Heidi Brown, MD, MAS

Clinician Researcher

Division of Health Services Research & Implementation Science




Dr. Heidi Brown is a urogynecologist and dissemination and implementation scientist in the Department of Research & Evaluation. Her research focuses on improving access to effective solutions for pelvic floor disorders such as bladder and bowel incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. She uses community engagement, user-centered design, and iterative testing to inform development, adaptation, implementation, and maintenance of interventions that improve quality of life.

Though more than 60% of women experience incontinence, fewer than 30% seek medical care. Behavior changes are proven to improve symptoms for most. Dr. Brown’s primary research focuses on how to support women to adopt these behavior changes and pursue additional treatments when necessary. She is also interested in developing and testing streamlined implementation strategies to build and maintain productive connections between primary care, specialty care, and community resources.

Areas of Focus

  • Dissemination and implementation research
  • Community-engaged research
  • Self-management and behavior change
  • Women’s health and pelvic floor disorders


Fellowship, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
University of California, San Diego and Kaiser Permanente
San Diego, California
Residency, Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center/Magee-Women’s Hospital
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island
MAS, Clinical Research
University of California, San Diego
San Diego, California
BA, Community Health
Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island

Honors and Awards

  • Board of Directors, American Urogynecologic Society
  • Best in Category Prize, Prevention and Public Health, 2022 International Continence Society Annual Meeting
  • 2022 Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) Journal Media Impact Award
  • University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) Advancing Women in Medicine & Science Award