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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

Wu, Jennifer M., Mihir P. Gandhi, Aparna D. Shah, Jatin Y. Shah, Rebekah G. Fulton, and Alison C. Weidner. “Trends in inpatient urinary incontinence surgery in the USA, 1998-2007..” Int Urogynecol J 22, no. 11 (November 2011): 1437–43. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00192-011-1509-x.

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Bradley, Sarah L., Alison C. Weidner, Nazema Y. Siddiqui, Mihir P. Gandhi, and Jennifer M. Wu. “Shifts in national rates of inpatient prolapse surgery emphasize current coding inadequacies..” Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg 17, no. 4 (July 2011): 204–8. https://doi.org/10.1097/SPV.0b013e3182254cf1.

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Markland, Alayne D., Lu Wang, John E. Jelovsek, Linda Brubaker, Ashok K. Tuteja, John T. Wei, Alison C. Weidner, et al. “Long-Term Symptom Improvement in Women After Fecal Incontinence Treatments: A Multicenter Cohort Study of the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.” In Gastroenterology, 140:S797–S797. W B SAUNDERS CO-ELSEVIER INC, 2011.

Scholars@Duke

Barber, Matthew D., Zhen Chen, Emily Lukacz, Alayne Markland, Clifford Wai, Linda Brubaker, Ingrid Nygaard, Alison Weidner, Nancy K. Janz, and Cathie Spino. “Further validation of the short form versions of the Pelvic Floor Distress Inventory (PFDI) and Pelvic Floor Impact Questionnaire (PFIQ)..” Neurourol Urodyn 30, no. 4 (April 2011): 541–46. https://doi.org/10.1002/nau.20934.

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Handa, Victoria L., Emily Whitcomb, Alison C. Weidner, Ingrid Nygaard, Linda Brubaker, Catherine S. Bradley, Marie Fidela R. Paraiso, et al. “Sexual function before and after non-surgical treatment for stress urinary incontinence..” Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg 17, no. 1 (2011): 30–35. https://doi.org/10.1097/SPV.0b013e318205e263.

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Siddiqui, Nazema Y., Terence R. T. Mitchell, Rex C. Bentley, and Alison C. Weidner. “Neural entrapment during uterosacral ligament suspension: an anatomic study of female cadavers..” Obstet Gynecol 116, no. 3 (September 2010): 708–13. https://doi.org/10.1097/AOG.0b013e3181ec658a.

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Heilbrun, Marta E., Ingrid E. Nygaard, Mark E. Lockhart, Holly E. Richter, Morton B. Brown, Kimberley S. Kenton, David D. Rahn, et al. “Correlation between levator ani muscle injuries on magnetic resonance imaging and fecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and urinary incontinence in primiparous women..” Am J Obstet Gynecol 202, no. 5 (May 2010): 488.e1-488.e6. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajog.2010.01.002.

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Richter, Holly E., Kathryn L. Burgio, Linda Brubaker, Ingrid E. Nygaard, Wen Ye, Alison Weidner, Catherine S. Bradley, et al. “Continence pessary compared with behavioral therapy or combined therapy for stress incontinence: a randomized controlled trial..” Obstet Gynecol 115, no. 3 (March 2010): 609–17. https://doi.org/10.1097/AOG.0b013e3181d055d4.

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Weidner, Alison C., Mary M. T. South, Donald B. Sanders, and Sandra S. Stinnett. “Change in urethral sphincter neuromuscular function during pregnancy persists after delivery..” Am J Obstet Gynecol 201, no. 5 (November 2009): 529.e1-529.e6. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajog.2009.07.022.

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Whitehead, William E., Lori Borrud, Patricia S. Goode, Susan Meikle, Elizabeth R. Mueller, Ashok Tuteja, Alison Weidner, Milena Weinstein, Wen Ye, and Wen Pelvic Floor Disorders Network. “Fecal incontinence in US adults: epidemiology and risk factors..” Gastroenterology 137, no. 2 (August 2009): 512-517.e2. https://doi.org/10.1053/j.gastro.2009.04.054.

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