The ICA Medical Advisory Board provides clinical expertise on interstitial cystitis (IC) and chronic pelvic pain. This multidisciplinary team of urologists, gynecologists, dietitians, nurses, and basic science researchers reviews IC research grant materials, interprets guidelines and protocols, advises on communications content, and provides a link to the IC clinical, research and academic communities.

Board Co-Chairs

Alan J. Wein, MD

Co-Chair Alan J. Wein, MD, is professor and chief of the Division of Urology and director of the Residency Program in Urology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine as well as chief of urology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Wein has authored or co-authored more than 880 articles and book chapters, edited or co-edited 25 books, and been involved in multiple presentations.

Philip Hanno, MD

Co-Chair Philip M. Hanno, MD, is professor of urology in Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is chair of the American Urological Association (AUA) IC treatment guideline committee, which developed the association’s first-ever IC treatment guideline and regularly leads a course on IC at AUA’s annual meeting. He currently serves on the FDA’s urology advisory committee.


David Burks, MD

David A. Burks, MD, is in private practice in Michigan. He developed an interest in IC early in his career and became an investigator in the Interstitial Cystitis Data Base Research Group. He was a co-principal Investigator in the NIH Interstitial Cystitis Clinical Trials Group and principal investigator in the NIH Interstitial Cystitis Clinical Research Network, and the AUA Guideline Panel for IC/BPS.

Daniel B. Carr, MD

Daniel B. Carr, MD, professor of public health and community medicine, anesthesiology, medicine and molecular physiology and pharmacology at Tufts University School of Medicine, is director of the Program in Pain Research, Education and Policy and one of the program’s founders. Dr. Carr has published numerous articles on pain.

Daniel Clauw, MD

Daniel J. Clauw, MD, is director of the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center at the University of Michigan. There, and at Georgetown University, NIH, Department of Defense and Veteran’s Administration, he leads a multidisciplinary team of collaborators at that is studying the mechanisms of and most effective treatments for overlapping conditions such as fibromyalgia and CFS.

Quentin Clemens, MD

Quentin Clemens, MD, FACS, MSCI, associate professor of urology and director, Division of Neurourology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Michigan Medical Center, is known for his extensive epidemiology and health services research in benign urologic diseases including IC. Dr. Clemens serves as principal investigator for both the RAND Epidemiology of Interstitial Cystitis (RICE) study and the University of Michigan Multidisciplinary Approach to Pelvic Pain (MAPP) Research Discovery Site.

Ragi Doggweiler, MD

Ragi Doggweiler, MD, is associate professor of urology at University of Tennessee. She is certified by the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine. Her goal is to integrate traditional and alternative medicine, especially in the treatment of chronic diseases.

Dr. Robert Echenberg

Dr. Robert Echenberg did his undergraduate work at Brown University, medical training at Jefferson Medical College, and his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Following decades of being at the forefront of many women’s health issues, “Dr. E”, since 2001, has specialized in assessment, diagnosis and treatment of chronic pelvic, genital and sexual pain disorders. He has served on the Board of the International Pelvic Pain Society, and has been a member of the ICA, the NVA, and the International Association for the Study of Pain. His practice, Echenberg Institute for Pelvic and Sexual Pain, is located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and New York City.

Robert J. Evans, III, MD

Robert J. Evans, MD, is associate professor of urology at Wake Forest University. A well-known and well-loved compassionate clinician, Dr. Evans is also a well-known IC researcher and medical educator. Dr. Evans is board certified, a fellow in the American College of Surgeons, and is currently the principal investigator on a clinical trial evaluating a new drug for treating the condition.

Fred Howard, MD

Fred M. Howard, MD, is associate chair of obstetrics and gynecology, Director of the Division of Gynecologic Specialties, and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Rochester. Dr. Howard serves as chairman of the board of the International Pelvic Pain Society. He is the primary author of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology’s guideline on chronic pelvic pain.

David Kaufman, MD

David M. Kaufman, MD, is a urologist in private practice in New York. He also lectures across the nation to other physicians on breakthroughs in urology and accurate diagnostic techniques. He has been featured in articles in Self, Redbook, and Good Housekeeping.

Susan Keay, MD, PHD

Susan K. Keay, MD, PhD, a professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Maryland. She is currently researching the antiproliferative factor (APF) and has found some APF derivatives and other growth factors that may counteract the destructive effects of APF on IC patients’ bladder lining that could become effective IC treatments.

Robert M. Moldwin, MD, FACS

Robert M. Moldwin, MD, is physician in charge of urologic infectious/inflammatory diseases at the Smith Institute of Urology and director of the Interstitial Cystitis Center at North Shore-LIJ Health System. He is associate professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. Dr. Moldwin often serves as an IC advocate and expert consultant, lecturing to audiences of colleagues, patients, and the media.


Diane K. Newman, RN, MSN, is codirector of the Penn Center for Continence and Pelvic Health, Division of Urology, University of Pennsylvania. She served on the AUA IC guideline panel and serves as coprincipal investigator on research studies on the treatment and management of urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, IC, prostate cancer, and erectile dysfunction.

Christopher Payne, MD

Christopher K. Payne, MD, is associate professor of urology and director of Female Urology and NeuroUrology at Stanford School of Medicine and a member of the AUA IC treatment guideline panel. He helped promote appropriate pain management for IC patients and led and participated in clinical studies of IC treatments, notably a controlled study of physical therapy for IC patients with PFD.

Jeffrey Proctor, MD

Jeffrey Proctor, MD, has been an active supporter of ICA for decades. Dr. Proctor has a large IC practice in the Atlanta area and has served as principal investigator for national, multicenter studies. He is board certified by the American Board of Urology and is a member of the American Urological Association, Southeastern Section of the American Urological Association, Society of Infections and Inflammation in Urology, GAG Society, and the Physician National Advisory Board for Elmiron.

Barbara Shorter, EdD, RD, CDN

Barbara Shorter, EdD, RD, CDN, is an associate professor of nutrition and the former director of the undergraduate Nutrition Program at LIU Post. She is also a member of the pelvic pain team at the Smith Institute of Urology. She also served on the AUA IC treatment guideline panel as an expert on IC and diet. With Dr. Moldwin, she has published research on the effects of foods and beverages on the symptoms of IC and continues to do research on this important topic.

John Warren, MD

John W. Warren, MD, is professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Maryland with a special interest in IC. He established and leads the Events Preceding IC (EPIC) and Maryland Genetics of IC (MaGIC) studies. Analyses of the EPIC data have helped illuminate the nature of IC and its relationship with associated conditions.

Ursula Wesselmann, MD, PhD

Ursula Wesselmann, MD, PhD, is Professor of Anesthesiology and Neurology in the Department of Anesthesiology, University of Alabama. Her research on pelvic pain demonstrated spurred further research on organ “crosstalk” and on conditions associated with IC. She served on AUA’s IC clinical guideline panel and on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) expert panel on chronic pain in America.

Kristene E. Whitmore, MD

Kristene E. Whitmore, MD, is the founder and director of the Pelvic and Sexual Health Institute of Philadelphia. At Drexel University College of Medicine, she is chair of urology and female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, as well as professor of urology and OBGYN. Her outside-the-box thinking helped to draw the connection between pelvic floor dysfunction and IC pain.

Liaison to NIDDK

Chris Mullins, PhD

Chris Mullins, PhD, is the director or Basic Cell Biology Programs at NIDDK. He is a project scientist for the Multi-Disciplinary Approach to the Study of Chronic Pelvic Pain (MAPP).

Revised Saturday, May 4th, 2019