Kathleen A. Connell, MD, MPH

Dr. Kathleen Connell

Dr. Kathleen Connell

Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery, Section Chief; Obstetrics & Gynecology, Associate Professor

Group affiliation:
University of Colorado Urogynecology

Practice Locations:

Double Board Certified:

Obstetrics & Gynecology & Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery

Specialties:

Dr. Connell is dedicated to helping women suffering from pelvic floor disorders such as urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and interstitial cystitis by using the best nonsurgical and surgical treatment options available. She also routinely addresses her patients’ conditions through minimally invasive techniques, including laparoscopy and robotics.

Dr. Connell is board-certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology and is one of the first doctors in Colorado to become board-certified in Urogynecology.

Memberships

  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Fellow
  • American Urogynecologic Society and the Society for Gynecologic Investigation, Member
  • American Board of Obstetric and Gynecology

Care philosophy

“I believe that it is my responsibility to provide women with the most up-to-date medical knowledge and treatment options for their conditions. I want to engage my patients in all aspects of their medical decision making so they can decide which treatment is best for their lifestyle.“

About Dr. Kathleen A. Connell

Dr. Kathleen A. Connell received her medical degree from State University of New York Downstate Medical College of Medicine in 1996. She went on to complete a fellowship in Urology, with a focus on Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery, in 2003 at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Montefiore). In 2004, she was board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in 2013 became one of the first doctors in Colorado to become board-certified in Urogynecology.

Dr. Connell’s practice focuses on the kidneys and urinary system, with special medical interests in pelvic organ prolapse, incontinence, reconstructive pelvic surgery and reconstructive urology.

As a leader in the field of urogynecology, Dr. Connell participates in a number of professional organizations, including as a fellow of American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and a member of American Urogynecologic Society and the Society for Gynecologic Investigation.

She is passionate about advancing scientific research in the field of female pelvic medicine, running the Anschutz Medical Campus science laboratory for University of Colorado Hospital where she leads the OB/GYN department’s clinical and translational research.

Dr. Connell’s own research focuses on the effects of aging and other women’s issues on pelvic support, with the ultimate goal of preventing pelvic organ prolapse and developing new treatment options.

Outside of her practice at UC Urogynecology, Dr. Connell enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, traveling, hiking and skiing.

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Education:

1992 Bachelor of Science, State University of New York, Albany, NY

Graduated in 1998 – Eastern Virginia Medical School of the Medical College of Hampton Roads

1996 – State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine – completed residency training, served as administrative chief resident in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

1997 Internship hospital-SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn

2003 Fellowship hospital: Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Montefiore) Medical Center in New York – Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery

2004 – 2009 NICHD Women’s Reproductive Health Research Scholar, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, Section of Urogynecology & Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

Honors/Awards:

  • 1996 Third World Externship Award, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
  • 1998 CREOG/APGO Essay Award, “Aspirations for an Academic Career”, Residency Education Conference, Orlando, FL
  • 1998 Doctor’s Day Award for Dedication, King’s County Hospital Center, Brooklyn, NY
  • 1998 James Prochaska, M.D. Memorial Award for Distinguished Resident, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2000 Leon Chesley Award for Outstanding Research by a Resident Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2000 Schuyler Kohl Award for Best Teaching by a Resident, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2003 First Prize Award for Best Paper on Female Sexual Dysfunction, 10th World Congress International Society for Sexual and Impotence Research, Montreal, Canada
  • 2004 NICHD Women’s Reproductive Health Research Scholar
  • 2006 Biology New Investigator Award, International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health, Lisbon, Portugal
  • 2006 The Wyeth President’s Presenter Award, Society for Gynecologic Investigation, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2008 American Urogynecological Society Foundation/Astellas Award
  • 2009 Thomas Benson Award in Neuromodulation, American Urogynecology Society Foundation (Mentor for Heidi Chen, MD)
  • 2010  William Aiken Fellow Society Award (Mentor for Alex Hennessey), College of Charleston, N
  • 2012 Poster Prize, Women’s Research Day Symposium, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, C
  • 2013 Poster Prize Award, Society for Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine & Urogenital Reconstructive Surgery Annual Scientific Meeting, Las Vegas, NV
  • Healthgrades Recognized Doctor

Past professional experience:

2003 Committee Member, International Consultation on Urological Diseases, Second International Conference on Erectile and Sexual Dysfunctions, Societe Internationale d’Urology, Paris, France

2005 – 2011 Director of Research, Section of Urogynecology & Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

2007 Presenter and Facilitator Roundtable Discussion: “Female Sexual Dysfunction”, American Urogynecology Society’s 28th Annual Scientific Meeting, Hollywood, FL.

2008 Moderator, Gynecology Scientific Session, Society for Gynecologic Investigation 2008 Annual Scientific Meeting, San Diego, CA.

