Allyson Augusta Shrikhande, MD
Dr. Allyson Shrikhande, a board certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist, is the Chair of the Medical Education Committee for the International Pelvic Pain Society. She is working with other experts in the field of chronic pelvic pain to develop training modules for residents and physicians interested in learning about the diagnosis, treatment, and management of chronic pelvic pain. A leading expert on pelvic health and a respected researcher, author and lecturer, Dr. Shrikhande is a recognized authority on male and female pelvic pain diagnosis and treatment.
Dr. Shrikhande is passionate about this cause and dedicated to helping men and women with pelvic pain who often suffer without anyone willing to listen, understand or find the cause of their pain. That’s why she has traveled the world to work with expert gynecologists, urologists, physiatrists and interventional pain physicians.
Dr. Shrikhande has distilled this global expertise into a minimally invasive, cutting-edge approach to the treatment of pelvic pain and pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. With an extensive background in mainstream clinical medicine, she also makes use of many alternatives, holistic and homeopathic approaches.
She has published peer-reviewed articles on the treatment of muscle pain in academic journals and works closely with renowned pelvic pain gynecologists and urologists. Taking a team approach, she works with specialists in pelvic floor physical therapy, kinetics and movement, as well as acupuncturists, nutritionists, cognitive behavioral therapists and functional medicine physicians.
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Why did you become a doctor?
My female mentor as a child was my pediatrician, so that is what I originally set out to become. I saw how she was able to make such a positive impact and help children feel better and to me she seemed like a real life super hero.
What is your approach to medicine?
Treat every patient as if they are your close family or friend, “listen, listen, listen”
How would you define patient care?
I am very lucky as the field that I am in allows me to really get to know my patients, and really try and understand them as a whole, therefore I define patient care as “caring for people as a whole”
Do you do any non-profit or philanthropic work?
Most of what I do are talks to local hospitals, non-profit organizations or moms groups to help raise awareness about the pelvic floor and pelvic pain and options for treatment. I am also heavily involved in the International Pelvic Pain Society which is a non-profit organization for medical professionals treating pelvic pain.
What events/topics/presentations for PRM over the last 2 years are you most proud of and why?
I am most proud of my Grand Rounds presentation at Mt Sinai Medical Center OBGYN group, as the questions and high-level conversation was one of the most stimulating and thought-provoking conversations I have had the privilege to be part of. It spurred new questions for me to try to answer and tackle and I always love a challenge. I am also extremely proud of being asked to speak at this years AAGL meeting in Vancouver, Canada regarding educating OBGYNs about taking care of Endometriosis patients from the physiatry perspective, specifically treating Central Sensitization. I am particularly proud of this because I am the first physiatrist ever asked to be asked to speak at this annual meeting, combined with the fact that I will be speaking alongside some of the most brilliant international minds and thought leaders in pelvic pain.
Formerly affiliated with Weill Cornell, Dr. Shrikhande helped to found the Weill Cornell Medical Center Women’s Health Musculoskeletal Outpatient Clinic and she is the founder of Pelvic Rehabilitation Medicine. She received her training at:
- The Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland Medical School
- Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School
- NYU Langone Medical Center/RUSK Institute
At Pelvic Rehabilitation Medicine, we look at things differently. We consider the patient as a whole person, and we focus on the pelvic region because it’s the central core of your body. The pelvis is one of the primary regions in your body that helps your muscles, nerves, organs, ligaments and bones work together as a unified organism.
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