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Joseph Robert Panza, M.D.

Joseph Robert Panza, M.D.


Obstetrics & Gynecology , Urogynecology

5 out of 5 stars
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About Me

Throughout Dr. Panza's career he has gained a detailed understanding of women’s pelvic floor disorders and how to treat them using both conservative and surgical management. He takes a detailed, step-by-step, and if necessary, collaborative approach working with related fields including urology, ge...
Throughout Dr. Panza's career he has gained a detailed understanding of women’s pelvic floor disorders and how to treat them using both conservative and surgical management. He takes a detailed, step-by-step, and if necessary, collaborative approach working with related fields including urology, general gynecology, colorectal surgery, and gastroenterology to treat these issues. He has a strong skill set using a variety of surgical approaches to treat pelvic floor disorders including vaginal, laparoscopic, open, and robotic techniques. He is also very comfortable with therapies for urinary and fecal incontinence including Botox injections, midurethral slings, urethral bulking, and sacral neuromodulation. Dr. Panza's specific clinical interests include pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence (stress and urge), overactive bladder, fistulas, pelvic mesh complications, and interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome. He enjoys teaching and working with fellows, residents, and medical students. His research interests are broad and include quality improvement projects such as enhancement of health care delivery systems, as well as the comparison of surgical techniques and outcomes, the urinary microbiome and how it relates to urinary tract infections, and surgical videos. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife, children (8 year-old twins and 1 year old son), and Chihuahua, Jersey. He also enjoy being outdoors, listening to and playing music, and home improvement projects.

Certified Specialties

Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery - American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Obstetrics & Gynecology - American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Faculty Appointments

Assistant Professor - Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (SMD)


Residency & Fellowship

Fellowship, Fellow, Vanderbilt University Medical School (USA). 2017 - 2020

Residency, Obstetrics & Gynecology, St. Barnabas Medical Center. 2014 - 2017

Internship, Obstetrics & Gynecology, St. Barnabas Medical Center. 2013 - 2014


MD | St. George's University School of Medicine (Grenada). 2013


Gold Humanism Honors Society.

Society of Gynecologic Surgeons Fellow Scholar.

Iota Epsilon Alpha Medical Honors Society Member.

Second Year Resident Teaching Award.

Chief Resident for medical student education and recruitment.


Dr. Panza's research interests include surgical outcomes, enhanced recovery pathways, urodynamics, and quality improvement in the field of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery as well as other aspects of gynecologic surgery. He has published in various national and international journals...
Dr. Panza's research interests include surgical outcomes, enhanced recovery pathways, urodynamics, and quality improvement in the field of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery as well as other aspects of gynecologic surgery. He has published in various national and international journals on these subjects. Some of his budding research interests include the urinary microbiome and recurrent urinary tract infections.


Journal Articles

Analgesia Using Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation in Office Bladder Chemodenervation, a Randomized Controlled Trial.

Hernandez-Aranda D, Panza J, Eigg M, Greenstein M, Li D, O'Brien J, Warren G, Doyle PJ

Urogynecology.. 2023 November 6 Epub 11/06/2023.

The prevalence of hyperglycemia and its association with perioperative outcomes in gynecologic surgery: a retrospective cohort study.

Chaves KF, Panza JR, Olorunfemi MA, Helou CM, Apple AN, Zhao Z, Sorabella LL, Dumas SD, Adam RA, Prescott LS

Perioperative medicine.. 2023 June 212 (1):19. Epub 06/02/2023.

AUGS-IUGA Joint clinical consensus statement on enhanced recovery after urogynecologic surgery.

International urogynecology journal.. 2022 September 25 Epub 09/25/2022.

Success of Concomitant Versus Interval Slings for Prevention and Treatment of Bothersome de Novo Stress Urinary Incontinence.

Fitzgerald JJ, Soriano A, Panza J, Hoke TP, Desai SP, Artsen AM, Andiman SE, Antosh DD, Gutman RE

Female pelvic medicine & reconstructive surgery.. 2022 April 128 (4):194-200. Epub 09/22/2021.

Sacral neuromodulation for symptomatic chronic urinary retention in females: do age and comorbidities make a difference?

High RA, Winkelman W, Panza J, Sanderson DJ, Yuen H, Halder GE, Shaver C, Bird ET, Rogers RG, Danford JM

International urogynecology journal.. 2020 September 9 Epub 09/09/2020.

Prolapse of Colonic Neovagina After Vaginoplasty for Childhood Rhabdomyosarcoma Treated With Modified Altemeier Procedure.

Fechter C, Panza J, Hopkins MB, Biller D

Female pelvic medicine & reconstructive surgery.. 2020 September 8 Epub 09/08/2020.

A multicenter retrospective cohort study comparing urethral diverticulectomy with and without pubovaginal sling.

Bradley SE, Leach DA, Panza J, Sassani J, Escobar C, Ogorek J, Jackson E, Hudson P, Hamner JJ, Smith PE, Schroeder M, Zeymo A, Wyman AM, Gutman RE

American journal of obstetrics and gynecology.. 2020 August 223 (2):273.e1-273.e9. Epub 06/03/2020.

