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Release Date: 07/28/2015

Charles Rardin, MD, a urogynecologist in the Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery and director of the Robotic Surgery Program for Women at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, director of Minimally Invasive Surgery at Care New England, and associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, has been named vice president of the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS).

This appointment starts a four-year process that will culminate in Dr. Rardin being named president of AUGS in 2017.

“Women & Infants Hospital and Brown University has long been recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in the field of female pelvic disorders and urogynecology. Dr. Rardin and his colleagues have held and continue to hold leadership positions within their professional associations, enabling them to directly impact the future of their specialty, research and education,” said Maureen G. Phipps, MD, MPH, chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, executive chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Care New England Health System, Chair and Chace-Joukowsky Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and assistant dean for teaching and research in women's health at the Alpert Medical School, and professor of epidemiology at the Brown University School of Public Health.

A graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine, Dr. Rardin completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, followed by a fellowship in urogynecology and pelvic reconstructive surgery at Mount Auburn Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He has achieved certification in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery (FPMRS) by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG). Dr. Rardin has a particular interest in innovative, minimally-invasive techniques and robotics for the treatment of urinary incontinence, as well as pelvic organ prolapse. He also maintains a commitment to the academic growth of the field of urogynecology.

About American Urogynecologic Society
The American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) is the premier non-profit organization representing more than 1,800 members including practicing physicians, nurse practitioners, physical therapists, nurses and health care professionals, as well as researchers from many disciplines, all dedicated to treating female pelvic floor disorders. The AUGS Pelvic Floor Disorders Research Foundation serves the medical profession by supporting promising, innovative research regarding the causes, prevention, cure and treatment of pelvic floor disorders.

About Women & Infants Hospital

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the 12th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year. A Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital, in 2009 Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s first mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.

Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.
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