Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, Division of Urogynecology & Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, University of Pittsburgh
Associate Professor, Department of Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh
Associate Professor, McGowan Institute of Regenerative Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
Associate Professor, Clinical & Translational Research Institute
Fellowship Director, Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery, UPMC Medical Education Program
Member, Magee-Women Research Institute
Education & Training
Brown University, BA with distinction in Biology
Northwestern University, MD, PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology, National Institutes of Health-sponsored Medical Scientist Training Program
University of Pittsburgh, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, Residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology
University of Pittsburgh, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, Fellowship in Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery
Pelvic Floor Disorders
The primary focus of Dr. Moalli’s research has been on prolapse meshes – first defining their impact on the vagina and then transitioning to mechanisms of complications. Based on this knowledge, her group is developing novel elastomeric meshes whose properties more closely match those of the vagina. Recently, she has explored regenerative techniques to rebuild compromised vaginal supportive tissues. The strength of her research group, in collaboration with Dr. Steven Abramowitch in the Department of Bioengineering, is that it is highly interdisciplinary with expertise in biochemistry, biomechanics, computational analyses, and biomaterials. The expertise gained from this work has benefitted both the Urinary Incontinence Treatment Network and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network. Currently, she is leading a national multicenter trial defining mechanisms of anterior vaginal wall failure following a native tissue vs a mesh augmented repair of uterovaginal prolapse.
Dr. Moalli is extensively involved in teaching college and medical students, graduate students, residents, and clinical fellows. Her greatest teaching commitment is to the fellows in the Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Program at the University of Pittsburgh. As Director of the program, she is responsible for ensuring that the fellows have the appropriate training as clinicians, surgeons, and researchers to rise to the top of their field.
Dr. Moalli’s publications can be reviewed through the National Library of Medicine’s publication database.