Robert E. Gutman

Robert E GutmanRobert E. Gutman, MD, is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist, National Center for Advanced Pelvic Surgery, MedStar Washington Hospital Center (MWHC). Dr. Gutman has subspecialty certification in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. In addition to his busy clinical practice, he maintains a faculty appointment as an associate professor in the departments of Urology and Obstetrics/Gynecology, Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Dr. Gutman is committed to furthering knowledge and understanding of pelvic floor disorders through research and education. His research experience includes extensive knowledge of research design, execution and publication in the field of pelvic floor disorders. He has conducted studies evaluating various aspects of pelvic organ prolapse and urinary and fecal incontinence. Dr. Gutman served as an investigator for the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored Pelvic Floor Disorders Network, and he was the primary investigator on a recently published pelvic floor complications scale in collaboration with the NIH’s Urinary Incontinence Treatment Network. For his work on evaluation of mesh placement in surgery for pelvic organ prolapse, he won the President’s Award for Outstanding Research in Gynecologic Surgery from the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons (SGS).

As director of the Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship at MWHC and Georgetown, Dr. Gutman is responsible for educating and mentoring the next generation of urogynecologists. As a senior advisory member on the SGS Fellows Pelvic Research Network, he has mentored multiple residents and fellows on successful design, implementation and publication of original research. He is experienced in leading cadaver workshops, and he has taught numerous medical courses in the evaluation, treatment, and repair of conditions caused by pelvic organ prolapse. His contributions to education in the fields of urology and obstetrics and gynecology have earned him several teaching awards.

Dr. Gutman serves on the editorial board of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, and he reviews manuscripts for a variety of gynecology, urogynecology, and urology journals. A prolific writer, Dr. Gutman has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles on topics including pelvic floor disorders, anorectal dysfunction, and minimally invasive surgical techniques. His articles have been published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, and other women’s health and surgical journals.

Dr. Gutman is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and he is a member of the SGS and the American Urogynecologic Society. He frequently presents his work at meetings of medical professionals, on topics such as surgery for stress urinary incontinence and uterovaginal prolapse. At MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, he serves on the Peer Review Committee. At MWHC, he is a member of the Obstetrics/Gynecology Operating Room Committee. His volunteer contributions include service on the Medical Advisory Board of the International Organization for Women and Development. On a recent trip with this organization to Rwanda, Dr. Gutman performed fistula repairs for women with this debilitating condition

His doctor of medicine degree is from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He completed an internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Brown University Women and Infants' Hospital and a fellowship in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery at Johns Hopkins University.

Research Interests

Dr. Gutman’s research interests include the following:

  • Urogynecology
  • Urinary and fecal incontinence
  • Surgical outcomes
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Quality of life for women with pelvic floor disorders
  • Medical education

Selected Research

Treatment of refractory overactive bladder with Boxtox vs. percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (TROOP) trial

Dr. Gutman is a co-principal investigator and mentor on this research funded by the International Urogynecological Association. The goal of this prospective multicenter cohort study is to compare two in-office treatments for refractory overactive bladder:  injections of OnabotulinumtoxinA (Botox) and percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation.                           

Development of a patient-centered pelvic floor complication scale

Dr. Gutman is principal investigator of this study sponsored by the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS). In this work, which uses focus groups and telephone interviews, Dr. Gutman and colleagues are improving and simplifying a physician-derived complication scale for use by female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery patients. 

Effect of a new risk calculator on patient satisfaction with the decision for placement of a midurethral sling during surgery for prolapse

 Dr. Gutman is a co-investigator and mentor on this randomized controlled trial sponsored by GHUCCTS. This project will assess patient satisfaction with a risk calculator used to predict the odds of new stress urinary incontinence after prolapse surgery.

Vaginal uphold hysteropexy and laparoscopic sacral hysteropexy for treatment of uterovaginal pelvic organ prolapse (VAULT)    

Dr. Gutman is principal investigator for this multicenter prospective cohort study sponsored by the Cleveland Clinic. The aim of this study is to compare the safety and efficacy of two types of surgery for anatomic and symptomatic cure of pelvic organ prolapse at 1 year postsurgery.

Effect of vaginal estrogen on asymptomatic microscopic hematuria

The goal of this randomized controlled trial sponsored by Pfizer is to determine whether the addition of vaginal estrogen leads to resolution of asymptomatic microscopic hematuria. Dr. Gutman is a co-investigator on this study.


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  • Research Areas
  • Other Medical
  • Other Surgical