Kevin J. E. Stepp, MD, FACOG, FPMRS
Kevin J.E. Stepp, MD is the Division Director of Urogynecology and Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery at Carolinas Healthcare System. He is also the Founding Director for the fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at Carolinas Healthcare System. He is board-certified in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery and a Fellow of the America College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr. Stepp completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at MetroHealth/Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. He then completed a three-year combined fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery and Urogynecology/Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.
He is actively involved with development of new surgical techniques including single port and micro-laparoscopy, robotics, and advanced visualization. In 2008, he was the 3rd gynecologic surgeon in the United States to perform a single port total laparoscopic hysterectomy using modern technology and the first in the world to use a purpose-built multichannel port for hysterectomy. He was awarded the 2011 Surgeon of the Year by Surgical Products Magazine for his work on innovative surgical technologies. In 2015, he was the first in the world to utilize percutaneous micro-laparoscopic instruments for surgical procedures in gynecology - including hysterectomy, endometriois, and support procedures. Above all, he is an advocate for performing the least invasive option for patients whether that be vaginal, conventional or robotic laparoscopy, LESS, micro-laparoscopy or a combination of any of the above.
Dr. Stepp speaks internationally on advanced laparoscopic techniques in gynecology and urogynecology and has trained over 500 physicians from over 25 countries. He is honored to have served as the Scientific Program Chair for the 45th AAGL Global Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology in 2016 attended by almost 2000 physicians. He has received numerous awards including the American Urogynecologic Society/Society for Gynecologic Surgeons President's Award for Prize Paper on Perioperative Complications in Elderly Urogynecology Patients. He was the first surgeon to receive the AAGL Golden Laparoscope Award twice and the Kurt Semm Award for Best Surgical Video for his educational surgical videos and serves on the Golden Laparoscope Award Review Committee. He is a reviewer for multiple medical journals and actively mentors obstetrics and gynecology residents and fellows during their training.
Gerald Bernard Taylor, MD, FACOG, FPMRS
Assistant Program Director
G. Bernard Taylor, MD is the Assistant Program Director for the Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery fellowship program at Carolinas Healthcare System. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine Charlotte Campus.
He received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina. He then completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Carolinas Health Care System in Charlotte, NC. After 5 years as a general obstetrician and gynecologist he completed a fellowship in Urogynecology and Advanced Gynecologic Surgery at Northside Hospital/Southeastern Gynecologic Oncology in Atlanta, Georgia. He is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.
Dr. Taylor is recognized as an educator and mentor. He has won numerous teaching awards for his work with undergraduates, medical students, and residents. He lectures internationally on women's health and treatment of pelvic floor disorders. His dedication to caring for women in need of surgery has led to his involvement in global mission and work with women suffering from birth trauma and fistula on the west coast of Africa.
Dr. Taylor's special interest include genital reconstructive surgery, pelvic organ prolpase, urinary and bowel incontinence, bladder and bowel fistula, advance laparoscopy and robotic surgery, and gender affirmation surgery.
Michael J. Kennelly, MD, FACS, FPMRS
Michael J. Kennelly, MD serves as the co-Director of the Women's Center for Pelvic Health and Medical Director of the Charlotte Continence Center at Carolinas Rehabilitation. In addition to holiding various faculty teaching positions at Carolinas Medical Center, he also serves as Clinical Professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Urology and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine Charlotte Campus.
He received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati. He then completed his residency at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan and his fellowship at University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, Texas. He is dual board certified in urology and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.
Dr. Kennelly’s clinical, educational and academic expertise includes voiding dysfunction, neurogenic bladder and complex lower urinary tract and pelvic floor reconstruction. He is currently the lead investigator, co or sub investigator on more than fifteen clinical trials. Dr. Kennelly has authored or co-authored numerous journal articles and book chapters on urinary incontinence and neurourology. He lectures internationally in the area of women's pelvic health.
At the Women’s Center for Pelvic Health, Dr. Kennelly specializes in the treatment of women with pelvic floor disorders such as incontinence and prolapse which includes laparoscopic/robotic and vaginal repair of prolapse, graft augmentation, mid-urethral sling placement, neuromodulations therapy, Interstim, botox treatments and urethral bulking for urinary incontinence.
Erinn M. Myers, MD, FACOG
Erinn Myers, MD is Co-Director of Research for the Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery fellowship program and Surgical Director for Carolinas Simulation Center. She serves as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine Charlotte Campus.
She received her medical degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN. She completed her residency at Carolinas HealthCare System in Charlotte, NC and her fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC. She is board eligible for Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.
During residency and fellowship, Dr. Myers received many awards including E. Daniel Griffin, Jr., MD Award for Surgical Excellence, Harold M. Sluder, MD Award for Excellence in Teaching, Golden Tar Heel Teaching Award, and Fellows Award for Teaching Excellence. Dr. Myers has presented her research in the field of Urogynecology both nationally and internationally. She has published articles in the International Urogynecology Journal, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, and Southern Medical Journal in various topics with a focus on patient education and robotic surgery. She is a member of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS), the American Association for Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL), and the International Urogynecological Association (IUGA).
