affairs of the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Falcone received his medical degree from McGill University School of Medicine in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. While at McGill, he went on to complete a residency in obstetrics and gynecology and a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology. Dr. Falcone is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in general obstetrics and gynecology, as well as Reproductive Endocrinology. He is also certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Dr. Falcone has published more than 145 original manuscripts, 200 abstracts, and 30 book chapters.

He is co-editor of a textbook Clinical Reproductive Medicine and Surgery (Elsevier). He is co-author of a laparoscopic surgery atlas (Elsevier), co-editor of a book on congenital Mullerian Anomalies (Lippincott). He is also co-author of a patient educational book Overcoming Infertility.

Dr. Falcone serves on the editorial board and is an ad hoc reviewer of over 21 journals. He is on the Board of Directors of several societies. Dr. Falcone has served as Chairperson of Postgraduate courses at ACOG and the AAGL that deal with different aspects of reproductive surgery and infertility-enhancing procedures. He has served on review committees for NICHD and MRC. Dr. Falcone has been the recipient of many awards for laparoscopic and robotic surgery at different societies.

Karl Jallad, MD

Karl Jallad, MD, FACOG is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Lebanese American University Medical Center-Rizk Hospital. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at MedStar Washington Hospital Center/Georgetown University in Washington DC, followed by a three year fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

Dr. Jallad has published several manuscripts, videos and book chapters. He serves on the editorial board of the Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Journal and is a peer-reviewer for Obstetrics and Gynecology, International Urogynecology Journal, Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Journal.

Dr. Jallad is dedicated to education and has received several teaching awards. He is interested in surgical innovation and has developed new techniques in Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES).

James Dana Kondrup, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., A.C.G.E.

Assistant Clinical Professor
Upstate Medical Center,Syracuse NY;
Dept of Ob/Gyn; Binghampton Campus

Jim Kondrup attended medical school at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, N.Y. and then did his OB/GYN residency at Bridgeport Hospital in Bridgeport, CT serving as chief resident in his final year.

He then moved to Binghamton, N.Y. and was in a private OB/GYN practice for only four years at which time he decided to discontinue Obstetrics and dedicate his career to minimally invasive gynecological surgery.

Over the past 20 years he has traveled globally teaching minimally invasive techniques to surgeons, PA’s, surgical nurses and techs and educating representatives from industry. Some of his travels have included: Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Oman, Syria, Cyprus, Bahrain, Lebanon, Qatar, Wales, United Kingdom, Italy, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, South Africa, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Singapore, Israel, The Netherlands, Germany and of course, The United States.

Kondrup says, “It’s amazing working with surgeons all over the world. Whether I am operating or giving lectures or courses I find that surgeons are so appreciative for information on MIGS and they are so pleasant and wonderful to work with.” He further states, “Surgeons around the world face different challenges than we do in the U.S.. whether it be cultural or equipment challenges.” “It is an honor to learn from them as well.”

Dr. Kondrup strives to produce high quality videos in order to educate surgeons and other O.R. personnel around the world. “When I produce a video I watch it over and over again and ask myself if I think the surgeon will get the key points and tips,” Kondrup says. He also states, “Patients are our teachers too and I think most surgeries (even the simple ones) have something to teach all of us. You just have to recognize the gift.”

Catherine Matthews, MD

Catherine Matthews is Professor of Urology and Gynecology at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston Salem, North Carolina. She is the Co-Director of the joint service line for Female Pelvic Health and is the Co-Director for a Urology based fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. Originally from South Africa, she trained first as a vaginal surgeon and then later acquired the skills of robotics to facilitate the ability to offer all forms of minimal-access surgery for pelvic organ prolapse repair. She is passionate about patient care and teaching. Dr. Matthews is the Chair of the Education Committee for IUGA, was one of 9 examiners who was invited to administer the first FPMRS sub-specialty oral board examination for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and serves as a general OB/GYN Board examiner. She is frequently invited to lecture and perform live surgery at conferences nationally and internationally. Dr. Matthews’ research areas include outcomes of prolapse repair; fecal incontinence; bladder pain syndrome and stem cell therapy for urinary and bowel incontinence; she has contributed more than 80 peer-reviewed papers to the medical literature. She has received numerous local and national awards for teaching and excellence in patient care.

Arnulfo Martinez, MD

Dr. Martinez is professor of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the ISSSTE (Social Security Institute for State Workers) Regional Hospital of Monterrey, Mexico and director of the Woman´s Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Clinic. Dr. Martinez received his medical degree from the Medical School of the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Mexico and completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at The National Medical Center “20 de Noviembre” ISSSTE in Mexico City.

