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 and 2010. 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 in the Scott Department of Urology at Baylor College of Medicine. He has been in practice as a member of the Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, UConn Health since completion of his fellowship training. In 2013, Dr. Smith was in the first group of physicians achieving ACGME subspecialty board certification in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery (FPMRS).

Office Locations:

Center for Continence and Voiding Disorders
UConn Health
Outpatient Pavilion, 3rd Floor East
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030

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
Honors and Awards:
Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
Myron Walzak Urology Resident Teaching AwardUConn Urology Residency
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
Hospital Affiliation:
  • UConn John Dempsey Hospital
Clinical Interests:

Dr. Smith’s practice focuses on urinary incontinence, voiding dysfunctions, and the surgical repair of pelvic organ prolapse in women. He is an advocate of mesh-free vaginal surgery, the truly minimally invasive approach to female pelvic surgical disorders, when surgery is necessary. He also provides video-urodynamic and neuromodulation services for men and women on referral from area urologists.  

Research Interests:

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Smith is actively engaged in research regarding lower urinary tract physiology and dysfunction, especially in the context of aging. He has authored more than 40 peer-reviewed primary research papers, reviews, and book chapters. His research interests include brain regulation of genitourinary biomechanics, lower urinary tract neurophysiology, and urodynamics. Dr. Smith is active in national and international scientific organizations in his field, including the Society for Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction, the International Continence Society, the Society for Pelvic Research, and the International Consultation on Incontinence Research Society. He is a 2009 recipient of a Dennis W. Jahnigen Career Development Scholars Award from the American Geriatrics Society, a 2014 NIA Butler-Williams Scholar, a research associate within the UConn Center on Aging, and a funded affiliate with the Connecticut Institute for Brain and Cognitive Sciences.

Selected Publications:

Peer Reviewed Publications

When should video be added to conventional urodynamics in adults and is it justified by the evidence? ICI-RS 2014. Anding, Ralf; Rosier, Peter; Smith, Phillip; Gammie, Andrew; Giarenis, Ilias; Rantell, Angela; Thiruchelvam, Nikesh; Arlandis, Salvador; Cardozo, Linda. (2016). Neurourology and urodynamics, 2, (35), 324-9.

When should video and EMG be added to urodynamics in children with lower urinary tract dysfunction and is this justified by the evidence? ICI-RS 2014. Anding, Ralf; Smith, Phillip; de Jong, Tom; Constantinou, Christos; Cardozo, Linda; Rosier, Peter. (2016). Neurourology and urodynamics, 2, (35), 331-5.

Detrusor underactivity and the underactive bladder: Symptoms, function, cause-what do we mean? ICI-RS think tank 2014. Smith, Phillip P; Birder, Lori A; Abrams, Paul; Wein, Alan J; Chapple, Chris R. (2016). Neurourology and urodynamics, 2, (35), 312-7.

Characterization of the role of HCN channels in β3-adrenoceptor mediated rat bladder relaxation. Kashyap, M. Yoshimura, N. Smith, P. P. Chancellor, M. Tyagi, P. (2015). Bladder (San Franc), 2, (2),

Functional Brain Imaging and the Neural Basis for Voiding Dysfunction in Older Adults. Smith, Phillip P; Kuchel, George A; Griffiths, Derek. (2015). Clinics in geriatric medicine, 4, (31), 549-65.