A Multidisciplinary Team for Uterine Fibroids
At the URMC Fibroid Center, you will find two different kinds of doctors: a reproductive endocrinologist and an interventional radiologist.
A reproductive endocrinologist is a GYN doctor who specializes in the reproductive system with a special focus on treatments for infertility and other endocrine disorders, including evaluation for abnormal uterine bleeding.
An interventional radiologist is a doctor who specializes in performing minimally invasive procedures while guided by imaging technologies like X-rays, ultrasound or CT scans.
Having both types of specialists in one center is important for several reasons:
- The different treatments for uterine fibroids require different kinds of medical specialization. Treatments like medication and robotic myomectomy are provided by a surgically trained reproductive endocrinologist, while uterine artery embolization is provided by an interventional radiologist.
- Collaboration helps to identify the best treatment option. By having every patient case discussed by doctors from different specialties, we ensure that every treatment option is considered.
- Having a multidisciplinary team simplifies your care. You will have the opportunity to see both a reproductive endocrinologist and an interventional radiologist. This helps you to learn about all your options, while keeping your doctor visits to a minimum.
Bala Bhagavath, M.D. is a reproductive endocrinologist and Co-Director of the URMC Fibroid Center. Dr. Bhagavath performed a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Before coming to URMC Dr. Bhagavath was at Brown University and he was the only fellowship trained robotic surgeon performing myomectomies in Rhode Island, Southeastern Massachusetts and eastern Connecticut. Dr. Bhagavath is highly experienced in minimally invasive robotic surgery and is the Director of the Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery program and Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship Program at URMC.
David Lee, M.D. is an interventional radiologist and Co-Director of the URMC Fibroid Center. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Muhlenberg College, Dr. Lee earned his medical degree from Rutgers Medical School. He then performed a fellowship in Radiology at the University of Rochester Department of Radiation Biology and Biophysics. Dr. Lee has extensive experience in uterine artery embolization for the treatment of fibroids, having treated hundreds of women over the past 15 years. He is currently Chief of Interventional Radiology at the University of Rochester Medical Center.