He did a fellowship in maternal perinatal medicine at the National Perinatology Institute of the National Health Department and a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the “Siglo XXI” National Medical Center of the IMSS (Mexican Social Security Institute) in Mexico City.

He also completed an urogynecology fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery at the ISSSTE Regional Hospital of Monterrey.

Dr. Martinez has been certified by the Mexican Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, by the Mexican Board of Urogynecology and by the Mexican Board of Gynecologic Oncology.

Dr. Martinez has been an associate professor of the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon since 1996, and has been the director of the Obstetrics and Gynecology training program in the Regional Hospital Monterrey from 2001 to date. He has been professor of the Mexican Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 1995. Dr. Martinez has published articles, abstracts and videos in gynecologic surgery and in surgical control of obstetric hemorrhage. He has been working in the surgical research field of natural orifice sacrocolpopexy in reconstruction of vaginal apical prolapse with a pure retroperitoneal approach since 2009.

He is a member of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO), the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons (SGS), the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS), The Mexican Urogynecologic Society (SMUG), the International Urogynecological Association (IUGA), and the International Gynecologic Cancer Society (IGCS), The Mexican Oncologic Society (SMeO).

Beri Ridgeway, MD

Beri Ridgeway, MD, FACOG is Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. She is the Department Chair of Regional Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cleveland Clinic. Beri Ridgeway, MD graduated with honors from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) with a degree in Psychology and minors in Chemistry and Spanish Literature. She then spent the next two and a half years performing translational research on chronic neuropathic pain at UCSD. Dr. Ridgeway attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and graduated at the top of her class. She was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society as a student. She completed a four year residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at UCSD. Dr. Ridgeway completed a three year fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Cleveland Clinic. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.

Dr. Ridgeway has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed articles and 8 book chapters and made numerous presentations at national and international meetings on a variety of pelvic disorders and gynecological surgical procedures, including laparoscopic sacral colpopexy, difficult vaginal hysterectomy, uterine-sparing approaches to prolapse surgery, and robotic sacrocolpoperineopexy with ventral rectopexy. She is a member of the American Urogynecologic Society, Society of Gynecologic Surgeons, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and AAGL.

Diaa E.E. Rizk MBBCh (Hons), MSc (Hons), FRCOG, FRCS, MD, Dip BA

Professor Rizk is the Professor and Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, College of Medicine and Medical Sciences, Arabian Gulf University, Bahrain since September, 2014. He was the Policy Advisor and Medical Consultant to the Canadian Continence Foundation, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada from 2010-2014 and is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt since 2006.

He received clinical training in both Obstetrics and Gynaecology and General Surgery (Urology and Colo-rectal Surgery). He obtained his primary qualification from the Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt with highest honours in 1984. He trained in Ain Shams University Hospital (1985-1989) and several teaching hospitals in the UK (1990-1994). He obtained his MRCOG (Membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists) in 1991 and FRCS (Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons) in 1993 from London and Edinburgh, UK, respectively. He also obtained his MSc (Masters of Science) with highest honours and MD (Medical Doctorate) in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 1987 and 1994 from Ain Shams University and a Diploma in Health Care Administration from the American University in Cairo in 1994. He was admitted to the FRCOG (Fellowship of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists) in 2004. He worked at the Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University as a Lecturer for one year (1994-1995) before moving to the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates University from 1995-2007 as an Assistant then Associate Professor.

As an academic clinician, his research interests include Reproductive Health, Community Gynaecology, Medical Education and Biomedical Journalism besides Urogynaecology. He has published 132 original research articles, special contributions, position papers, case reports, editorials and reviews and 60 Congress Abstracts in peer-reviewed journals in these scientific fields. He obtained 13 research grants as a Principal investigator including the International Urogynecological Association [IUGA] grant 2012. He is one of the Editors of the International Urogynecology Journal and Pelvic floor dysfunction (the official journal of IUGA) since January 2007. He was invited to give several State of the Art and Key Note lectures in international and regional scientific meetings. He has organized and lectured in several postgraduate and multi-disciplinary international educational courses on Female pelvic floor dysfunctions for the International Continence Society [ICS].

