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Allegheny Health Network Gynecologists Among First in U.S. to Earn Board Certification in Treatment of Women’s Pelvic Floor Disorders

Friday, October 25th, 2013

PITTSBURGH – Two Allegheny Health Network physicians have earned a just-established board certification in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. This is the first year such a certification has been available.
Allan Klapper, MD, Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of the Women’s Pelvic Health Institute at Allegheny Health Network and Spyros I. Marinis, MD, FACOG, a specialist in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, are among the first physicians in the country to earn the new board certification.
This newly recognized field is the only sub-specialty recognized by both the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Board of Urology.
“As the population ages, we expect to see more women who need care for pelvic floor disorders,” Dr. Klapper said. “This certification enables them to choose the highest quality care from the most qualified specialists.”
To earn and maintain certification, physicians must go through a rigorous training program and commit to participation in the American Board of Medical Specialties’ Maintenance of Certification program promoting lifelong learning and self-assessment.
Doctors who treat pelvic floor disorders, also called urogynecologists, are trained to diagnose and treat problems such as urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, or uterine prolapse. Childbirth, or medical conditions that impact nerve health such as diabetes, Parkinson’s Disease, stroke or back surgery can also result in weakness of the pelvic floor muscles.
Dr. Klapper practices at West Penn Hospital, part of the Allegheny Health Network, and at offices in Natrona Heights and can be reached at 412.578.1116. Dr. Marinis’ practice is based in Bethel Park and his office can be reached at 412.854.7145. He also practices at West Penn, as well as at Allegheny General Hospital, Canonsburg Hospital and Jefferson Hospital.
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