Dr. Myers specializes in pelvic reconstruction using minimally invasive techniques including native tissue vaginal reconstruction and comprehensive reconstruction using the da Vinci® robot assisted techniques. Her training includes evaluation and treatment of urinary and fecal incontinence, childbirth trauma, pelvic organ prolapse, vesicovaginal and rectovaginal fistulae, and mesh complications. She is also interested in medical education with a focus on simulation training.
When not practicing, Dr. Erinn Myers enjoys traveling, running, and spending time with her husband and dog.
Megan E. Tarr, MD, MS, FACOG, FPMRS
Megan Tarr, MD is a urogynecologist who practices at the Carolinas HealthCare System Northeast Women’s Center for Pelvic Health. She serves as Co-Director of Research for the Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery fellowship program. She is doubly board certified in Obstetrics/Gynecology and Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery. She has also earned diplomat status within the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr. Tarr earned her medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Chicago. She completed her three-year fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at Loyola University, while simultaneously completing a master’s program in clinical research methods.
During her residency and fellowship training, Dr. Tarr received recognition for her teaching and patient care. She was recognized with the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award and The Golden Apple Award for Outstanding Teaching, and she has been inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Additionally, she recently received MVP recognition for her excellent patient care from the Chief of Staff of the Cleveland Clinic.
Dr. Tarr has authored several peer-reviewed articles, four book chapters and has made numerous presentations at national, regional and local meetings. Her research interests include surgeon ergonomics during laparoscopic and robotic surgery, comparison of surgical methods of prolapse correction, patient informed consent and resident/fellow surgical education.
Dr. Tarr has extensive training in laparoscopic, robot-assisted laparoscopic, vaginal and open abdominal approaches to pelvic reconstructive surgery. She also has extensive experience with procedures for urinary and fecal incontinence, mesh-related complications, vesicovaginal and rectovaginal fistula, childbirth trauma and sacral neuromodulation. She performs the majority of her surgeries through minimally invasive approaches, either vaginally, laparoscopically or robotically. She enjoys discussing pelvic floor disorders with patients and takes great pride in excellent clinical care.
When not operating or doing clinical work, Dr. Tarr enjoys spending time with her daughter, son, and husband.
Smitha Vilasagar, MD
Minimally Invasive Gynecology
Smitha Vilasagar, MD is a minimally invasive gynecologic surgeon at the Carolinas Healthcare System Mercy Women's Center for Pelvic Health. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
She earned her medical degree from Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. She then completed her residency and fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery and Chronic Pelvic Pain/Endometriosis treatment at the University of Rochester.
During residency and fellowship training, Dr. Vilasagar presented multiple oral, video and poster presentations at national conferences. She was awarded first place winner of Residency Laparoscopic Olympics Simulation Competition, and received the AAGL Special Resident in Minimally Invasive Gynecology Award.
Dr. Vilasagar provides care for patients requiring minimally invasive surgery for a variety of reasons such as endometriosis, adenomyosis, abnormal uterine bleeding, dysmenorrhea, infertility, and fibriods. She performs multiple surgical procedures for treatment of chronic pelvic pain, sacrospinous ligament transection for treatment of pudendal neuralgia, ovarian vein ligation for treatment of pelvic congestion syndrome, vestibulectomy with vaginal advancement for treatment of vulvodynia, pelvic floor Botox injections for treatment of pelvic floor tension myalgia, as well as out patient procedures such as trigger point injections and nerve blocks.
Dr. Vilasagar is a member of American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists, International Pelvic Pain Society, and American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She was recently awarded the AAGL Best Surgical Video on Pelvic Pain at the 45th AAGL Global Congress for her video titled "Laparoscopic Ovarian Vein Ligation for the Treatment of Pelvic Congestion Syndrome."
Patients experiencing dysmenorrhea, vulvar/vaginal pain, dyspareunia, and pelvic pain of myofascial origin can be referred to Dr. Vilasagar at the Women's Center for Pelvic Health CMC Mercy location.
Michael Dobson, DO
Michael W. Dobson, DO came to Charlotte in 2007. He attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He then completed his General Surgery training at New Hanover Regional Medical Center where he received several awards including the Maxwell Award for excellence in surgery. Dr. Dobson then went on for further specialized surgical training in the field of Colon and Rectal Surgery at The Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. There he was honored with the award for the most outstanding colorectal surgical fellow.
Dr. Dobson is currently the director of the Colorectal Surgery Center at Surgical Specialists of Charlotte.
David S. Sachar, MD
David S. Sachar, MD joined Charlotte Medical Clinic in July 2010. He earned his medical degree at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Medical Society. Dr. Sachar is a Fellow of American College of Gastroenterology.
While on active duty in the US Army, Dr. Sachar completed his residency training in internal medicine and his fellowship training in gastroenterology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He served in South Korea, Afghanistan, and Iraq, and was the Chief of Gastroenterology at Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, NC for five years. He also was recognized as the Most Outstanding Endoscopist in the Army in 2007. Dr. Sachar is a member of the American Gastroenterological Association and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.
In addition to general gastroenterology, Dr. Sachar specializes in Endoscopic Muscosal Resection (EMR) and the non-surgical management of fecal incontinence and hemorrhoids.
Dina A. Bastawros, MD
Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellow
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Residency: St. Vincent Hospital