- Residency - UCLA School of Medicine (1985-1988), Urology
- Internship - UCLA School of Medicine (1984-1985), Urology
- Fellowship - UCLA School of Medicine (1983-1984), Research
- Residency - Hospital Necker Enfants Malades (1979-1983), Urology
- Residency - University of Paris/Faculty of Medicine (1979-1983), Urology
- Medical School - Hospital Necker Enfants Malades (1973-1980)
Philippe Zimmern, M.D.
- The Felecia and John Cain Chair in Women's Health, in Honor of Philippe Zimmern, M.D.
- Female Urology
- Surgical Treatment of Pelvic Floor Disorders
Philippe Zimmern, M.D., is a Professor of Urology at UT Southwestern Medical Center and the recipient of the Felecia and John Cain Chair for Women’s Health in Urology in honor of Dr. Philippe Zimmern. His clinical specialties include incontinence, prolapse, voiding dysfunction, urodynamics, fistula and urethral diverticulum repairs, mesh implant complications, and urinary tract infections. He also specializes in vaginal surgery with native tissue repair, and in minimally invasive robotic surgery for prolapse.
Dr. Zimmern received his medical training and completed his doctoral thesis at the Necker-Enfants Malades Hospital in Paris, France. After completing a urology residency in France, Dr. Zimmern spent a fellowship year at UCLA.
Dr. Zimmern joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 1995. Prior to that, he served as Director of the Urology Research Program and Co-Director of the Urodynamics Laboratory at the Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Los Angeles.
Among several honors, he has been the recipient of the 1997 Paul Zimskind Urodynamic Society Award and the Jane and John Justin Distinguished Chair in Urology, in honor of Claus G. Roehrborn, M.D., in 2005. He is a past President of the Society for Urodynamics and Female Urology (SUFU) and in 2011 was the recipient of the SUFU Distinguished Service Award. In 2012, he received the prestigious Continence Care Champion award from the National Association for Continence (NAFC).
Dr. Zimmern, in association with Gary Lemack,
M.D., and Maude
Carmel, M.D., directs a two-year fellowship program in female pelvic medicine
and reconstructive surgery (FPMRS) at UT Southwestern. This fellowship program
has been endowed in perpetuity by the Felecia Cain Foundation.
Dr. Zimmern has been a visiting professor in the United States, Europe, China, Australia, and Canada and has editorial and advisory responsibilities for many urology journals. He has co-authored more than 365 publications, 28 surgical movies, and 65 book chapters, and co-edited four textbooks, including the books Female Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery and Native Tissue Repair for Incontinence and Prolapse. He is FPMRS-certified and a member of the American College of Surgeons.
He received the inaugural Leaders in Excellence Award at UT Southwestern (2018).
Meet Dr. Zimmern
Philippe Zimmern, M.D., has a message of hope for people who suffer from incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.
“Just because your mother and grandmother lived with it, that doesn’t mean you have to,” he says. "Providing quality of life is the essence of what we do."
As Director of the Bladder and Incontinence Treatment Center at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dr. Zimmern treats a variety of conditions that affect women (and some men), offering solutions that range from rehabilitation to medications and surgery.
“I enjoy giving people the chance to sleep at night, to travel, to not have to wear protection or pads – activities that their conditions might otherwise have limited,” says Dr. Zimmern, a Texas Monthly Super Doctor.
One of Dr. Zimmern’s particular areas of specialty is vaginal surgery for
pelvic organ prolapse, a condition in which the bladder, uterus, or rectum
“drops,” or prolapses, into the vagina. He offers a procedure that uses a
patient’s own tissues to fix the problem. He’s also an expert in repairing
complications stemming from other procedures performed to repair prolapse,
including mesh complications.
