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Women Caring for Women

We understand our patients’ perspective and more importantly, we have focused our care on urogynecology issues. Dr. Dunn is one of the few physicians who specializes in female pelvic floor and gynecology problems with a sub-specialty in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. She’s practiced in the Denver-metro area since 1985 and brings a wealth of experience to her compassionate care approach.

Foothills Urogynecology is a practice of women taking care of women.

What is Urogynecology?

Urogynecology is a specialty in the gynecology treatment field that requires additional training in the treatment of pelvic floor disorders. These are conditions that affect the female pelvic organs, the muscles and connective tissues that support these organs.
Urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, difficulty emptying the bladder, bladder prolapse, uterine prolapse, rectocele, constipation and fecal incontinence may all be conditions needing treatment. We also have wide experience talking frankly and empathetically with women about their sexual enjoyment and sexual function, and how that can change for the better.

Terry S. Dunn, MD, FACOG, FPMRS

If the warm smile doesn’t draw you in upon meeting Dr. Terry Dunn, then her compassionate approach to health care will. On top of her caring presence, she has the credentials to back her sage advice.

She’s board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology (ABOG) and a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.  Dr. Dunn also takes an active role in her field as a member of the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) and the International Urogynecological Association (IUGA). She completed medical school and a four-year residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of New Mexico Medical School. She continues her learning and sharing of her knowledge as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and as an Associate Professor at the Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Dunn chose to specialize in urogynecology and has built her practice around helping women with pelvic floor disorders. Additionally, her depth of knowledge in this specialized area carries over to her niche specialty in medicine and surgical expertise for such conditions. Coupling both, Dr. Dunn brings a distinct body of knowledge to her practice. Her care goes far beyond Colorado’s borders as she annually makes a journey to Africa to help women in a small Kenyan tribe with their urogynecology issues.  She’s seen hundreds of patients since her first visit in 2007.

Dr. Dunn lives in Denver, Colo., with her husband Michael Dunn, a primary care physician. They have three children, one who is also a physician, and one grandchild. When she’s not helping others, she’s spending time with family, cooking and traveling.

Education

University of New Mexico 1974, BA Chemistry

University of Southern California 1977, MA Chemistry

University of New Mexico Medical School 1981, Medicine

Postdoctoral Training

1991–1992 University of Colorado, Chief Resident

1982–1985 University of New Mexico, Residency, Ob/Gyn

1981–1982 Wright State University, Dayton Ohio, Intern, Ob/Gyn

Specialty Certification

1994–Present American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG)

Fellow, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)

Practice Experience

2006–Present Foothills Urogynecology, Denver, Colorado

1992–2006 Denver Health Medical Center, Denver, Colorado

1988–1990 Ob/Gyn, Solo Practice, Albuquerque, New Mexico

1985–1988 Ob/Gyn Solo Practice, Taos, New Mexico

Academic Appointments

2009–Present Associate Professor, Rocky Vista College of Osteopathic Medicine

2004–Present Associate Professor, University of Colorado

1997–2004 Assistant Professor, University of Colorado

1992–1997 Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Colorado

1989–1990 Clinical Instructor (Adjunct), University of New Mexico

1986–1988 Chief, Ob/Gyn Service, Taos, New Mexico

Licensure

State of Colorado Board of Medicine

Honors

2003 Best Research Award—Antigone Parrish “Cervical ripening prior to first trimester dilation and curettage.” Faculty Mentor

2002 Best Resident Research Award—My-Linh Pham “Risk factors for 3rd and 4th degree lacerations.” Faculty Mentor

2000 Resident Research Award—Mary Burke “A new management of HSIL paps.” Faculty Mentor

1995 Best Resident Research Award—Gail King “The use of cervicography at Denver Health.” Faculty Mentor

1994 Best Resident Research Award—Loralie Davis “The use of the cytobrush in evaluation of endocervix.” Faculty Mentor

1976 Phi Beta Kappa

1976 Phi Beta Phi

Teaching Awards

2006 Best Research Award

2006 Resident Appreciation Award

2005 Resident Appreciation Award

2003 Resident Appreciation Award

2002 Resident Appreciation Award

2001 Resident Appreciation Award

1999 Resident Appreciation Award
1999 APGO National Excellence in Teaching Award

Publications

Chapters:

