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Sarah Collins

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Chicago
DepartmentObstetrics and Gynecology-Urogynecology
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    Sarah Collins, MD, is a board-certified surgeon whose practice focuses on urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery. Dr. Collins is an expert in diagnosing and treating pelvic floor disorders, including pelvic organ prolapse, urinary and fecal incontinence, complex urogenital and rectovaginal fistulae, complex lower urinary tract injuries after pelvic surgery, and congenital genitourinary anomalies. Her skill and experience allow management of complex surgical problems through minimally invasive approaches whenever possible.

    Because she understands the personal and private struggles that women with pelvic floor disorder face, Dr. Collins’ approach to care centers around being an advocate for her patients and prioritizing their healthcare experience from the first visit. She is heavily involved in creating and researching shared decision-making (SDM) tools for patients facing decisions about pelvic health treatment options. Her dedication to practice efficiency and streamlining the care experience is concentrated on ensuring that patients get the most out of every office and operating room encounter. She is a federally funded researcher and holds leadership roles in national and international professional organizations.

    In addition to her surgical practice and research, Dr. Collins is passionate about teaching the next generation of gynecologic surgeons, providing training to medical students, residents and fellows. She also dedicates her time and surgical skill to an annual surgical mission to Rwanda, where she teaches local surgeons in the treatment of women with obstetric injuries and complex genitourinary and rectovaginal fistulae.

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    Cornell University, College of Arts & SciencesBA05/1997English Literature
    Wayne State University School of MedicineMS12/1998Basic Medical Sciences
    Wayne State University School of MedicineMD06/2003Doctor of Medicine
    Case Western Reserve University/MetroHealth/Cleveland ClinicResidency06/2007Obstetrics & Gynecology
    Hartford Hospital / University of Connecticut Health CenterFellowship06/2011Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery

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    1. Collins SA. Excluding Male Trainees in Obstetrics and Gynecology: Why We Do It and Why It's Wrong. Int Urogynecol J. 2024 Jan; 35(1):31-34. PMID: 38117297.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    2. Papastefan ST, Collins SA, Mueller MG, Geynisman-Tan J, Reynolds M, Cheng EY, Yerkes EB, Grabowski JE. Successful Use of Acellular Small Intestinal Submucosa Graft in Vaginal Reconstruction. J Pediatr Surg. 2024 Jan; 59(1):124-128. PMID: 37802758.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    3. Nguyen H, Brown O, Bretschneider CE, Mueller M, Geynisman-Tan J, Lewicky-Gaupp C, Kenton K, Collins S. Use of a Computerized Decisional Analysis Tool in Patients With Urgency Urinary Incontinence. Urogynecology (Phila). 2023 09 01; 29(9):757-762. PMID: 37607310.
      Citations:    Translation:Humans
    4. Smith AR, Mansfield SA, Bradley CS, Kenton KS, Helmuth ME, Cameron AP, Kirkali Z, Bretschneider CE, Andreev V, Sarma A, Lane G, Collins SA, Cella D, Lai HH, Harte SE, Griffith JW, LURN Study Group. Relationships Between Urinary and Nonurinary Symptoms in Treatment-Seeking Women in LURN. Urogynecology (Phila). 2024 02 01; 30(2):123-131. PMID: 37428882; PMCID: PMC10751379.
      Citations:    Translation:Humans
    5. Das D, Kenton K, Mueller M, Lewicky-Gaupp C, Collins S, Bretschneider CE, Geynisman-Tan J. Patient Satisfaction With Telehealth Visits for New Patient Appointments for Pelvic Floor Disorders: A Randomized Trial of Telehealth Versus Standard In-Person Office Visits. Urogynecology (Phila). 2023 02 01; 29(2):273-280. PMID: 36735444.
