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107HO - Contemporary Urodynamics

Sunday, May 20
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: MCC WEST, 3008

Urodynamic testing is the gold standard for evaluation of lower urinary disorders – both neurogenic and non-neurogenic. They are often necessary for the accurate assessment of urinary storage dysfunction, voiding dysfunction, bladder outlet obsttruction, and neurogenic bladder dysfunction. This course is designed to provide Physicians and Advanced Practice Providers with the knowledge and skills needed to perform and interpret multichannel and videourodynamic studies.

This offering provides a hands-on environment for practicing urologists and practitioners to improve their skills in urodynamics. There will be specific instruction in preparation of the patient for urodynamic testing including indications for urodynamic testing outlined in the America Urological Association/ Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction testing. We will discuss urodynamic evaluation of bladder storage via the filling cystometry with measurement of intravesical (Pves), abdominal (Pabd) and detrusor pressures (Pdet). Interpretation of bladder contractility, bladder leak point pressure, vesical compliance, and bladder outlet obstruction will be covered. Participants will learn techniques for performing pelvic floor electromyography using transcutaneous patches and percutaneous needles of wire electrodes. We will also review techniques for urethral pressure profilometry and abdominal leak point pressure testing for evaluation of urethral sphincter competence, and compare strengths and weaknesses of each approach. Instruction will incorporate techniques for evaluation of micturition including complex uroflowmetry, the voiding pressure flow study, and analysis of these findings via widely used pressure flow nomogams. We will review physical aspects of urodynamic testing, troubleshooting for common artifacts and technical challenges associated with urodynamic testing, and interpretation of findings.

This course offers a hands-on opportunity for participants to learn best practices for setting up, zeroing and setting reference levels using external, water-charged and air-charged transducers, along with performance of a multichannel urodynamic study using a mechanical model.

Learning Objectives:

Craig Comiter

Stanford University School of Medicine

Dr. Comiter received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed his urology residency at the Harvard Program in Urology. In 1998, Dr. Comiter served as Clinical Instructor and Fellow in Neurourology and Urodynamics at the University of California in Los Angeles.

In 1999, Dr. Comiter joined the faculty at the University of Arizona, as Assistant Professor of Urology. In 2003, he was promoted to Associate Professor, and became Chief of the Section of Urology and Residency Program Director. Under his direction, 25% of graduating residents went on to academic fellowship training.

In 2008, Dr. Comiter moved to Stanford University Medical School as an Associate Professor in the Departments of Urology and Obstetrics & Gynecology, where he started an ABU/ABOG and SUFU accredited fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. In 2013, Dr. Comiter was promoted to Professor, and the Stanford FPMRS fellowship was approved for ACGME accreditation.

Dr. Comiter has been a strong supporter of the AUA and SUFU, having presented many abstracts over the past 17 years, and giving several courses, and moderating scientific sessions. In addition, he has sponsored dozens of resident presentations at the AUA and SUFU annual meetings. He was a member of the inaugural Leadership Class of the AUA, and has served on the AUA’s Public Relations Committee, and Young Urologists Committee. In addition, Dr. Comiter served on the SUFU Executive Committee for 8 years, most recently as Fellowship Committee Chair.

Dr. Comiter has published more than 75 peer-reviewed articles and 25 book chapters.

Research interests:
Post-Prostatectomy Incontinence
Angiotensin II inhibition as a treatment for detrusor dysfunction related to interstitial cystitis and bladder outlet obstruction.
Detrusor directed therapy for bladder outlet obstruction – murine model
Urodynamic evaluation of bladder contractility


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Mikel Gray

University of Virginia

Mikel Gray is a Professor in the School of Medicine (Department of Urology) and School of Nursing (Department of Acute and Specialty Care) at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He is Editor-in Chief of the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing. He has authored or co-edited 4 books, and he has authored more than 50 chapters and 200 articles in peer reviewed journals. He has lectured both nationally and internationally on topics related to neurological urology and urodynamic testing.


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Ekene Enemchukwu

Stanford University School of Medicine

Dr. Enemchukwu, MD, MPH attended Duke University and subsequently earned her combined degree in Medicine (MD) and Public Health (MPH) at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and Gillings School of Global Public Health. She completed her Urology training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and went on to complete a fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery with concurrent training in Male Voiding Dysfunction and Neurourology at NYU Langone Medical Center.

Her research interests are in the areas of refractory overactive bladder in elderly/frail, neurogenic and underserved patient populations, health disparities, detrusor underactivity, quality of life, quality improvement, and shared decision making.


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Mike Albo

UC San Diego

Michael E. Albo, MD is Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Urology and Co-Director of the Women’s Pelvic Medicine Center at University of California, San Diego Health He is adjunct Professor in the Department of Reproductive Medicine at UCSD. He is also the Director of Urologic Services in the Spinal Cord Injury Unit at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in La Jolla, CA. Dr. Albo earned his medical degree from the University of Utah College of Medicine in 1988, completed his Urology residency at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center in Charlottesville, VA in 1994 and finished fellowship training in Female Urology, Urodynamics and Reconstructive Surgery at the UCLA Health Sciences Center in 1996. Dr. Albo is board-certified in Urology since 1998 and has sub-specialty certification in Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery since 2013. As a faculty of the UC San Diego School of Medicine since 1996, Dr. Albo participates in both the resident and fellowship training programs within the Departments of Urology and Reproductive Medicine.

