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Phillip P. Smith, M.D., FPMRS

Associate Professor of Surgery
Academic Office Location:
UConn Health
Outpatient Pavilion, 7th Floor West
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030
Phone: 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).

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

Post-Graduate Training
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

Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
Osborn Biomedical Science Graduate Teaching AwardUConn Graduate School
Basic Science Research Award, PharmacologyIntermational Continence Society
Best Abstract Winner, Pharmacology category, International Continence Society annual scientific meeting, Florence IT, September Continence Society
Paul B. Beeson ScholarNIH/NIH, American Geriatrics Society
Seed Grant ($25000), coPI with Dan Mulkey PhD, UConn/StorrsUConn Institute for Brain and Cognitive Science
Myron Walzak Urology Residency Teaching AwardUConn Division of Urology
Butler-Williams ScholarNIH/NIA
Top ReviewerNeurourology and Urodynamics
Basic Science Poster PrizeSociety for Urodynamics and Female Urology
AUGS Foundation/Astellas Research Award, 2011-2013American Urogynecologic Society
Myron Walzak Urology Residency Teaching AwardDivision of Urology, UConn Health
Top ReviewerNeurourology and Urodynamics
Myron Walzak Urology Resident Teaching AwardUConn Division of Urology
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
International Continence Society Committee on Pressure/Flow StudiesProfessional/Scientific OrganizationmemberExternalInternational2020
Scholarship and Promotions Committee, Department of Surgery, UConn SoMAdvisory CommitteeChairmanUConn HealthUniversity2019
DKUS / NIHStudy Sectionad-hoc memberExternalNational20192019
Search Committee, Research Scientist (Senescence), Center on AgingAdvisory CommitteeUniversity20172018
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
Search Committee Nephrology ChairmanAdvisory CommitteememberUConn HealthLocal20162017
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
External Experts Panel NIH LURN StudyAdvisory 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
Residency Review Committee, Baylor College of Medicine Education CommitteeMemberExternalUniversity20052007
Society for Urodynamics and Female Urology Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational2005
Board of the Ohio State Health Network Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalState19952004
American Board of Obstetrics and GynecologyOtherDiplomateExternalNational1990

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

Accepting Lab Rotation Students: Summer 2021, Fall 2021, and Spring 2022

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


  • 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



  • Erratum to ``Surgical care of the geriatric patient'' [YMSG 56(7) (2019) 260-329].
    Katz, Marilyn; Silverstein, Nicole; Coll, Patrick; Sullivan, Gail; Mortensen, Eric M; Sachs, Adam; Gross, Jeffrey B; Girard, Eric; Liang, Joy; Ristau, Benjamin T; Stevenson, Christina; Smith, Phillip P; Shames, Brian D; Millea, Ryan; Ali, Irfan; Poulos, Constantine M; Ramaraj, Akila B; Otukoya, Azuka Onye; McFadden, David W Current problems in surgery 2019 Dec;56(12):100647


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


Title or AbstractTypeSponsor/EventDate/YearLocation
The Aging Bladder Phenotype: In the Lab: State of the Art Lecture at the 2020 Society for Pelvic Research Annual Meeting (online due to COVID).Lecture2020online (Z00M)
The Aging Bladder: Homeostatic mechanisms and urinary resilience. Presentation to the Boston Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center, January 2020Talk2020Boston MA
The Ageing Bladder Reconsidered : Urinary Homeostasis from Basket to Casket. Speakers: Anthony Kanai PhD, Stefan DeWachter MD, Phillip P. Smith MD (Chairman)Panel DiscussionInternational Continence Society Annual Meeting2018Philadelphia PA
Don’t Blame the Bladder for Your Patients’ SymptomsAdam Klausner MD, George Kuchel MD, Phillip P. Smith MD (Chair)Panel DiscussionGerontological Society of America2018Boston MA
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