PHILIPPE E. ZIMMERN, M.D., PROFESSOR, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SOUTHWESTERN MEDICAL CENTER, DEPARTMENT OF UROLOGY. Born and raised in Paris, France. Trained at Necker Hospital in Paris, France from 1973-1980. After completing his doctoral thesis and a urology residency training program, Dr. Zimmern spent a fellowship year at UCLA with Dr. Shlomo Raz. This year was a turning point in Dr. Zimmern’s career as he elected to take the FLEX Examination and redo his urology training in the United States. After graduating from UCLA in 1988, Dr. Zimmern joined Dr. Gary Leach at the Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Los Angeles, where he assumed the position of Co-Director of the Urodynamics Laboratory and Director of the Urology Research Program for the next seven years. After the 1994 Los Angeles Earthquake, which demolished part of his home, Dr. Zimmern moved to Dallas, Texas, where he joined the faculty at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He is currently a Professor of Urology at the University and Director of the Bladder and Incontinence Treatment Center. Dr. Zimmern is the recipient of the 1997 Paul Zimskind Urodynamic Society Award. He has been visiting professor in the United States, Europe, Australia, and Canada. He assumes journalistic responsibility with journals of urology in France and the United States. He has co-authored over 140 publications and 30 book chapters, and edited a book on "Female Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery" with Dr. Stanton.


Medical School
Hospital Necker Enfants Malades (1980)
University of Paris/Faculty of Medicine (1983), Urology
Hospital Necker Enfants Malades (1983), Urology
UCLA School of Medicine (1984), Research
UCLA School of Medicine (1985), Urology
UCLA School of Medicine (1988), Urology

Research Interest

  • Bladder diseases
  • Incontinence (female, male)
  • Neurourology
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Voiding dysfunction


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Quality of life in women with stress urinary incontinence
Tennstedt SL, Fitzgerald MP, Nager CW, Xu Y, Zimmern P, Kraus S, Goode PS, Kusek JW, Borello-France D, Mallett V Int Urogynecol 2007 18 543-549
Elastin expression and elastic fiber width in the anterior vaginal wall of postmenopausal women with and without prolapse
Karam JA, Vazquez DV, Lin VK, and Zimmern PE BJU International 2007 100 346-350
Process for development of multicenter urodynamic studies
Nager CW, Albo ME, FitzGerald MP, McDermott SM, Kraus S, Richter HE, Zimmern PE Urology 2007 69(1) 63-68
Recommendations for urodynamic assessment in the evaluation of women with stress urinary incontinence
Takacs EB, Zimmern PE Nature Clinical Practice Urology 2006 3(10) 544-550
The treatment of female bladder outlet obstruction
Goldman HB, Zimmern PE BJU International 2006 98 359-366

Honors & Awards

  • Kaiser Physician Recognition Award for the Los Angeles Area
  • Past President
    Society for Urodynamics and Female Urology, 2006-2008 (0)
  • President
    Society for Urodynamics and Female Urology, 2004-2006 (0)
  • Secretary/Treasurer
    Society for Urodynamics and Female Urology, 2000-2002 (0)
  • Vice President
    Society for Urodynamics and Female Urology, 2002-2004 (0)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Urogynecologic Society
  • International Continence Society
  • Société Internationale d'Urologie
  • Society for Urodynamics & Female Urology