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Alison Catherine Weidner, MD

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 am completing a 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

  • Resident, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Children's Hospital Boston, 1992 - 1996
  • 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

Rogers, RG, Nolen, TL, Weidner, AC, Richter, HE, Jelovsek, JE, Shepherd, JP, Harvie, HS, Brubaker, L, Menefee, SA, Myers, D, Hsu, Y, Schaffer, JI, Wallace, D, Meikle, SF, and NICHD Pelvic Floor Disorders Network, . "Open sacrocolpopexy and vaginal apical repair: retrospective comparison of success and serious complications." International Urogynecology Journal 29, no. 8 (August 2018): 1101-1110.

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Vaughan, MH, Siddiqui, NY, Newcomb, LK, Weidner, AC, Kawasaki, A, Visco, AG, and Bradley, MS. "Surgical Alteration of Genital Hiatus Size and Anatomic Failure After Vaginal Vault Suspension." Obstetrics and Gynecology 131, no. 6 (June 2018): 1137-1144.

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Rogers, RG, Nolen, TL, Weidner, AC, Richter, HE, Jelovsek, JE, Shepherd, JP, Harvie, HS, Brubaker, L, Menefee, SA, Myers, D, Hsu, Y, Schaffer, JI, Wallace, D, and Meikle, SF. "Surgical Outcomes After Apical Repair for Vault Compared With Uterovaginal Prolapse." Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey 73, no. 6 (June 2018): 347-348.

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Bradley, MS, Bickhaus, JA, Amundsen, CL, Newcomb, LK, Truong, T, Weidner, AC, and Siddiqui, NY. "Vaginal Uterosacral Ligament Suspension: A Retrospective Cohort of Absorbable and Permanent Suture Groups." Female pelvic medicine & reconstructive surgery 24, no. 3 (May 2018): 207-212.

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Jelovsek, JE, Barber, MD, Brubaker, L, Norton, P, Gantz, M, Richter, HE, Weidner, A, Menefee, S, Schaffer, J, Pugh, N, Meikle, S, and NICHD Pelvic Floor Disorders Network, . "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 2018): 1554-1565.

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Rogers, RG, Nolen, TL, Weidner, AC, Richter, HE, Jelovsek, JE, Shepherd, JP, Harvie, HS, Brubaker, L, Menefee, SA, Myers, D, Hsu, Y, Schaffer, JI, Wallace, D, Meikle, SF, and Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Pelvic Floor Disorders Network, . "Surgical Outcomes After Apical Repair for Vault Compared With Uterovaginal Prolapse." Obstetrics and gynecology 131, no. 3 (March 2018): 475-483.

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Komesu, YM, Amundsen, CL, Richter, HE, Erickson, SW, Ackenbom, MF, Andy, UU, Sung, VW, Albo, M, Gregory, WT, Paraiso, MF, Wallace, D, and Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Pelvic Floor Disorders Network, . "Refractory urgency urinary incontinence treatment in women: impact of age on outcomes and complications." American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 218, no. 1 (January 2018): 111.e1-111.e9.

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Weidner, AC, Barber, MD, Markland, A, Rahn, DD, Hsu, Y, Mueller, ER, Jakus-Waldman, S, Dyer, KY, Warren, LK, Gantz, MG, and Meikle, S. "Perioperative Behavioral Therapy and Pelvic Muscle Strengthening Do Not Enhance Quality of Life After Pelvic Surgery: Secondary Report of a Randomized Controlled Trial." Physical therapy 97, no. 11 (November 2017): 1075-1083.

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Polin, MR, Kawasaki, A, Amundsen, CL, Weidner, AC, and Siddiqui, NY. "Do Mixed-Flora Preoperative Urine Cultures Matter?." Southern medical journal 110, no. 6 (June 2017): 426-429.

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Sung, VW, Borello-France, D, Dunivan, G, Gantz, M, Lukacz, ES, Moalli, P, Newman, DK, Richter, HE, Ridgeway, B, Smith, AL, Weidner, AC, Meikle, S, and Pelvic Floor Disorders Network, . "Methods for a multicenter randomized trial for mixed urinary incontinence: rationale and patient-centeredness of the ESTEEM trial." International urogynecology journal 27, no. 10 (October 2016): 1479-1490.

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