Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Lily Arya, MD, MS Lily A. Arya, MD, MS
Program Director

University of Pennsylvania Health System — Department of OB/GYN
Division of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street, 1000 Courtyard
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Pamela J. Levin, MD Pamela J. Levin, MD
Assistant Program Director

University of Pennsylvania Health System — Department of OB/GYN
Division of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery
Penn Medicine Washington Square
800 Walnut Street, 10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Please direct all fellowship application inquiries to mrossi@obgyn.upenn.edu.
Phone: 215-662-3230 | Fax: 215-349-8513

Prerequisites

Applicants must have completed an approved residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology or Urology.

Program Description

The objective of the Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at Penn (FPM/RS) fellowship program is to provide high quality comprehensive education in urogynecology and pelvic floor disorders for obstetrician-gynecologists and urologists. This three year (two year for urology trained candidates) ACGME approved program will provide clinical, surgical and research training in the field of FPM/RS. The Division of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery serves as a major referral center for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with urinary and fecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic floor dysfunction. To provide patients with the best possible outcome, our specialists work closely with urologists, colo-rectal surgeons, radiologists, and physical therapists.

Clinical

Clinical training consists of an intensive experience in the clinical care of patients with incontinence and pelvic floor disorders. Ample surgical experience will be obtained in repairs of urinary incontinence, anal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, female genital tract fistulas, and revision of vaginal scarring and lacerations. Fellows will be trained in vaginal, abdominal, and robotic surgery. To provide multidisciplinary training, fellows will progress through well-defined rotations in female urology in the Department of Urology and colorectal surgery in the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery. Fellows will also play an integral role in the supervision and teaching of residents and medical students.

The inpatient service is based at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Pennsylvania Hospital (PAH). The division performs approximately 500 surgical procedures every year. Pennsylvania Hospital, one of the University of Pennsylvania Health System’s core hospitals, is located 10 minutes away from the main campus. At PAH, fellows participate in surgical procedures and also rotate in the ambulatory practice on a full-time basis.

In addition to its inpatient facilities, the division also utilizes a full array of urogynecologic diagnostic and therapeutic procedures performed on an outpatient basis. This unit has full capability to perform operative laparoscopy, robotic procedures, and fully equipped urodynamic, cystoscopy, anal physiological testing, and endoanal ultrasound.

Research

The division has well-equipped clinical and translational research facilities. Twelve months of dedicated research time is distributed over the three-year period. We anticipate that all fellows will complete peer projects leading to presentations at national meetings and publications by the third year.

Education

The Division of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery maintains an active teaching schedule that includes a weekly academic series including topical lectures, Q&A, journal club, and research training. All major topics pertinent to FPM/RS are covered in this lecture series every year. The weekly conference also allows for presentation and discussion of complex patients seen in the institution during the previous week, and any current patients who need major treatment decisions made.

Current Fellows

  • Alex Soriano, MD
    Residency: Case Western Reserve University
  • Neha Rana, MD
    Residency: Saint Barnabas Medical Center
  • Daisy Hassani, MD
    Residency: Case Western Reserve University

Number of First Year Positions: 1

Application Requirements

  • Application Deadline: February 20, 2020
  • Updated Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • Three letters of recommendation (one must be from your current program director)
  • 2nd and 3rd year CREOG scores (when available)
  • Apply through ERAS

Interviews will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 10 & 11, 2020.

Participating Core Faculty

  • Uduak U. Andy, MD - Dr. Andy is involved in the clinical training, teaching, and research activities of fellows in the division. Fellows rotate with her during their clinical months at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Andy also provides research mentorship for the fellows for many of their projects. Dr. Andy's research areas of expertise include aging-related effects on pelvic floor disorders, and fecal incontinence. She is active in the robotic pelvic reconstructive surgery program, and directs the medical student elective in FPM/RS.
  • Lily A. Arya, MD, MS - Dr. Arya directs the fellowship training program in FPM/RS and is Chief of the Division of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery. She has been successful in establishing a dynamic multi-disciplinary collaboration for the treatment of pelvic floor disorders at Penn. Dr. Arya is interested in translational research, including brain neuroimaging and microbiome of interstitial cystitis, and fecal and urinary incontinence. In addition, she is Principal Investigator at UPenn of the multi-center NIH Pelvic Floor Disorders Network, as well as for a MAPP study investigating brain mechanisms of interstitial cystitis.
  • Heidi S. Harvie, MD, MBA, MSCEM - Dr. Harvie is Director of Penn Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital and is responsible for the clinical training, scholarly activities, and research training of the fellows rotating at Pennsylvania Hospital and is integrally involved in their clinical, research, and educational endeavors. Dr. Harvie's research activities include cost effectiveness and utility preference based instruments in women with pelvic floor disorders. In addition, she is an expert on robotic surgery. Dr. Harvie is co-PI with Dr. Arya for the Penn site of the NIH Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.
  • Pamela J. Levin, MD - Dr. Levin is the Assistant Fellowship Director and is integrally involved in the clinical training and scholarly activities of fellows at Pennsylvania Hospital. She is responsible for developing the academic curriculum of the weekly lectures and journal clubs, the weekly and monthly block diagrams, as well as evaluations. Dr. Levin has expertise in congenital vaginal anomalies and postpartum complications. She runs the postpartum recovery clinic, and collaborates with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
  • Ariana L. Smith, MD - Dr. Smith's practice is primarily female voiding dysfunction, pelvic organ prolapse, and urinary incontinence, and she is an integral part of the education and training of the FPM/RS fellows. She provides one-on-one teaching in the Urology clinics at Pennsylvania Hospital and at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  The FPM/RS fellow and the Urology chief resident operate with Dr. Smith at PAH. She is involved clinically, academically, and in research collaboration with fellows and faculty of the division.

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