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Avita K. Pahwa

TitleAssistant Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
InstitutionUniversity of Southern California
DepartmentObstetrics & Gynecology
AddressIRD 520 2020 Zonal Avenue
Health Sciences Campus
Los Angeles CA 90033
Phone+1 323 409 3416
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    University of Pennsylvania 2015  - 2016Chief Fellow, Division of Urogynecology
    LAC+USC Medical Center 2012  - 2013Chief Resident, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
    LAC+USC Medical Center 2012  - 2013Resident Leadership Award, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
    LAC+USC Medical Center 2012  - 2013Peer Physician Award, “Physician selected by your peers to be their personal physician”, Department
    LAC+USC Medical Center2010Nurses Choice Award, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
    LAC+USC Medical Center2012Nurses Choice Award, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
    LAC+USC Medical Center2013Nurses Choice Award, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
    LAC+USC Medical Center 2010Daniel R. Mishell Outstanding Teaching Award, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
    2009National Medical Association OB/GYN Scholarship Award Recipient

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    Avita Pahwa, MD, is a fellowship trained Urogynecology specialist whose clinical interests involve pelvic floor disorders and the management of urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, fecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and benign conditions of the vagina and urethra. Her research interests include patient-specific treatment of fecal incontinence and physical activity effects on urinary incontinence.
    Dr. Pahwa is happy to return to the LAC+USC Medical Center, where she completed her obstetrics and gynecology training and served as chief resident.

    Philosophy of Care:
    Women’s health concerns such as incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse are sensitive topics that are often understandably difficult to discuss, not only with family but also with your doctor. I look to change that, giving patients the time they need to openly communicate their feelings and medical concerns. I am honored to take care of women throughout all stages of their adult life and seek to provide the best patient-centered, evidence-based care that keeps each individual’s health goals in mind.


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    1. Pahwa A, Khanijow KD, Harvie HS, Arya LA, Andy UU. Comparison of Patient Impact and Clinical Characteristics Between Urgency and Passive Fecal Incontinence Phenotypes. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2018 Jul 03. PMID: 29979355.
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    2. Özel BZ, Sun V, Pahwa A, Nelken R, Dancz CE. Randomized controlled trial of 2% lidocaine gel versus water-based lubricant for multi-channel urodynamics. Int Urogynecol J. 2018 Feb 17. PMID: 29455237.
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    3. Khanijow KD, Pahwa A, Newman DK, Arya LA, Andy UU. Barriers to Exercise Among Women With Urgency Urinary Incontinence: Patient and Provider Perspectives. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2017 Aug 04. PMID: 28786872.
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    4. Pahwa A, Andy UU, Newman DK, Stambakio H, Schmitz KH, Arya LA. Noctural Enuresis as a Risk Factor for Falls in Older Community Dwelling Women with Urinary Incontinence. J Urol. 2016 May; 195(5):1512-6. PMID: 26626218; PMCID: PMC4870110 [Available on 05/01/17].
    5. Pahwa A, Arya LA, Andy UU. Management of arterial and venous hemorrhage during sacrospinous ligament fixation: cases and review of the literature. Int Urogynecol J. 2016 Mar; 27(3):387-91. PMID: 26282092.
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    6. Pahwa A, Siegelman ES, Arya LA. Physical examination of the female internal and external genitalia with and without pelvic organ prolapse: A review. Clin Anat. 2015 Apr; 28(3):305-13. PMID: 25256076.
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