Lindsey Menchen, MD, chief resident in Urology, was recently selected for the Award for Excellence in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery by the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS). The honor is bestowed on one third-year OB/GYN Resident and one third-year or fourth-year Urology Resident nationwide who exhibits dedication to caring for women with pelvic floor disorders and making quality of life improvement an important aspect of clinical care for patients.

Menchen has selected urodynamics, female urology and genitourinary reconstruction in which to pursue fellowship training and a future career.

"In her residency here thus far, she has demonstrated superior judgment, patient care, surgical ability and great academic potential," said Alan Wein, MD, chair of the division of Urology.

Menchen's work for women with pelvic floor disorders over the past year includes a review article looking at the symptoms of overactive bladder syndrome in women who have undergone pelvic organ prolapse repair, with the goal of being better able to provide counseling to patients who are considering surgery. The other project dealt with addressing the Food and Drug Administration communications on transvaginal mesh use in pelvic organ prolapse repair.

"I am very grateful to my mentors Dr. Smith and Dr. Wein for their guidance and support, and for nominating me for this award," said Menchen.

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Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2015, Penn Medicine provided $253.3 million to benefit our community.

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