Surgery for pelvic organ prolapse, synthetic mesh removal and other urogynecologic conditions calls for highly specialized training. With the aging of the population, demand for pelvic reconstructive surgery is rising sharply.
That’s why the new subspecialty of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) was accredited in 2012 by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
Dr. Huffaker was one of the first to attain FPMRS certification, following completion of a rigorous, three-year fellowship program with national and international leaders at Scott & White Memorial Hospital and Clinic, Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine.
Why is fellowship training so important?
Fellowship training in Urogynecology provides specialized skills and knowledge conveyed by mentors in the operating room and clinic. Training includes working with related fields of colorectal surgery, urology and physical therapy.
Ob/Gyn residency does not provide this level of training.
Unlike some board-certified Urogynecologists with no additional training beyond their Ob/Gyn residency, Dr. Huffaker has been trained to provide consultation and comprehensive management of women with complex benign pelvic conditions, lower urinary tract disorders and pelvic floor dysfunction.
He received his medical degree from the James H. Quillen College of Medicine and completed his internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine.
To complement his medical expertise with management skills, Dr. Huffaker also earned an MBA at the University of Tennessee’s Physician Executive Master of Business Administration Program.
Teaching and Publishing
Dr. Huffaker is active in medical education and research. Currently, he is associate professor and chief of urogynecology at the Quillen Center for Pelvic Surgery and Urogynecology at East Tennessee State University.
He has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed medical journals, including International Urogynecology Journal and Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery. He also serves on the editorial board of International Urogynecology Journal and is a peer reviewer of scholarly articles in other medical journals.