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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 rossi@pennmedicine.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

  • Daisy Hassani, MD
    Residency: Case Western Reserve University
  • Edward Kim, MD
    Residency: Johns Hopkins University Hospital
  • Alex Soriano, MD
    Residency: Case Western Reserve University

Number of First Year Positions: 2

Application Requirements

  • Application Deadline: February 22, 2021
  • 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, May 7 & 8, 2021.

Participating Core Faculty

Lily A. Arya, MD, MS

  • Dr. Lily Arya is the William Goodell Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Chief of the Division of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. She is Program Director of the Fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Arya’s clinical interests are vaginal surgery, neurogenic bladder, and interstitial cystitis. She is co-investigator for the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network, a NIH sponsored multi-center network that performs randomized control trials in pelvic floor disorders. She has a special interest in brain neuroimaging research for voiding dysfunction and for which she has received a grant from NIDDK. Dr. Arya is a graduate of Calcutta Medical College and has a Masters in Epidemiology from the University of Arizona.  She completed her residency at Harlem Hospital Center and fellowship in Urogynecology at Brown University.

Pamela J. Levin, MD

  • Dr. Pamela Levin is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, at Pennsylvania Hospital. Dr. Levin’s special interests include postpartum pelvic floor disorders, vaginal surgery, pelvic floor and fistula repair, as well as revision and management of complex vaginal scarring. In 2017 she developed and continues to run the Postpartum Recovery Clinic at Penn Medicine. She is actively involved in medical education, as Assistant Fellowship Program Director of the FPMRS Fellowship, as well as the Clerkship Co-Director for the Obstetrics and Gynecology Core Clerkship at Pennsylvania Hospital. Dr Levin is recognized as a member of the University Medical Education Committee for the Perlman School of Medicine and the Subspecialty Educator in FPMRS at Pennsylvania Hospital. She is also a member of the OBGYN Departmental Professionalism Committee and the GYN Quality Assurance Committee at Pennsylvania Hospital. Dr. Levin is a graduate of the Jefferson Medical College and completed her residency at Pennsylvania Hospital and fellowship in FPMRS at Duke University.

Heidi S. Harvie, MD, MBA, MSCE

  • Dr. Heidi Harvie is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital. Dr. Harvie’s clinical interests include robotic surgery (including sacrocolpopexy, Burch, and paravaginal repair), pelvic organ prolapse, and mixed urinary incontinence. She is Principal Investigator for the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network, a NIH sponsored multi-center network that performs randomized control trials in pelvic floor disorders. She has a special interest in cost-effectiveness research and sequential, multiple assignment, randomized trials (SMARTs). Dr. Harvie is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and has Masters degrees in Epidemiology and Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her residency in ObGyn and fellowship in Urogynecology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Uduak U. Andy, MD

  • Dr. Uduak Andy is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Chief of Gynecology Service at Penn Presbyterian Hospital.  Dr. Andy’s clinical interests include robotic surgery and management of ABL. She runs the ABL clinic, which provides testing for and management of women with ABL.  Dr. Andy’s research interests focus on fecal incontinence as well as the intersection of geriatrics and pelvic floor disorders.  She has received funding from the National Institute on Aging. Dr Andy is also involved in multicenter collaborative research as the site PI for the AUGS Junior Faculty Research Network and as a co-investigator in the NICHD Pelvic Floor Disorders Network. Dr. Andy received her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine and completed her residency in OBGYN and fellowship in FPRMS at the University of Pennsylvania.

Caroline Cox, MD

  • Dr. Caroline Cox is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology, and received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Pennsylvania before completing her residency at the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 2017. She completed a fellowship in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery at the University of Michigan in 2020. Her clinical and research interests include optimizing native tissue prolapse repair, transgender surgery, surgical simulation education, and environmental sustainability in the operating room. She currently serves as a member of the AUGS membership committee and the SGS Pelvic Anatomy Group Digital Library Workgroup. Dr. Cox joined the Penn Medicine faculty in August 2020.

Ariana L. Smith, MD

  • Dr. Ariana Smith is Chief, Section of Urology, Pennsylvania Hospital and Associate Professor of Urology in Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Hospital. Her 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 FPMRS fellows. She provides one-on-one teaching in the Urology clinics at Pennsylvania Hospital and at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. The FPMRS 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. She is a graduate of the Albert Einstein School of Medicine and completed her Urology residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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