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Release Date: 06/11/2015

Vivian W. Sung, MD, a urogynecologist in the Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, has been selected to serve on the International Urogynecological Association Terminology and Standardization Committee.

The committee, which is comprised of 10 members selected from across the globe, is responsible for the development, publication and management of international documents aimed at standardizing the terminology, classification and outcomes for the field of female pelvic disorders. The committee frequently collaborates with other international organizations, including the International Continence Society, to develop joint reports for the field.

“Women & Infants Hospital has long been recognized nationally and even internationally as a leader in the field of female pelvic disorders and urogynecology. An outstanding clinician and researcher, Dr. Vivian Sung will certainly offer valuable insight as this committee continues to make great strides in ensuring quality outcomes for women,” 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.

Dr. Sung is the principal investigator of the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network (PFDN) grant awarded to only eight sites across the country by the National Institutes of Health, including Women & Infants Hospital. The network is studying cutting-edge, non-surgical and surgical treatments for women suffering from urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and fecal incontinence.

A resident of Providence, Dr. Sung is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine and completed her residency at Magee Women’s Hospital at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She completed a dual fellowship in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive pelvic surgery, and epidemiology and clinical trials at Women & Infants Hospital/Brown University.

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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