  1. Yeh, S., Dunn T.S. Post term pregnancy the high-risk neonate. In: Verlag, S. (ed) The high-risk fetus. Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA 1994, pp 20.
Oral Presentations
  1. Dunn, T.S. A comparison of two methods used in managing severe cervical dysplasia: LLETZ and cone biopsy. International Society of Technology Assessment in Health Care (ISTAHC)—Stockholm, Sweden. May 1995.
  2. Dunn, T.S. Is there a role for cervicography in the detection of cervical dysplasia of the uterine cervix? American Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology, Phoenix, Arizona. April 1998.
  3. Dunn, T.S. Comparison of endocervical curettage (ECC) and endocervical brush (ECB) in predicting endocervical pathology. American Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology, Phoenix, Arizona. April 1998.
  4. Dunn, T.S. A randomized trial of Foley Catheter use in obstetric and gynecology surgery. ISTAHC 99—Barcelona, Spain. January 1999.
  5. Dunn, T.S. A key clinical pathway for the evaluation of women with abnormal uterine bleeding. ISTAHC 99. January 1999.
  6. Dunn, T.S. A new management of HSIL pap smear. ASCCP 2000—Orlando, Florida. May 2000.
  7. Dunn, T.S. New management of abnormal uterine bleeding. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Annual Meeting 2000—San Francisco, CA.
  8. Dunn, T.S. Management of LSIL/ASCUS in pregnancy. ISTAHC 2000—The Hague, Netherlands.
  9. Dunn, T.S. Management of menopause. Department of Internal Medicine. University of Colorado Health Science Center Grand Rounds, Denver, Colorado. August 2001.
  10. Dunn, T.S. Care of the over active bladder. Department of Ob/Gyn, Denver Health Medical Center, Denver, Colorado. February 2001.
  11. Dunn, T.S. How to diagnose and treat urinary incontinence in women. Department of Family Medicine. University of Colorado Health Science Center. August 2001.
  12. Dunn, T.S. How? When? Why? Vaginal hysterectomy. Department of Ob/Gyn Core Lecture. University of Colorado Health Science Center. October 2001.
  13. Dunn, T.S. How to do a GYN history and physical. Nurse Midwife Students—Core Lecture. April 2001.
  14. Dunn, T.S. The basics of vulvo vaginitis. Nurse Midwife Students—Core Lecture. March 2002.
  15. Dunn, T.S. Are Foley catheters necessary for 24 hours after hysterectomy? American Uro-Gynecologic Society Annual Meeting. San Francisco, California. October 2002.
  16. Dunn, T.S. Increased faculty involvement improves satisfaction of third year medical student. CREOG and APGO Annual Meeting, Anaheim, California. March 1–4 2003.
  17. Dunn, T.S. Abnormal pelvic exam and pelvic masses and cancers. Nurse Midwifery and Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioners. University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, Colorado. April 2003
  18. Dunn, T.S. How do we teach ethics to medical students? APGO Faculty Development, Sarasota, Florida. January 2004.
  19. Dunn, T.S. Prediction of failed expectant management of CIN. ASCCP, Orlando, Florida. March 2004.
  20. Dunn, T.S. How to motivate your teaching team past burnout. APGO Faculty Development, Cancun, Mexico. January 2005.
  21. Dunn, T.S. Technique for abdominal sacrocolpopexy. 31th Annual Scientific Meeting; Society for Gynecologic Surgeons. Rancho Mirage, California, April 2005.
  22. Dunn, T.S. Skills for conflict resolution. APGO Faculty Development, Phoenix, Arizona. January 2006.
  23. Dunn, T.S., Hurt, L, Macias, A. A Comparison of Outcomes of Transurethral Versus Suprapubic Catheterization After Urogynecologic Procedures. 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting; Society for Gynecologic Surgeons. Tucson, Arizona. March 2006.
Posters
  1. Dunn, T.S. “Indications for Hysterectomy in an Indigent Population.” Poster Presentation International Society Technology Assessment ISTAC, Barcelona, Spain, June 1997.
  2. Dunn, T.S. Are Negative Margins Predictive of Residual Dysplasia in Hysterectomy Specimens? ASCCP Phoenix Arizona, April 1998.
  3. Dunn, T.S., George, B., McFee, J, G. Does DeLee Suction Affect Neonatal Outcome in the Presence of Meconium? ISTAHC June 1999.
  4. Dunn, T.S., Coddington, C., Shwayder, J., Stamm, C., Brown, W., Dugoff, L. Relationship of OSCE to Course Performance During OB/GYN Rotation. CREOG and APGO Annual Meeting Anaheim, CA. March 2003.
  5. Dunn, T.S., Hammond, L., Wolf, D. The 3rd Year Medical Student Experience in Ob/Gyn: Does Gender Make a Difference? CREOG and APGO Annual meeting Anaheim, CA March 2003.
  6. Dunn, T.S., Guinn, D., My-Linh, P., Wolf, D. Risk Factors for Severe Perineal Lacerations: A Case-Control Study. ACOG New Orleans, LA. April 2003.
  7. Dunn, T.S., Figge, J., Wolf, D. A Comparison of Outcomes of Transurethral vs Suprapubic Catheterization after Burch Cystourethropexy. ACOG New Orleans, LA. April 2003.
  8. Jazbec, A., Dunn, T.S., Awad, R, Wolf, D. Papanicolaou Screening in an Urgent Care Setting. ACOG New Orleans, LA. April 2003.
  9. Dunn, T.S., Ring, C., Martin, C. Cervical Stenosis After Loop Conization. ACOG San Francisco, California. May 2005.
  10. Dunn, T.S., Severson, S., Wolf, D. Methotrexate Treatment of Tubal Ectopic Pregnancy: Predictors of Treatment Outcomes. ACOG San Francisco, California. May 2005.
  11. Dunn, T.S., Cisneros, R., Miranda-Seijo, P. A Comparison of Two Health Care Systems and Follow-up for Abnormal Pap Smears. American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology. Las Vegas, Nevada. March 2006.
  12. Heinrichs, G., Schaefer, A., Lynch, A., Dunn, T.S. Predicting Postpartum Hemorrhage. ACOG 54th Annual Clinical Meeting, Washington, DC. May 2006.
  13. Dunn, T.S. Pregnancy Outcomes After Leep. ACOG 54th Annual Clinical Meeting, Washington, DC. May 2006.
  14. Hurt, L., Hesher, B., Dunn, T.S. Predicting Voiding Dysfunction After Incontinence Surgery. ACOG 54th Annual Clinical Meeting, Washington, DC. May 2006.
  15. Hyer, Jennifer, Dunn, T.S. Perspective of Pregnancy Among Teens. ACOG 55th Annual Clinical Meeting, San Diego, California May 2007
  16. Johnson, Meredith, Dunn, T.S. To Pap or Not to Pap. ACOG 55th Annual Clinical Meeting, San Diego, California May 2007
  17. Gregory, Natalie; Parrish, Antigone; Coddington, Charles III; Dunn, T.S. Oral Misoprostol vs. Laminaria before Dilation and Curettage for Missed Abortion. Accepted for presentation at ACOG 56th Annual Clinical Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, May 2008
Reviewer
  1. APGO/CREOG Annual Meeting: Abstracts and Posters, February 1998.
  2. Co-reviewer for submitted articles to Obstetrics & Gynecology, 1998.
  3. Moderator for session at APGO/CREOG Annual Meeting, February 1999.
  4. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology: Reviewer of manuscript, August 2003.
  5. Journal Lower Genital Tract; Reviewer of Manuscript, September 2003.
  6. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Reviewer of Manuscript, May 2004.
  7. Reviewer for the Colorado Foundation for Medical Care, 2004–Present
  8. Reviewer for Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease, April 2005.
  9. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Reviewer of Manuscript, May 2006.
Hospital and University Committees:

