Lee Ann Richter, MD, is a urologist specializing in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center (MWHC) and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (MGUH). She is on the faculty of the departments of Urology and Obstetrics and Gynecology (ob/gyn) at Georgetown University School of Medicine.
Dr. Richter is one of the few urologists in the country with ob/gyn-based training in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. Her sub-specialty training and surgical background uniquely qualify her to treat women with urologic and urogynecologic issues, such as kidney stones, pelvic organ prolapse, urinary and fecal incontinence, pelvic floor disorders, fistula repairs, and hematuria. Dr. Richter also has extensive training in minimally invasive surgical techniques, including vaginal, laparoscopic, and robotic-assisted surgery.
Her research has focused on microscopic hematuria in women and improved surgical education for medical students. She is the principal investigator and recipient of an investigator-initiated grant examining the effect of vaginal estrogen cream for post-menopausal women with microscopic hematuria. Selected as a MedStar Teaching Scholar, Dr. Richter has had extensive research training. She has mentored several medical students in urology and urogynecology, and she has received the Georgetown Urology Resident Teacher Award for her contributions to medical education.
Results of her research have been published in peer-reviewed journals, including Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, BJU International, and Current Opinion in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She regularly presents her research at national society meetings. In addition, she has volunteered her time to the International Organization for Women and Development, performing fistula repairs for Rwandan women suffering from this debilitating condition.
In her clinical practice, Dr. Richter uses her training in urology and urogynecology to provide high quality care to patients. In addition to English, she speaks conversational Spanish. Dr. Richter is a member of the American Urological Association; the Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction; and the American Urogynecologic Society.
Her medical degree is from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She completed an internship in General Surgery at Georgetown University/MGUH and a residency in Urology at Georgetown University/MWHC. She continued her training with a fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at the National Center for Advanced Pelvic Surgery at MWHC.
Dr. Richter’s research interests include the following:
- Female urology
- Pelvic floor disorders
- Hematuria in women
- Quality of life after bladder cancer treatment
- Education in the operating room
Evaluation of Vaginal Estrogen Cream for Asymptomatic Microhematuria (EVER trial)
Dr. Richter is the principal investigator on this investigator-initiated research to evaluate the effect of vaginal estrogen cream on women with microscopic hematuria. This randomized, controlled study is being conducted in collaboration with Pfizer.
Microscopic Hematuria in Women
Dr. Richter is the principal investigator on this multi-center retrospective study to evaluate risk factors for hematuria in women. This study is being conducted as part of the Fellows’ Pelvic Research Network of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons.
Alignment in the Operating Room: A Learning Objective Skill Card Curriculum for Medical Students and Faculty
Dr. Richter is the principal investigator on this project assessing the operating room as a learning environment for medical students. This work is being conducted through Dr. Richter’s participation in the MedStar Teaching Scholars program.
- Research Areas
- Medical Education
- Other Medical
- Other Surgical