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Alison Catherine Weidner, MD

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Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Campus Mail: 5324 McFarland Drive Suite 310, Box 3192, Durham, NC 27707
Phone: (919) 401-1000

I am an active clinician/researcher treating women with various forms of pelvic floor dysfunction throughout my career. I maintain a busy clinical practice and particularly enjoy and excel at clinical and surgical training of Iearners at all levels in the medical setting.  

Early in my career I designed and executed innovative clinical research with broad-reaching impact on our knowledge of the mechanism of neuromuscular injury to the pelvic floor and its ultimate contribution to pelvic floor dysfunction.  Currently, my clinical research efforts are dedicated to designing and implementing innovative studies with other investigators within the NICHD-funded Pelvic Floor Disorders Network with direct influence on clinical management of common pelvic disorders.  

I completed the Duke masters' program in Clinical Informatics to inform my efforts to support my department's goals for building a Women's Health Data Sciences program.

Education and Training

  • Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Subspecialty Certification, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2013 - 2019
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology Certification, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2000 - 2019
  • Resident, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, 1992 - 1996
  • M.M.C.i., Duke University School of Medicine, 2018
  • M.D., Duke University, 1992

Research

  • Female pelvic floor dysfunction 
  • Urinary incontinence 
  • Pelvic organ prolapse 
  • Maternal birth trauma
  • Pelvic neuromuscular function

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Vice Chair Discipline: 
Clinical Services

Publications

Meyer, Isuzu, Ryan E. Whitworth, Emily S. Lukacz, Ariana L. Smith, Vivian W. Sung, Anthony G. Visco, Mary F. Ackenbom, et al. “Outcomes of native tissue transvaginal apical approaches in women with advanced pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.” Int Urogynecol J, March 7, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00192-020-04271-y.

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Brubaker, Linda, J Eric Jelovsek, Emily S. Lukacz, Sunil Balgobin, Alicia Ballard, Alison C. Weidner, Marie G. Gantz, Ryan Whitworth, Donna Mazloomdoost, and Donna Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Pelvic Floor Disorders Network. “Recruitment and retention: A randomized controlled trial of video-enhanced versus standard consent processes within the E-OPTIMAL study.” Clin Trials 16, no. 5 (October 2019): 481–89. https://doi.org/10.1177/1740774519865541.

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Sung, Vivian W., Diane Borello-France, Diane K. Newman, Holly E. Richter, Emily S. Lukacz, Pamela Moalli, Alison C. Weidner, et al. “Effect of Behavioral and Pelvic Floor Muscle Therapy Combined With Surgery vs Surgery Alone on Incontinence Symptoms Among Women With Mixed Urinary Incontinence: The ESTEEM Randomized Clinical Trial.” Jama 322, no. 11 (September 17, 2019): 1066–76. https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2019.12467.

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Jelovsek, J Eric, Alayne D. Markland, William E. Whitehead, Matthew D. Barber, Diane K. Newman, Rebecca G. Rogers, Keisha Dyer, et al. “Controlling faecal incontinence in women by performing anal exercises with biofeedback or loperamide: a randomised clinical trial.” Lancet Gastroenterol Hepatol 4, no. 9 (September 2019): 698–710. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2468-1253(19)30193-1.

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Askew, Amy L., Anthony G. Visco, Alison C. Weidner, Tracy Truong, Nazema Y. Siddiqui, and Megan S. Bradley. “Does Mesh Weight Affect Time to Failure After Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Sacrocolpopexy?” Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg, October 12, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1097/SPV.0000000000000632.

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Rogers, Rebecca G., Tracy L. Nolen, Alison C. Weidner, Holly E. Richter, J Eric Jelovsek, Jonathan P. Shepherd, Heidi S. Harvie, et al. “Open sacrocolpopexy and vaginal apical repair: retrospective comparison of success and serious complications.” Int Urogynecol J 29, no. 8 (August 2018): 1101–10. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00192-018-3666-7.

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Vaughan, Monique H., Nazema Y. Siddiqui, Laura K. Newcomb, Alison C. Weidner, Amie Kawasaki, Anthony G. Visco, and Megan S. Bradley. “Surgical Alteration of Genital Hiatus Size and Anatomic Failure After Vaginal Vault Suspension.” Obstet Gynecol 131, no. 6 (June 2018): 1137–44. https://doi.org/10.1097/AOG.0000000000002593.

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Rogers, R. G., T. L. Nolen, A. C. Weidner, H. E. Richter, J. E. Jelovsek, J. P. Shepherd, H. S. Harvie, et al. “Surgical outcomes after apical repair for vault compared with uterovaginal prolapse.” Obstetrical and Gynecological Survey 73, no. 6 (June 1, 2018): 347–48. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.ogx.0000540074.90297.96.

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Bradley, Megan S., Jennifer A. Bickhaus, Cindy L. Amundsen, Laura K. Newcomb, Tracy Truong, Alison C. Weidner, and Nazema Y. Siddiqui. “Vaginal Uterosacral Ligament Suspension: A Retrospective Cohort of Absorbable and Permanent Suture Groups.” Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery 24, no. 3 (May 2018): 207–12. https://doi.org/10.1097/SPV.0000000000000451.

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Jelovsek, J Eric, Matthew D. Barber, Linda Brubaker, Peggy Norton, Marie Gantz, Holly E. Richter, Alison Weidner, et al. “Effect of Uterosacral Ligament Suspension vs Sacrospinous Ligament Fixation With or Without Perioperative Behavioral Therapy for Pelvic Organ Vaginal Prolapse on Surgical Outcomes and Prolapse Symptoms at 5 Years in the OPTIMAL Randomized Clinical Trial.” Jama 319, no. 15 (April 17, 2018): 1554–65. https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2018.2827.

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