Pelvic Medicine and Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgery

The study of pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery encompasses use of medical treatment and surgical intervention to restore form and function to the pelvic floor/genitourinary tract. It brings together knowledge and expertise from a diverse set of disciplines including urology, benign urology, gynecology, neurology, and colorectal surgery to address pelvic floor disorders, neurogenic bladder, urethral stricture disease, and complex voiding dysfunction. 

Physicians in this specialty are comprised of both urologists and urogynecologists. These providers treat patients with a wide diversity of processes adversely impacting the pelvic floor, including but not limited to the after-effects of treatment for cancer (i.e, surgery and radiation), spinal cord injuries, trauma, and aging (i.e. pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, and fecal incontinence). 

City of Hope is unique among most medical centers in the region in that is brings together specialists from all aspects of this unique specialty, utilizing a wide variety of treatment modalities (i.e., pelvic floor physical therapy, tissue grafts, native tissue repairs, and robotic surgery), to provide the most complex patients opportunities to improve the quality of their lives.  Not uncommonly, pelvic floor reconstructions can be performed at the same time as surgical removal of malignancies, reducing/eliminating the need for multiple operations.

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Faculty

Meet Surgeon Kevin G. Chan, M.D.
Kevin G. Chan, M.D.
Urologic Surgeon; Head, Reconstructive Urology
Duarte - Main Campus

Kevin Chan, M.D., is a urologic surgeon specializing in bladder cancer and surgical treatment of male urinary incontinence.

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Meet Urogynecologist Christopher P. Chung, M.D.
Duarte - Main Campus; Arcadia

City of Hope's Christopher Chung, M.D., is a urogynecologist and an associate clinical professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology. He sees patients in Duarte and Arcadia, California.

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Meet Dr. Seth A. Cohen
Seth A. Cohen, M.D.
Urologic Surgeon; Urogynecologist
Glendora; Pasadena

Seth Cohen, M.D., is a urologic surgeon with a focus on female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery at City of Hope's community practice sites in Glendora and Pasadena..

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Kai Dallas, M.D.
Kai Dallas, M.D.
Urologic Surgeon
Antelope Valley; Santa Clarita

Kai Dallas, M.D., is a assistant clinical professor in the Department of Surgery at City of Hope.

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Kurt A. Melstrom, M.D.
Colorectal Surgeon
Duarte - Main Campus; Glendora

Kurt A. Melstrom, M.D., is an associate clinical professor in the Department of Surgery, specializing in colorectal surgery.

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