      Citations:    Translation:Humans
    6. Das D, Carroll A, Mueller M, Kenton K, Lewicky-Gaupp C, Collins S, Geynisman-Tan J, Bretschneider CE. Mesh complications after total vs supracervical laparoscopic hysterectomy at time of minimally invasive sacrocolpopexy. Int Urogynecol J. 2022 09; 33(9):2507-2514. PMID: 35666287.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    7. Mueller MG, Chen C, Geynisman-Tan J, Bretschneider CE, Collins SA, Lewicky-Gaupp C, Brown O, Kenton K. Sex Differences in Commercial Patient Reviews of Women and Men Urogynecologic Surgeons. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2022 03 01; 28(3):173-176. PMID: 35272325.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    8. Serino MA, Collins SA, Kenton K, Geynisman-Tan J. Ultrasound-Measured Urethral Length Does Not Change following Minimally Invasive Sacrocolpopexy for Pelvic Organ Prolapse. South Med J. 2022 03; 115(3):187-191. PMID: 35237836.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    9. Bonus ML, Luchristt D, Brown O, Collins S, Kenton K, Bretschneider CE. Predictors of postoperative complications from stress urinary incontinence procedures: a NSQIP database study. Int Urogynecol J. 2022 08; 33(8):2291-2297. PMID: 35028702.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    10. Collins S, Lewicky-Gaupp C. Pelvic Organ Prolapse. Gastroenterol Clin North Am. 2022 03; 51(1):177-193. PMID: 35135661.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    11. Weinstein MM, Collins S, Quiroz L, Anger JT, Paraiso MFR, DeLong J, Richter HE. Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial of Pelvic Floor Muscle Training with a Motion-based Digital Therapeutic Device versus Pelvic Floor Muscle Training Alone for Treatment of Stress-predominant Urinary Incontinence. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2022 01 01; 28(1):1-6. PMID: 33787561.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    12. Brown O, Geynisman-Tan J, Tavathia M, Mueller MG, Collins S, Kenton K, Lewicky-Gaupp C, Heliker BD. Vaginal Electrical Stimulation for Postpartum Neuromuscular Recovery: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2021 11 01; 27(11):659-666. PMID: 34608032.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    13. Geynisman-Tan J, Kenton K, Tavathia M, Yee A, Gilbert JA, Collins S, Lewicky-Gaupp C, Mueller M. Bare Versus Hair: Do Pubic Hair Grooming Preferences Dictate the Urogenital Microbiome? Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2021 09 01; 27(9):532-537. PMID: 33181518.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    14. Collins SA, O'Shea M, Dykes N, Ramm O, Edenfield A, Shek KL, van Delft K, Beestrum M, Kenton K. International Urogynecological Consultation: clinical definition of pelvic organ prolapse. Int Urogynecol J. 2021 08; 32(8):2011-2019. PMID: 34191102.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    15. Gillingham A, Kenton K, Geynisman-Tan J, Brown O, Collins SA, Lewicky-Gaupp C, Mueller MG. Does a Hysterectomy Hurt? Comparing Narcotic Requirements and Pain Scores in Patients Undergoing Apical Prolapse Repair With or Without Hysterectomy. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2021 06 01; 27(6):356-359. PMID: 32487885.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    16. Collins SA. Surgical Management of Stress Incontinence. Clin Obstet Gynecol. 2021 06 01; 64(2):297-305. PMID: 33904837.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    17. Kenton K, Collins SA. Foreword: An Evidenced Based Approach to Urinary Incontinence in Women: What's New? Clin Obstet Gynecol. 2021 06 01; 64(2):257-258. PMID: 33882518.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    18. Bretschneider CE, Geynisman-Tan J, Mueller MG, Collins SA, Lewicky-Gaupp C, Kenton K. Rates of Sling Procedures and Revisions-A National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Database Study. