Philippe Zimmern, M.D., is a Professor of Urology at UT Southwestern Medical Center and the recipient of the Felecia and John Cain Chair for Women’s Health in Urology in honor of Dr Philippe Zimmern. His clinical specialties include incontinence, prolapse, voiding dysfunction, urodynamics, fistula and urethral diverticulum repairs, mesh implant complications, and urinary tract infections. He also specializes in vaginal surgery with native tissue repair and in minimally invasive robotic surgery for prolapse.

Dr. Zimmern received his medical training and completed his doctoral thesis at the Necker-Enfants Malades Hospital in Paris, France. After completing a urology residency in France, Dr. Zimmern spent a fellowship year at UCLA.

Dr. Zimmern joined the faculty at UT Southwestern in 1995. Prior to that, he served as Director of the Urology Research Program and Co-Director of the Urodynamics Laboratory at the Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Los Angeles.

Among several honors, he has been the recipient of the 1997 Paul Zimskind Urodynamic Society Award and the Jane and John Justin Distinguished Chair in Urology, in honor of Claus G. Roehrborn, M.D., in 2005. He is a past President of the Society for Urodynamics and Female Urology (SUFU) and in 2011 was the recipient of the SUFU Distinguished Service Award. In 2012, he received the prestigious Continence Care Champion award from the National Association for Continence (NAFC).Dr. Zimmern, in association with Gary Lemack, M.D., and Maude Carmel, M.D., directs a two-year fellowship program in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery (FPMRS) at UT Southwestern. This fellowship program has been endowed in perpetuity by the Felecia Cain Foundation.

He has been a visiting professor in the United States, Europe, China, Australia, and Canada and has editorial and advisory responsibilities for many Urology journals. He has co-authored more than 365 publications, 28 surgical movies, and 65 book chapters, and co-edited four textbooks, including the books Female Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery and Native tissue repair for incontinence and prolapse. He is FPMRS certified and a member of FACS. He received the inaugural Leaders in Excellence Award at UT Southwestern (2019).


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


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Honors & Awards

  • Recipient of the Felecia and John Cain Chair in Women’s Health
    In honor of Philippe E. Zimmern, M.D. (2019-2019)
  • Inaugural Leaders in Clinical Excellence award at UT Southwestern for Patient and Family Recognition Award
  • Top Doctors in Texas
  • America’s Most Honored Professional
  • Outstanding Reviewer for The Journal of Urology
  • Texas Super Doctors
  • Castle Connolly Top Doctor
    Top Doctors North Texas (2015-2019)
  • Top Urologist in Dallas, TX
    The Leading Physicians of the World (2015-2019)
  • Best Reviewer in 2013 Award
    The Journal of Urology (2014-2014)
  • David A Culp Lecturer Award
    University of Iowa (2013-2013)
  • Rodney Appell Continence Care Champion
    National Association for Continence and Society of Urodynamics and Female Urology (2012-2012)
  • SUFU Distinguished Service Award
  • Kaiser Physician Recognition Award for the Los Angeles Area
  • Past President
    Society for Urodynamics and Female Urology (2006-2008)
  • President
    Society for Urodynamics and Female Urology (2004-2006)
  • Vice President
    Society for Urodynamics and Female Urology (2002-2004)
  • Secretary/Treasurer
    Society for Urodynamics and Female Urology (2000-2002)
  • Kaiser Physician Recognition Award for the Los Angeles Area
  • Excellency and Dedication in Teaching Residents
    Kaiser Sunset Medical Center (1989-1989)
  • Necker Faculty Laureate
    Silver Medal for outstanding doctoral thesis (1982-1982)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

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