Mission Statement

To raise awareness of the impact of bladder health on women’s well-being across the lifespan. Since unhealthy bladders disproportionately affect women and girls the Network aims to:

  • Review current information and identify knowledge gaps and make recommendations to inform research, policy, and education.
  • Raise awareness through advocacy among agencies, patient advocacy groups and medical societies.
  • Promote education among health care providers, educators, and the general public.
“It is critical that we advance the field of women’s health in urology.  While often thought of as a “quality of life” issue in the past, current leaders in our field recognize that urinary incontinence and lower urinary tract symptoms are linked directly to cardiac disease, diabetes, depression, and musculoskeletal problems.”
– Elizabeth R. Mueller, MD, MSME. FACS, Professor, Departments of Obstetrics/Gynecology and Urology, & SWHR Urology Network Chair


  • Elizabeth Mueller, MD, MSME, Loyola University (Network Chair)
  • Margot Damaser, PhD, Cleveland Clinic (Network Co-Chair)
  • Cindy Amundsen, MD, Duke University
  • Toby Chai, MD, Yale University
  • Clare Close, MD, Close Pediatric Urology
  • Michael DiSanto, PhD, Rowan University
  • Roger Dmochowski, MD, Vanderbilt University
  • Matthew Fraser, PhD, Duke University
  • Stephanie Kielb, MD, Northwestern University
  • George Kuchel, MD, University of Connecticut
  • Elizabeth Mueller, MD, Loyola University
  • Mary Palmer, PhD, RN, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Candace Parker-Autry, MD, Wake Forest University
  • Alan Wolfe, PhD, Loyola University

Program Director

Rebecca Nebel, PhD

Peer-reviewed Publications and Reviews

  • Liliana Losada et al., “Expert Panel Recommendations on Lower Urinary Tract Health of Women across their Lifespan.” Journal of Women’s Health 25, no. 11(2016): 1086-1096. PMID: 27285829
  • Mueller et al., “Letter to the Editor: Women’s Urological Health as a Priority to the Woman Well Visit.” Women’s Health Issues 26, no. 4 (2016): 476-477. PMID: 27448751

Poster presentations and Symposia

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Sponsorship of this network does not imply agreement with any content and/or comments presented by the members during network proceedings.