(Updated April 2011)

Readers have sent NM some tough questions in recent months. For the following six queries, we recruited a panel of experts in spinal cord injury and women’s health. As always, consult with your physician to pursue a course of action, but since your doctor probably isn’t on our panel, perhaps these leaders in the field can give you a starting point for reclaiming your health.
– The Editors

Expert panel

Dr. Amie B. Jackson is a physiatrist with a practice in spinal cord injury and other spine disorders. She is chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and assistant medical director of Spain Rehabilitation Center. In 1988 she founded the Reproductive Health Clinic for Women With Disabilities, which was the nation’s first reproductive health clinic for women with disabilities.

Dr. Marca L. Sipski-Alexander is medical director of inpatient acute rehabilitation services at Renown Rehabilitation in Reno, NV. She is the former chief of SCI Services at the Miami VA SCI Unit and project director of its Center of Excellence in Functional Recovery in Chronic SCI. She has served as the project director of the South Flordia Model SCI System, housed at the Miami Project of Cure Paralysis, University of Miami School of Medicine. Dr. Sipski-Alexander has had a longstanding interest in understanding how spinal cord injury affects female sexual function and in determining methods to improve sexual responsiveness.

Dr. Carol J. Bennett is a clinical professor of urology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and chief of urology at the Greater Los Angeles VA Medical Center. Formerly she was chief of urology at Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center, where she published extensively on urology and male infertility. She is also the author of numerous articles evaluating the use of bladder substitution, as well as the long-term response of the neurogenic bladder in SCI.

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