As a medical professional, he was an active member of several national, regional and international committees notably the Terminology and the Research and Development Committees of IUGA; the Education, Nursing, Fistula and Continence Promotion Committees of ICS, the Education Committee of the World Association of Medical Editors and the FIGO (International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics) Task Force on Pelvic Floor Dysfunction. He is the Vice-Chair of the Regional Advisory Panel [RAP] for Reproductive Health and Research for the African and Eastern Mediterranean Regions of the World Health Organization and the Chairperson of the Publication Ethics Committee of the East Mediterranean Association of Medical Editors [EMAME] of the World Health Organization East Mediterranean Regional Office from 2005-2010. He was a founding board member of the Pan-Asian Urogynecological Association [PAUGA] in 2005. He is the Co-Founder and Chairperson of the Executive Board of the Mediterranean Incontinence and Pelvic Floor Society [MIPS] since 2013. He serves as the International Advisor for the Brazilian Association of the Pelvic Floor [ABAP] founded in 2014.

Baha Sibai, MD

Dr. Sibai is Professor of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He is also the President of the International Society for the Study of Hypertension and Pregnancy. He completed his Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship at the University of Tennessee. He remained on the faculty at the University of Tennessee from 1980-2000. He was the Director of Perinatal Research and was the P.I. for the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Network of the NICHD grant from 1986-2001. He joined the University of Cincinnati in April 2000 and served as the Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology from 2000 to 2005.

Dr. Sibai’s academic leadership and contributions to research, in the dissection of the hypertensive diseases of pregnancy and other basic problems associated with obstetrics and gynecology, has awarded him national and international recognition in the field of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, particularly in the area of hypertension and preeclampsia. His contributions have organized the treatment plans of many physicians all over the world. Dr. Sibai’s international notoriety in preeclampsia and eclampsia, preterm labor and preterm rupture of membranes, and medical complications in obstetrics, and emergencies in obstetrics evolved as a result of his authorship and co-authorship of over 480 peer-reviewed publications in national and internationally circulated publications. In addition, he has edited several textbooks and contributed to over 200 textbook chapters. His research interests are in hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, life-threatening maternal and obstetrics emergencies. He is an examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Perinatology and the Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine and infectious disease in obstetrics. He also serves as a consultant for more than 30 peer reviewed medical journals.

Carlos J. Sarsotti, MD

Dr. Carlos Sarsotti received his medical degree from Universidad Nacional de Rosario in 1985. He served as a General Surgery Resident at UN Rosario and after that he completed a five year residency in Gynecology at Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires. He underwent postgraduate training in GynOncology at Hospital Italiano and in Urogynecology at Hospital de Clinicas San Martin Buenos Aires Argentina. After that, he completed observerships in USA and Canada both in Gyn Oncology and Urogynecology. He´s nationally board certified in Gyn Oncology.

He served as Head Section of Urogynecology at Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, between 1998 and 2005, where he created the fellowship in Urogynecology. Since then he´s the Medical Director of GEDREP, Buenos Aires where he also created a fellowship program in 2007. He has also been Coordinator of the OB Gyn residency program at Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires.

Dr. Sarsotti has taught Urogynecology and Pelvic Floor Surgery in almost all Latin American countries and received recognition of several ObGyn National Societies in these countries. He has authored and coauthored several national and international publications and book chapters.

Erica Stockwell, DO, MBA, FACOG

Dr. Stockwell earned a dual bachelors in Biomedical Engineering and Physiology from the University of Minnesota. She also earned dual minors in Psychology and Chemistry. She worked in a Biomaterials Lab performing biomedical research as an engineer prior to pursuing her dream of becoming a surgeon. She attended Midwestern University for medical school and then returned to University of Minnesota for a residency in obstetrics and gynecology. She then pursued a fellowship in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery (MIGS) through Las Vegas Minimally Invasive Surgery (LVMIS) while concurrently obtaining her MBA through the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Lee Business School.

Dr. Stockwell stayed in Las Vegas as Director of Innovation and Business Education for DaVita HealthCare Partners. She currently serves as Assistant Fellowship Program Director for the LVMIS AAGL MIGS fellowship program, Director of Simulation for the Sunrise Health residency program in obstetrics and gynecology, and teaching faculty for University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine. She also serves as expert surgeon reviewer for the online surgical platform, CSATS, and enjoys participating in annual medical missions through various organizations.

