Outstanding Young Alumnus, 2008

Welton M. Gersony, MD

Anthony G. Visco, MD is an Associate Professor and Director of the Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery, Director of Gynecologic Robotic Surgery, and Vice Chair of Gynecologic Surgery for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke University.  He earned his BS degree in Biology (1989) from LeMoyne College, his MD degree (1993) from the State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate School of Medicine and is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha.  He completed his OB-GYN residency (1997) at Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, and a Fellowship in Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery at Duke University Medical Center in 2000.  He was a faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for seven years before returning to Duke in 2007.

Dr. Visco is a nationally respected leader in Urogynecology and has served as the Principal Investigator (PI) of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) RO1 grant evaluating the mechanism of pelvic organ prolapse and has served as the PI of the NIH-funded Pelvic Floors Disorders Network for the last seven years.  Dr. Visco completed an NIH-sponsored systematic evidence review on cesarean delivery on maternal request and presented the results at the NIH State-of- the-Science conference in 2006.  He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Research Committee for the American Urogynecologic Society. 

Dr. Visco developed the technique for performing robotic sacrocolpopexy, a highly successful, minimally invasive treatment for advanced pelvic organ prolapse.  He maintains an active clinical practice, performing robotic, vaginal and abdominal reconstructive surgeries, vesicovaginal and ureterovaginal fistula repairs.  He is widely published and his personal research interests include evaluating outcomes of robotic surgery for the treatment of pelvic floor disorders, assessing the efficacy of intradetrusor botulinum toxin for the treatment of overactive bladder, evaluating the risks and benefits of cesarean delivery on maternal request, predictors of urodynamic stress incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, and conducting non-surgical and surgical trials to determine the ideal management for women with pelvic floor disorders. 

Dr. Visco lives in Chapel Hill, NC  with his wife, Jessica, and their three sons, Zachary, Nathan and Nicholas.