Westside Specialist Spotlight: Adonis Hijaz, MD, Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery

June 29, 2017

UH Clinical Update - June 2017

If you’re like many health care providers, you’re likely seeing an increasing number of women with pelvic floor disorders, such as incontinence, prolapse and pelvic pain. Up to half of all American women experience one or more symptoms of pelvic floor disorders for some period of their lives, and one in nine will undergo surgery for a pelvic floor problem by age 80. But like many health care providers, you may also be unsure about the best specialist to consult for these patients. A urologist? A gynecologist? A colorectal surgeon?

At University Hospitals, Adonis Hijaz, MD, wants to eliminate any confusion. The best destination for these patients, he says, is the Female Pelvic Medicine & Surgery Center within the UH Urological Institute. Staffed by physicians with expertise in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, the center provides comprehensive care for women with all types of pelvic floor disorders. Adonis Hijaz, MD

“If you have a patient with any condition that relates to the female pelvic floor disorder complex, you don’t need to go into that confusion of trying to refer to a gynecologist or urologist,” Dr. Hijaz says. “Female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery is a long name. The ‘brand’ is new, but the services are not. We are the people for female pelvic floor disorders.”

Dr. Hijaz, now in his 12th year at UH, completed his medical degree, general surgery and urology residency training at American University of Beirut. He then completed urodynamics fellowship training at the University of Toronto and fellowship training in female pelvic medicine at Cleveland Clinic. Within the UH system, he sees patients at UH St. John Medical Center, UH Landerbrook Health Center and UH Westlake Health Center. He performs surgery at UH Ahuja Medical Center, UH Cleveland Medical Center, UH St. John Medical Center and UH Westlake Surgery Center.

Dr. Hijaz says he’s proud of the comprehensive program he and his colleagues have built – and of its presence in local communities.
“We have one of the few totally integrated centers for the management of female pelvic floor disorders in academic medicine in the country,” he says. It’s not just a virtual center – it’s an actual physical center. We have specialists from urology, gynecology and colorectal surgery. We work together as a group and can refer internally among ourselves if one physician has more expertise with a particular condition. Everyone works as a coherent group – the physicians, the medial assistants, the nurses – which improves care delivery.”

“Within our center, there are definitely cutting-edge therapies that people are using out in the community,” he adds. Many patients with female pelvic floor disorders are elderly women who don’t want to drive on the highway to go to main campus. It’s very important to reach out and have centers of excellence in the community. We’re bringing the expertise from the tertiary care center into the community. We are doing robotics, minimally invasive laparoscopic, vaginal procedures – we have all the new techniques that are available to treat women with pelvic floor disorders.”

“Our goal is to reach all the communities that our system serves,” Dr. Hijaz says.

For more information about the services Dr. Hijaz can provide to your patients or to make a referral, please call 216-844-3009.


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