2008 – Present American Urogynecological Society Foundation Basic Science Grant Review Committee

2008 – Present Manuscript Submission Committee, American Urogynecologic Society Annual Scientific Meetin

2008 – Present  Reviewer, American Journal Obstetrics and Gynecology

2008 – Present Reviewer, Reproductive Sciences

2011 Abstract Reviewer/Poster Judge, Society for Gynecologic Investigation 2012 Annual Scientific Meeting, San Diego, CA.

201 – Present Reviewer, International Urogynecology Journal

2011 Moderator, Translational and Clinical Research Session, American Urogynecologic Society 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting, Providence, RI.

2011 Planning Committee, NICHD Women’s Reproductive Health Research Symposium – Alumni networking, Providence RI

2012 – Present Chief, Division of Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery, Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, CO

2012 Chair, Basic Science Interest Group, Membership Committee, American Urogynecologic Society

2012 – Present Member, Membership Committee American Urogynecologic Society

2012 Abstract Reviewer, American Urogynecologic Society 33rd Annual Scientific Meeting, Chicago, IL

2012 Invited Participant, American Urogynecologic Society Strategic Planning

2013 Co-Director, Women’s Pelvic Health & Surgery Multidisciplinary Program, Departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology and General Surgery, University of Colorado School of Medicine

2013 Representative for The American Urogynecologic Society as Basic Science Interest Group Chair for combined 2014 American Urogynecologic Society/International Urgynecologic Society, IUGA 38th Annual Scientific Meeting, Dublin, Ireland.

2013 Member, Program Committee for the American Urogynecologic Society 34th Annual Scientific Meeting, Las Vegas, NV

2013 Abstract Reviewer, American Urogynecologic Society 34th Annual Scientific Meeting, Las Vegas, NV

Teaching:

1996 – 1999 Resident, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY

1999 – 2000Administrative Chief Resident, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY

2000 – 2003 Fellow, Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology & Women’s Health, Montefiore Medical Center/ Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY.

2003 – 2011 Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, Section of Urogynecology & Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery, Yale University, School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

2012 – present Associate Professor, Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Urology, Section of Urogynecology & Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery, University of Colorado at Denver

Scholarly activity:

Yale University School of Medicine – Assistant Professor, Director of Research, Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery

Double-board certified OB/GYN 2011 & Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery 2013

Publications:

Title: The fate of abstracts presented at annual meetings of the american urogynecologic society from 2007 to 2008.
Date: Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg 2014 May-Jun;20(3):137-40

Title: Knowledge of pelvic floor disorders in a population of community-dwelling women.
Date: Am J Obstet Gynecol 2014 Feb 11;210(2):165.e1-9. Epub 2013 Oct 11.

Title: Major postoperative complications after benign gynecologic surgery: a clinical prediction tool.
Date: Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg 2012 Sep-Oct;18(5):274-80

Title: The bar sinister: does handlebar level damage the pelvic floor in female cyclists?
Date: J Sex Med 2012 May 5;9(5):1367-73. Epub 2012 Mar 5.

Title: Knockdown of Hoxa11 in vivo in the uterosacral ligament and uterus of mice results in altered collagen and matrix metalloproteinase activity.
Date: Biol Reprod 2012 Apr 5;86(4):100. Epub 2012 Apr 5.

Title: Women’s bike seats: a pressing matter for competitive female cyclists.
Date: J Sex Med 2011 Nov 11;8(11):3144-53. Epub 2011 Aug 11.

Title: Elastogenesis in the vaginal wall and pelvic-organ prolapse.
Date: N Engl J Med 2011 Jun;364(24):2356-8

Title: HOXA11 promotes fibroblast proliferation and regulates p53 in uterosacral ligaments.
Date: Reprod Sci 2009 Jul 16;16(7):694-700. Epub 2009 Apr 16.

Title: Genital sensation and sexual function in women bicyclists and runners: are your feet safer than your seat?
Date: J Sex Med 2006 Nov;3(6):1018-27

Title: Fecal incontinence: a review of prevalence and obstetric risk factors.
Date: Int Urogynecol J Pelvic Floor Dysfunct 2006 May 23;17(3):253-60. Epub 2005 Jun 23.

Title: Effects of menopause and hormone replacement therapy on serum levels of coenzyme Q10 and other lipid-soluble antioxidants.
Date: Biofactors 2005 ;25(1-4):61-6

Title: Evaluation of the role of pudendal nerve integrity in female sexual function using noninvasive techniques.
Date: Am J Obstet Gynecol 2005 May;192(5):1712-7

Title: Standards for clinical trials in sexual dysfunctions of women: research designs and outcomes assessment.
Date: J Sex Med 2004 Jul;1(1):92-7

Title: Ischiorectal Abscess and Ischiorectal-vaginal Fistula As Delayed Complications of Posterior Intravaginal Slingplasty: a Case Report.
Date: September 2010
Journal: The Journal of Reproductive Medicine

Title: Diminished Vaginal Hoxa13 Expression in Women with Pelvic Organ Prolapse.
Date: July 2009
Journal: Menopause (new York, N.y.)

