Meet Dr. Philippe Zimmern

Holder of the:
Jane and John Justin Distinguished Chair in Urology, in Honor of Claus G. Roehrborn, M.D.

Philippe Zimmern, M.D., has a message of hope for people who suffer from incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.

“Just because your mother and grandmother lived with it, that doesn’t mean you have to,” he says.

Providing quality of life is the essence of what we do.”

As Director of the Bladder and Incontinence Treatment Center at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dr. Zimmern treats a variety of conditions that affect women (and some men), offering solutions that range from rehabilitation to medications and surgery.  

His clinical specialties include incontinence, prolapse, voiding dysfunction, urodynamics, urinary tract infections, and neurourology. He also specializes in vaginal surgery, including minimally invasive robotic surgery for prolapse.

“I enjoy giving people the chance to sleep at night, to travel, to not have to wear protection or pads – activities that their conditions might otherwise have limited,” says Dr. Zimmern, a Texas Monthly Super Doctor.

One of Dr. Zimmern’s particular areas of specialty is vaginal surgery for pelvic organ prolapse, a condition in which the bladder, uterus, or rectum “drops,” or prolapses, into the vagina. He offers a procedure that uses a patient’s own tissues to fix the problem. He’s also an expert in repairing complications stemming from other procedures performed to repair prolapse.

In addition to his work with patients, Dr. Zimmern actively participates in research related to incontinence. He and a team from UT Southwestern were integral members of the National Institutes of Health’s Urinary Incontinence Treatment Network, a multicenter group at the forefront of clinical trials and high-quality research in the field. His current research focuses on women with recurring incontinence.

Dr. Zimmern leads UT Southwestern’s fellowship training in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, one of only seven such programs in the country.

Clinical Specialties/Interests


  • Bladder prolapse
  • Female incontinence
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Neurogenic bladder
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Urethral strictures (females)
  • Urethral diverticulum
  • Vesico-vaginal and ureterovaginal fistula
  • Incontinence
  • Mesh and tape removal
  • Overactive bladder
  • Recurrent urinary tract infections
  • Bladder infections
  • Pelvic floor disorders 


  • Vaginal surgery
  • Robotic surgery
  • Sacrocolpopexy