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First in US to be Accredited in Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
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First in US to be Accredited in Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery

The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology conducted the first Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery certification examination in August 2013.  Urogynecologists Larry Bowen, M.D., and Wesley Hilger, M.D., are among the first in the nation to be board certified in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery (FPMRS).

The recognition of FPMRS as a subspecialty Board represents many years of collaborative efforts from the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Board of Urology.  Both urologists and gynecologists with training in this field can now become Board Certified in FPMRS. Board certified fellowships in FPMRS have been around for many years, but individuals were not granted the privilege of board certification until now.

As urogynecologists Dr. Bowen and Dr. Hilger specialize in the care of women with benign pelvic floor disorders that include urinary incontinence, pelvic prolapse, defecatory dysfunction, fecal incontinence and irritative lower urinary tract disorders such as interstitial cystitis. They also offer minimally invasive surgeries including laparoscopic robotic and vaginal reconstructive procedures.

Both Dr. Bowen and Dr. Hilger initially did residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology and completed fellowship programs in FPMRS. Dr. Bowen completed his fellowship in 1985 when there was only one program in the country at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Hilger graduated from his fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ, in 2006. Board recognition requires advanced surgical training, a practice dedicated to FPMRS and passing a rigorous certification exam.

 

 

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