Improving the lives of women through training, research & quality patient care
About Our Group
The Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery Group at the University of Calgary is a dedicated group of Urogynecologists who have expertise in the conservative and surgical management of Pelvic Floor Disorders.
The Section of Urogynecology was started in 1999 by Dr. Magali Robert & Dr. Tom Mainprize. Over the last 15+ years, it has grown to encompass a multi-disciplinary Pelvic Floor Clinic at the Foothills Hospital and a vigorous research group.
Currently, our group consists of 5 Urogynecologists:
- Erin Brennand, MD, MSc, Fellowship Program Director
- Shunaha Kim-Fine, MD, MSc, Section Head
- Magali Robert, MD, MSc, Medical Director, Chronic Pain Centre
- Colin Birch, MBBS, Department Head
- Magnus Murphy, MD
As part of the academic Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, our group provides an 8-week core Resident Rotation for PGY-4 trainees. Occasionally, as schedule permits, visiting electives of 4-8 weeks duration are available for Canadian residents interested in a FPMRS fellowship. In the upcoming academic year, elective time is available for trainees of Canadian residency programs in Block 11. Electives are arranged through the Program Administrator for the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology Residency Program at the U of C.
The FPMRS fellowship at the University of Calgary is the largest in Canada, with a high operative and clinical volume. In addition to a solid foundation in vaginal & laparoscopic pelvic floor surgery, our trainees have the opportunity to participate in first class research and contribute to medical education of junior learners. Please see our Fellowship Program page for more application on our training and application process. Information about our current and former graduates can be found on the Alumni Page.
At the forefront of pelvic floor research, the Calgary Women’s Pelvic Health Research Group is the heart of Urogynecologic research in Calgary.
The five Urogynecologists comprising the Section of FPMRS provide clinical care through the Pelvic Floor Clinic at the Women’s Health Centre / North Tower, Foothills Hospital, Calgary, Alberta.
A referral is required, and wait-times are generally under 3 months. Referrals may be directed to a specific MD, or to the “first available”. For those patients who would like to see a Nurse Continence Advisor or go direct to a pessary fitting, this should be indicated in the referral letter to aid in our team in the triage process.
While waiting for a referral, we suggest viewing the clinic website and familiarizing yourself with the on-line videos regarding pelvic floor disorders.