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Dr. Suzette Sutherland on the BackTable OBGYN Podcast

Dr. Suzette Sutherland


Dr. Suzette Sutherland is the director of female urology with UW Medicine in Seattle, Washington.

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Ep 53 Innovating Urology: Surgeons Trailblazing Solutions with Dr. Alexandra Haessler, Dr. Jay Shakuri-Rad, and Dr. Tova Weiss
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About Dr. Suzette Sutherland

Suzette E. Sutherland, MD, MS, FPMRS is Director of Female Urology at the University of Washington, Director of the UW Medicine Pelvic Health Center, and Associate Professor at the UWSchool of Medicine in Seattle, WA. As a leader in this field, she is part of the first group of female urologists/urogynecologists to be board certified in the subspecialty of Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery through the American Board of Urology/American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr. Sutherland completed her medical degree and urologic training at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine/University Hospital of Cleveland in Ohio. Dr. Sutherland has gained further specialty training in female urology to include urinary incontinence, voiding dysfunction, urodynamics, neuromodulation, pelvic prolapse and reconstructive surgery, pelvic floor disorders and female sexual dysfunction from the Center for Continence Care in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, and from the Institute for Sexual Medicine in Boston. She has made numerous contributions to the literature in the form of presentations, papers and book chapters on urinary incontinence, pelvic prolapse and sexual health, and takes an active role in training future female urologists both at the resident and fellowship level. Serving as a consultant for pharmaceutical and medical device companies, she provides her expertise and innovative ideas for the future development of female urology. Dr. Sutherland remains active in associated clinical research, staying abreast of the newest developments in her field, thereby providing the most up-to-date treatment options for her patients.
Dr. Sutherland is an active member of the AUA, WS/AUA, Northwestern Urology Society, Minnesota Urologic Society (President 2012-2013), Society for Women in Urology (Current President-Elect), Society for Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine & Urogenital Reconstruction, American Urogynecology Society (Surgical Mesh Special Interest Group), International Continence Society, International Urogynecology Association, and International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health.

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Podcasts Featuring Dr. Suzette Sutherland

Episode #53


In this crossover episode of BackTable Urology and OBGYN, Dr. Suzette Sutherland interviews three urological/gynecologic innovators, Dr. Ali Haessler, Dr. Jay Shakuri-Rad, and Dr. Tova Weiss, who are all at different career stages and product development phases.

Episode #44


In this episode, host Dr. Suzette Sutherland is joined by Dr. Kelly Casperson, a urologist who specializes in women’s sexual health, to discuss the importance of education, therapy, and hormone replacement in female sexual health.

Episode #43


In this episode, Dr. Suzette Sutherland and Dr. Alana Desai from the University of Washington discuss the management of urinary tract stones in pregnant patients, considerations for ureteroscopy, and consequences of radiation exposure in the fetus.

Episode #42


In this crossover episode of BackTable OBGYN with Urology, Dr. Suzette Sutherland, Director of Female Urology at the University of Washington, and Dr. Anne Cameron, Professor of Urology at the University of Michigan, share their insights on the prevention and management of urinary tract infections (UTIs).

Episode #40


In this episode of the Backtable OBGYN Podcast, host Dr. Suzette Sutherland (University of Washington) and Dr. Tamsin Greenwell (University College London Hospitals) discuss surgical treatments for incontinence and their comparative efficacies.

Episode #33


This week on BackTable OBGYN, Dr. Suzette Sutherland and Dr. Rachel Rubin discuss the diagnosis and treatment of genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM) with vaginal estrogen.

Episode #32


This week on BackTable OBGYN, Dr. Suzette Sutherland (University of Washington) and Dr. Olivia Chang (UC Irvine) discuss reasons for uterine preservation and hysteropexy techniques for prolapse repair.

Articles Featuring Dr. Suzette Sutherland

Bulkamid: A Less Invasive Option for Urinary Incontinence

Bulkamid is a urethral bulking agent for urinary incontinence treatment that has only recently been approved for use in the United States. Though less effective than midurethral sling surgery, Bulkamid is minimally invasive and supported by substantial clinical data.

Midurethral Sling Procedure: Is it Safe?

Midurethral slings, including retropubic, transobturator, and mini-slings, offer a safe and effective treatment for stress incontinence but are not without risks.

Special Topics in UTIs: Indwelling Catheter Colonization, Urosepsis & Antibiotic Resistance

Management of urinary tract infections (UTIs) in patients with indwelling catheters requires an understanding of bacterial colonization, symptom differentiation, and antibiotic resistance. Learn more about UTI management in catheterized patients, the presentation and risks of urosepsis, and the current challenges in antibiotic development and resistance.

“What About Cranberry Juice?” UTI Treatment & Prevention

Effective management of urinary tract infections (UTIs) involves tailored antibiotic treatments and robust preventive strategies. Learn more about treatment protocols for uncomplicated and complicated UTIs, the role of urine cultures, and preventive measures such as hydration, toileting habits, and maintaining vaginal health.

Let’s Talk UTIs: Strategies for Diagnosing & Managing Recurrent Infections

Urinary tract infections (UTIs), although common among women, present significant diagnostic and management challenges. Learn more about the intricacies of UTI diagnostics, causes, risk factors, and patient education for recurrent cases.

Kidney Stones During Pregnancy: Surgical Intervention

Kidney stones during pregnancy pose unique challenges in surgical intervention as several techniques are contraindicated. Learn more about the obstacles associated with urgent decompression and ureteroscopy in pregnant patients.

Kidney Stones During Pregnancy: Imaging & Diagnosis

Pregnancy can complicate kidney stone imaging, diagnosis and treatment. This article provides a contemporary kidney stone imaging protocol for the pregnant patient.

Uterine-Sparing Prolapse Surgery: Techniques & Technologies

A critical challenge of uterine-sparing prolapse surgery is preventing recurrence and reoperation. Recent clinical data has shed light on the importance of adopting the right surgical approaches, and new technologies have emerged with the potential to help operators achieve consistent outcomes.

Uterine Sparing Surgery: A Shift in Gynecological Care

The field of gynecology is moving away from a reliance on hysterectomies and towards the evaluation of uterine-sparing treatments as vital alternatives. Doctors Olivia Chang and Suzette Sutherland advocate for the clinical advantages of hysteropexy and illuminate the technical modifications that need to be made to ensure patient safety and efficacy of uterine-sparing surgeries.

Uterine Preservation: Balancing Medical, Ethical & Patient Perspectives

The various complexities of uterine preservation in gynecological care necessitate exploration of the ethical, cultural, and medical considerations surrounding the decision-making process. From questioning traditional practices to advocating for patient empowerment, the evolving landscape of uterine-sparing procedures requires a focus on informed decision-making and tailored treatment approaches.

Is Vaginal Estrogen Safe? Considerations for Special Patient Populations

Is vaginal estrogen safe? Misconceptions about vaginal estrogen have long influenced clinical practice. Dr. Rachel Rubin, urologist and sexual medicine specialist, clarifies these misunderstandings and sheds light on the realities of vaginal estrogen use, particularly in the context of genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM), systemic hormone therapy, and cancer history.

Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause (GSM): Definitions & Management

Genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM) is a condition that affects many post-menopausal women. Learn about effective local vaginal supplements, the role of hormones in reducing infections, and the use of vaginal suppositories in treatment.

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