Northwestern Medicine Welcomes New Division Chief for Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery (Urogynecology)
Northwestern Memorial Hospital May 22, 2013
CHICAGO, IL – Northwestern Medicine® welcomes Kimberly S. Kenton, MD, MS, FACOG, FACS, as chief of the division of female pelvic medicine & reconstructive surgery (urogynecology) and director of the new fellowship in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. In addition to her responsibilities at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Kenton also serves as professor, obstetrics and gynecology and urology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
“We are thrilled to welcome Kimberly as part of our stellar team of pelvic health experts,” said Serdar Bulun, MD, Northwestern Medicine obstetrics and gynecology department chair and the Feinberg School’s John J. Sciarra professor of surgery. “Pelvic floor disorders, such as urinary and fecal incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, affect millions of women often leading them to restrict even the most routine activities. Our program focuses on women’s physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, and Kim is the consummate advocate for both the surgical and non-surgical treatments of, and when we can, eradication of pelvic floor disorders.”
Kenton reiterated Bulun’s sentiment that although many women suffer from pelvic floor symptoms, innovative new surgical and non-surgical therapies are available, resulting in improved symptoms and treatment outcomes. Many women think surgery is the only option and that treatments do not work, but this is simply no longer true. Successful treatments range from simple behavioral and physical therapies to more complex robotic and minimally invasive surgical procedures.
“I’ve dedicated my career to improving quality of life and treatment outcomes for women with pelvic floor disorders,” said Kenton.
Kenton’s commitment to medical education and research is exemplary. She has completed extensive research investigating interventions in women with urinary incontinence and those with pelvic organ prolapse. Additionally, she has served as an investigator in numerous National Institute of Health studies, including those of the Urinary Incontinence Treatment Network and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network. She lead a national surgical trial comparing laparoscopic and robotic pelvic floor reconstructive surgeries.
The Northwestern Medicine Integrated Pelvic Health Program brings together a multispecialty approach to evaluation and treatment of women with complex pelvic floor disorders. Studies show that pelvic floor disorders are best treated with a collaborative approach. Northwestern’s pelvic health program brings together internationally recognized specialists in urogynecology, urology, colorectal surgery and physical medicine and rehabilitation to provide customized, compassionate, full-service care for all pelvic disorders in a confidential environment.
Dr. Kenton’s clinic is currently accepting appointments. Learn more about the Integrated Pelvic Health Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, or call us at 312.926.4747 to schedule an appointment with a urogynecology specialist.