Physician Profile

Phillip P. Smith, M.D., FPMRS

Associate Professor of Surgery

An Ohio native, Dr. Smith graduated with a B.A. in chemistry from Kenyon College in 1980 and his M.D. from the University of Cincinnati in 1984. He subsequently completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Cincinnati. He obtained his board-certification in OB/GYN in 1990, and re-certified in 2000. Following several years of private practice, he returned to academia to pursue his interests in pelvic floor dysfunction, serving three years of fellowship training in voiding dysfunction and female urology, with Rodney Appell, M.D., in the Scott Department of Urology at Baylor College of Medicine. He is the author of several papers and book chapters on lower urinary tract physiology and dysfunction. His research interests include genitourinary biomechanics, lower urinary tract neurophysiology, and urodynamics. He is a 2009 recipient of a Dennis W. Jahnigen Career Development Scholars Award from the American Geriatrics Society. Dr. Smith’s practice focuses on urinary incontinence and voiding dysfunctions in men and women, and pelvic organ prolapse in women.

Office Locations:

Center for Continence and Voiding Disorders
65 Kane Street
West Hartford, CT 06119

Board Certifications:
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
Education and Training:
Undergraduate SchoolKenyon CollegeChemistry
Medical SchoolUniversity of CincinnatiMedicine
ResidencyUniversity of Cincinnati HospitalOB/GYN
FellowshipDepartment of OB/Gyn, Baylor College of MedicineFemale Urology and Voiding Dysfunction
FellowshipScott Department of Urology, Baylor College of MedicineFemale Urology and Voiding Dysfunction
Hospital Affiliation:
  • John Dempsey Hospital
Honors and Awards:
Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
Basic Science Poster PrizeSociety for Urodynamics and Female Urology
AUGS Foundation/Astellas Research Award 2011-2013American Urogynecologic Society
Myron Walzak Urology Resident Teaching AwardUniversity of Connecticut Health Center
Top ReviewerNeurourology and Urodynamics
Urology Resident Teaching
Dennis Jahnigen Scholars Career Development Award 2009-2011Hartford Foundation, American Geriatrics Society
V. Bradley Roberts Award for Excellence in Surgery (Cincinnati OH)Christ Hospital
Clinical Interests:

My clinical interests center on the evaluation and operative management of lower urinary tract dysfunction and vaginal support defects. As a pelvic reconstructive surgeon, I am primarily a vaginal surgeon. I also have a strong background in open and laparoscopic approaches to general gynecologic and lower urinary tract surgery. I have deep interests in neurourology and have extensive experience with video-urodynamic evaluation of lower urinary tract and pelvic floor dysfunction in neurogenic and non-neurogenic settings over the human lifespan.

Selected Publications:

Peer Reviewed Publications

Does defective volume sensation contribute to detrusor underactivity?. Smith, Phillip P; Chalmers, David J; Feinn, Richard S. (2014). Neurourology and urodynamics,

Advanced therapeutic directions to treat the underactive bladder. Smith, Phillip P; Tyagi, Pradeep; Kuchel, George A; Pore, Subrata; Chermansky, Christopher; Chancellor, Michael; Yoshimura, Naoki; Levanovich, Peter. (2014). International urology and nephrology, (46 Suppl 1), S35-44.

Overactive bladder in the vulnerable elderly. Wolff, Gillian F; Kuchel, George A; Smith, Phillip P. (2014). Research and reports in urology, (6), 131-8.

Functional effect of transient transurethral catheterization on micturition in women: reply. Suskind, Anne M; Smith, Phillip P. (2013). International urogynecology journal, 3, (24), 525.

Pseudoreflux and detrusor overactivity due to accidental ureteral catheterization during cytometry in a pediatric patient. Wolff, Gillian F; Smith, Phillip P. (2013). Journal of pediatric urology, 1, (9), e68-71.