Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
Division Director’s Message
The Division of Urogynecology & Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery at the University of Massachusetts was founded in 1990 by Dr. Stephen Young who was its director until 2010. The division has grown significantly over the years. The mission of the division is to provide high quality, prompt, accessible and cost-effective care to women who suffer from pelvic floor disorders as well as to provide high quality, comprehensive training of fellows in the evaluation of, treatment of and research into female pelvic floor disorders.
The division provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment for the full spectrum of female pelvic floor dysfunction including: pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, fecal incontinence, persistent symptoms following prior surgery, urination and defecation disorder, and genital fistulas. We perform cutting edge innovative therapies including: minimally invasive robotic surgery for prolapse, minimally invasive repairs through the vagina (without an incision in the abdomen), minimally invasive slings for incontinence, sacral neuromodulation for overactive bladder and voiding dysfunction, and Botox for overactive bladder. In addition, non-surgical therapies for prolapse and incontinence; which include physical therapy, bio-feedback and Pessaries, are offered to patients with disorders of the pelvic floor.
The division welcomed its first FPMRS fellow in 2004 and was accredited by the American Board of Obstetrician & Gynecologists in 2007. It is a two fellow per three year program with strong clinical/surgical instruction and experience. We offer fellows the added opportunity to gain a Master’s of Science in Clinical Investigation degree http://www.umassmed.edu/MSCI/index.aspx through the UMass Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences http://www.umassmed.edu/gsbs/index.aspx during their fellowship. Basic Science experience may be pursued through the Medical School or, as with a recent fellow, through collaboration with the Biomedical Engineering Department at the nearby Worcester Polytechnic Institute http://www.wpi.edu/academics/Depts/BME/About/index.html . Since the inception of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeon’s Fellow’s Pelvic Research Network (FPRN) http://www.sgsonline.org/fprn.php ,our fellows have been quite active in this multicenter network which has resulted in numerous publications.
Residents rotate in urogynecology during their second and fourth years and are encouraged throughout their four years to attend our weekly didactics which include lecture, journal clubs, case presentations and research meetings. A fourth-year medical student elective in urogynecology is offered and has very popular in past years.
Urogynecology has had an active research interest and is currently engaged in ongoing as well as upcoming projects. Individual research accomplishments are easily accessed through faculty links on our website. Residents are also encouraged to pursue research projects through the division and we regularly have several resident projects ongoing.
Thank you for your interest in the Division of Urogynecology & Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery at the University of Massachusetts. As division director, I invite you to call my office at 508.334.9189 with questions or comments.
Michael K. Flynn, MD, MHS – Division Director
Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology