DrDonnica.Com Launches National Help Center
For Women With Stress Urinary Incontinence
(Branchburg NJ 8/20/02): DrDonnica.com, a website devoted to the medical needs
of women, has launched the Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) Center to help
the nearly 30 million American women who are affected by this condition. SUI
is an embarrassing problem of bladder leakage that can occur -- usually without
warning --during exercise, coughing, sneezing, laughing or any other movement
that puts pressure on the bladder. Until recently, most women with this condition
had few treatment options. Embarrassment has also kept many SUI sufferers from
discussing their symptoms with their physicians. As the condition worsens,
it can significantly affect self-esteem, leading women to avoid intimacy and
social interactions. In many cases, helplessness has lead to depression.
"The SUI Center offers women with stress urinary
incontinence a place to turn to for accurate information, helpful tips and hope,"
noted Dr. Donnica Moore, the founder and host of DrDonnica.com. Although SUI
increases with age, one-third of women who have it are younger than 35. Besides
age, other risk factors include pregnancy, childbirth, depletion of estrogen
with menopause, smoking, obesity, high-impact physical activities, and a history
of pelvic surgery.
In addition to several articles on SUI, the SUI Center will also feature five
prominent Guest Expert physicians who will discuss such topics as:
- Common causes of stress urinary incontinence
- Relationship between childbirth and stress urinary incontinence
- Effective tips for reducing bladder leakage problems
- Treatment options and behavior modification
The Guest Experts are all renowned physicians in the
field of women's health who conduct research in various clinical trials. The
Guest Experts include:
- G. WILLY DAVILA, M.D., Chairman of the Department of Gynecology
and Head of the section of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery
at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston FL. He is also the Director of the Fellowship
training program in urogynecology at the institution. Dr. Davila is on the
Editorial Board of the International Urogynecology Journal. His research
interest has focused on conservative therapy of urinary incontinence. He has
participated in multiple panels and multi-center studies evaluating physiotherapeutic
approaches to urinary incontinence as well as multiple device trials. His
work has resulted in many publications on the topic of conservative therapy
for stress urinary incontinence.
- NEIL GLADSTONE, M.D., Director of Clinical Research at Women's Health
Research, a large single specialty medical group in Riverdale, Georgia. He
received his medical degree from the University of Missouri and is board certified
in obstetrics and gynecology. He is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians
and Gynecologists and the American College of Surgeons. He is also a member
of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopy and the International
Society for Gynecologic Endoscopy. Dr. Gladstone's research interests include
hormone management of gynecologic problems, menopause, and sexual dysfunction.
- SHYAM HATANGADI, M.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of
Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the Robert Wood Johnson
Medical School of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
He is also Associate Director of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology
and Reproductive Sciences Section of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic
Surgery at St. Peter's University Hospital. He received his medical degree
from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India. Dr.
Hatangadi completed his fellowship in urogynecology and pelvic reconstructive
surgery at New York University Medical Center and is board certified in obstetrics
and gynecology. He is a Junior Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics
& Gynecology, and is also a member of the American Urogynecologic Society.
He is a frequent presenter at regional and national meetings.
- MARGIE KAHN, M.D., Director of Pelvic Floor Medicine and
Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB)
in Galveston Texas. She received her medical degree from Tulane University,
in New Orleans, La., and is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology.
While completing her three-year Urogynecology Fellowship at St. George's
Hospital in London, Dr. Kahn received a two-year grant to study methods of
rectocele repair. She is a member of the International Continence Society,
the International Urogynecologic Association, and the American Urogynecologic
Society. Her papers have been published in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks
and she has reviewed papers on an ad-hoc basis for four professional journals.
Currently, she is the principal investigator at UTMB in a Phase two clinical
trial for stress incontinence.
- CECILE STORRIE, M.D., RPh; Research Across America - Dallas, Texas
Dr. Cecile Storrie received her medical degree from the University of Texas
Health Sciences Center at San Antonio Medical School. She completed her urology
residency at Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City in
1990 and is board-certified in urology. She is also a registered pharmacist.
Dr. Storrie has been in private practice in the suburban-Dallas area since
1990 and is a member of the American Urological Association. She has been
active in clinical drug research since 1997, and participates in various urology
To reach the SUI Center, click here.
Created: 8/20/2002  - Donnica Moore, M.D.