Dr. Albo’s clinical and research interests are in the areas of urinary incontinence, voiding dysfunction and neurourology. He served as the Principal Investigator for the UCSD clinical site in the Urinary Incontinence Treatment Network from 2001 until 2013 and as a Co-investigator in the UCSD Pelvic Floor Disorders Network from 2006- present. He is author of several seminal articles on the New England Journal of Medicine that provide Level 1 evidence for the outcomes of surgical treatment of stress urinary incontinence in women.

He serves on the Executive Committee of the Society for Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction and is the recipient of that society’s Zimskind Award.


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Christopher S. Elliott


Dr Elliott is a fellowship trained, pelvic reconstructive surgeon with expertise in neurourology. He participated in the physician-scientist program at Ohio State University, receiving both and MD as well as a PhD in epidemiology. After completing his urologic residency at Stanford University Medical Center in 2010, he became Stanford's first Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellow - a unique two year ABU/ABOG accredited fellowship with both Stanford Urology and Urogynecology faculty training. During this time he received a full experience in pelvic medicine that encompassed both male and female patients. He has clinical and surgical expertise in the management of female pelvic organ prolapse, complex urogynecologic anomalies, overactive bladder, BPH, voiding dysfunction secondary to neurologic disease and both male and female incontinence.
Starting in 2012, Dr Elliott joined the Division of Urology at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, California with a joint appointment at Stanford University Medical Center. In addition to his clinical work, he has authored several book chapters, published multiple journal articles and taught courses at national meetings (AUA, AUGS). His main academic interests include the epidemiologic study of pelvic organ prolapse, incontinence and bladder dysfunction after spinal cord injury.


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Sandip P. Vasavada

Cleveland Clinic Glickman Urological Institute and Lerner College of Medicine

Sandip Vasavada, MD, serves as the Urologic Director, Center for Female Urology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery, at Cleveland Clinic within the Glickman Urological Institute. He is also Professor of Surgery (Urology) at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and has a joint appointment with the Women's Health Institute.

Dr. Vasavada has published numerous manuscripts and book chapters in the area of voiding dysfunction and urinary incontinence and has been named to "Top Docs" in Philadelphia and Cleveland magazines for over 15 years. He has published three textbooks and has authored over 100 manuscripts and over 25 book chapters and numerous abstracts and videos . He has lectured and demonstrated surgical techniques around the world in over 20 countries. He serves on the American Board of Urology Exam Committee and has helped author the American Urological Association (AUA)/SUFU Guidelines in Overactive Bladder and Stress Urinary Incontinence for the AUA and SUFU. He is currently the Vice President of SUFU (Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction) and a member of their Executive council for almost 10 years.

Dr. Vasavada's main clinical interests lie in the area of urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and complex reconstruction of the lower urinary tract and management of complications of vaginal and lower urinary tract surgery. His current research interests are in the field of refractory bladder overactivity and neuromodulation and care pathways for optimizing care in patients undergoing incontinence and prolapse surgery. Dr. Vasavada serves with the Section of Urogynecology on the NIH-Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.


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David Ginsberg

USC Institute of Urology

Dr. David Ginsberg is an internationally recognized expert in the field of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Urology (FPMRS). Dr. Ginsberg joined the USC faculty in 1997 after completing his fellowship in female, reconstructive and neuro-urology.

His particular areas of interest include both male and female voiding symptoms and urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and neurogenic bladder. Dr. Ginsberg specializes in both surgical and non-surgical options for treatment of prolapse and voiding dysfunction. Dr. Ginsberg is boarded by the American Board of Urology and also board certified in FPMRS. In addition, Dr. Ginsberg is Chief of Urology at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, an internationally respected facility focusing on the care of patients with spinal cord injury and other neurologic diseases.

Dr. Ginsberg’s contribution to the field has been recognized by his service on the Exam Committee for the American Urology Association and American Board of Urology and the AUA Stress Urinary Incontinence Guideline Committee. He is presently Chair of the AUA Neurogenic Lower Urinary Dysfunction Guideline Committee and has also been asked to return to the AUA/ABU Exam Committee as a Senior Editor. He is also on the Executive Committee for the Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine & Urogenital Reconstruction (SUFU) and has lectured throughout the world. Dr. Ginsberg has been elected to Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society and has been listed as a “Best Doctors in America” and one of Southern California’s Super Doctors in Los Angeles Magazine for many years. He has published numerous articles within his field of expertise and reviews article for multiple journal, including the Journal of Urology for which he was awarded “reviewer of the year” in 2012 and 2014. Dr. Ginsberg is on the editorial board for Medscape and is an Associate Editor for Neurourology and Urodynamics.


