Department of OBGYN

Halina M. Zyczynski, MD

  • Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, Division of Urogynecology & Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery
  • Medical Director, Women's Center for Bladder & Pelvic Health

Education & Training

  • Residency, Obstetrics and Gynecology, University Health Center of Pittsburgh
  • MD, Albany Medical College, Albany, NY

Representative Publications

  1. Zyczynski HM, Sirls LT, Greer WJ, Rahn DD, Casiano E, Norton P, Kim HY, Brubaker L; Urinary Incontinence Treatment Network. Findings of universal cystoscopy at incontinence surgery and their sequelae. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2014 May;210(5):480.e1-8. PubMed PMID: 24380742; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4011936
  2. Turner LC, Zyczynski HM, Shepherd JP. Intravenous Acetaminophen Before Pelvic Organ Prolapse Repair:  Randomized Controlled Trial. Obstet Gynecol. 2019 Feb 4. PMID: 30741813.
  3. Zyczynski HM, Richter HE, Sung VW, Arya LA, Lukacz ES, Visco AG, Rahn DD, Carper B, Mazloomdoost D, Gantz MG; NICHD Pelvic Floor Disorders.   Performance, acceptability, and validation of a phone application bowel diary.  Neurourol Urodyn. 2020 Nov;39(8):2480-2489. doi: 10.1002/nau.24520. Epub 2020 Sep 22.PMID: 32960998
  4. Nager CW, Visco AG, Richter HE, Rardin CR, Komesu Y, Harvie HS, Zyczynski HM, et al; National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Pelvic Floor Disorders Network. Effect of sacrospinous hysteropexy with graft vs vaginal hysterectomy with uterosacral ligament suspension on treatment failure in women with uterovaginal prolapse: 5-year results of a randomized clinical trial. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2021 Aug;225(2):153.e1-153.e31. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2021.03.012. Epub 2021 Mar 12. PMID: 33716071; PMCID: PMC8328912.

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Clinical/Research Interest Summary

Pelvic organ prolapse, urinary and fecal incontinence, and the symptoms associated with childbirth injury

Clinical Interests/Research Interests

Dr. Zyczynski’s research interests are clinical with a focus on short and long-term anatomic and functional outcomes of surgical and non-surgical treatments for pelvic organ prolapse, urinary and fecal incontinence, as well as cost-effectiveness of related diagnostic testing. The majority of her investigations have been conducted collaboratively as a principal investigator in the NICHD Pelvic Floor Disorders Network and the NIDDK Urinary Incontinence Treatment Network. Since 2001 these multidisciplinary coalitions have conducted comparative effectiveness trials on traditional and emerging treatments for pelvic floor disorders including hysteropexy (in lieu of hysterectomy), mesh augmented repairs, biofeedback, neuromodulation, intravesical Botox and lifestyle modification. Dr. Zyczynski is a core faculty mentor of the Ob/Gyn residency and the Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery fellowship.  Nationally, Dr. Zyczynski is the past president of the American Urogynecologic Society and serves as an oral board examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.