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Silent Suffering: When Your Bladder Takes Control

Imagine every activity in your life, every day, is ruled by whether you reach the bathroom in time.  That’s what life is like for the millions of Americans living with Overactive Bladder (OAB).  It’s a condition characterized by a sudden, uncomfortable need to urinate, basically 24 hours a day.  Unfortunately, many Americans who suffer from OAB do so unnecessarily.  In this program you’ll learn about available treatments and discover how people with OAB can regain a better sense of control in their lives.

This program is supported by an educational grant from Astellas.



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Tanveer Mir, MD, MACP

Gerontologist, Director of Palliative Care
NYU Cancer Institute
NYU Langone Medical Center

Dr Tanveer Mir graduated with Honors from the University of Kashmir, Srinagar, India. After training at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Internal Medicine, she  joined Nassau University Medical Center as a Chief Resident and completed ten years of service as Associate Program Director and Division Chief of Geriatric Medicine. At present Dr Mir is the Director of Outpatient Palliative Care at the NYU Cancer Institute.

Dr Mir is recipient of awards that include Laureate Award of the New York Chapter of ACP, the George Frank humanitarian award at Hospice Care Network, multiple teaching awards and is a speaker at many National and International Meetings.

Neil Resnick, MD, FACP

Thomas Detre Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Geriatric Medicine
University of Pittsburgh and UPMC

At UPMC, Dr Neil Resnick leads one of the largest and most innovative geriatric programs in the country. He has been a pioneer in geriatric voiding dysfunction and incontinence and his research has improved the understanding of the causes of incontinence and contributed to novel approaches to diagnosis and treatment. His nurse-administered incontinence management strategy now mandated by US government for every nursing home resident has been adopted by other countries around the world.

Dr Resnick received his medical degree from Stanford University Medical School, then founded and directed the geriatrics division at Brigham for a decade before transferring to University of Pittsburgh in 1999. He has been included in “Best Doctor” lists locally and nationally with awards from NIH, International Continence Society, Society for General Internal Medicine and American Urological Association.

With his colleagues, he’s working to re-engineer geriatric care.

Tiffany M. Sotelo, MD

Director of the Pelvic Floor Center
Assistant Professor of Urology
The GW Medical Faculty Associates

Dr Sotelo is a board certified urologist, Director of the Center for Pelvic Health at the GW Medical Faculty Associates, and assistant professor of urology at the George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences. Her clinical interests include voiding dysfunction, overactive bladder, urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapsed and pelvic floor dysfunction in men and women.

Kathleen C. Kobashi, MD, FACS

Chief, Division of Urology and Renal Transplantation
Director, Pelvic Floor Medicine/Reconstructive Surgery
Virginia Mason Medical Center

Dr Kobashi is Director of Pelvic Floor Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at th Virginia Mason Medical Center.  She specializes in minimally invasive surgery, urology, pelvic prolapsed, urinary incontinence, pelvic floor reconstruction, and robotic surgery.

Safiyya S. Shabazz, MD, FAAFP

Family Physician, Fountain Medical Associates
Philadelphia, PA

Dr Shabazz has practiced medicine for 11 years and founded her own family practice, Fountain Medical Associates, three years ago. She received her bachelor of science in engineering and in 2002 her medical doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her internship at Morehouse School of Medicine and did her residency at the University of Pennsylvania.  She is a diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine and an active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. 



The American College of Physicians

Urology Care Foundation
The American Urological Association.