Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery Fellowship

Our ACGME-accredited fellowship is dedicated to training physicians for leadership roles in the academic practice of female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery.

Program Highlights

Best of Both Worlds

Our clinical training is split between Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and Greater Baltimore Medical Center. This combination gives our fellows a rich exposure to practice in two very different settings.

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Global Health Experience

This optional rotation is tailored to the fellows' interests and experiences. Fellows participate in clinical, educational, and research opportunities in lower resource settings.

Surgical Breadth

Fellows train in vaginal, abdominal, laparoscopic and robotic surgery. Fellows also get experience in office procedures (intravesical Botox, urethral bulking), neuromodulation procedures, and complex urodynamic studies.

Multidisciplinary Collaboration

Gain a robust multidisciplinary experience through The Johns Hopkins Women’s Center for Pelvic Health and Reconstructive Surgery, an integrated clinic that includes urogynecology, urology and colorectal practices.

Graduate courses at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Take courses at the school consistently ranked as the #1 school of public health in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

Meaningful Research

Our fellows consistently present from the podium at national meetings and have a 100% publication record for thesis research.

ABOG Certification

100% pass rate for the ABOG certification exam.

Current Fellows

Preston Edge, M.D.

3rd Year Fellow

Preston Edge

Barbara Ha, M.D.

2nd Year Fellow

Barbara Ha

Nicholas Scioscia, D.O.

1st Year Fellow

Application Process 


  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Applicants must have completed an ACGME-accredited residency in obstetrics and gynecology, and must be eligible for medical licensure in the state of Maryland.

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How to Apply

Application to the fellowship should be done via ERAS. Applicants also should submit the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG) scores from third year of residency
  • At least three letters of recommendation (one must be from the chairman of urology or gynecology, or the residency program director)
  • Personal statement (preferably focused on the applicant's interest in the field; this also provides an opportunity to emphasize relevant academic credentials and personal qualities)

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Deadlines for 2024

  • 11/15/2023 - ERAS opens for application submission
  • 12/6/2023 - Program begin reviewing applications.
  • 1/22/2024 - Application deadline
  • 2/12/2024 - First round of interview offers will be sent by 8 pm Eastern.
  • 2/19/2024 - Applicants will accept or decline first round interview offers by 8 pm Eastern
  • 4/12/2024 - Interview date- Virtual Interview PM
  • 4/13/2024 - Interview date- Virtual Interview AM


For more information or questions regarding the application process, please contact Carolyn Wilkinson, fellowship program coordinator, at 410-550-2787 or e-mail [email protected].

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Curriculum Details

Fellowship Administration and Faculty

Leadership Team

Program Director - Dr. Danielle Patterson, Associate Program Director - Dr. Victoria Handa, Program Coordinator - Carolyn Wilkinson

  • Danielle Patterson MD SM

    • Director, Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery Fellowship
    • Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
  • Victoria L. Handa MD MHS

    • Director, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
    • Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics

Carolyn Wilkinson

Program Coordinator

Carolyn Wilkinson

Urogynecology Faculty

  • Grace Chen MD MHS

    • Associate Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics

    Expertise: Urogynecology, Gynecology

  • Victoria L. Handa MD MHS

    • Director, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
    • Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics

    Expertise: Urogynecology, Gynecology

  • Danielle Patterson MD SM

    • Director, Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery Fellowship
    • Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics

    Expertise: Urogynecology, Gynecology

Colorectal Faculty

  • Alodia Gabre-Kidan MD MPH

    • Clerkship Director, Surgery, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
    • Assistant Professor of Surgery

    Expertise: Colon and Rectal Surgery

  • Susan L. Gearhart MD MED

    • Interim Chief of Colorectal Surgery
    • Associate Professor of Surgery

    Expertise: Colon and Rectal Surgery

Urology Faculty

Jamie James Wright MD

  • Director, Division of Reconstructive and Neurological Urology
  • Associate Professor of Urology

Expertise: Urology

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Staff

Laura Scheufele, PT, B.C.I.A.-P.M.D.B.

Physical Therapist, Department of Rehabilitation Services

Laura Scheufele

Participating Faculty Members at Greater Baltimore Medical Center

Joan Blomquist, M.D.

Chair, Gynecology

Joan Blomquist

Stephanie Jacobs, M.D.

Chief, Urogynecology

Stephanie Jacobs

Recent Fellow Publications

Recent fellow publications from thesis work demonstrate the impact of their research:

Prerna PandyaMoss C, Pandya PR, Yanek L, Lovejoy D, Muñiz K, Chen CCG, Blomquist J, Jacobs S, Powell A, Handa VL, Patterson D. The impact of anxiety on postoperative pain following pelvic reconstructive surgery. Int Urogynecol J. 2023 Jul;34(7):1551-1557. doi: 10.1007/s00192-022-05423-y. Epub 2022 Dec 21. PMID: 36542143.

