Core Investigators

Jan Busby-Whitehead, MD

School of Medicine, Department of Geriatric Medicine

Professor & Chief, Division of Geriatric Medicine

Director, Center for Aging and Health

Research Interests: Geriatric syndromes including urinary and fecal incontinence, memory disorders, falls, functional decline, polypharmacy

AnnaMarie Connolly, MD

School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Annie Louise Wilkerson, MD ’36 Distinguished Professor, Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery;

Vice Chair for Education &  Director, Medical Education Division

Research Interests: Treatment outcomes of urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, medical education and program development, leadership development, and mentorship

Alexis Dieter, MD

School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Assistant Professor, Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery

Research Interests: Etiology and treatments of pelvic floor disorder, minimally invasive surgery for prolapse repair, genitourinary fistula management, neuromodulation therapies for bladder dysfunction, perioperative and clinical care optimization

Elizabeth Geller, MD

School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Associate Professor & Fellowship Director, Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery

Research Interests: Minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, mesh implants, risk factors and treatment of idiopathic and refractory overactive bladder, including sacral neuromodulation

Michele Jonsson-Funk, PhD

Gillings School of Public Health, Epidemiology

Research Assistant Professor, Epidemiology

Research Interests: Epidemiology of PFDs and clinical outcomes; comparative effectiveness

Mary H. Palmer , PhD, RNC, FAAN, AGSF

School of Nursing

Helen W. & Thomas L. Umphlet Distinguished Professor in Aging

Research Interests: Urinary incontinence, health behaviors and prevention or urinary incontinence, gerontology

Publications

Mandy Pulliam, MD

School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Assistant Professor and Director, Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery

Research Interests: reconstructive pelvic surgery, risk factors and treatment of urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and fecal incontinence

Ellen Wells, MD

School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Associate Professor, Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery

Research Interests: Urinary incontinence, pelvic support surgery, fecal incontinence

Bill Whitehead, PhD

School of Medicine, Department of Medicine

Director, Center for Functional GI & Motility Disorders

Professor of Medicine

Adjunct Professor of OB-GYN

Research Interests: Clinical outcomes and treatment of fecal incontinence, gastrointestinal motility disorders, and constipation

Maggie Wilkins, RN, MSN, WHNP-BC

School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Clinical Instructor, Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery

Research Interests: Epidemiology and treatment of pelvic floor disorders

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