Dr. Melody Denson

"No woman should have to endure the discomfort of pelvic organ prolapse or the inconvenience of urinary incontinence. I love helping my female patients find the right treatment and solution for these problems."

Dr. Melody Denson joined The Urology Team in September 2006. She earned her medical degree at the University of Nebraska in 1996. She was a resident urologist until 2002 at the University of Iowa Hospital and clinics. She was a urologic surgeon at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia until 2005. She was a Urologic Surgeon at the Trinity Clinic Urologic Institute & Continence Center in Tyler, Texas.

She has written extensively about female incontinence, use of MRI imaging as a diagnostic tool regarding female incontinence, as well as treatment options for prostate cancer. Dr. Denson is certified by the American Board of Urology. She has affiliations with the American Urological Association, Society of Women in Urology, The South Central Section of the AUA, the Texas Medical Association and Travis County Medical Society.

Dr. Denson's areas of specialty are Pelvic Organ Prolapse or Pelvic Floor Reconstruction, Chronic Pelvic pain or Interstitial cystitis, Incontinence , Interstim Sacral Nerve Placement and Vasectomy. 

CREDENTIALS

Joined Urology Team in 2006

EDUCATION

UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION
Midland Lutheran College Fremont, NE Pre-Occupational Therapy 
Kansas University Medical Center Kansas City, KS
B.S. in Occupational Therapy 

GRADUATE EDUCATION
M.D. - University of Nebraska - Omaha, NE

POST-GRADUATE TRAINING
Residency in Urology - University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics - Iowa City, IA

EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE

1988–1990  Director, Occupational Therapy Department Memorial Hospital of Dodge County - Fremont, NE
1990–1993  Owner/Manager/Pediatric Occupational Therapist Park Avenue Occupational Therapy Services - Fremont, NE
2002–2005  Naval Medical Center Portsmouth Staff Urologic Surgeon - Portsmouth, VA
2005–2006  Trinity Clinic Urologic Institute and Continence Center Staff Urologic Surgeon - Tyler, TX
2006–present  The Urology Team, PA - Austin, Texas

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

1984–1993  American Occupational Therapy Association
1988–1993  Nebraska State Occupational Therapy Association
1992–1997  American Medical Student Association
1992–1997  American Medical Association / Nebraska Medical Association
1992–1997  American Medical Women’s Association
1996–present  American Urological Association - candidate member
1996–present  Society of Women in Urology

HONORS AND AWARDS

1980  Exxon Oil Public Speaking Scholarship
1980  Academic Scholarship - Midland College
1980  Forensics Scholarship (also 1981 & 1983)
1981  Student Scholar; National 4-H Conference, Washington, DC
1981–1984  Pi Kappa Delta Thespian Society - Midland College
1984–1986 Academic Scholarship - Kansas University
1993  Medical Student Research Scholarship
1993 American Medical Women's Association Scholarship
1993–1996 Navy Health Professional Scholarship
1994  Distinction in Problem Based Learning
1995  Ciba-Geigy Medical Student Community Service Award
1996  Alpha Omega Alpha Research Award
1999  M3 Resident of the Year (voted by 3rd year medical student class at Univ of IA)
1999  M4 Resident of the Year (voted by 4th year medical student class at Univ of IA)
1999  James C. Kimbrough Memorial Award (best presentation by a military resident)
2001  James C. Kimbrough Memorial Honorable Mention Award
2001  Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
2002  John D. Silbar Award (awarded by the North Central Section of the AUA for humanitarian patient care)
2002  M3 Resident of the Year
2002  M4 Resident of the Year
2002  Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

1991–1993  Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy - University of Nebraska
1996–2002  Informal teaching of students on Urology Rotation - University of Iowa
1999–2002  Urology Course Curriculum for Nurse Practitioner Program - University of Iowa
2002–2005  Resident Training in Urology - Eastern Virginia Medical School

PUBLICATIONS

Wszolek Z.K., Denson M.A.: Familial Parkinsonism Studied at UNMC. Focus on Parkinson’s Disease 5: 4-5, 1993

Wszolek Z.K., Denson M.A.: Brain Imaging Sometimes Helpful in Parkinson’s Disease Evaluation. Focus on Parkinson’s Disease 6: 4-5, 1994