Keila Muniz:

Muñiz KS, Wainger J, Diaz S, Mgboji GE, Yanek LR, Pandya PR, Kikuchi JY, Patterson D, Chen CCG, Blomquist J, Jacobs S, Handa VL. Obstructed defecation syndrome in the first week after pelvic reconstructive surgery. Int Urogynecol J. 2022 Nov;33(11):2985-2992. doi: 10.1007/s00192-021-04978-6. Epub 2022 Jan 3. PMID: 34977953.

Muñiz KS, Voegtline K, Olson S, Handa V. The role of the genital hiatus and prolapse symptom bother. Int Urogynecol J. 2021 Apr;32(4):829-834. doi: 10.1007/s00192-020-04569-x. Epub 2020 Oct 20. PMID: 33079211.

Muñiz KS, Cedeño K, Carson KA, Pandya PR, Kikuchi J, Patterson D, Blomquist J, Jacobs S, Chi Chiung GC. Validation of a Spanish Version of the Prolapse and Incontinence Knowledge Questionnaire. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2021 Nov 1;27(11):701-705. doi: 10.1097/SPV.0000000000001027. PMID: 34149019; PMCID: PMC8550994.

Muñiz KS, Grado L, Gomez M, Ortiz C, Cerna R, Brioso X, Carson KA, Chen CCG. Pelvic floor disorder assessment of knowledge and symptoms: an educational intervention for Spanish-speaking women (PAKS study). Int Urogynecol J. 2023 Aug;34(8):1789-1796. doi: 10.1007/s00192-023-05459-8. Epub 2023 Feb 3. PMID: 36735052.

Jacqueline Kikuchi:

Kikuchi JY, Le Neveu M, Arnold S, Offnick A, Muñiz KS, Pandya P, Feroz R, Long JB, Ledebur LR, Patterson D, Chen CCG. Creation and Implementation of Virtual Urogynecology Patient Cases for Medical Student Education. MedEdPORTAL. 2022 May 27;18:11259. doi: 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.11259. PMID: 35692602; PMCID: PMC9135914.

Kikuchi JY, Muñiz KS, Handa VL. Surgical Repair of the Genital Hiatus: A Narrative Review. Int Urogynecol J. 2021 Aug;32(8):2111-2117. doi: 10.1007/s00192-021-04680-7. Epub 2021 Feb 19. PMID: 33606054.

Kikuchi JY, Wethington SL, Patterson D. Surgical removal of sacrocolpopexy mesh due to chronic inflammatory reaction. Int Urogynecol J. 2020 Oct;31(10):2181-2183. doi: 10.1007/s00192-020-04454-7. Epub 2020 Jul 30. PMID: 32734399.

Kikuchi JY, Hoyt K, Nomura AI, Vallabhaneni S, Blanck J, Patterson D, Chen CCG. Impact of frailty in benign gynecologic surgery: a systematic review. Int Urogynecol J. 2021 Nov;32(11):2921-2935. doi: 10.1007/s00192-021-04942-4. Epub 2021 Aug 6. PMID: 34357431.

Kikuchi JY, Yanek LR, Handa VL, Chen CCG, Jacobs S, Blomquist J, Patterson D. Prolapse and mesh reoperations following sacrocolpopexy: comparing supracervical hysterectomy, total hysterectomy, and no hysterectomy. Int Urogynecol J. 2023 Jan;34(1):135-145. doi: 10.1007/s00192-022-05263-w. Epub 2022 Jun 11. PMID: 35689689.

Dr. David LovejoyBreastfeeding and pelvic floor disorders one to two decades after vaginal delivery. Lovejoy DA, Roem JL, Blomquist JL, Pandya PR, Handa VL. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2019 Oct;221(4):333.e1-333.e8.

Dr. Emily MyerLongitudinal changes in pelvic floor muscle strength among parous women. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2018 Jun 11

Dr. Jennifer HallockPatient satisfaction and informed consent for surgery. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2017;217:181.e1-181.e7.

Dr. Chandhu Paka: Relationship of Anatomy and Function: External Anal Sphincter on Transperineal Ultrasound and Anal Incontinence. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2017;23:238-243.

Dr. Cynelle Kunkle: Prevalence of cognitive impairment in older women with pelvic floor disorders. Int Urogynecol J. 2017;28:1645-1650.

Dr. Hafsa Memon: Comparison of levator ani muscle avulsion injury after forceps-assisted and vacuum-assisted vaginal childbirth. Obstet Gynecol. 2015;125:1080-7

Dr. Sarah Friedman: Pelvic muscle strength after childbirth. Obstet Gynecol. 2012;120:1021-8.

Prior Fellows