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Pelvic Floor Disorders Consortium Charter

The ASCRS has created a Pelvic Floor Disorders Consortium to enhance the care of patients in a multidisciplinary approach.

The Pelvic Floor Disorders Consortium works with the Research Foundation of the ASCRS, other appropriate ASCRS committees and with representatives of all other disciplines involved in the care of patients with pelvic floor disorders to promote the care of these patients, create and evaluate educational programs, clinical guidelines and algorithms of care through clinical collaboration and research.

Save the Date for the next meeting! 

Pelvic Floor Disorders Consortium Meeting
Saturday, October 13, 2018
10:30 am – 5:00 pm
Hyatt Regency Hotel

Chicago, IL

The goal of this meeting is to arrive at a consensus recommendation as to which patient reporting questionnaires, instruments, or scales should be used to quantify common pelvic floor disorders:

  1. Fecal incontinence
  2. Urinary incontinence
  3. Constipation
  4. Bladder emptying dysfunction
  5. Sexual dysfunction in men
  6. Sexual dysfunction in women


By adopting standard measures across multiple disciplines, we hope to facilitate the collaborative pooling of data in meta-analyses and allow more effective comparison of results. This is precisely the kind of multidisciplinary effort – involving input from multiple subspecialists – that the Consortium was created to do. We hope that you will attend to provide your input on which instruments we should use consistently going forward. Please consider volunteering for one of our working groups!

If you plan to attend or if you would like to be placed in a working group, please complete the online registration form.

We encourage you to become a part of the Pelvic Floor Disorders Consortium today!  Please complete the short application form to join the Consortium.  Note:  Download and save the completed form on your computer prior to sending to the ASCRS, otherwise the form will be received without your data filled in.



We aim to:

  • Provide a forum within the surgical community for critical discussion on the investigation, diagnosis, and management of pelvic floor disorders.
  • Facilitate outreach and exchange of information with other disciplines and with other specialized societies that are currently addressing pelvic floor topics from a non-surgical or non-colorectal perspective.
  • Respond to the work being done and positions being taken by these other specialized societies and develop collaborative strategies that properly reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the field.
  • Set standards of pelvic floor investigation and management within our subspecialty and within the entire clinical field.
  • Support collaborative clinical trials focusing on colorectal topics in the area of pelvic floor disorders.
  • Facilitate the international exchange of information on pelvic floor disorders through outreach to similar surgical organizations in Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas.
  • Promote research collaborative efforts and have a team that could secure research funding.
  • Support education and training on pelvic floor topics during and after colorectal fellowship.
  • Provide a platform for patient education.


Steering Committee on the Pelvic Floor Disorders Consortium 

Chair: Liliana Bordeianou, MD
Vice Chair: Sarah Vogler, MD, MBA
Council Rep: Arden Morris, MD

Committee Members: 
Mitchell Bernstein, MD
Elisa Birnbaum, MD
Joseph Carmichael, MD
Kelly Garrett, MD
Brooke Gurland, MD
Alex Ky, MD
Nathalie Mantilla, MD
Shane McNevin, MD
Anders Mellgren, MD, PhD
Lucia Oliveira, MD
Ian Paquette, MD
Amy Thorsen, MD
Madhulika Varma, MD
Steven Wexner, MD. PhD (Hon)
Massarat Zutshi, MD