Meet Dr. Donna Mazloomdoost
Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University
Medical School: Emory University School of Medicine
Residency: University of Cincinnati
Fellowship: Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery (TriHealth/Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati, OH)
Board Certifications: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
From Dr. Mazloomdoost
Why did you choose your specialty? What inspired you to pursue this career path?
After 6 years in practice as a general OB-GYN, I noticed a significant need in the female population for expertise in pelvic floor disorders. Current estimations report that 1 in 5 women will require surgical management for a pelvic floor disorder, and over time, I began to notice this more and more in my own patient population. On a daily basis, I began encountering patients complaining of pelvic floor symptoms, and I was inspired to pursue a fellowship to better address this need.
What is your care philosophy?
I believe that in order to provide good care, a provider must consider the entire picture. It is imperative to examine more than just a patient's disorder or complaint. When deciding on a treatment plan for a patient, I bring them, and any important family members she chooses, into the discussion. We consider her other medical conditions, occupations that may impact treatment, her home life, availability of other caretakers if necessary, treatment goals, and any other important factors. Treatments are individualized to meet the expectations of the patient and her family.
What brought you to the Maryland / DC area?
I accepted a position at Georgetown University Hospital after completing my residency, which caused me to first move to the area. After meeting my husband who grew up in the area, I knew that this would be my home!
Why did you choose to join Advantia?
Advantia is a forward thinking organization, started by physicians, dedicated to providing excellent care to patients. I was impressed with the physicians in the group and the opportunity to serve the women of Montgomery County and the greater Washington, DC metro area. I believe the organization is supportive of reaching out to provide all services necessary to the female population.
What is the biggest misconception about your field?
The most common misconception I hear is that these conditions are a normal part of aging that women need to accept. While in a sense pelvic floor disorders can be considered "normal" because they are common, it does not mean that a woman needs to suffer. Many studies have shown higher rates of depression and lower quality of life in women with pelvic floor disorders, and because treatment exists, I think it is important to reach out to women to alert them of the potential treatments.
What is your best advice for staying healthy?
We are all aware that eating well and exercising are important components of staying healthy. However, I think women in particular get lost in their duties and neglect to take care of themselves. Most often because they feel guilty, they don't treat themselves to things that make them happy. I do believe it is important to give women "permission" to occasionally pamper themselves, take time to be alone, do something they enjoy, or just take time to relax and do nothing. No one can take care of others if they themselves aren't being taken care of.
If I wasn’t a doctor, I’d be…?
A baker! Although, I must say that I absolutely LOVE being a doctor and would not change my decision, I truly enjoy baking!