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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 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


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

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Vice Chair Discipline: 
Clinical Services


Sung, Vivian W., Diane Borello-France, Gena Dunivan, Marie Gantz, Emily S. Lukacz, Pamela Moalli, Diane K. Newman, et al. “Methods for a multicenter randomized trial for mixed urinary incontinence: rationale and patient-centeredness of the ESTEEM trial..” Int Urogynecol J 27, no. 10 (October 2016): 1479–90.

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Lukacz, Emily S., Lauren Klein Warren, Holly E. Richter, Linda Brubaker, Matthew D. Barber, Peggy Norton, Alison C. Weidner, John N. Nguyen, and Marie G. Gantz. “Quality of Life and Sexual Function 2 Years After Vaginal Surgery for Prolapse..” Obstet Gynecol 127, no. 6 (June 2016): 1071–79.

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Eric Jelovsek, J., Alayne D. Markland, William E. Whitehead, Matthew D. Barber, Diane K. Newman, Rebecca G. Rogers, Keisha Dyer, et al. “Controlling anal incontinence in women by performing anal exercises with biofeedback or loperamide (CAPABLe) trial: Design and methods..” Contemp Clin Trials 44 (September 2015): 164–74.

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Richter, Holly E., Charles W. Nager, Kathryn L. Burgio, Ryan Whitworth, Alison C. Weidner, Joseph Schaffer, Halina M. Zyczynski, et al. “Incidence and Predictors of Anal Incontinence After Obstetric Anal Sphincter Injury in Primiparous Women..” Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg 21, no. 4 (July 2015): 182–89.

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Lukacz, E. S., L. K. Warren, H. E. Richter, L. Brubaker, M. D. Barber, P. Norton, A. C. Weidner, J. N. Nguyen, M. G. Gantz, and S. F. Meikle. “LONG-TERM QUALITY OF LIFE AND SEXUAL FUNCTION AFTER VAGINAL SURGERY FOR APICAL PROLAPSE.” International Urogynecology Journal 26 (June 1, 2015): S117–18.


Weidner, A. C., M. D. Barber, A. D. Markland, D. D. Rahn, Y. Hsu, E. R. Mueller, S. Jakus-Waldman, et al. “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 1, 2015): S59–61.


Dieter, Alexis A., Marcella G. Willis-Gray, Alison C. Weidner, Anthony G. Visco, and Evan R. Myers. “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..” Int Urogynecol J 26, no. 5 (May 2015): 721–27.

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Markland, Alayne, Lu Wang, J Eric Jelovsek, Linda Brubaker, Ashook Tuteja, Alison C. Weidner, Andelka LoSavio, Marlene Corton, Susan Meikle, and Holly E. Richter. “Symptom improvement in women after fecal incontinence treatments: a multicenter cohort study of the pelvic floor disorders network..” Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg 21, no. 1 (January 2015): 46–52.

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Brubaker, Linda, Charles W. Nager, Holly E. Richter, Alison C. Weidner, Yvonne Hsu, Clifford Y. Wai, Marie Paraiso, et al. “Effectiveness of blinding: sham suprapubic incisions in a randomized trial of retropubic midurethral sling in women undergoing vaginal prolapse surgery..” Am J Obstet Gynecol 211, no. 5 (November 2014): 554.e1-554.e7.

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Dieter, Alexis A., Autumn L. Edenfield, Alison C. Weidner, Pamela J. Levin, and Nazema Y. Siddiqui. “Does concomitant anterior/apical repair during midurethral sling improve the overactive bladder component of mixed incontinence?.” Int Urogynecol J 25, no. 9 (September 2014): 1269–75.

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