Message from Dr. Echenberg

My passion for integrated care in women's health continues with the creation of this multidisciplinary regional approach to the clinical care, education, and research associated with pain in women.  For over a decade I have developed a specialized program for chronic pelvic and sexual pain.  I learned that there have been enormous advances in the science of pain transmission and processing involving genetics, gender, trauma, cumulative life experiences, nervous system and muscle "memory", and that acute pain and inflammation are essential to our survival.  However, when enough "hurt" and trauma turn into chronic pain syndromes, many layers of the "onion" need to be peeled away.  Doing that cannot be accomplished by any single approach or practitioner.  We hope that our Institute will contribute to "connecting the dots" for individuals and the community at large.

Click here for a brief you tube of me indicating how crucial it is for more doctors to be aware and trained in pelvic and sexual pain

produced by Atara Schimmel

I recommend that you click here for a 4 part audio interview that I gave with my co-author Susan Bilheimer for a much more complete understanding of our program.  

-Robert J. Echenberg, MD
Founder, Institute for Women In Pain

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