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Phillip P. Smith, M.D., FPMRS

Associate Professor of Surgery
Academic Office Location:
Surgery
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030
Phone: 800-535-6232
860-679-4100
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An Ohio native, Dr. Smith graduated with a B.A. in chemistry from Kenyon College in 1980 and his M.D. from the University of Cincinnati in 1984. He subsequently completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Cincinnati. He obtained his board certification in OB/GYN in 1990, and re-certified in 2000 and 2010. Following several years of private practice, he returned to academia to pursue his interests in pelvic floor dysfunction, serving three years of fellowship training in voiding dysfunction and female urology in the Scott Department of Urology at Baylor College of Medicine. He has been in practice as a member of the Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, UConn Health since completion of his fellowship training. In 2013, Dr. Smith was in the first group of physicians achieving ACGME subspecialty board certification in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery (FPMRS).

Education
DegreeInstitutionMajor
A.B.Kenyon CollegeChemistry
M.D.University of CincinnatiMedicine

Post-Graduate Training
TrainingInstitutionSpecialty
ResidencyUniversity of Cincinnati HospitalOB/GYN
FellowshipDepartment of OB/GYN, Baylor College of MedicineFemale Urology and Voiding Dysfunction
FellowshipScott Department of Urology, Baylor College of MedicineFemale Urology and Voiding Dysfunction

Awards
Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
Paul B. Beeson ScholarAmerican Geriatrics Society
Seed Grant ($25000), coPI with Dan Mulkey PhD, UConn/StorrsUConn Institute for Brain and Cognitive Science
Top ReviewerNeurourology and Urodynamics
Basic Science Poster PrizeSociety for Urodynamics and Female Urology
AUGS Foundation/Astellas Research Award, 2011-2013American Urogynecologic Society
Top ReviewerNeurourology and Urodynamics
Myron Walzak Residency Teaching Award, 2009-2010, 2014-2015Division of Urology, UConn Health
Dennis Jahnigen Scholars Career Development Award, 2009-2011Hartford Foundation, American Geriatrics Society
V. Bradley Roberts Award for Excellence in Surgery (Cincinnati, OH)Christ Hospital
Carl Djerassi Chemistry Award for Liberally Educated ScientistKenyon College
Phi Beta KappaKenyon College
Sigma XiKenyon College

Dr. Smith’s practice focuses on urinary incontinence, voiding dysfunctions, and the surgical repair of pelvic organ prolapse in women.  He is an advocate of mesh-free vaginal surgery, the truly minimally invasive approach to female pelvic surgical disorders, when surgery is necessary. He also provides UConn’s video-urodynamic and neuromodulation services for men and women on referral from area urologists, gynecologists, gastroenterologists, neurosurgeons, and geriatricians.

  • Urodynamics
  • Voiding Dysfunction
  • Complications of Surgery for Incontinence and Vaginal Prolapse
Name & DescriptionCategoryRoleTypeScopeStart YearEnd Year
External Expert Panel: NIH NIDDK. Development and Validation of a Patient Reported Outcome Measure for Underactive Bladder (UAB)/New England Research Institute. NIDDK U01DK110377Advisory CommitteememberExternalNational2016
COEMIG - Center of Excellence in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. Spearheaded by Danielle Luciano MD (Ob/Gyn), this is a group of UConn pelvic surgeons dedicated to superior minimally invasive surgical care for women; projects include pre-surgical clinical pathways, consistent documentation sets, and quality improvement projects derived from outcome data.Community ServicememberUConn HealthLocal20162016
Organizing Committee for the NIH / NIA: 9th annual Bedside-to-Bench Conference “Urinary Incontinence in the Elderly: A Translational Research Agenda for a Complex Geriatric Syndrome” (October 2016)OthermemberExternalNational20162016
International Continence Society, Underactive Bladder Working CommitteeAdvisory CommitteememberExternalInternational2015
NIH LURN Study External Experts PanelAdvisory CommitteememberExternalNational2013
External Experts Panel, NIH / NIDDK; Symptoms of Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction Research Network (LURN). 1U01DK097776 & 1U01DK099879Advisory CommitteememberExternalNational2013
International Continence Society Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalInternational2012
International Consultation on Incontinence-Research SocietyProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational2011
Neurourology and Urodynamics Editorial BoardEditorial BoardMemberExternalInternational2011
International Urogynecological AssociationProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalInternational20062012
Residency Review Committee, Baylor College of Medicine Education CommitteeMemberExternalUniversity20052007
Society for Urodynamics and Female Urology Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational2005
American Urogynecologic Society Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational2005
Board of the Ohio State Health Network Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalState19952004
American Board of Obstetrics and GynecologyOtherDiplomateExternalNational1990
American Colleges of Obstetricians and GynecologistsProfessional/Scientific OrganizationmemberNational19902011