In addition to his work with patients, Dr. Zimmern actively participates in research related to incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and recurrent urinary tract infections. He and a team from UT Southwestern were integral members of the National Institutes of Health’s Urinary Incontinence Treatment Network, a multicenter group at the forefront of clinical trials and high-quality research in the field. His current research focuses on women’s health topics related to urology, with NIH grants (R 01 and R 21) in collaboration with several Ph.D. collaborators on the UTSW campus, and at UT Dallas and UT Arlington.
Dr. Zimmern leads the research section of UT Southwestern’s fellowship training in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery (FPMRS), one of only a few such programs in the country.
- Society for Urodynamics & Female Urology
- Société Internationale d'Urologie
- International Continence Society
- American Urogynecologic Society
- American College of Surgeons
- Vice President, Society for Urodynamics and Female Urology, 2002-2004
- Secretary/Treasurer, Society for Urodynamics and Female Urology, 2000-2002
- President, Society for Urodynamics and Female Urology, 2004-2006
- Past President, Society for Urodynamics and Female Urology, 2006-2008
- Kaiser Physician Recognition Award for the Los Angeles Area
- Patient Choice Award 2010
- SUFU Distinguished Service Award 2011
- Rodney Appell Continence Care Champion, National Association for Continence and Society of Urodynamics and Female Urology 2012
- David A Culp Lecturer Award, University of Iowa 2013
- Best Reviewer in 2013 Award, The Journal of Urology 2014
- Castle Connolly Top Doctor – Top Doctors North Texas 2015-2019
- Top Urologist in Dallas, TX, The Leading Physicians of the World 2015-2019
- Texas Super Doctors 2016-2019
- America’s Most Honored Professional 2016-2019
- Outstanding Reviewer for The Journal of Urology 2016
- Top Doctors in Texas 2018-2019
- Inaugural Leaders in Clinical Excellence award at UT Southwestern for Patient and Family Recognition Award 2018
- Recipient of the Felecia and John Cain Chair in Women’s Health, In honor of Philippe E. Zimmern, M.D. 2019
Evaluation of the urinary microbiota of women with uncomplicated stress urinary incontinence.
Thomas-White KJ, Kliethermes S, Rickey L, Lukacz ES, Richter HE, Moalli P, Zimmern P, Norton P, Kusek JW, Wolfe AJ, Brubaker L, American journal of obstetrics and gynecology 2017 Jan 216 1 55.e1-55.e16
Exploring biomechanical methods to study the human vaginal wall.
Eberhart R, Chuong CJ, Zimmern P, Neurourology and urodynamics 2017 02 36 2 499-506
Influence of body mass index on the biomechanical properties of the human prolapsed anterior vaginal wall.
Lopez SO, Eberhart RC, Zimmern PE, Chuong CJ International urogynecology journal 2014 Oct
Effect of aging on storage and voiding function in women with stress-predominant urinary incontinence.
Zimmern P, Litman HJ, Nager CW, Lemack GE, Richter HE, Sirls L, Kraus SR, Sutkin G, Mueller ER The Journal of urology 2014 Feb
Management of urinary incontinence following sub-urethral sling removal.
Singla N, Aggarwal H, Foster J, Alhalabi F, Lemack GE, Zimmern PE The Journal of urology 2017 Mar
Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections Due to Bacterial Persistence or Reinfection in Women: Does this Factor Impact Upper Tract Imaging Findings?
Wu YR, Rego LL, Christie AL, Lavelle RS, Alhalabi F, Zimmern PE The Journal of urology 2016 Feb
Viscoelastic properties measurement of the prolapsed anterior vaginal wall: a patient-directed methodology.
Chuong CJ, Ma M, Eberhart RC, Zimmern P European journal of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology 2014 Feb 173 106-12
Risk factors for urinary tract infection following incontinence surgery.
Nygaard I, Brubaker L, Chai TC, Markland AD, Menefee SA, Sirls L, Sutkin G, Zimmern P, Arisco A, Huang L, Tennstedt S, Stoddard A, International urogynecology journal 2011 Oct 22 10 1255-65
Lessons from a patient experience survey in a randomized surgical trial of treatment of stress urinary incontinence in women.