Denson M.A., Wszolek Z.K.: Genealogic Investigation of Familial Parkinsonism: Our Experience and Review. Parkinsonism & Related Disorders 1: 35-46, 1995

Wszolek Z.K., Denson M.A., Pfeiffer R.F., McComb R.J.: Danish-American Family (Family E) with Parkinson’s Disease: Pitfalls of Genetic Studies. Parkinsonism & Related Disorders 2: 47-49, 1996

Denson M.A., Wszolek Z.K., Pfeiffer R.F., Wszolek E.K., Paschall T.A., McComb R.J: Familial Parkinsonism, Dementia, and Lewy Body Disease: Study of Family G. Annals of Neurology 42: 638-643, 1997

Markopoulou K., Larsen K.W., Wszolek E.K., Denson M.A., Lange A.E., Pfeiffer R.F., Wszolek Z.K.: Olfactory Dysfunction in Familial Parkinsonism. Neurology 49(5): 1262-1267, 1997

Denson M.A., See W.A.: Controversies in the Management Choices for the Treatment of Prostate Cancer. In: Abel P and Lalani N (ed.): Prostate Cancer: Scientific and Clinical Aspects. Bridging the Gap. London: Imperical College Press Co. Ltd., 1999

Denson M.A., Griebling T.L., Cohen M.B., Kreder K.J.: Comparison of Cystoscopic and Histologic Findings in Patients with Suspected Interstitial Cystitis. J Urology 164(6): 1908-1911, 2000

Denson M.A., Williams R.D.: A Primary Care Approach to Managing Localized Prostate Cancer. Prim Care Rep 7(9):73-80,2001

Hodroff M.A, Stolpen A.H., Denson M.A., Bolinger L.A, Kreder K.J.: Dynamic Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Female Pelvis: The Relationship with the Pelvic Organ Prolapse Quantification Staging System. J Urology 167(3): 1353-1355, 2002

Abstracts: Wszolek Z.K., Sison A.S. Jr., Denson M.A., Pfeiffer R.F., Calne D.B.: Genealogic Studies of Familial Parkinsonism. Neuropharmacology 7: 140, 1993

Denson M.A., Wszolek Z.K., Pfeiffer R.F.: Danish-American Family (Family E) with Parkinson’s Disease: Pitfalls of Genetic Studies of Parkinson’s Disease. Neurology 44: a247, 1994

Denson M.A., Wszolek Z.K., Pfeiffer R.F.: Volga German-American Family (Family G) With Inherited Parkinsonism. Ann of Neurol 36: 281, 1994

Wszolek Z.K., Denson M.A., Markopoulou K., and Pfeiffer R.F.: Genealogic Investigation of Familial Parkinsonism. Mov Dis : 81, 1994

Wszolek Z.K., Denson M.A., Wszolek E.K., Markopoulou K.: Smell Testing in Familial Parkinsonism. J of Neurol 242: S78, 1995

Griebling T.L., Denson M.A., Cohen M.B., Kreder K.J.: Interstitial cystitis: severity of objective findings in older and younger patients. J Am Geriatr Soc 46: S76 (abstract P238), 1998.

Denson M.A., Griebling T.L., Cohen M.B., Ratliff T.L., Kreder K.J.: Comparison of cystoscopic and histologic findings in patients with suspected interstitial cystitis. J Urol 159: 307A (abstract 1186), 1998.

Denson M.A., Donovan J.F., Winfield H.N., Hedican S.P.: Predictability of Prostate Cancer Nodal Metastasis Prior to Laparoscopic Pelvic Lymphadenectomy. North Central Section of the American Urological Association, Chicago, IL, Sept. 1999 (abstract 6).

Denson M.A., Kreder K.J., Dhadha R.S., Haller J.W., Bolinger L, Stolpen A.H.: Three-Dimensional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Female Pelvic Floor. James C. Kimbrough Urological Seminar, San Antonio, TX, Dec. 1999 (abstract 34).

Denson M.A., Kreder K.J., Dhadha R.S., Haller J.W., Bolinger L, Stolpen A.H.: Kinematic 3D Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Pelvic Floor in Continent Females. 74th Annual Meeting of the North Central Section of the American Urological Association, Scottsdale, AZ, Oct. 2000.

