Catholic Health Physician Among First in the U.S. to Receive Board Certification in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
November 4, 2013
Ali Ghomi, MD, medical director of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic & Robotic Surgery at Sisters of Charity Hospital, is among the first physicians in the country and the first in Western New York to receive subspecialty certification in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPM-RC).
This is the first year this highly specialized field of medicine, also known as urogynecology, has been recognized for subspecialty board certification. It is offered jointly by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Board of Urology.
Female Pelvic Medicine focuses on the surgical and non-surgical treatment of pelvic floor disorders, which can include pelvic organ prolapse, incontinence and pelvic pain. The pelvic floor, which includes the muscles and connective tissue that support and control the rectum, uterus, vagina and bladder, can be damaged by childbirth, repeated heavy lifting, chronic disease or surgery.
Physicians in Obstetrics and Gynecology or Urology must go through rigorous training and demonstrate a high level of proficiency in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery to be eligible for board certification. Dr. Ghomi was the first surgeon in Western New York to utilize the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System in urogynecology and a number of gynecologic procedures. He part of a team of surgeons who have performed nearly 2,400 robotic surgeries, since Catholic Health installed its first da Vinci Robotic Surgical System in 2005.
To enhance the practice of Female Pelvic Medicine in Catholic Health, Dr. Ghomi works closely with Kathleen Aebischer, BSPT, manager of Outpatient Physical Therapy at Sisters of Charity Hospital. Aebischer specializes in women’s health and rehabilitation offering a variety of therapies to help women recover from pelvic surgery and various pelvic floor conditions.