Roger Dmochowski MD, MMHC, FACS

Professor
Department of Urology
Professor
Surgery and Gynecology
Associate Surgeon in Chief Vice Chair
Section of Surgical Sciences
Executive Medical Director
Patient Safety and Quality
Associate Chief of Staff
Surgery
Division of Reconstructive Urology and Pelvic Health

Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch,  Galveston, TX
Residency: University of Texas Medical School, Houston, TX
Fellowship: Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles, CA
Clinical Interests: Female Pelvic Medicine, Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgery, Neurogenic Bladder, Pelvic Floor Reconstrucive Surgery, Urinary Incontinence

Dr Dmochowski is Associate Surgeon in Chief for Vanderbilt University Medical Center and has other leadership positions in the health system. He has a practice focus in female urology, urologic reconstruction and outcomes and is a Trustee of the American Board of Urology.

Research Information

Current research projects include

Pain mechanisms in overactive bladder and functional bladder disorders.

This project examines how sensory and pain pathways, specifically central sensitization, impact on Overactive Bladder symptoms and treatment outcomes. The goal of this research is to identify a biomarker for sensory nerve dysfunction that can help distinguish individuals with OAB based on underlying pathophysiologic mechanisms. 

Hypothetical roles of central sensitization in overactive bladder

Selected Publications

How restroom availability and toilet environments impact bladder health and benign urologic conditions.

This area of research investigates the relationships between toilet behaviors and habits, restroom environment restrictions and limitations, and bladder symptoms. The goal of this research is to better understand how external influences, such as access to restrooms, impact on individuals’ toileting experiences and bladder health.

 

Figure 2 - proportion of women who avoid public restrooms and whyNavigating restrooms: A biopsychosial framework for women

Selected Publications

Microbiologic interactions with host genitourinary system

This research focuses on urinary microbes, including E. Coli, and how they access and damage the urinary system, causing infection and symptoms. This is a collaborative effort with researchers in Vanderbilt Institute for Infection, Immunology, and Inflammation.

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Psychosocial impacts on interstitial cystitis and bladder pain syndrome.

This work examines how psychosocial factors in chronic pain influence ICBPS and how initiation of self-administered cognitive behavioral therapy can improve symptoms and functioning in patients. 

Selected Publications

Spinal cord functional MRI signaling in functional bladder disorders.

This project explores the novel application of spinal cord functional MRI techniques to identifying disease pathways in neurogenic and non-neurogenic OAB. This project is a collaborative endeavor with researchers in the Vanderbilt University Institute for Imaging Science.

Active Clinical Trials

Cook Myosite

CELLEBRATE:  An Adaptive, Two-Stage, Double-Blind, Stratified, Randomized, Controlled Trial Comparing the Safety and Efficacy of AMDC-USR with Placebo in Female Subjects with Stress Urinary Incontinence.

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PI: Roger Dmochowski, MD