Sacral neuromodulation for overactive bladder in women: do age and comorbidities make a difference?

High RA, Winkelman W, Panza J, Sanderson DJ, Yuen H, Halder G, Shaver C, Bird ET, Rogers RG, Danford JM

International urogynecology journal.. 2020 June 25 Epub 06/25/2020.

Compliance and outcomes after implementation of an enhanced recovery surgical protocol in older women undergoing pelvic reconstructive surgery.

Panza J, Prescott L, Sorabella L, Dumas S, Helou C, Adam R

Journal of perioperative practice.. 2020 April 17 :1750458920907885. Epub 04/17/2020.

Influence of the urethral pressure transducer in measuring Valsalva leak point pressure in women undergoing multichannel urodynamic testing.

Panza J, Hill B, Heft J, Biller D

Neurourology and urodynamics.. 2020 February 39 (2):682-687. Epub 12/02/2019.

Symptomatic vulvar mucinous cyst: A case report and review of the literature.

Campbell K, Panza J, Zimmerman C

Case reports in women's health.. 2019 October 24 :e00141. Epub 09/05/2019.

Opioid Prescriptions for Female Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery Patients Before and After Implementation of Tennessee State Legislation.

Samimi P, Panza J, Heft J, Wang L, Adam R

Female pelvic medicine & reconstructive surgery.. 2019 September 11 Epub 09/11/2019.

Treatment of Mesh Associated Abscess Using an Incision Free Technique: A Case Series.

Panza J, Samimi P, Zimmerman C.

The Journal of Clinical Gynecology and Obstetrics. 2019; 8(1): 25-28.

Bladder Leiomyoma: Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms with an Unusual Finding.

Joseph Panza MD, Tiffanie Tam MD, Jeffrey Segal MD, Stuart Shoengold, MD.

Obstetrics and Gynecology Reports. 2019; 3: 1-2.

The organic cation transporter-3 is a pivotal modulator of neurodegeneration in the nigrostriatal dopaminergic pathway.

Cui M, Aras R, Christian WV, Rappold PM, Hatwar M, Panza J, Jackson-Lewis V, Javitch JA, Ballatori N, Przedborski S, Tieu K

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.. 2009 May 12106 (19):8043-8. Epub 04/29/2009.

Ratings & Comments

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During this visit, did this provider listen carefully to you?

4.9 stars

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Patient Comments

5.0 stars

Dr. Panza is dedicated, energetic and compassionate. He explained all my surgical options very carefully so that I could make an informed decision. He used visual aids so that I fully understood the procedure that I chose. In addition, he is both humble and brilliant, a rare combination. UR Medicine is lucky to have him.

Mar 30, 2024

5.0 stars

I appreciate and admire Dr. Panza for his skill and compassion. I am at a loss to fully express the positive effects his treatment have made.

Mar 29, 2024

5.0 stars

Dr. Panza and staff are always concerned, knowledgeable, and so easy to talk with. Solved a long time medical problem for me .

Mar 29, 2024

5.0 stars

Excellent team great doctor

Mar 01, 2024

5.0 stars

Dr. Panza was consistently thoughtful and considerate, and he provided information of value to me.

Feb 14, 2024

5.0 stars

Friendly, concise, timely, and knowledgeable and compassionate. Understands the intimacy of his work and his interactions are reflective and respectful of this

Feb 08, 2024

5.0 stars

I can't say enough good things about Dr. Panza. He explained my options for treatment and surgery thoroughly, while also expressing a very warm and open personality. I had total confidence in him as a surgeon. He surprised me with his memory for things I had said months before, and we shared a similar sense of humor. So glad to have been referred to him. The surgery was a success.

Feb 04, 2024

5.0 stars

This provider, Dr Panza , was exceptional.

Jan 29, 2024

5.0 stars

Provider made me feel very confident about my care

Jan 08, 2024

5.0 stars

Very thorough provider

Dec 31, 2023

Dr. Panza is very easy to talk with and to share my concerns. He explains medical matters to me in a manner that is both knowledgeable and easy to understand (for someone like me, who has no medical training).

Dec 20, 2023


Dr Panza has a wonderful bedside manner, listens well and carefully, is thorough in a explanations and answering questions.

Dec 17, 2023


Good listener; thoughtful explanations

Dec 13, 2023


Visuals provided were extremely helpful.

Nov 18, 2023


Very good

Nov 14, 2023


Dr Panza is a wonderful Dr. He Is respective and professional, and listens well to all my concerns. He Is extremely clear and thorough in responding to my questions and concerns. I was so pleased with my entire experience with Dr Panza!

Oct 07, 2023


He took me off the OXY and put me on Myrbetriq 50 M (helping the incontinence). He put me on an antibiotic 800/160 1 tablet every 12 hrs. for 3 days and estrogen cream, 2X a day. Suspected UTI he explained very well and ordered a urine test - which verified a UTI. [...]