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2021 06 01; 27(6):e559-e562. PMID: 33315624.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    19. O'Shea M, Zandi R, Kamat N, Warner K, Collins S, Mueller M, Kenton K, Lewicky-Gaupp C. Postpartum contraceptive uptake and fertility desires following obstetric anal sphincter injury. Int Urogynecol J. 2021 07; 32(7):1833-1838. PMID: 33751154.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    20. Brown O, Mou T, Das D, Collins S, Kenton K, Bretschneider CE. Perioperative outcomes of laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy with and without hysterectomy: a secondary analysis of the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Database. Int Urogynecol J. 2022 07; 33(7):1889-1895. PMID: 33646349.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    21. Gillingham A, Collins SA, Kenton K, Bretschneider CE, Lewicky-Gaupp C, Mueller MG, Brown O, Mou T, Geynisman-Tan J. The Influence of Patients' Goals on Surgical Satisfaction. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2021 03 01; 27(3):170-174. PMID: 33620900.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    22. Collins SA, Mueller MG, Geynisman-Tan J, Lewicky-Gaupp C, Kenton K. Impact of a Web-Based Decisional Aid on Satisfaction in Women Undergoing Prolapse Surgery. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2021 02 01; 27(2):e309-e314. PMID: 33009264.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
    23. Lewicky-Gaupp C, Mueller MG, Collins SA, Tavathia M, Geynisman-Tan J, Kenton KS. Early Secondary Repair of Obstetric Anal Sphincter Injury Breakdown: Contemporary Surgical Techniques and Experiences From a Peripartum Subspecialty Clinic. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2021 02 01; 27(2):e333-e335. PMID: 33002897.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    24. Mueller MG, Collins SA, Lewicky-Gaupp C, Tavathia M, Kenton K. Restricted Convalescence Following Urogynecologic Procedures: 1-Year Outcomes From a Randomized Controlled Study. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2021 02 01; 27(2):e336-e341. PMID: 32947549.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    25. Squires NA, Mueller MG, Lewicky-Gaupp C, Collins SA, Kenton KS, Geynisman-Tan J. The First Injection: Rates of Urinary Retention in Women With Urgency Incontinence Treated With Intravesical OnabotulinumtoxinA Injection. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2021 01 01; 27(1):e118-e121. PMID: 32487882.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    26. Geynisman-Tan J, Kenton KS, Brown O, Gillingham A, Lewicky-Gaupp C, Mueller MG, Collins SA. Mind the Gap: Changes in Levator Dimensions After Sacrocolpopexy. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2021 01 01; 27(1):e184-e186. PMID: 32412971.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    27. Komar A, Bretschneider CE, Mueller MG, Lewicky-Gaupp C, Collins S, Geynisman-Tan J, Tavathia M, Kenton K. Concurrent Retropubic Midurethral Sling and OnabotulinumtoxinA for Mixed Urinary Incontinence: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Obstet Gynecol. 2021 01 01; 137(1):12-20. PMID: 33278293.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    28. Spinosa D, Acosta T, Wong J, Kurtovic K, Mewshaw J, Collins S, Kauff N, Havrilesky LJ, Strickland KC, Previs RA. Universal screening for Lynch syndrome in uterine cancer patients: A quality improvement initiative. Gynecol Oncol. 2021 01; 160(1):169-174. PMID: 33393478; PMCID: PMC7577655.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    29. Geynisman-Tan J, Bochenska K, Gillingham A, Collins S, Lewicky-Gaupp C, Mueller M, Kenton K. Clinical Utility of Routine Preoperative Laboratory Assessment in a Urogynecologic Population. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2020 09; 26(9):550-553. PMID: 29979357.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    30. Mou T, Brown O, Gillingham A, Geynisman-Tan J, Collins S, Lewicky-Gaupp C, Mueller MG, Kenton K, Bretschneider CE. Patients' Perceptions on Surgical Care Suspension for Pelvic Floor Disorders During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2020 08; 26(8):477-482. PMID: 32604203.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