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Smith is actively engaged in research regarding lower urinary tract physiology and dysfunction, especially in the context of aging. He has authored more than 40 peer-reviewed primary research papers, reviews, and book chapters. His research interests include brain regulation of genitourinary biomechanics, lower urinary tract neurophysiology, and urodynamics. Dr. Smith is active in national and international scientific organizations in his field, including the Society for Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction, the International Continence Society, the Society for Pelvic Research, and the International Consultation on Incontinence Research Society. He is a 2009 recipient of a Dennis W. Jahnigen Career Development Scholars Award from the American Geriatrics Society, a 2014 NIA Butler-Williams Scholar, a research associate within the UConn Center on Aging, and a funded affiliate with the Connecticut Institute for Brain and Cognitive Sciences. He is the recent receipient of a K76 Beeson Emerging Leaders Award from the NIA.



  • Lower Urinary Tract Physiology and Aging

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • MIF and Lower Urinary Tract Disorders
    DeAngelis A, Smith PP, Kuchel GA The MIF Handbook 2012 Jan;
  • Aging of the Urinary Tract
    Smith PP, Kuchel G Brocklehurst's Textbook of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology 2010 Jan;
  • Botulinum Toxin in the Treatment of Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndromes
    Smith PP, Smith CP Botulinum and other neurotoxins: translating science into therapeutic applications 2008 Jan;
  • Aging of the Urinary Tract (Chapter 22)
    Smith PP, Kuchel GA. Fillit H, Rockwood R, Young J, eds. Brocklehurst's Textbook of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, 8th Edition. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2016. 133-137

Abstracts

  • Intact Bladder Efferent Function is Required for Normal Afferent Function in Rat Voiding Under Cystometric Conditions
    Smith PP, Smith CP, Boone TB, Somogyi GT Int Urogyn J 2006 Jan;17(Suppl 2):S90

Editorials

Letters

  • Rodney A. Appell.
    Hurtado, Eric A; Smith, Phillip P; McCrery, Rebecca J; Jayne, Christopher Neurourology and urodynamics 2009 Jan;28(3):166

Reviews

Title or AbstractTypeSponsor/EventDate/YearLocation
Bladder Volume Sensation and Sensory Processing. .The ability to store and evacuate urine is predicated on sensory information about bladder volume and how it is changing. The traditional clinical model directly links disorders of bladder muscle action to objective dysfunctions and symptoms, however has not been fully effective as a basis for deriving therapies, especially in later life. The aLectureNIA/NIH “Urinary Incontinence in the Elderly: A TranslationalResearch A2016Bethesda MD
Urinary Retention in the Geriatric PatientTalkAmerican Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting May 20162016Long Beach CA
Urinary Control for GerontologistsLectureCenter on Aging Scientific Foundations of Clinical Geriatrics and Gerontolo2016UConn / Farmington
What is Wrong with the Underactive Bladder Patient?OtherSociety for Pelvic Research, Annual meeting2016Charleston SC
Your Bladder is Not Alone: An Integrative ModelTalkUConn Institute of Brain and Cognitive Science conference2016UConn/Storrs
Preclinical Urodynamics: Multichannel Urodynamics in RodentsTalkInternational Continence Society annual scientific meeting2016Tokyo Japan
Animal Models in Aging Bladder ResearchLectureSUFU Annual Scientific Meeting2015Phoenix AZ