Dr. Wittenberg specializes in minimally invasive urogynecology, genitourinary surgery, pelvic reconstructive surgery and gender confirmation surgery. She has been a practicing surgeon in California since 1999. She received her undergraduate education at UC Berkeley, as well as a Masters in Physiology and medical degree from Chicago Medical School. After 10 years of training in Chicago and at Johns Hopkins, she created the original Comprehensive Pelvic Medicine & Continence Center at California Pacific Medical Center. She has since developed the Comprehensive Pelvic Center at Pacific Gynecology & Obstetrics Medical Group office and then became Director of the Urogynecology Center of San Francisco. In 2013, she was in the vanguard of first board certified specialists in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery specialists. The American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopy recognized her in 2017 as a founding surgeon at The California Pacific Medical Center Minimally Invasive Gynecology Center of Excellence due to her laparoscopic and robotic laparoscopic volume and outcomes. Because of her history of performing trans-masculine laparoscopic & robotic hysterectomies, as well as cis-gender vaginoplasties, Dr. Wittenberg was recruited to train further with an intensive fellowship with reconstructive plastics surgeons and reconstructive urologists to perform gender affirmation surgeries of vaginoplasties and full metoidioplasties. Since her additional training, she now focuses 100% on gender affirmation surgery. Currently, she is the Director of MoZaic Care Inc, Co-Director of the first Center of Excellence Gender Confirmation Surgery Center at Greenbrae Surgery Center as of 1/2019, and appointed a Master Surgeon of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology 6/2019.
While newer locations are cobbling together teams for surgery, due to her extensive background in pelvic reconstructive surgery, experience, and training, Dr Wittenberg is the surgeon for every portion of the procedures offered.
WPATH Speaker at Discussions on Gender Affirmation: Surgery and Beyond 5/30-6/1/19.
Dr. Wittenberg has traveled on surgical missions to Guatemala and surgical missions in San Francisco for the underserved. For this latter work, she received the Congressional Operations Access Unsung Hero Award in 2011. She earned a second Congressional Award 9/28/19 in recognition of innovative spirit, professional success, and commitment to giving back to the community in a way that supports youth development.
Dr. Wittenberg offers gender expansive procedures for gender expansive, fluid, non-conforming/ non-binary patients.
She also performs minimally invasive hysterectomy, oopherectomy, vaginectomy, metoidoplasty, urethroplasty, scrotoplasty for transmasculine patients.
She performs vaginoplasty, other genitourinary surgeries, robotic peritoneal pull through procedures for transfeminine individuals.
Dr Wittenberg has performed over 200 vaginoplasties. In 2017-18, she completed over 80 surgeries, which averages to about 2 vaginoplasties per week. High volume specialized surgeons often have better outcomes. In addition, Dr. Wittenberg has a unique skillset in combined robotic, laparoscopic, and pelvic surgery, allowing her to offer peritoneal pull through vaginoplasties and gender non-conforming surgeries. Due to her surgical background, she performs the entire listed procedures, including peritoneal pull through surgery, from start to finish.
The "V Word" podcast. Dr. Wittenberg discusses vaginoplasty (min 41-47).
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