Michael H. Heit

Michael H. Heit, MD, PhD

Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology



Originally from New York, I am board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology as a subspecialty consultant in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. I completed my fellowship training in 1994 at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago with Linda Brubaker MD, MS, an internationally recognized expert in the field. I headed the Division of Urogynecology and established the accredited fellowship program in Urogynecology (now Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery) at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, from 1994-2004. From 2004 until 2013, I owned Urogynecology Specialists PLLC, a Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery private practice in Louisville, KY at Norton Suburban Hospital.

Since March 2013, I had the honor and pleasure to join my long time friend and colleague, Douglass Hale MD, in private practice at Urogynecology Associates PSC and serve as Fellowship Director of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Indiana University School of Medicine.

Since January 2017, I have practiced urogynecology as a member of Indiana University Health Physicians Group.

My primary interest and personal expertise is in professional development having successfully mentored first Obstetrics and Gynecology residents, and second Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) fellows at two institutions in the scientific method and publication of peer reviewed research. Our first University of Louisville FPMRS fellow leveraged his mentored research training into a leadership position with the Society of Gynecologic Surgeon's Systematic Review Group. He remains an up and comer in leadership positions for both the American Urogynecology Society, and Society of Gynecologic Surgeons. Two of my remaining three University of Louisville FPRMS fellows conducted mentored basic science research projects focusing on Interstitial Cystitis biomarkers and in vivo measurement of vaginal biomechanical properties in women with pelvic organ prolapse.

I developed an interest in furthering my expertise in the scientific method through formal educational training early in my academic medicine career. I enrolled in the University of Louisville's Master of Science in Public Health followed by the PhD in Epidemiology and Clinical Research programs while managing a busy clinical division, to accomplish this personal goal. The primary objective of this formalized education was to gain the expertise to compete effectively for extramural funding from the NIH and expand my leadership role in mentored investigator initiated clinical and basic science research for Ob/Gyn residents and FPMRS fellows interested in a career in academic medicine at the University of Louisville. I was able to successfully secure NIH funding (R03 HD041114-01, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)) for my research entitled "A Model for Explaining Differences in Incontinence Care Seeking [MEDICS].”  This research project culminated in the publication of 4 peer reviewed manuscripts, a master's thesis, and PhD dissertation. My increased confidence gained from formalized research training and extramural funding success has propelled me into a leadership position with a multi-disciplinary collaborative research group studying postdischarge surgical recovery. The preliminary collaborative research projects have been completed and I am presently working on an NIH grant application to conduct a "prehabilitation" randomized controlled trial that should guide preoperative preparations for reconstructive surgery in patients with pelvic organ prolapse.

Key Publications

Arunachalam D, Heit MH. Low Bladder Compliance in Women: A Clinical Review. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg 2018 Dec 5. doi: 10.1097/SPV.0000000000000666. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed PMID: 30520742

Heit MHCarpenter JSChen CXStewart RHamner JRand KL. Predictors of Postdischarge Surgical Recovery Following Laparoscopic Sacrocolpopexy: A Prospective Cohort Study. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2018 Jun 19. doi: 10.1097/SPV.0000000000000599. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29923843

Arunachalam D, Hale DS, Heit MH. Posterior Compartment Surgery Provides No Differential Benefit for Defecatory Symptoms Before or After Concomitant Mesh-Augmented Apical Suspension. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2018 Mar/Apr;24(2):183-187. doi: 10.1097/SPV.0000000000000538. PubMed PMID: 29319557.

Touza KK, Rand KL, Carpenter JS, Chen CX, Heit MH. A Scoping Study of Psychosocial Factors in Women Diagnosed With and/or Treated for Pelvic Organ Prolapse. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2018 Mar 5. doi: 10.1097/SPV.0000000000000578. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29509647

Stewart JR, Heit MH, Meriwether KV, Hobson DT, Francis SL. Analyzing the Readability of Online Urogynecologic Patient Information. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2017 Nov 7. doi: 10.1097/SPV.0000000000000518. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29117016

Guanzon A, Heit M, Khoder W. Increasing Anteroposterior Genital Hiatus Widening Does Not Limit Apical Descent for Prolapse Staging during Valsalva’s Maneuver: Effect on Symptom Severity and Surgical Decision Making. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg 2017; 2017 Sep 13. doi: 10.1097/SPV.0000000000000474. [Epub ahead of print], PMID:28914705

Durst PJ, Heit MH. Polypropylene Mesh Predicts Mesh/Suture Exposure After Sacrocolpopexy Independent of Known Risk Factors: A Retrospective Case-Control Study. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2017 Jun 27. doi: 10.1097/SPV.0000000000000452. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28657987.