Title: Hoxa11 is Critical for Development and Maintenance of Uterosacral Ligaments and Deficient in Pelvic Prolapse.
Date: April 2008
Journal: The Journal of Clinical Investigation

Title: Multiple Cutaneous Leiomyomas in the Perineum of a Horse.
Date: December 2003
Journal: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation : Official Publication of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, Inc

Title: Fragmentation of Polarized 23na on 208pb and the Random-walk Model.

Journal: Physical Review C: Nuclear Physics

Title: Coupled-channels Analysis of the Elastic Scattering of Polarized 6li by 58ni Using Cluster-folding Potentials.

Journal: Physical Review C: Nuclear Physics

Title: Measurement of Sub-barrier Transfer Reactions for 58ni+sn Using a Recoil Mass Separator.
Journal: Physical Review Letters

Title: Hoxa11 Promotes Fibroblast Proliferation and Regulates P53 in Uterosacral Ligaments.

Journal: Reproductive Sciences (thousand Oaks, Calif.)

Presentations

2003Invited Lecture, The International Police Mountain Bike Association National Conference 13th Annual Meeting, “Women’s Reproductive Health & Bicycling”, Charleston, WV.

2003Invited Lecture, The Fifth Annual Comprehensive Obstetrics and Gynecology Board Review Course, “Evaluation and treatment of urinary incontinence and pelvic floor disorders”, SUNY Downstate Medical Center at Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY.

2003 Invited Lecture, “Surgical options for the treatment of genuine stress incontinence”, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center at Brooklyn, NY.

2004 Invited Lecture, The International Police Mountain Bike Association National Conference 14th Annual Meeting, “Women’s Reproductive Health & Bicycling”, Charleston, WV.

2004-2011 Lecturer, “Female Sexual Dysfunction”, Reproductive Medicine Module, second year medical students, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT.

2005 Clinical Instructor, Hands on Cadaveric Course, “Pelvic Anatomy & Reconstructive Surgery” Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT.

2006 Women’s’ Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) Annual Meeting, Expression of HOXA11 & HOXA13 in Pelvic Support Structures in Women With and Without Prolapse”, Detroit, MI.

2008 Lecturer, Mini-Symposium on Female Pelvic Floor Disorders: A Multidisciplinary Approach, “Scientific Advances in Pelvic Floor Disorders” Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT.

2008 Invited Lecture, “Scientific Advances in the Understanding and Treatment of Pelvic Floor Disorders”, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY.

2009 Invited lecture, Autumn in New York28th Annual Fall CME Symposium, “The Role of HOXA11, a Developmental Gene, in Extracellular Matrix Remodeling in Uterosacral Ligaments”, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Albert Einstein College of Medicine/ Montefiore Medical Center, , New York, NY.

2009 Lecturer, Biology of Reproduction Course, “Male Sexual Response” Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Yale University, New Haven, CT.

2010 Invited Lecture, Overactive Bladder for the Overactive Practitioner CME Symposium, “Time to Get Familiar with OAB medication – Only Level II Evidence or Better” Department of Surgery, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Center for Continuing & Outreach Education, New Brunswick, NJ.

2010 Invited Lecture, Overactive Bladder for the Overactive Practitioner CME Symposium, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, “Trial and (Reduce) Error-How to Effectively Treat Overactive Bladder”, Department of Surgery, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Center for Continuing & Outreach Education, New Brunswick, NJ.

2010 Invited Lecture, Wayne Baden Research Day,” Investigating DNA methylation of the developmental gene, HOXA11, as an epigenetic mechanism in the development of pelvic organ prolapse”, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Scott & White/Texas A& M Health Science Center, College of Medicine, Temple, TX.

2010 Invited Expert Panelist, CME Webcast, “Controversies in surgical approaches in treating difficult cases of pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence in women” Department of Surgery, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Center for Continuing & Outreach Education, New Brunswick, NJ.

2010 Invited Lecture, Foundation Award Luncheon American Urogynecologic Society Foundation Luncheon, “Supporting junior faculty in translational research: How the AUGS Foundation Award has helped my career”, American Urogynecologic Society 29th Annual Scientific Meeting, Long Beach, CA.

2010 Invited Lecture, “Past, Present & Future Treatments for Pelvic Organ Prolapse: Can HOXA11 be an Answer to Prevention?”, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Colorado Health Science Center, Denver, CO.

2011 Invited lecture, “Past, present and future treatment options in treating women with pelvic organ prolapse”, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Grand Rounds, University of Vermont School of Medicine, Burlington, VT.

2011 Invited Lecture, “Going back to the basics with the developmental gene, HOXA11, in order to move forward in options for women with pelvic organ prolapse”,Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Grand Rounds David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA.

2012 Invited Lecture, “Aging and Uroynecology”, Aging mini-Symposium, Society of Gynecologic Investigation 59th Annual Scientific Meeting, San Diego, CA.

2013 Invited Lecture, “Evidence of Hoxa11 Dysfunction in the Pathogenesis of Pelvic Organ Prolpase”Pelvic Organ Prolapse: From Pathogenesis to Repair mini-Symposium, Society of Gynecologic Investigation 60th Annual Scientific Meeting, Orlando, FL.