Sep 19, 2023


Dr Panza is a very compassionate, skilled and wonderful physician. I am very fortunate to have him as my physician.

Sep 15, 2023


Dr. Panza is kind, well-informed and friendly. It's a pleasure to have him as my physician.

Aug 16, 2023


Great office and care provider for these health issues

Aug 13, 2023


I will not hesitate to share my experience and recommendations to anyone I know who needs to have a pelvic health practice. Beyond grateful to everyone who has helped me in my healing process.

Aug 13, 2023


I too am in the medical profession and my experience with this Dr was exceptional. The information that was provided me was excellent. I was referred to this specialized consultant & it was abundantly clear that I was in the care of one of the most knowledgeable providers - exceptional!

Aug 06, 2023


I have been extremely pleased coming to this practice

Aug 03, 2023


Dr. Panza in a class of his own. He deserves EXCELLENT as a rating in the above categories. He exhibits care for a patient's well being beyond the norm of today. He actually does "follow-up" on what he orders and says.

Aug 01, 2023


Dr. Panza is a wonderful specialist & he has given me excellent care!!

Jul 19, 2023


Very much appreciate Dr. Panza's willingness to see me for reassurance!

Jul 05, 2023


I highly recommend Dr Joseph Panza for his surgical expertise, his full explanations and his caring manner.

Jul 03, 2023


Dr Panza is always, kind, supportive,knowledgeable and honest with me. I am a high risk pt who has had multiple surgeries and deal with many providers. He is among the best and I am truly grateful for his care . He takes his time , answers any questions and I trust him implicitly. URMC is lucky to have him !

Jun 16, 2023


Dr Panza is super his ability to explain the complexity of treatments and his regard for my understanding and input make me feel confident in going forward with treatment

Jun 12, 2023


Again, comfortable to talk with, and he provided valuable information to help me think through my treatment options.

Jun 09, 2023


MUCH better than first visit, he was probably having a bad day that day!

Jun 07, 2023


Fantastic careful, conservative care. Best dr. I've had.

May 30, 2023


Great dr.

May 05, 2023


Very receptive to questions, treated me with respect & kindness.

Apr 06, 2023


Very excellently run practice & fabulous, personable & knowledgeable physician -

Apr 03, 2023


Very impressed with thoroughness and patient interaction.

Mar 25, 2023


My husband and I were so impressed with Dr Panza! He listened to our questions and concerns and showed us so much respect by listening to us and giving us thorough answers and explanations to all our questions

Mar 20, 2023


Dr. Panza takes great care that I always leave well informed. He is a very kind caring Dr.

Mar 20, 2023


Very professional.

Feb 09, 2023


I had been inpatient at SMH in [...] of 2022 for 2 weeks after serious emergency surgery. He and his team, Dr Hernandez and Wilkes , were kind, supportive, skilled and overall excellent In every way. I could not have asked for better physicians. I will be forever grateful for everything during a very scary time.

Jan 23, 2023


Dr. Panza was very attentive he listened to all my concerns, performed lab test to rule out other problems that may have been a cause for my condition, he explained and showed pictures of causes for the condition I was experiencing. I left the office visit feeling very confident.

Jan 02, 2023


Dr. Panza was thorough, took his time, supported explanations with pictures, answered all questions. And all done with a great bedside manner and respectfulness, esp.given the nature of the exam and issues.

Dec 19, 2022


Dr Panza is a fabulous care provider and surgeon

Nov 14, 2022


Absolutely will recommend!!

Nov 05, 2022


The doctor was very helpful and knowledgeable about my medical problems. He listened to me and explained his answers clearly.

Sep 28, 2022


Dr. Panza is an excellent, outstanding surgeon and doctor. He is extremely competent, knowledgeable, caring and kind.

Sep 11, 2022


Excellent Dr. Explained thoroughly, listened attentively, extremely competent and kind, and he inspired confidence.

Jul 22, 2022


I have recommended this place to a couple people. Dr Panza is so kind and caring. He was as concerned about my problem as I was. He explained everything, even showing me pictures. I'd like to give him 10 out of 5

Jul 12, 2022


He performed an excellent robotic surgery and bladder repair [...]. I feel great!!

Jul 08, 2022


The doctor gave me all my options. He explained everything. I left the office feeling as if I finally had a good treatment plan.

May 15, 2022


Dr. Panza is an outstanding physician. He is knowledgeable, professional, competent, giving excellent information and listening carefully to my questions; he was also extremely kind, patient and personable.

May 01, 2022


I tend to be very critical of doctors, but Dr. Panza and his fellow were the example of what a good visit should be. Everything was professional and I felt heard.

Apr 28, 2022


Pictures are helpful, listing my decision points a few times helpful openness to questions appreciated as this plan for surgery is annoying and stressful

Apr 09, 2022


Dr. Panza took a lot of time listening to my concerns. He was very thorough and explained what my plan of care would be. I'm very appreciative

Mar 17, 2022


Dr was very personable & explained my prognosis with delicacy & compassion. Very pleased!!!!

Feb 11, 2022