 James-Stevenson T, Xu H, Heit M, Shin A. Age and Dyssynergia Subtypes Associated With Normal Sphincter Pressures in Women With Fecal Incontinence. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2017 Jun 27. doi: 10.1097/SPV.0000000000000415. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28657991.

Ju R, Siddiqui N, Garrett J, Feng L, Heit M. A validated translation of a survey for measuring incontinence knowledge in Chinese-speaking American immigrants. Int Urogynecol J. 2017 Jun;28(6):851-856. doi: 10.1007/s00192-016-3215-1. Epub 2016 Dec 6. PubMed PMID: 27924375.

Takase-Sanchez MM, Thompson JC, Hale DS, Heit MH. Suprapubic versus transurethral bladder drainage following reconstructive pelvic surgery: a comparison of patient satisfaction and quality of life. Int Urogynecol J. 2017 May;28(5):721-728. doi: 10.1007/s00192-016-3164-8. Epub 2016 Oct 6. PubMed PMID: 27714436.

Heit M, Guirguis N, Kassis N, Takase-Sanchez M, Carpenter J. Operationalizing the Measurement of Socioeconomic Position in Our Urogynecology Study Populations: An Illustrative Review. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2017 May/Jun;23(3):208-215. doi: 10.1097/SPV.0000000000000353. PubMed PMID: 27782979.

Carpenter JS, Heit M, Rand KL. Development and psychometric properties of a measure of catheter burden with bladder drainage after pelvic reconstructive surgery. Neurourol Urodyn. 2017 Apr;36(4):1140-1146. doi: 10.1002/nau.23077. Epub 2016 Jul 26. PubMed PMID: 27460055.

Khoder W, Hom E, Guanzon A, Rose S, Hale D, Heit M. Patient satisfaction and regret with decision differ between outcomes in the composite definition of success after reconstructive surgery. Int Urogynecol J. 2017 Apr;28(4):613-620. doi: 10.1007/s00192-016-3157-7. Epub 2016 Oct 13. PubMed PMID: 27738734.

Carpenter JS, Heit M, Chen CX, Stewart R, Hamner J, Rand KL. Validating the Postdischarge Surgical Recovery Scale 13 as a Measure of Perceived Postoperative Recovery After Laparoscopic Sacrocolpopexy. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2017 Mar/Apr;23(2):86-89. doi: 10.1097/SPV.0000000000000352. PubMed PMID: 28230616.

Kassis NC, Hamner JJ, Takase-Sanchez MM, Khoder W, Hale DS, Heit MH. If you could see what we see, would it bother you? Int Urogynecol J. 2017 Jan;28(1):59-64. doi: 10.1007/s00192-016-3073-x. Epub 2016 Jul 2. PubMed PMID: 27372947.

Stewart JR, Hamner JJ, Heit MH. Thirty Years of Cystocele/Rectocele Repair in the United States. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2016 Jul-Aug;22(4):243-7. doi: 10.1097/SPV.0000000000000240. PubMed PMID: 26825407.

Takase-Sanchez MM, Brooks HM, Hale DS, Heit MH. Obliterative Surgery for the Treatment of Pelvic Organ Prolapse: A Patient Survey on Reasons for Surgery Selection and Postoperative Decision Regret and Satisfaction. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2015 Nov-Dec;21(6):325-31. doi: 10.1097/SPV.0000000000000198. PubMed PMID: 26506160.

Kassis NC, Wo JM, James-Stevenson TN, Maglinte DD, Heit MH, Hale DS. Balloon expulsion testing for the diagnosis of dyssynergic defecation in women with chronic constipation. Int Urogynecol J. 2015 Sep;26(9):1385-90. doi: 10.1007/s00192-015-2722-9. Epub 2015 Jun 18. PubMed PMID: 26085464.

Guirguis N, Heit MH. Urinary Biomarkers Under Investigation for Overactive Bladder Syndrome. Current bladder dysfunction reports. 2015; 2:1-5.Edit Citation Edit citation




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Titles & Appointments

  • Fellowship Director, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery