Cynthia Fok, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Department of Urology

Cynthia Fok

Contact Info

csfok@umn.edu

Administrative Assistant Name
Traci Trotter

Administrative Phone
612-625-7486

Administrative Email
trott083@umn.edu

Administrative Fax Number
612-626-0428

Additional Locations

Practices:

  • Institute for Prostate and Urologic Cancers
  • Burnsville
  • HCMC
  • MHealth Fairview Southdale
  • Women's Health Clinic

Assistant Professor, Department of Urology


Urologist


University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL

Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL (Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery)


Summary

Born in Madison Wisconsin, Dr. Cynthia Fok received her undergraduate education in Medical Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She then went on to receive her M.D. at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She finished her urologic residency training in at Loyola University Medical Center in 2010 and then completed an American Board of Urology (ABU) & American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology (ABOG) accredited fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at Loyola University Medical Center in 2013. During her fellowship she not only obtained a Masters in Public Health from Loyola University of Chicago, but also was actively involved in research including being awarded the Society of Women in Urology Elizabeth Pickett Research Grant in 2011 for research exploring the relationship between overactive bladder and the genitourinary microbiota. Her clinical and research interests continue to explore pelvic floor dysfunction with interests in pelvic organ prolapse, overactive bladder, urinary incontinence, genitourinary fistulas, urethral stricture disease, and genitourinary microbiota.

Awards & Recognition

  • Society of Women in Urology Elizabeth Pickett Research Grant recipient, 2011

Research

Publications

  • Brady SS, Brubaker L, Fok CS, Gahagan S, Lewis CE, Lewis J, Lowder JL, Nodora J, Stapleton A, Palmer MH; Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (PLUS) Research Consortium. Development of Conceptual Models to Guide Public Health Research, Practice, and Policy: Synthesizing Traditional and Contemporary Paradigms. Health Promot Pract. 2020 Jan 7.
  • Lowder JL, Bavendam TG, Berry A, Brady SS, Fitzgerald CM, Fok CS, Goode PS, Lewis CE, Mueller ER, Newman DK, Palmer MH, Rickey L, Stapleton A, Lukacz ES. Terminology for bladder health research in women and girls: Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms transdisciplinary consortium definitions. Neurourol Urodyn. 2019 Jun.
  • Thomas-White KJ, Gao X, Lin H, Fok CS, Ghanayem K, Mueller ER, Dong Q, Brubaker L, Wolfe AJ.Urinary microbes and postoperative urinary tract infection risk in urogynecologic surgical patients. Int Urogynecol J. 2018 Dec.
  • Brady SS, Bavendam TG, Berry A, Fok CS, Gahagan S, Goode PS, Hardacker CT, Hebert-Beirne J, Lewis CE, Lewis JB, Kane Low L, Lowder JL, Palmer MH, Wyman JF, Lukacz ES; Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (PLUS) Research Consortium. The Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (PLUS) in girls and women: Developing a conceptual framework for a prevention research agenda. Neurourol Urodyn. 2018 Nov
  • Fok CS, Gao X, Lin H, Thomas-White KJ, Mueller ER, Wolfe AJ, Dong Q, Brubaker L. Urinary symptoms are associated with certain urinary microbes in urogynecologic surgical patients. Int Urogynecol J. 2018 Dec.
  • Lukacz ES, Bavendam TG, Berry A, Fok CS, Gahagan S, Goode PS, Hardacker CT, Hebert-Beirne J, Lewis CE, Lewis J, Low LK, Lowder JL, Palmer MH, Smith AL, Brady SS. A Novel Research Definition of Bladder Health in Women and Girls: Implications for Research and Public Health Promotion. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2018 Aug. 
  • Patel, DN, Fok, CS, Webster GD, Anger, JT. Female Urethral Injuries Associated with Pelvic Fracture: A Systematic Review of the Literature. BJU Int 2017 Dex;120(6):766-773
  • Thomas-White KJ, Hilt EE, Fok C, Pearce MM, Mueller ER, Kliethermes S, Jacobs K, Zillox MJ, Brincat C, Price TK, Kuffel G, Schreckenberger P, Gai X, Brubkaer L, Wolfe AJ. Incontinence Medication Response Relates to the Female Urinary Microbiota. Int Urogynecol J. May 2016; 27(5): 723-33. PMID 26423260
  • Fok CS. Mar 2015. Does Cystocele Repair Improve Overactive Bladder Symptoms? Curr Bladder Dysfunct Rep. March 2015; 10(1): 1-5. doi: 10.1007/s11884-014-0284-1.
  • Oakley SH, Brown HW, Yurteri-Kaplan L, Greer JA, Richardson ML, Adelowo A, Lindo FM, Greene KA, Fok CS, Book NM, Saiz CM, Plowright LN, Harvie HS, Pauls RN. Practice Patterns Regarding Management of Rectovaginal Fistulae: A Multicenter Review from the Fellows' Pelvic Research Network. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2015 Feb 27.
  • Nienhouse V, Gao X, Dong Q, Nelson DE, Toh E, McKinley K, Schreckenberger P, Shibata N, Fok CS, Mueller ER, Brubaker L, Wolfe AJ, Radek KA. 2014 Dec 8. Interplay between bladder microbiota and urinary antimicrobial peptides: mechanisms for human urinary tract infection risk and symptom severity. PLoS One 9(12): e114185. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0114185. eCollection 2014.

Clinical

Specialties

  • Pelvic Organ ProlapseOveractive BladderGenitourinary fistulasUrinary incontinenceUrethral StricturesMinimally invasive surgeryFemale Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery 
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