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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

Lukacz, ES, Warren, LK, Richter, HE, Brubaker, L, Barber, MD, Norton, P, Weidner, AC, Nguyen, JN, and Gantz, MG. "Quality of Life and Sexual Function 2 Years After Vaginal Surgery for Prolapse." Obstetrics and Gynecology 127, no. 6 (June 2016): 1071-1079.

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Eric Jelovsek, J, Markland, AD, Whitehead, WE, Barber, MD, Newman, DK, Rogers, RG, Dyer, K, Visco, A, Sung, VW, Sutkin, G, Meikle, SF, Gantz, MG, and Pelvic Floor Disorders Network, . "Controlling anal incontinence in women by performing anal exercises with biofeedback or loperamide (CAPABLe) trial: Design and methods." Contemporary clinical trials 44 (September 2015): 164-174.

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Richter, HE, Nager, CW, Burgio, KL, Whitworth, R, Weidner, AC, Schaffer, J, Zyczynski, HM, Norton, P, Jelovsek, JE, Meikle, SF, Spino, C, Gantz, M, Graziano, S, Brubaker, L, and NICHD Pelvic Floor Disorders Network, . "Incidence and Predictors of Anal Incontinence After Obstetric Anal Sphincter Injury in Primiparous Women." Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery 21, no. 4 (July 2015): 182-189.

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Lukacz, ES, Warren, LK, Richter, HE, Brubaker, L, Barber, MD, Norton, P, Weidner, AC, Nguyen, JN, Gantz, MG, and Meikle, SF. "LONG-TERM QUALITY OF LIFE AND SEXUAL FUNCTION AFTER VAGINAL SURGERY FOR APICAL PROLAPSE." INTERNATIONAL UROGYNECOLOGY JOURNAL 26 (June 2015): S117-S118.

Scholars@Duke

Weidner, AC, Barber, MD, Markland, AD, Rahn, DD, Hsu, Y, Mueller, ER, Jakus-Waldman, S, Dyer, KY, Warren, LK, Gantz, M, and Meikle, S. "PERIOPERATIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY & PELVIC MUSCLE STRENGTHENING DOES NOT IMPROVE QUALITY OF LIFE AFTER APICAL PROLAPSE SURGERY: A RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL." INTERNATIONAL UROGYNECOLOGY JOURNAL 26 (June 2015): S59-S61.

Scholars@Duke

Dieter, AA, Willis-Gray, MG, Weidner, AC, Visco, AG, and Myers, ER. "Vaginal native tissue repair versus transvaginal mesh repair for apical prolapse: how utilizing different methods of analysis affects the estimated trade-off between reoperation for mesh exposure/erosion and reoperation for recurrent prolapse." International urogynecology journal 26, no. 5 (May 2015): 721-727.

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Markland, A, Wang, L, Jelovsek, JE, Brubaker, L, Tuteja, A, Weidner, AC, LoSavio, A, Corton, M, Meikle, S, and Richter, HE. "Symptom improvement in women after fecal incontinence treatments: a multicenter cohort study of the pelvic floor disorders network." Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery 21, no. 1 (January 2015): 46-52.

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Brubaker, L, Nager, CW, Richter, HE, Weidner, AC, Hsu, Y, Wai, CY, Paraiso, M, Nolen, TL, Wallace, D, Meikle, S, and NICHD Pelvic Floor Disorders Network, . "Effectiveness of blinding: sham suprapubic incisions in a randomized trial of retropubic midurethral sling in women undergoing vaginal prolapse surgery." American journal of obstetrics and gynecology 211, no. 5 (November 2014): 554.e1-554.e7.

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Dieter, AA, Edenfield, AL, Weidner, AC, Levin, PJ, and Siddiqui, NY. "Does concomitant anterior/apical repair during midurethral sling improve the overactive bladder component of mixed incontinence?." International urogynecology journal 25, no. 9 (September 2014): 1269-1275.

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Dieter, AA, Edenfield, AL, Weidner, AC, and Siddiqui, NY. "How does site of pelvic organ prolapse repair affect overactive bladder symptoms?." Female pelvic medicine & reconstructive surgery 20, no. 4 (July 2014): 203-207.

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