    31. Wieslander CK, Weinstein MM, Handa VL, Collins SA. Pregnancy in Women With Prior Treatments for Pelvic Floor Disorders. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2020 05; 26(5):299-305. PMID: 32324683.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    32. Young K, Mou T, Geynisman-Tan J, Tavathia M, Collins S, Mueller M, Lewicky-Gaupp C, Kenton K. Truth or Myth: Intra-abdominal Pressure Increases in the Lithotomy Position. J Minim Invasive Gynecol. 2021 01; 28(1):26-29. PMID: 32229258.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    33. Brown O, Geynisman-Tan J, Gillingham A, Collins S, Lewicky-Gaupp C, Kenton K, Mueller M. Minimizing Risks in Minimally Invasive Surgery: Rates of Surgical Site Infection Across Subtypes of Laparoscopic Hysterectomy. J Minim Invasive Gynecol. 2020 Sep - Oct; 27(6):1370-1376.e1. PMID: 31672589.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    34. Geynisman-Tan J, Dave-Heliker B, Bochenska K, Collins S, Lewicky-Gaupp C, Mueller M, Kenton K. Duration of Catheterization After Retropubic Midurethral Sling. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2019 Sep-Oct; 25(5):369-371. PMID: 29509646.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    35. Geynisman-Tan J, Milewski A, Dahl C, Collins S, Mueller M, Kenton K, Lewicky-Gaupp C. Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms in Women With Female Genital Mutilation. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2019 Mar-Apr; 25(2):157-160. PMID: 30807420.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    36. Geynisman-Tan J, Kenton K, Komar A, Collins S, Lewicky-Gaupp C, Mueller MG. Recovering sexual satisfaction after prolapse surgery: a secondary analysis of surgical recovery. Int Urogynecol J. 2018 Nov; 29(11):1675-1680. PMID: 29961109.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    37. Geynisman-Tan J, Brown O, Mueller M, Bochenska K, Collins S, Lewicky-Gaupp C, Kenton K. Operating Room Efficiency: Examining the Impact of Personnel Handoffs. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2018 Mar-Apr; 24(2):87-89. PMID: 29474278.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    38. Geynisman-Tan J, Brown O, Mueller M, Leader-Cramer A, Dave B, Bochenska K, Collins S, Lewicky-Gaupp C, Kenton K. Changing Referral Patterns to Urogynecology. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2018 Jan-Feb; 24(1):48-50. PMID: 28430727.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    39. Dykes PC, Rozenblum R, Dalal A, Massaro A, Chang F, Clements M, Collins S, Donze J, Fagan M, Gazarian P, Hanna J, Lehmann L, Leone K, Lipsitz S, McNally K, Morrison C, Samal L, Mlaver E, Schnock K, Stade D, Williams D, Yoon C, Bates DW. Prospective Evaluation of a Multifaceted Intervention to Improve Outcomes in Intensive Care: The Promoting Respect and Ongoing Safety Through Patient Engagement Communication and Technology Study. Crit Care Med. 2017 Aug; 45(8):e806-e813. PMID: 28471886; PMCID: PMC9479112.
      Citations: 24     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    40. Yen PY, Phillips A, Kennedy MK, Collins S. Nursing Informatics Competency Assessment for the Nurse Leader: Instrument Refinement, Validation, and Psychometric Analysis. J Nurs Adm. 2017 May; 47(5):271-277. PMID: 28422933.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    41. Collins S, Yen PY, Phillips A, Kennedy MK. Nursing Informatics Competency Assessment for the Nurse Leader: The Delphi Study. J Nurs Adm. 2017 Apr; 47(4):212-218. PMID: 28333789.
