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Joseph Robert Panza, M.D.

(Pronouns: he/him/his)

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Appointment: (585) 276-3000

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Obstetrics & Gynecology


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 incontinence including Botox injections, midurethral slings, and sacral neuromodulation. Dr. Panza's specific clinical interests include pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, fistulas, 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, twins (who are four years-old), and Chihuahua, Jersey. He also enjoy being outdoors, listening to and playing music, and home improvement projects.

Professional Background

Dr. Panza's training started at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ where he completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He then went on to complete a fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. While there, he also pursued course work in Biostatistics and Biomedical Ethics, earning his fellowship degree with distinction in Biomedical Ethics. This training has given him the experience necessary to treat pelvic floor dysfunction and the research experience to help impact the future of the field.


Dr. Panza's research interests include surgical outcomes, enhanced recovery pathways, urodynamics, and quality improvement in the field of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive 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.



  • Obstetrics and Gynecology - American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology


MD | St. George's University School of Medicine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/2017 - 06/30/2020
Fellowship in Reconstructive Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

07/01/2014 - 06/30/2017
Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Saint Barnabas Medical Center

07/01/2013 - 06/30/2014
Internship in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Saint Barnabas Medical Center

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Gold Humanism Honors Society
Location: St. George's University

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
Location: Saint Barnabas Medical Center

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Journal Articles

High RA, Winkelman W, Panza J, Sanderson DJ, Yuen H, Halder GE, Shaver C, Bird ET, Rogers RG, Danford JM. "Sacral neuromodulation for symptomatic chronic urinary retention in females: do age and comorbidities make a difference?" International urogynecology journal.. 2020 Sep 9; Epub 2020 Sep 09.

Fechter C, Panza J, Hopkins MB, Biller D. "Prolapse of Colonic Neovagina After Vaginoplasty for Childhood Rhabdomyosarcoma Treated With Modified Altemeier Procedure." Female pelvic medicine & reconstructive surgery.. 2020 Sep 8; Epub 2020 Sep 08.

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. "A multicenter retrospective cohort study comparing urethral diverticulectomy with and without pubovaginal sling." American journal of obstetrics and gynecology.. 2020 Aug 0; 223(2):273.e1-273.e9. Epub 2020 Jun 03.