Our Team

Our interdisciplinary team of researchers is dedicated to improving the prevention and treatment of women's pelvic floor disorders.

Julie Tumbarello and Dee Fenner
Sarah Block AUGS Meeting
Dee Fenner and John DeLancey

The Pelvic Floor Research Group is led by a team of researchers with diverse expertise, including gynecologists, urologists, colorectal surgeons, biomechanical engineers, nurse researchers, nurse midwives, social scientists, cell biologists, epidemiologists, anatomists, anthropologists, and statisticians who are dedicated to improving the prevention and treatment of women's pelvic floor disorders. Our strategy has been to use the multifaceted approaches from these many disciplines to see fresh approaches to long-standing problems, and to design hypothesis-driven research to answer questions of direct importance to improving prevention and treatment.

Program Directors

John O DeLancey

John O.L. DeLancey, M.D.


James A. Ashton-Miller, Ph.D.

Research Professor


Pamela Fairchild, MD

Pamela Fairchild, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Dee E. Fenner, M.D.

Professor and Department Chair
Lisa Kane Low

Lisa Kane Low, Ph.D., C.N.M.

Advanced Practice Nurse

Daniel M. Morgan, M.D.

Megan Schimpf

Megan O. Schimpf, M.D.


Carolyn Swenson, M.D.

Assistant Professor
Janis Miller

Janis M. Miller, Ph.D., R.N.C.

Research Professor
Luyun Chen

Luyun Chen, Ph.D.

Associate Research Scientist

Research Staff

Sarah Block, B.G.S.

Research Support
Ashly Chimner

Ashly Chimner, B.A.

Study Coordinator
Anita English

Anita English, B.A., C.R.A.

Research Administrator
Giselle Kolenic

Giselle Kolenic, M.A.

Ruta Misiunas

Ruta B. Misiunas, B.A.

Study Coordinator
Sarah Richardson

Sarah Richardson, B.S.

Study Coordinator
Julie Tumbarello

Julie Tumbarello, M.A.

Research Manager