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Jennifer Wu, MD, MPH
Dr. Wu is an Associate Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Director of Research in the Division of Urogynecology. She earned her BA in Biology from Harvard University and her MD from the University of California at San Francisco. She trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital & Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA and then completed a fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Concurrently, she completed the NIH T32 Triangle Clinical Research Fellowship in Reproductive Health and received her Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology at the UNC School of Public Health. After graduating from fellowship in 2007, she served on the faculty at Duke University until 2013, when she decided to rejoin the UNC Chapel Hill Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
She is a former Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) K12 scholar and is now supported by a NICHD K23 to evaluate the genetic epidemiology of pelvic floor disorders. She has been NIH-funded to evaluate the genetic etiology of prolapse as well as to study the pharmacogenetic predictors of the response to anticholinergic medications for overactive bladder. Her long-term career goal is to substantially improve women’s health in the field of urogynecology by becoming a well-trained, independent clinician-scientist able to use innovative tools to identify the root causes of pelvic floor disorders and to translate these findings into improved clinical practice.
"We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Wu back to UNC" shares Dr. Catherine Matthews, Director of UNC Pelvic Health. "In addition to her broad clinical excellence in the treatment of all pelvic floor disorders, she is a gifted researcher who brings her results back to the bedside. For example, Dr Wu will be collecting a biorepository so individual genetic information can be used to direct patient treatment. While we feel honored to have her, I know that our patients will be the more fortunate recipients of her expertise."