Amy Park, MD, is a board-certified gynecologist and obstetrician at the National Center for Advanced Pelvic Surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. She also is an assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Urology at Georgetown University Medical Center. Dr. Park specializes in minimally invasive techniques, such as vaginal, laparoscopic and robotic-assisted surgery, for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence.
In 2013, Dr. Park was named one of DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia’s “Rising Stars Super Doctors.” She also has received several major research grants, including the Astellas Foundation grant, the Multi-Center Education Research Award from the American Urogynecologic Society and the District V Research Award from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She has been nationally recognized for her research, receiving the Best Education and Best Paper awards from the American Urogynecologic Society. She also has produced several award-winning video presentations.
Dr. Park has written 20 peer-reviewed articles, published in journals such as Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the International Journal of Urogynecology, in addition to 14 review articles and book chapters. She is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and she is a member of the American Urogynecologic Society, the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists and the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons. Dr. Park is a principal investigator and mentor on several current projects. She is a junior investigator for the Women’s Health Initiative, and she serves as a reviewer for several gynecology and urogynecology journals. She serves on the American Urogynecologic Society’s Government Relations Committee and has reviewed abstracts for several annual scientific meetings. She frequently lectures on urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse on a national level, and she teaches graduate courses in advanced laparoscopy and pelvic reconstructive surgery.
Dr. Park earned her medical degree at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, NY. She completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Pittsburgh, Magee Women's Hospital. She then completed a combined fellowship in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive pelvic surgery and minimally invasive surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. She has had specialized training in statistical analysis and clinical trial design.
Dr. Park’s research interests include
- Surgical and medical management of urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse
- Complex genitourinary fistulae
- Childbirth- and pregnancy-related pelvic floor disorders
- Overactive bladder
- Voiding dysfunction
- Fecal incontinence
- Defecatory dysfunction
- Robotic surgery
- Laparoscopic surgery
- Vaginal surgery
Blinded assessment of operative performance after Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery in Gynecology training
In this prospective cohort study of three gynecology residency training programs, Dr. Park and colleagues studied the pass rate for the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) examination among senior gynecology residents and fellows and explored whether there was an association between FLS scores and previous laparoscopic experience. Higher pass rates were associated with increasing levels of training and laparoscopic case experience. This work was published in the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology(2013;20:353-359).
A randomized trial comparing conventional and robotically assisted total laparoscopic hysterectomy
In this study, Dr. Park and colleagues compared operative time and complications between total laparoscopic hysterectomy and robotic-assisted total laparoscopic hysterectomy. The authors found that although laparoscopic and robotic-assisted hysterectomies are both safe approaches to hysterectomy, robotic-assisted hysterectomy takes significantly more time to perform. This work was published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (2013;208:368.e1-7).
- Research Areas
- Maternal-Fetal/Womens Health