2019 Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery Cadaver Course

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2019 Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) Cadaver Course

University of Louisville School of Medicine

Sponsored by Boston Scientific and Storz

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Michael Heit, MD

University of Indiana Health

Originally from New York, Dr. Heit spent twenty years in Louisville, KY (1994 - 2013) practicing Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, first as Division Head and Fellowship Director of Urogynecology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Louisville. From 2004 until 2013, I owned Urogynecology Specialists PLLC, a Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery private practice in Louisville, KY at Norton Suburban Hospital.  Since March 2013, he joined his longtime friend and colleague, Douglass Hale MD, first in private practice at Urogynecology Associates PSC then as an employed provider with IU Health Physician Group.   He presently holds the academic rank of Volunteer Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Indiana University School of Medicine and serve as Fellowship Director of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.

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Sean Francis, MD, MBA

University of Louisville

Dr. Francis is a Professor and Chairman of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health. He also serves as Division Chief and Fellowship Director of Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Francis is board-certified in both obstetrics and gynecology and FPMRS and completed a fellowship in Urogynecology at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Dr. Francis has been named to “Top Doctors in America”, “Best Doctors in Louisville” and “Top Surgeons in Louisville.”

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Melissa Kaufman, MD, PhD 

Vanderbilt Medical Center, Associate Professor of Urology

Dr. Kaufman received her B.A. from Washington University – St. Louis and Ph.D. in Microbial Genetics at University of Tennessee.  Following postdoctoral research at Stanford and completion of medical school in her home state of Arkansas,

Dr. Kaufman commenced her Urology residency at Vanderbilt in 2002.  She completed fellowship training in both Male Reconstruction and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery in 2009 at Vanderbilt.  Her practice focuses on female and male voiding dysfunction and incontinence, cancer survivorship, pelvic organ prolapse, neurourology, transitional care for congenital urologic conditions, urologic prosthetics, as well as reconstructive surgery for urethral stricture, fistula and trauma. 

She currently serves as the global principal investigator for a pivotal Phase III clinical trial to pioneer the first application of autologous cell therapy for stress urinary incontinence.  She has dedicated substantial effort on behalf of the AUA membership and currently serves on the Practice Guidelines Committee, Core Curriculum Committee, Content Review Committee and the National Medical Student Curriculum Committee.  She is a graduate of the 2019 AUA Leadership Class. She is additionally an Assistant Editor for the Journal of Urology. She is past-president of the Society of Women in Urology.  

Dr. Kaufman was honored as the 2017 recipient of the Zimskind award from the Society for Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction for outstanding contributions within 10 years of completion of training. 



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James Whiteside, MD, MA, MHA 

University of Cincinnati

James L. Whiteside, MD, MA, MHA is currently professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine where he is also Division Director of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.

Dr. Whiteside completed his undergraduate studies at The College of William and Mary in Virginia followed by a graduate degree in Botany at the University of Georgia.  Following medical school at the Medical College of Georgia, he completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brown University/Women and Infant’s Hospital.  Residency was followed by a fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Dr. Whiteside also holds a Masters in Bioethics and Health Policy from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois and a Masters in Health Administration from the University of Cincinnati.  He is nationally recognized for his research and commentary on topics ranging from anatomy to ethics with over 80 scientific articles, book chapters and publications in diverse media. 

 He a grant reviewer for both national and international research in pelvic floor dysfunction.  He is also a reviewer for over 10 scientific journals and serves on the Editorial Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  Dr. Whiteside has taken on departmental and health system roles in informatics leveraging this in both research and clinical operations.

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Resad Pasic, MD., PH.D.

University of Louisville

Dr. Pasic is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and  Director of the Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Department of  Obstetrics and Gynecology and Women’s Health at the University of Louisville.

He was selected by his peers and awarded a “Best Doctors in America Award” for 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2009-10.  He received The Best Surgeons in Louisville award in 2010 -2016.

Dr. Pasic has published a 51 Peer reviewed articles,17 non peer-reviewed articles, 76 abstracts, 37 Book Chapters, 5 Textbooks and 34 educational videos.  He serves on the OBGYN.net editorial board and is an ad- hock reviewer for several scientific journals. He has been a demanded speaker at conferences and courses and has delivered over 500 invited lectures and has performed numerous live tele-surgeries worldwide. He has authored many educational laparoscopic surgery videos and has obtained several industry sponsored grants and awards for publications, presentations and educational films.

Dr. Pasic is currently serving as the President of the International Society of Gynecologic Laparoscopists ISGE. In 2009 he served as the President of American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopist AAGL. He has also served as the fellowship Board Director for Minimally Invasive Gynecology at 2011. 

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Rony Adam, MD

Vanderbilt University

Rony A. Adam, MD is Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS).  After fellowship training Dr. Adam remained on faculty at Emory University School of Medicine where he subsequently became Division Director of Gynecologic Specialties.  He then took a position as Vice Chair of Quality and Performance Improvement in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania.   Wanting to return to academic medicine at the highest level Dr Adam returned to the South to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he serves as the Chair of the Gynecologic Surgery Quality and Safety Committee as well as the department’s Quality and Patient Safety Director.  Since 2015 he serves as the co-director of Vanderbilt’s joint FPMRS fellowship program that is a mix of fellows from both Urology and OB/GYN programs.

Dr Adam is extensively published in peer-reviewed journals and several book chapters.  His research interests primarily involve defining Quality in the treatment of Urogynecologic patients and outcomes of surgical intervention.  Nationally, he has served as the chair of the Quality Outcomes Committee of the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) where he led the efforts in defining standards of quality patient care for individuals with pelvic floor disorders in an evidence-based manner.  In 2018, Dr. Adam completed a three-year tenure on the Board of Directors of AUGS and completed his Masters in Management of Health Care.  He currently serves on the Finance committee of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons.  Most recently, Dr. Adam was asked to serve as the Acting Director of the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at Vanderbilt where he plans to use his experience and training to further develop the division in its tripartite mission of patient care, education and research to the highest levels of excellence.

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Jennifer Hamner, MD.
University of Indiana Health

Jennifer graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2002 with her doctorate in Physical Therapy.  She practiced for 5 years and then returned to medical school at Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.  She completed her residency in general obstetrics and gynecology at Indiana University School of Medicine and went on to fellowship training in FPMRS at UTSouthwestern School of Medicine in Dallas, TX.  She is in her first year of practice as an assistant professor in Indiana University School of Medicine's division of FPMRS.  Practice interests include overactive bladder, robotic surgery and vaginal reconstruction.