NAFC Center of Excellence Review Committee Members Named

NAFC named the inaugural members of its Center of Excellence Review Committee.

September 10, 2012 (CHARLESTON, SC) - The National Association For Continence (NAFC) named the inaugural members of its Center of Excellence Review Committee. Each will serve a two-year term. The Review Committee provides assistance to NAFC for management and functions of the nonprofit's public health initiative, National Centers of Excellence: Continence Care (COE). Additionally, Review Committee members assist in reviewing and approving the applications from institutions and physicians applying to be designated a COE, based on application requirements, patient satisfaction statistics in comparison to NAFC's benchmarks and recommendations stemming from extensive, two-day site visits by NAFC. Each of the designated COEs announced to date is represented on the Committee.

The 2012-2014 Review Committee members are as follows:

  • G. Willy Davila, MD, chair of the gynecology department at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, Florida. Davila is also a member of NAFC's Project Advisory Council and former chairman of the NAFC Board of Directors. Dr. Davila is active in leadership of the International Urogynecology Association (IUGA).

  • Salvatore J. Giorgianni, Jr, PharmD, a practicing pharmacist and pharmacist educator, recognized as an expert in drug regulatory and US pharmaceutical policy. Giorgianni worked in patient advocacy relations for Pfizer Global Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He has served on NAFC Board of Directors, during which time he was elected secretary of the Board and served on the Executive Committee. Dr. Giorgianni is an active member of the governing board of the Men's Health Network and chair of the American Public Health Association Caucus.

  • Brooke Gurland, MD, a colorectal surgeon at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH. Gurland is also on the NAFC Board of Directors. She is active in numerous professional societies and is currently fellow of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and the American College of Surgeon.

  • Fatima Hakeem, PT, director of physical therapy at the Woman's Hospital of Texas. Ms. Hakeem is a longstanding member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and was an early leader in its Women's Health Section.

  • Cheryl Iglesia, MD, section director of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. She is also a member of NAFC's Project Advisory Council and former member of NAFC's Board of Directors. She is active in leadership of the American Urogynecology Society (AUGS).

  • Alavaro Lucioni, MD, a board certified urologist at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, WA who specializes in management of pelvic floor disorders and sexual health in both men and women. Dr. Lucioni authored 29 peer-reviewed publications in urology, including many related to lower urinary tract function.

  • Alayne Markland, DO, an associate professor of medicine and medical director of the Geriatrics Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) Continence Clinic at UAB in Birmingham, AL. Dr. Markland is also a member of NAFC's Project Advisory Council.

  • Lynn Nye, PhD, head of Medical Minds, Inc., a medical communications agency specializing in health care professional and patient education. She is also a member of NAFC's Project Advisory Council.

NAFC's COE initiative was established to offer consumers, seeking solutions to their bladder and bowel problems and related pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD), a reliable, trustworthy means of finding an experienced and well-trained team of experts. Health care institutions seeking to apply for this designation must first meet prequalification requirements set by NAFC and its COE Review Committee. The designation process is entirely patient centered and includes a satisfaction survey of the applicants' own patients. A complete list of the requirements can be found on NAFC's website.


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