1996–2006 Member of Surgery Committee at Denver Health Medical Center

1996–2006 Member of Education Committee at University Hospital and Denver Health Medical Center

1997–1998 Chair—Colorado Access Pap Committee

Societies

American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG)—Fellow

Associate Professor Gynecology and Obstetrics—(APGO)

American Urogynecology Society— (AUGS)

American Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology— (ASCCP)

International Society of Technology Assessment—(ISTAHC)

Society of Gynecologic Surgeons (SGS)—Candidate Member

Faculty Mentor Resident Research Projects

1999 Ectopic Pregnancy: The Denver Health Medical Center Experience 1996–1998

1999 Elective Cesarean Hysterectomy

1999 A Randomized Trial of Foley Catheter Use in Obstetric and Gynecological Surgery

1999 Interval Tubal Ligation by Partial Salpingectomy: The Denver Health Medical Center

Experience

1999 Evaluation of a Clinical Pathway to Assess Abnormal Uterine Bleeding

1998–2000 Investigator—Cryogen Study of Abnormal Bleeding

1999–2006 New Management of HSIL and HPV Typing

2002 Vaginal Hysterectomy—A review of Denver Health Experience

2002 The use of margin status on predicting outcome

2002 Papanicolaou Screening in an Urgent Care Setting Vaginal Hysterectomy: A Retrospective Analysis of the University Hospital Experience

