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The Christ Hospital Physicians – Urogynecology & Pelvic Floor Medicine



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Are you living with a pelvic floor disorder? Talk to your doctor about your symptoms. Or call The Christ Hospital Urologic & Pelvic Floor Testing Center  at 513-585-4800 to speak to a specialist. Aren’t sure if your symptoms are the result of a pelvic floor issue?

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Our doctors are leaders in their fields, pioneering new treatments and techniques and collaborating every day to translate them into exceptional outcomes and a better quality of life for pelvic floor patients. Our unique approach brings together board certified urogynecologists and a specially trained nursed practitioner and physician's assistant, and they collaborate with specialists in colorectal surgery, urology and physical therapy. They’re leaders in their field, and together, they’re pioneering a new standard in pelvic floor care.

Physicians in Urogynecology & Pelvic Floor Medicine

Mickey Karram, M.D.
Dr. Karram is an internationally renowned urogynecologist and pelvic surgeon. He is Board Certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery. He completed his fellowship training in Urogynecology and Reconstructive Surgery at Harbor UCLA School of Medicine. He is currently the Director of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Surgery at The Christ Hospital; medical director of The Christ Hospital Pelvic Floor Center; and Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine. He is Editor-In-Chief of the International Urogynecology Journal and the consumer publication Women’s Health Today, and is Past President of the American Urogynecology Society. He has published more than 200 scientific articles and book chapters and has co-authored numerous medical textbooks including “Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery,” published by Mosby, the “Atlas of Pelvic Anatomy and Gynecologic Surgery,” published by Saunders, and “The Pelvic Surgery Video Atlas,” published by Elsevier. Dr. Karram has directed a number of postgraduate teaching courses throughout the United States and abroad. He has been invited to lecture and perform live surgeries throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia. Dr. Karram has been designated by Good Housekeeping Magazine as one of the “Best Doctors in America for Women.”

 The Foundation for Female Health Awareness

Dr. Karram is also co-founder (with his wife Mona) of the national, non-for-profit 50l(c)3 “Foundation for Female Health Awareness,” which raises money to support educational endeavors on women’s health, and also funds much needed, unbiased medical research in gender-specific medicine. For more information on the Foundation, visit: www.femalehealthawareness.org.


James Whiteside, MD
Dr. Whiteside is Board Certified in both Obstetrics & Gynecology and Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery. He has fellowship training in Urogynecology and Reconstructive Surgery from The Cleveland Clinic. He completed his residency at Brown University/Women and Infants of Rhode Island Hospital and received his medical degree from The Medical College of Georgia. He also holds a Master of Arts Degree in Bioethics and Health Policy from Loyola University Chicago and a Master of Science Degree in Botany from the University of Georgia.

Dr. Whiteside has also served as an associate professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth where he remains adjunct faculty. He is a member of the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists Committee on Ethics and a member of the Health Policy Committee with the American Urogynecologic Society. He’s received numerous accolades, and has been published nationally for his work and research in urogynecology, pelvic floor surgery and bioethics.



Nurse Practitioner

Cynthia Dehlinger, NP
Cyndi Dehlinger is a certified nurse practitioner with The Christ Hospital Pelvic Floor Center. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Kentucky; her Master in Science in Nursing from the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at NKU; and a Master of Science in Nursing from the Nurse-Midwifery Program at the University of Cincinnati.

Physician's Assistant

Melanie Hungler, PA
Melanie Hungler received her undergraduate degree from the University of Cincinnati and her certificate of Physician Assistant Studies from the Kettering College of Medical Arts. Melanie has worked in the area of urogynecology under the auspices of Dr. Karram for the last eight years. She has developed extensive expertise in evaluating and managing non-surgical treatments for women with lower urinary tract dysfunction, pelvic organ prolapse and female sexual dysfunction. She has extensive experience dealing with chronic pain patients and patients with interstitial cystitis. She has also had extra training in utilizing neuromodulation or InterStim therapy for patients with severe overactive bladder or voiding dysfunction. Melanie has coauthored numerous publications in the area of urogynecology and reconstructive surgery.






Affiliated Physicians:


Urology

Gil Weizer, M.D.
Dr. Gil Weizer is a board-certified urologist with The Christ Hospital Physicians. Prior to coming to Cincinnati, he practiced urology with King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison, Indiana, and with Chesapeake Urology in Baltimore, Maryland. He completed his residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and at the University of Cincinnati. He earned his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.
John Benedict, M.D.
Dr. Benedict is board certified in urology. He attended the University of Virginia College of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. He is a member of the American Urology Association and the American Medical Association.
Justin Cox, M.D.
Dr. Cox is a board-certified urologist with The Christ Hospital Physicians. He attended medical school at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Cincinnati.
Reed Shank, M.D.
Dr. Shank is board certified in urology. He attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. He is director of the Department of Urology at The Christ Hospital and is a medical director of The Christ Hospital Center for Pelvic Floor Disorders. Dr. Shank has been recognized six times as one of Cincinnati’s Top Doctors by Cincinnati Magazine.


Colon and Rectal Surgery

Janice Rafferty, M.D.
Dr. Rafferty is board-certified in colon and rectal surgery and has extensive experience in treating conditions of the colon and rectum. She completed her fellowship training in colon and rectal surgery at the Jewish Hospital at Washington University in St. Louis. She is chief of colon and rectal surgery at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and is also one of the medical directors of The Christ Hospital Urologic & Pelvic Floor Testing Center.
Bradley Davis, M.D.
Dr. Davis is board-certified in colon and rectal surgery and completed fellowships in surgical critical care at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and colon and rectal surgery at the Lahey Clinic in Boston. He is associate professor of surgery in the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and also served three years’ active duty in the U.S. Air Force. 
Martha Ferguson, M.D.
Dr. Ferguson is board-certified in colon and rectal surgery and completed her colon and rectal fellowship training at the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans. She is also an assistant professor of surgery in the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.  
Ian Paquette, M.D.
Dr. Paquette is a board-certified colon and rectal surgeon. He completed his fellowship training at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He is an assistant professor of surgery in the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.




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