Zimmern PE, Dandreo KJ, Sirls L, Howell A, Hall L, Gruss J, Jesse K, Dickinson T, Prather C International urogynecology journal and pelvic floor dysfunction 2011 Jul 1273-8
Effect of fluid management on fluid intake and urge incontinence in a trial for overactive bladder in women.
Zimmern P, Litman HJ, Mueller E, Norton P, Goode P, BJU international 2010 Jun 105 12 1680-5
Evaluation of Stress Urinary Incontinence: State-of-the-Art Review
Dominic Lee,Philippe E. Zimmern 2016
Do biomechanical properties of anterior vaginal wall prolapse tissue predict outcome of surgical repair?
Gilchrist AS, Gupta A, Eberhart RC, Zimmern PE The Journal of urology 2010 Mar 183 3 1069-73
Impact of Allergy and Resistance on Antibiotic Selection for Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections in Older Women
Rena D. Malik, Yuefeng (Rose) Wu, Alana L. Christie, Feras Alhalabi, Philippe E. Zimmern 2018
Pre-operative urodynamics in women with stress urinary incontinence increases physician confidence, but does not improve outcomes.
Zimmern P, Litman H, Nager C, Sirls L, Kraus SR, Kenton K, Wilson T, Sutkin G, Siddiqui N, Vasavada S, Norton P, Neurourology and urodynamics 2014 Mar 33 3 302-6
Long-term efficacy of fulguration of trigonitis for recurrent urinary tract infections in women
Syed A. Hussain, Feras Alhalabi, Philippe E. Zimmern 2015
Risks of long-term use of nitrofurantoin for urinary tract prophylaxis in the older patient
Lauren L .Rego, Craig S. Glazer, Philippe E .Zimmern 2016
Do Biomechanical Properties of Anterior Vaginal Wall Prolapse Tissue Predict Outcome of Surgical Repair?
Alienor S. Gilchrist , Amit Gupta , Robert C. Eberhart , and Philippe E. Zimmern 2010
Nonintubated uroflowmetry as a predictor of normal pressure flow study in women with stress urinary incontinence
Defreitas GA, Lemack GE, Zimmer PE Urology 2003 62(5) 905-908
Refining diagnosis of anatomic female bladder outlet obstruction: Comparison of pressure-flow study parameters in clinically obstructed women with those of normal controls
Defreitas GA, Zimmern PE, Lamack GE, Shariat SF Urology 2004 64 675-681
Mulitdisciplinary Management of Female Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
Chapple and Zimmern, et al Elsevier 2005
An evidence-based approach to the evaluation and management of stress incontinence in women
Gilleran JP, Zimmern P Current Opinion in Urology 2005 15(4) 236-243
The treatment of female bladder outlet obstruction
Goldman HB, Zimmern PE BJU International 2006 98 359-366
Vaginal Surgery for Incontinence and Prolapse
Philippe Zimmern, Peggy Norton, Francois Haab, and Chris Chapple, editors Springer-Verlag London Limited 2006
Recommendations for urodynamic assessment in the evaluation of women with stress urinary incontinence
Takacs EB, Zimmern PE Nature Clinical Practice Urology 2006 3(10) 544-550
Process for development of multicenter urodynamic studies
Nager CW, Albo ME, FitzGerald MP, McDermott SM, Kraus S, Richter HE, Zimmern PE Urology 2007 69(1) 63-68
Elastin expression and elastic fiber width in the anterior vaginal wall of postmenopausal women with and without prolapse
Karam JA, Vazquez DV, Lin VK, and Zimmern PE BJU International 2007 100 346-350
Quality of life in women with stress urinary incontinence
Tennstedt SL, Fitzgerald MP, Nager CW, Xu Y, Zimmern P, Kraus S, Goode PS, Kusek JW, Borello-France D, Mallett V Int Urogynecol 2007 18 543-549
Comparison of bladder voiding efficiency in women when calculated from a free flow versus an intubated flow
Valentini FA, Marti BG, Zimmern PE, Robain G, Nelson PP 2018
Bethanechol: Is it still being prescribed for bladder dysfunction in women?