      Citations: 17     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    42. Mueller MG, Lewicky-Gaupp C, Collins SA, Abernethy MG, Alverdy A, Kenton K. Activity Restriction Recommendations and Outcomes After Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Obstet Gynecol. 2017 04; 129(4):608-614. PMID: 28277355.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    43. Collins SA, Gesner E, Mar PL, Colburn DM, Rocha RA. Prioritization and Refinement of Clinical Data Elements within EHR Systems. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2016; 2016:421-430. PMID: 28269837; PMCID: PMC5333277.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    44. Collins S, Sensmeier J, Weaver C, Murphy J. Speaking With One Voice: Alliance for Nursing Informatics Policy Responses 2016 Update. Comput Inform Nurs. 2016 Nov; 34(11):490-492. PMID: 27824622.
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    45. Collins SA, Alexander D, Moss J. Nursing domain of CI governance: recommendations for health IT adoption and optimization. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2015 May; 22(3):697-706. PMID: 25670752.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    
    46. Joshi G, Quiroz LH, Steinberg AC, Nihira MA, Collins SA. Pain management strategies for urogynecologic surgery: a review. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2014 Nov-Dec; 20(6):310-5. PMID: 25185632.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    47. Collins S, Beigi R, Mellen C, O'Sullivan D, Tulikangas P. The effect of pessaries on the vaginal microenvironment. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Jan; 212(1):60.e1-6. PMID: 25046810.
      Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    48. Collins SA, Tulikangas PK, O'Sullivan DM. Effect of surgical approach on physical activity and pain control after sacral colpopexy. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2012 May; 206(5):438.e1-6. PMID: 22397901.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
    49. Collins SA, O'Sullivan DM, Lasala CA. Correlation of POP-Q posterior compartment measures with defecatory dysfunction. Int Urogynecol J. 2012 Jun; 23(6):743-7. PMID: 22249278.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    50. Collins SA, O'Sullivan DM, Tulikangas PK. Surgeon activity in robotic versus abdominal gynecologic surgery. J Robot Surg. 2012 Dec; 6(4):333-6. PMID: 27628474.
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    51. Collins SA, Tulikangas PK, LaSala CA, Lind LR. Complex sacral abscess 8 years after abdominal sacral colpopexy. Obstet Gynecol. 2011 Aug; 118(2 Pt 2):451-454. PMID: 21768851.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    52. Martin M, O'Sullivan DM, Steinberg AC, Collins SA. Effect of flatal incontinence on sexual function. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2011 Mar; 17(2):70-3. PMID: 22453691.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    
    53. Collins S, Tulikangas P. Randomized trials in robotic surgery: a practical impossibility? Int Urogynecol J. 2010 Sep; 21(9):1045-7. PMID: 20628870.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    54. Collins SA, O'Sullivan DM, LaSala CA. Factors associated with PISQ-12 completion in an academic urogynecology population. Int Urogynecol J. 2010 May; 21(5):579-82. PMID: 20058148.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    55. Steinberg AC, Collins SA, O'Sullivan DM. The impact of flatal incontinence on quality of life. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2009 Nov; 201(5):539.e1-3. PMID: 19716534.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    56. Sandhu KS, Chua RG, Zhang X, Kanika ND, Collins SA, Mikhail M, Melman A, Disanto ME. Regional heterogeneity in expression of the sphingosine-1-phosphate pathway in the female rat lower urinary tract. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2009 May; 200(5):576.e1-7. PMID: 19254791.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    57. Collins SA, Downie SA, Olson TR, Mikhail MS. Nerve injury during uterosacral ligament fixation: a cadaver study. Int Urogynecol J Pelvic Floor Dysfunct. 2009 May; 20(5):505-8. PMID: 19172214.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    58. Collins SA, Jelovsek JE, Chen CC, Gustilo-Ashby AM, Barber MD. De novo rectal prolapse after obliterative and reconstructive vaginal surgery for urogenital prolapse. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2007 Jul; 197(1):84.e1-3. PMID: 17618769.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    59. Chen CC, Collins SA, Rodgers AK, Paraiso MF, Walters MD, Barber MD. Perioperative complications in obese women vs normal-weight women who undergo vaginal surgery. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2007 Jul; 197(1):98.e1-8. PMID: 17618776.
      Citations: 15     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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