- Fellowship - UT Southwestern Medical Center (2005-2008), Urogynecology
- Residency - UT Southwestern Medical Center (2002-2005), Obstetrics & Gynecology
- Internship - UT Southwestern Medical Center (2001-2002), Obstetrics & Gynecology
- Medical School - UT Southwestern Medical Center (1997-2001)
David Rahn, M.D.
Patient satisfaction is my top priority. As a urogynecology specialist, I treat women with various pelvic floor disorders, including conditions like pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, and pelvic pain. With these disorders, women often experience multiple symptoms from overlapping conditions. I listen closely to each patient, determine how the problems might be related, and, together, we develop a strategy to address them.
David Rahn, M.D., is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. A urogynecologist, Dr. Rahn treats gynecologic and urologic disorders in women.
Dr. Rahn graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M University in College Station, majoring in genetics. He then earned his medical degree at UT Southwestern, where he also completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology and a fellowship in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. He joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2008.
He serves on UT Southwestern’s Institutional Review Board and is a gynecology representative on the Infection Prevention and Control Committee at Parkland Health & Hospital System.
Dr. Rahn's latest research focuses on the potentially beneficial effects of local estrogen therapy on the connective tissue of the vaginal wall and the pelvic floor of post-menopausal women.
He has written several book chapters on urogynecology. He is an author and reviewer for medical journals including the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, the International Urogynecology Journal, Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery, and the Journal of Women's Health.
Dr. Rahn is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists and is a member of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons, the American Urogynecologic Society, and the Dallas County Medical Society/Texas Medical Association.
Dr. Rahn was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, but grew up in Houston. He comes from a family of engineers and eventually married one. He enjoys serving in church with his wife and playing soccer, camping, and building model rockets with their two sons.
Meet Dr. Rahn
David Rahn, M.D., has one essential goal: patient satisfaction. A urogynecologist, he uses traditional and minimally invasive techniques to treat female disorders such as incontinence, overactive bladder, dysuria (pain during urination), dysparenunia (pain during intercourse), pelvic organ prolapse, and mesh-related complications from previous prolapse surgeries.
"My patients suffer from pelvic floor disorders that adversely affect their quality of life. I'm glad I can help alleviate that. It's gratifying to see them still smiling a year later at their annual checkups."
“In urogynecology, we reconstruct and repair the effects of prior injury or childbirth,” says Dr. Rahn, an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UT Southwestern Medical Center.
In addition to his clinical duties, Dr. Rahn is involved in clinical trial research that includes a study of local estrogen on the vaginal wall and the pelvic floor of post-menopausal women. The treatment, he says, may help lower the risk of recurrent prolapse.
Dr. Rahn notes that overlapping conditions are common with pelvic floor disorders and that a patient may have several sources of irritation at once. He listens closely and addresses the problems based on the patient’s hierarchy of needs.
“I understand that my patients get frustrated, especially if they have multiple problems that seem to overlap,” he says. “But it takes a good physician or nurse practitioner to determine which problems are related, which are distinct, and which are the most troublesome.”
- Excellence in Medical Student Teaching Award 2004
- Rigoberto Santos Award for Excellence in Sonography 2005
- American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) Foundation 2007, Fellow Scholar
- American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists / Ortho-McNeil 2007, Women’s Health Academic Training Fellowship (2006-2007)
- Society of Gynecologic Surgeons 2008, President’s Award for Outstanding Research in Gynecologic Surgery
Chapter 27: Disorders of Pelvic Support -- Overview of Treatment
Schaffer JI, Rahn DD, Weislander CK In Ostergard’s Urogynecology and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction 6th edition.
Pathophysiology of urinary incontinence, voiding dysfunction, and overactive bladder
Rahn DD, Roshanravan SM Obstet Gynecol Clin North Am 2009 36(3) 463-74
Failure of pelvic organ support in mice deficient in fibulin-3
Rahn DD, Acevedo JF, Roshanravan SM, Keller PW, Davis EC, Marmorstein LY, Word RA Am J Pathol 2009 174 (1) 206-15
Anterior abdominal wall nerve and vessel anatomy: clinical implications for gynecologic surgery
Rahn DD, Phelan JN, Roshanravan SM, White AB, Corton MM Am J Obstet Gynecol 2010 202(3) 234.e1-5
Urinary incontinence: accurate and efficient diagnosis
Rahn DD Female Patient 2011 36 (3) 30-8
Systematic review highlights difficulty interpreting diverse clinical outcomes in abnormal uterine bleeding trials
Rahn DD, Abed H, Sung VW, Matteson KA, Rogers RG, Morrill MY, Barber MD, Schaffer JI, Wheeler TL, Balk EM, Uhlig K J Clin Epidemiol 2011 64(3) 293-300
- Chapter 27: Disorders of Pelvic Support -- Overview of Treatment
- Translational urogynecology research
- Pelvic anatomy and surgical education for Ob/Gyn residents and fellows
- Clinical trials of surgical and nonsurgical management of incontinence & prolapse
- Basic science / Pathophysiology of pelvic organ prolapse
- Non-Surgical Treatment of Pelvic Floor Disorders
- Surgical Treatment of Pelvic Floor Disorders
- Bladder/Voiding Dysfunctions
- Pelvic Organ Prolapse
- Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
Q&A by Dr. Rahn
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