Denson M.A., Stolpen A.H., Haller J.W., Bolinger L., Brown B.P., Kreder K.J.: Kinematic 3D Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Pelvic Floor in Continent Females. Radiological Society of North America, Chicago, IL, Nov. 2000 (abstract 512).

Haller J.W., Denson M.A., Stolpen A.H., Bolinger L., Brown B.P., Kreder K.J.: Visualization of Dynamic Changes in the Pelvic Floor: MR Kinematic Imaging of Normal Females. Radiological Society of North America, Chicago, IL, Nov. 2000 (abstract 0077CEUR-e).

Denson M.A., Kreder K.J. Haller J.W., Bolinger L., Stolpen A.H.: Kinematic 3D Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Pelvic Floor in Continent Females. James C. Kimbrough Urologic Seminar, San Diego, CA, Jan. 2001

Patel P.P, Denson M.A., Shamsolkottabi S.A, Rayhill S.C., Stolpen A.H.: Preoperative Evaluation of Renal Donors: Accuracy and Cost Comparison of Magnetic Resonance Imaging with Convention Imaging. J Urol 165:387 (abstract 1584), 2001

Hodroff M.A, Stolpen A.H., Denson M.A., Bolinger L., Kreder K.J.: Dynamic Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Female Pelvis: The Relationship with the Pelvic Organ Prolapse Quantification Staging System. J Urology 165: 392 (abstract 1608), 2001

Denson M.A., Burns J.A., Williams, R.D., O’Donnell M.: BCG and Interferon Alpha Treatment of Upper Tract TCCa. James C. Kimbrough Urological Seminar, Seattle, WA, Nov. 2001 (abstract 1)

PRESENTATIONS

Danish-American Family (Family E) with Parkinson’s Disease: Pitfalls of Genetic Studies of Parkinson’s Disease. 46th Annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology - Washington, DC, 1994 (poster)

Volga German-American Family (Family G) With Inherited Parkinsonism. 119th Annual meeting of the American Neurological Association - San Francisco, CA, 1994 (poster)

Danish-American Family (Family E) with Parkinson’s Disease: Pitfalls of Genetic Studies of Parkinson’s Disease. Omaha Mid-West Clinical Society’s 62nd Annual Assembly - Omaha, NE, 1994 (poster)

Familial Parkinsonism: Genealogical, Genetic, and Clinical Investigations. University of Nebraska Medical Center Student Research Forum - Omaha, NE, 1994

Comparison of Cystoscopic and Histologic Findings in Patients with Suspected Interstitial Cystitis. American Urological Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, May 1998 (poster)

Predictability of Prostate Cancer Nodal Metastasis Prior to Laparoscopic Pelvic Lymphadenectomy. 75th Annual Meeting of the North Central Section of the American Urological Association, Chicago, IL, Sept. 1999 (poster)

Three-Dimensional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Female Pelvic Floor. 47th Annual James C. Kimbrough Urological Seminar, San Antonio, TX, Dec. 1999

To Kegel or to Cut. Mississippi Valley Chapter of Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates, Little Amana, IA, 1999

Imaging of the Genitourinary Tract. Mississippi Valley Chapter of Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates, Dubuque, IA, 2000

Imaging of the Genitourinary Tract. Iowa State Radiologic Technician Society, Iowa City, IA, 2000

Kinematic 3D Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Pelvic Floor in Continent Females. 74th Annual Meeting of the North Central Section of the American Urological Association, Scottsdale, AZ, Oct. 2000

Kinematic 3D Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Pelvic Floor in Continent Females. Radiological Society of North America, Chicago, IL, Nov. 2000

Visualization of Dynamic Changes in the Pelvic Floor: MR Kinematic Imaging of Normal Females. Radiological Society of North America, Chicago, IL, Nov. 2000

Kinematic 3D Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Pelvic Floor in Continent Females. 48th Annual James C. Kimbrough Urological Seminar, San Diego, CA, Jan. 2001

Accuracy and Cost Comparison of Magnetic Resonance Imaging with Conventional Imaging. American Urological Association Annual Meeting, Anaheim, CA, June 2001 (poster)

Neurophysiology of the Lower Urinary Tract. Mississippi Valley Chapter of Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates, Iowa City, IA, 2001 BCG and Interferon Alpha Treatment of Upper Tract TCCa. 49th Annual James C. Kimbrough Urological Seminar, Seattle, WA, Nov. 2001

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