Gaitonde S, Malik RD, Christie AL, Zimmern PE International journal of clinical practice 2018 Aug e13248
Sling incision is not always sufficient
Zimmern PE, Aggarwal H, and Alhalabi F 2018
Abdominal Sacrocolpopexy for Repair of Pelvic Organ Prolapse After Radical Cystectomy.
Zimmern PE, Wang CN Female pelvic medicine & reconstructive surgery 2018 Jan
Is trigonitis a neglected, imprecise, misunderstood, or forgotten diagnosis?
Sadeghi Z, MacLennan G, Childs SJ, Zimmern PE, Lower urinary tract symptoms 2019 Apr
Electrofulguration in the advanced management of antibiotic-refractory recurrent urinary tract infections in women.
Crivelli JJ, Alhalabi F, Zimmern PE, International journal of urology : official journal of the Japanese Urological Association 2019 Apr
FINANCIAL BURDEN OF RECURRENT URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS IN WOMEN: A TIME-DRIVEN ACTIVITY-BASED COST ANALYSIS.
Gaitonde S, Malik RD, Zimmern PE Urology 2019 Feb
Role of High Midline Levator Myorrhaphy in Prolapse Repair: Long-Term Results
Yuefeng (Rose) Wu, Alana L Christie, Feras Alhalabi and Philippe E Zimmern Journal of Urology 2016
The history of the Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine, and Urogenital Reconstruction.
Weissbart SJ, Zimmern PE, Nitti VW, Lemack GE, Kobashi KC, Vasavada SP, Wein AJ Neurourology and urodynamics 2018 Mar
Very Long-Term Results of Burch and Autologous Sling Procedures for Stress Urinary Incontinence in E-SISTEr Participants at One Site.
Kuprasertkul A, Christie AL, Lemack GE, Zimmern P, The Journal of urology 2019 Jun 101097JU0000000000000421
An update on research and outcomes in surgical management of vaginal mesh complications.
Lee D, Zimmern PE, Expert review of medical devices 2019 Jul 16 7 569-580
Prospective Evaluation of Urodynamic Utility in a Subspecialty Tertiary Practice.
Malik RD, Hess DS, Carmel ME, Lemack GE, Zimmern PE Urology 2019 Jan
Direct Detection of Tissue-Resident Bacteria and Chronic Inflammation in the Bladder Wall of Postmenopausal Women with Recurrent Urinary Tract Infection.
De Nisco NJ, Neugent M, Mull J, Chen L, Kuprasertkul A, de Souza Santos M, Palmer KL, Zimmern P, Orth K, Journal of molecular biology 2019 Apr
Supine magnetic resonance defecography for evaluation of anterior compartment prolapse: Comparison with upright voiding cystourethrogram.
Kumar NM, Khatri G, Christie AL, Sims R, Pedrosa I, Zimmern PE, European journal of radiology 2019 Aug 117 95-101
Long-term results of transurethral endoscopic excision using the holmium laser for urethral perforation of synthetic slings.
Wang C, Zimmern PE, Lemack G Lower urinary tract symptoms 2018 Jun
Enzymatic assay of D-mannose from urine.
Mehta I, Zimmern P, Reitzer L, Bioanalysis 2018 Dec 10 23 1947-1954
Challenges of multidimensional outcome reporting after suburethral midurethral sling removal.
Shakir NA, Wang C, Singla N, Alhalabi F, Christie A, Lemack GE, Zimmern PE The Journal of urology 2018 Jan
- Evaluation of the urinary microbiota of women with uncomplicated stress urinary incontinence.
- Voiding dysfunction
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Incontinence (female, male)
- Bladder diseases
- Female Urology
- Surgical Treatment of Pelvic Floor Disorders
- Pelvic Organ Prolapse