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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

Barber, MD, Weidner, AC, Sokol, AI, Amundsen, CL, Jelovsek, JE, Karram, MM, Ellerkmann, M, Rardin, CR, Iglesia, CB, Toglia, M, and Foundation for Female Health Awareness Research Network, . "Single-incision mini-sling compared with tension-free vaginal tape for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence: a randomized controlled trial." Obstetrics and gynecology 119, no. 2 Pt 1 (February 2012): 328-337.

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Wu, JM, Gandhi, MP, Shah, AD, Shah, JY, Fulton, RG, and Weidner, AC. "Trends in inpatient urinary incontinence surgery in the USA, 1998-2007." Int Urogynecol J 22, no. 11 (November 2011): 1437-1443.

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Bradley, SL, Weidner, AC, Siddiqui, NY, Gandhi, MP, and Wu, JM. "Shifts in national rates of inpatient prolapse surgery emphasize current coding inadequacies." Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery 17, no. 4 (July 2011): 204-208.

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Markland, AD, Wang, L, Jelovsek, JE, Brubaker, L, Tuteja, AK, Wei, JT, Weidner, AC, LoSavio, A, Corton, M, Meikle, S, and Richter, HE. "Long-Term Symptom Improvement in Women After Fecal Incontinence Treatments: A Multicenter Cohort Study of the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network." May 2011.

Scholars@Duke

Barber, MD, Chen, Z, Lukacz, E, Markland, A, Wai, C, Brubaker, L, Nygaard, I, Weidner, A, Janz, NK, and Spino, C. "Further validation of the short form versions of the Pelvic Floor Distress Inventory (PFDI) and Pelvic Floor Impact Questionnaire (PFIQ)." Neurourology and urodynamics 30, no. 4 (2011): 541-546.

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Handa, VL, Whitcomb, E, Weidner, AC, Nygaard, I, Brubaker, L, Bradley, CS, Paraiso, MFR, Schaffer, J, Zyczynski, HM, Zhang, M, and Richter, HE. "Sexual function before and after non-surgical treatment for stress urinary incontinence." Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery 17, no. 1 (January 2011): 30-35.

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Siddiqui, NY, Mitchell, TRT, Bentley, RC, and Weidner, AC. "Neural entrapment during uterosacral ligament suspension: an anatomic study of female cadavers." Obstet Gynecol 116, no. 3 (September 2010): 708-713.

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Richter, HE, Burgio, KL, Brubaker, L, Nygaard, IE, Ye, W, Weidner, A, Bradley, CS, Handa, VL, Borello-France, D, Goode, PS, Zyczynski, H, Lukacz, ES, Schaffer, J, Barber, M, Meikle, S, and Spino, C. "Continence pessary compared with behavioral therapy or combined therapy for stress incontinence: A randomized controlled trial." Obstetrics and Gynecology 115, no. 3 (2010): 609-617.

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Heilbrun, ME, Nygaard, IE, Lockhart, ME, Richter, HE, Brown, MB, Kenton, KS, Rahn, DD, Thomas, JV, Weidner, AC, Nager, CW, and Delancey, JO. "Correlation between levator ani muscle injuries on magnetic resonance imaging and fecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and urinary incontinence in primiparous women." American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 202, no. 5 (2010): 488.e1-488.e6.

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Weidner, AC, South, MMT, Sanders, DB, and Stinnett, SS. "Change in urethral sphincter neuromuscular function during pregnancy persists after delivery." Am J Obstet Gynecol 201, no. 5 (November 2009): 529.e1-529.e6.

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