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Larissa V. Rodriguez

University of Southern California

Dr. Larissa V. Rodríguez is Professor of Urology and Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vice Chair of Academics and Director of the Division of Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Beverly Hill at the University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of Medicine and Associate Provost of Faculty and Student Initiatives for STEM and Health Sciences at USC. She has a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from MIT. She completed her medical training and Urology residency at Stanford University and completed her Female Urology, Voiding Dysfunction, and Reconstructive Surgery fellowship at UCLA. Dr. Rodríguez’s clinical research focuses on outcomes of vaginal and robotic surgery, quality of life as it relates to pelvic floor disorders, and the pathophysiology and treatment of interstitial cystitis. In the laboratory she is pursuing investigations in the role of stress on urinary symptoms, voiding dysfunction and bladder pain and the use of adipose derived stem cells for urinary reconstruction. She is currently Principal Investigator in an NIH sponsored Multidisciplinary Approach to the Study of Urologic Pelvic Pain (MAPP) research network. She has been a recipient of numerous research grants and has served as reviewer of multiple journals and member of study sections for the NIH and other research foundations. She has been the recipient of multiple research awards from the American Urological Association (AUA), the Western Section of the AUA, and the Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine, and Urogenital Reconstruction (SUFU). In 2008 she was the recipient of the Zimskind Award, an award given by SUFU to an individual with significant contribution to the field of Pelvic Medicine and Voiding Dysfunction within the first 10 years of their career.


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Anne M. Suskind


Dr. Anne M. Suskind, MD, MS, FACS is an Assistant Professor of Urology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) who specializes in Neurourology and in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS). She has a deep interest in neurourology and specializes in treating patients with neurologic disorders that affect the bladder. She has funding from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), the National institute on Aging (NIA), and the Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine & Urogenital Reconstruction (SUFU) to explore the effects of frailty and aging on outcomes of urologic surgery and other treatments for benign urologic conditions.


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Polina Reyblat

Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center

Polina Rreyblat, MD
Chief of Urology Department
Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Meical Center

Areas of clinical focus: NeuroUrology, Recosntructve and Prosthetic Urology, Gender Affirmation Surgery

Residency: Universidy Of Sourthern California, Keck School of Medicine 2003-2009
Fellowship: NeuroUrology and Reconstructive Urology, University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, 2009-2010


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Stephen R. Kraus

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Dr. Kraus is Professor & Interim Chairman of the Department of Urology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) where he heads the Division of Female Urology, Neuro-Urology & Voiding Dysfunction. He completed his undergraduate education at Brandeis University and received his MD from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School where he also completed his residency in urology. He completed a fellowship in Neuro-Urology, Incontinence, and Urodynamics at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and he received his Master of Science in Clinical Investigation at the UTHSCSA. Dr Kraus received his subspecialty certification in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) from the American Board of Urology in June 2013.

A Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr Kraus is also a member of: the American Urological Association, the American Urogynecologic Society, the International Continence Society and the Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction (SUFU) . He is on the Board of Directors for SUFU and for the Texas Urological Society where he also serves as Chair of the Education Committee.

Dr Kraus has served as faculty for many post graduate courses on topics including Neurourology, Female Urology, Overactive Bladder, Male Incontinence & Voiding Disorders and Urodynamics. Dr Kraus served on the AUA Guidelines Panel on Urodynamics and is currently on the AUA Guidelines Panel on Female Stress Urinary Incontinence. Dr Kraus also heads the SUFU OAB Clinical Care Pathway Project.

Dr. Kraus is actively engaged in research and has served as principal investigator for a variety of studies and grants including the Urinary Incontinence Treatment Network, sponsored by the NIH/NIDDK. In addition to serving on the editorial board of Drugs & Aging and BMC Urology, Dr. Kraus serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Urology, Urology and Neurourology & Urodynamics.


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Una Lee

Virginia Mason Medical Center

Dr. Una Lee is a Urologist in the Section of Urology at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Urology at the University of Washington. She is subspecialty board certified in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. Her undergraduate and medical school degrees are from Stanford University. She completed her urology residency at the Cleveland Clinic, and did her fellowship in Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at UCLA with Dr Shlomo Raz. Dr. Lee’s clinical practice is focused on the evaluation and management of female pelvic floor disorders. She specializes in incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and vaginal reconstructive surgery, robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery for prolapse, as well as complications from prior surgeries using mesh.

Dr. Lee is an Advisory Board Member for the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network, which conducts clinical trials funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). She is also an active committee member of the American Urogynecology Society and the Society for Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine, and Urogenital Reconstruction. She volunteers with the nonprofit organization Medicine for Humanity and travels to Mbarara, Uganda to partner with local providers and teach on the surgical repair of childbirth injury. As a physician who takes care of pelvic floor problems, Dr. Lee promotes patient education and public awareness of the body parts and how they function by writing posts on the Virginia Mason Health and Wellness Blog: http://blog.virginiamason.org/2015/04/06/five-things-worth-knowing-about-the-vagina/. She is also an investigator in clinical and scientific research and conducts collaborative research at the Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason. Her ultimate goal is to provide excellent care for her patients by pursuing a deeper understanding of disease and developing safe and effective prevention and treatment strategies.


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