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Sandra Valaitis

InstitutionUniversity of Chicago
DepartmentObstetrics and Gynecology-Urogynecology
AddressChicago IL 60637
Phone+1 (773) 834-8622
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    Dr. Sandra Valaitis is an expert in treating women with pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, and other disorders of the urogenital system. Her areas of interest include midurethral slings, complex reconstructive pelvic surgery, robotic surgery, repair of genitourinary fistulae, and the treatment of mesh complications and erosion. She is a member of the interdisciplinary care team in the Center for Pelvic Health.

    In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Valaitis has lectured nationally and internationally to faculty, fellows, residents, medical students, nursing staff, and community audiences. She is the recipient of several awards for leadership and teaching excellence. She participates in variety of faculty development and leadership programs locally and nationally. Her current research interests are focused in robotic surgery, treatments for overactive bladder and finding ways to enhance physician wellness through EMR efficiency. Dr. Valaitis has been named a "Top Doctor" in women’s health by Chicago magazine annually since 2011.

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    Indiana University, Bloomington, INBS05/1985Biology
    University of Chicago, Chicago, ILMD06/1989Medicine
    University of Chicago, Chicago, IL06/1993Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology
    St George's Hospital and Medical School, London, UK06/1994Fellowship in Urogynecology
    Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA10/2005Stanford Faculty Development Program in Clinical Teaching
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    1985Phi Beta Kappa, Indiana University
    2000Alpha Omega Alpha, University of Chicago
    2008 - presFellow Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators, University of Chicago
    2011Golden Apple Teaching Award, University of Chicago, Dept Ob/Gyn
    2011 - presTop Doctor
    2016 - presBucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence Senior Faculty Scholar, University of Chicago
    2017 - presAmerica's Top Doctor
    2017 - presExceptional Women in Medicine

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    1. Leffelman A, Valaitis S. Prolapsing vaginal fibroepithelial polyp. BMJ Case Rep. 2022 Dec 22; 15(12). PMID: 36549754.
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    2. Iyer S, Amegashie C, deMartelly V, Letko J, Glass D, Fetzer L, Botros S, Wroblewski K, Valaitis S. Patient Perceptions Impact Progression to Third-Line Therapy for Treatment of Overactive Bladder. J Urol. 2021 11; 206(5):1240-1247. PMID: 34184922.
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    3. Holmquist S, Valaitis S, Dade A, Hill B. Evaluation and Feedback Workshop Increases the Interrater Reliability of Medical Student Evaluations. Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2014; 123(May):18S.
    4. Valaitis SR. In: Rogers RG, Sung VW, Thakar R, Iglesia CB eds. Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. Anterior compartment surgery. 2013; 513-520.
    5. Valaitis SR. The Doings. Healthbeat: The good news is women need not suffer incontinence. 2010.
    6. Valaitis S, Tarr M. . AUGS Quarterly Report. Urethral Bulking for stress urinary incontinence: History, current and future applications. 2008; 27:3.
    7. Woodruff JN, Angelos P, Valaitis S. Medical professionalism: one size fits all? Perspect Biol Med. 2008; 51(4):525-34. PMID: 18997355.
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    8. Tarr M, Valaitis S. Tension-free vaginal tape erosion and penile abrasion. J Pelv Med Surg. 2008; 14:391-395.
    9. Valaitis SR, Rogers RG. Lifelong learning and the reconstructive pelvic surgeon. Int Urogynecol J Pelvic Floor Dysfunct. 2007 Feb; 18(2):129-31. PMID: 16897123.
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    10. Valaitis S. Obliterative vaginal surgery for the treatment of advanced pelvic organ prolapse. The Female Patient. 2005; 30:28-34.
    11. Mutone M, Valaitis S. Practical evaluation of the incontinent woman. The Female Patient. 2004; 29:1-8.
    12. Valaitis SR, Thomas TM. In: Stanton SL, ed. Clinical Urogynecology. The epidemiology of micturition disorders. 2000.
    13. Valaitis SR. In: Lentz GM, ed. Urogynecology. Anterior compartment prolapse, urinary incontinence, and the effects of anterior colporrhaphy and paravaginal repair. 2000.
    14. Bales GT, Valaitis SR, Culbertson S . Clinical Comment published by the University of Chicago Hospital. Collagen injection for urinary stress incontinence. 1997; (October).
    15. Valaitis SR. In: Zuspan, ed. Handbook of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Primary Care. Cystitis and pyelonephritis. 1996.
    16. Kim H, Valaitis S, Smith RC, Gerber GS. Vesicovaginal fistula secondary to foreign body: A case report and review of the literature. African Journal of Urology. 1996; 2:163-165.
    17. Valaitis S. Clinical Comment published by the University of Chicago Hospital. Surgical methods for the correction of vaginal vault prolapse. 1995; (july).
    18. Valaitis SR, Stanton SL. . Surgery of Genuine Stress Incontinence. Contemporary Ob/Gyn. 1995; (October).
    19. Valaitis SR, Stanton SL. Sacrocolpopexy: a retrospective study of a clinician's experience. Br J Obstet Gynaecol. 1994 Jun; 101(6):518-22. PMID: 8018642.
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    20. Hammerman C, Strates E, Valaitis S. The silent ductus: its precursors and its aftermath. Pediatr Cardiol. 1986; 7(3):121-7. PMID: 3468491.
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