2002 Accuracy of Last Pap Smear Reporting

2002 A Review of Third & Fourth Degree Lacerations at Denver Health Medical Center

2002 Experiences of Medical Students at Denver Health Medical Center, Males vs. Females

2002 Outcomes of Transurethral vs. Suprapubic Catheterization after Burch Procedure

2002 Complications of Outpatient Conization

2003 Loop/Cerclages: Indications, Complications & Outcomes

2004 Efficacy of Methotrexate Use in Ectopic Pregnancies. Shawn Severson, “Methotrexate Treatment of Tubal Ectopic Pregnancy: Denver Health Medical Center Experience”

2004 Pregnancy Outcomes After Loop Conization

2004 Cervical Stenosis After Loop Conization

2004 Comparison of Follow-up Rates for Abnormal Pap Smears: Denver Health vs. Spain

2005 Faculty Mentor—Chutaporn Charnsangavej “Predictors of Failure of Expectant Management of Grade I Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia (CIN-I)”

2006 Faculty Mentor—Jennifer Hyer “Perspective of Pregnancy Among Teens”

2006 Faculty Mentor—Meredith Johnson “To Pap or Not to Pap”

Grants

1998–2000 Co-investigator—Cryogen Study of Abnormal Bleeding (amount pending)

1999–2002 Co-Investigator—NIH—Telomerase and HPV in Pap Smears and Cervical Biopsies

2001–2002 Co-Investigator—Merck—The evaluations, and differences in fixation types and times on the sensitivity of the HPV 16 Fish Assay

2003–2006 Primary Investigator—COMIRB—A randomized study comparing transurethral catheters to suprapubic catheters after bladder suspension

2004–2006 Pfizer Study: A Multi-center, Double-Phase, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo Controlled (12-Week Double-Blind Followed By 12-Week Open-Label) Study Evaluating The Effect of Tolterodine ER on Urgency Urinary Incontinence (UUI), Urgency, Frequency, Sexual Quality of Life And Sexual Function In Women With Overactive Bladder

2004–2006 Schizophrenia Study: Perinatal Vulnerability to Psychosis.

Ongoing Projects

2003–2004 Primary Investigator—COMIRB—Does increased faculty involvement make a different in 3rd year resident satisfaction?

2005–2006 Assessing Pregnancy Importance in Adolescent Women

2005–2006 Pap reporting. Non-funded study with resident physician.

2005–2006 Methotrexate and liver function testing.

Dr. Dunn’s Africa Pilgrimage

For nearly two decades Dr. Dunn has been traveling to a small village in Africa to provide critical urogynecology care. These pilgrimages have endeared her to the hundreds who travel from near and far to be seen during her clinical visits.

There can be as many as 100 patients the first day to assess, triage and prepare for surgery in the coming days of her visit. As many as 50 surgeries may be performed over a 2-week trip to these outer villages. Most commonly, Dr. Dunn repair prolapse issues, fistulas and removes fibroids.

Colorado medical students travel as part of her team to help with the case load, which also includes educating the local nurses and doctors to better diagnose, perform procedures and learn about new medical treatments and techniques. While HIV as gone down in recent years, cervical cancer is very high. Dr. Dunn takes extra care to ensure proper screening for cervical cancer is performed.

This is all part of her motto: FUBU (For Us By Us)

Teaching locals and medical staff to treat conditions after she leaves, ensuring that the community continues to thrive and overcome medical setbacks.

“We all have needs, all people, no matter where or how we live. There is great gratitude for the U.S. and everything we have available to us here.”
-Dr. Terry Dunn

Our Caring Staff

Foothills Urogynecology prides itself on the expertise of our staff and the compassion they bring to work each day. We are a practice of women providing care to women in their most vulnerable moments. Frank conversations, leading-edge treatment practices and emerging technologies are all part of the empathetic, comprehensive care that we provide at Foothills Urogynecology.
Understanding is at the root of the care we provide. Experience is the foundation that ensures our patients feel comfortable, heard and reassured about their care options, because our practice focuses specifically on pelvic floor issues resulting from childbirth, menopause or aging. Whether you suffer from incontinence, painful intercourse or other urological conditions, our staff can dramatically help impact your quality of life.

Dr. Dunn is one of Denver’s premier specialists in this area, helping women cope, adjust and treat these problems at all phases of their life.

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