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University of Michigan Health System gynecologist receives national recognition for work in continence

Dee Fenner, M.D., specializes in urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Dee Fenner, M.D., Director of Gynecology at the University of Michigan Health System, has received the Rodney Appell Continence Care Champion Award by the National Association for Continence. Dr. Fenner, an accomplished and highly respected physician in the field of continence care, received the award at the American Urogynecologic Society awards luncheon held during the 2011 AUGS Scientific Meeting in Providence, RI. With clinical specialization in urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, she has published landmark research. One such study was published in 1997 on the use of mesh in gynecology surgery.
Today in the U.S. synthetic mesh slings are considered the gold standard of care for stress urinary incontinence in women. As past president of American Urogynecologic Society and officer for other related professional societies, Fenner is recognized as a health care professional who strives to raise the bar and enhance clinical practice for improved patient outcomes. She has examined the operating room process in search of improvements, promoted faculty development for enhanced teaching skills and served on numerous committees at the University of Michigan Health System.
“We are very proud of Doctor Fenner and the great work she does as recognized by this national award,” says Timothy R.B. Johnson, M.D., professor and chair of the department of Obstetrics & Gynecology Department at the University of Michigan Health System. “She sets a high standard for the students and trainees at the University of Michigan’s Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital.” Established in 2000 to recognized health care providers who serve as role models to others for outstanding contributions in research, education and clinical practice, NAFC's Rodney Appell Continence Care Champion Award raises awareness among a variety of professional societies and elevates the importance of addressing incontinence.
A listing of all past award recipients can be found on NAFC's website, in the Hall of Fame. Renamed in memory of Dr. Rodney Appell in 2009, this award is in honor of Dr. Appell's dedication to patient education and advocacy. A special patient education fund, created to help continue Dr. Appell's legacy has been established.
About University of Michigan Health Systems The University of Michigan Health System includes the U-M Hospitals & Health Centers, which comprises three hospitals and dozens of outpatient health centers and clinics; the U-M Medical School with its Faculty Group Practice and extensive research and education programs; the clinical operations of the U-M School of Nursing; and the Michigan Health Corp. The three U-M hospitals are University Hospital, C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital. UMHS has been recognized numerous times for excellence in patient care, including 17 years on the honor roll of "America's Best Hospitals," as compiled by the US News & World Report. The U-M Medical School is one of the nation's biomedical research powerhouses, with total research funding of more than $470 million, and consistently achieves high rankings for excellence in the education and training of physicians and biomedical scientists.
About NAFC The National Association For Continence is a 501 (c) 3 corporation whose mission is threefold: 1) to educate the public about the causes, diagnosis categories, treatment options and management alternatives for incontinence, voiding dysfunction, nocturnal enuresis and related pelvic floor disorders; 2) to network with other organizations and agencies to elevate the visibility and priority given to these areas; and 3) to advocate on behalf of consumers who suffer from such symptoms as a result of disease or other illness, obstetrical, surgical or other trauma, or deterioration due to the aging process itself. NAFC is broadly funded by consumers, health care professionals and industry. It is the world's largest and most prolific consumer advocacy organization devoted exclusively to this field.    

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