Sandip P. Vasavada, MD

Dr. Sandip Vasavada serves as the Urologic Director, Center for Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic within the Glickman Urological Institute. Together with his other colleagues he helps represent one of the largest Centers for Female Pelvic Medicine in the U.S. He is also Associate Professor of Surgery (Urology) at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Vasavada has published numerous manuscripts and book chapters in the area of voiding dysfunction and urinary incontinence and has been named to “Top Docs” in Philadelphia and Cleveland magazines. He published his first textbook entitled Female Urology, Urogynecology and Voiding Dysfunction with co-editors Peter Sand, MD, Shlomo Raz, MD and Rodney Appell, MD (Marcel-Dekker, NY 2005) and is in the process of completing his second book on Female Urology and Pelvic Organ Prolapse with co-author Howard Goldman, MD (Humana Publishing). He has authored over 65 manuscripts, 25 book chapters, numerous abstracts and videos, and has lectured and demonstrated surgical techniques around the world. Dr Vasavada’s main clinical interests lie in the area of urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and complex reconstruction of the lower urinary tract. His current research interests are in the field of refractory bladder overactivity and neuromodulation. Dr Vasavada is part of a $7.8 million grant from the State of Ohio (Biomedical Research Technology Transfer grant [BRTT]) aiming to study the effects of dorsal genital nerve stimulation on bladder overactivity. He is also part of three NIH-SBIR grants aiming to evaluate neuromodulation in complex patient subgroups.

K. Warren Volker, MD, PhD

K. Warren Volker holds both a M.D. and Ph.D., graduating with honors in both fields. He graduated AOA (Alpha Omega Alpha) from medical school. His Ph.D. is in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and his Master’s Degree is in Protein Chemistry and Genetics. He has a degree in finance management. He is a diplomat of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and completed his residency training at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He is subspecialized and certified as a minimally invasive and robotic pelvic surgeon. He was the first Nevada physician to ever receive the Arnold P. Gould National Leadership Award in Medicine and Business. In 2002, he was invited and recognized as a member of Distinguished Men and Women in Southern Nevada.

Aside from living in Las Vegas, Dr. Volker has been traveling to UCLA over the past 7 years to train medical students and residents. He has been training gynecologic and reconstructive pelvic surgeons in minimally invasive surgery and robotics for the past 14 years. Dr. Volker teaches surgery at LVMIS (Las Vegas Minimally Invasive Surgery), the first dedicated non-profit center of excellence for women’s pelvic health. This internationally recognized center was accredited 4 years ago and has been accepting surgical fellows. LVMIS is only 1 of 44 accredited fellowships in the U.S. This center is affiliated with both UNSOM (University of Nevada School of Medicine), and Harbor-UCLA School of Medicine, and trains OB/GYN residents from both programs. Dr. Volker is on faculty at UNSOM (University of Nevada School of Medicine), Touro University, and Harbor-UCLA. He is the Vice Chairman of the Community Advisory Board of the new UNLV School of Medicine.

Dr. Volker is the CEO of WellHealth Quality Care, a large multi-specialty medical accountable care organization and medical group. He is Founder and Chairman of the Board of Premier Physician’s Insurance Company (PPIC), one of the top 5 largest malpractice insurance companies in Nevada.

Jianliu Wang, MD

Professor Jianliu Wang is Professor and Vice Chairman in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Peking University People’s Hospital, Beijing, China. Dr. Wang completed postdoctoral training in the Department of Molecular Medicine at Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden, where he majored in gynecologic oncology. He is a specialist in both gynecologic oncology and in urogynecology. Professor Wang is a member of 12 professional societies worldwide and the recipient of numerous awards in research and education. Professor Wang has multiple peer-reviewed publications and is the editor or translator for 12 text books in obstetrics and gynecology, surgical gynecology or gynecologic oncology.

James L. Whiteside, MD

Dr. Whiteside is Board Certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology with fellowship training in Urogynecology and Reconstructive Surgery from The Cleveland Clinic. He completed his residency at Brown University/Women and Infants of Rhode Island Hospital and received his medical degree from The Medical College of Georgia. He also holds a Master of Arts Degree in Bioethics and Health Policy from Loyola University Chicago and a Master of Science Degree in Botany from the University of Georgia. Dr. Whiteside has also served as an associate professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth where he remains adjunct faculty. He is currently professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.  He has received numerous accolades, and has been published nationally for his work and research in urogynecology, pelvic floor surgery and bioethics.

Allison Wyman, MD, FACOG

Allison Wyman, MD, FACOG is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida located in Tampa, Florida. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center/Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, followed by a three-year fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of South Florida. Dr. Wyman has published several manuscripts, videos, and a book chapter and has presented her research work nationally. She is a research grant recipient of two awards in 2017 including the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) Pelvic Floor Disorders Research Foundation Faculty Research Award and the University South Florida New Researchers Award.

Dr. Wyman is a senior advisor to the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons (SGS) Fellows’ Pelvic Research Network (FPRN), Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (FMIGs/AAGL) division and a junior advisor to the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons (SGS) FPRN, American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) division. She is a peer-reviewer for American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and for the International Urogynecology Journal and a member of American Urogynecologic Society, Society of Gynecologic Surgeons, and American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.