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  • Undergraduate: BA, Psychology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.

  • Medical School:  MD, University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, AL.

  • Residency:  OB/GYN, Prentice Women’s Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL.

  • Fellowship:  Advanced Gynecologic Surgery, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.

Research and Academic Interests:

Dr. Tu's current research focus is in the field of female pelvic pain disorders, where he is funded by a NIH/NICHD R01 grant to study the emergence of painful periods in adolescents and how that influences their overall sensory sensitivity, and an NIH/NIDDK R01 grant to study how uterine pain (dysmenorrhea) may influence the risk of developing chronic daily pelvic pain conditions, such as bladder pain syndrome/interstitial cystitis. He is also a co-investigator on two NIH/NIDDK pelvic pain grants, the network Multidisciplinary Approach to Pelvic Pain (with Northwestern) and ICECAN (Interstitial Cystitis and Examination of the Central Autonomic Network. He also studies surgical epidemiology and surgical education innovations.

Career Summary

Besides publishing papers and book chapters, and conducting research on female pelvic pain conditions, he has conducted numerous workshops on these disorders at national and international scientific meetings.  He has served on advisory boards for the NIH, as a reviewer for NIH grants, and as well as a peer reviewer for several international projects. He was the 2014 President of the International Pain Society.

Honors and Awards

  • (2005) The Berlex Scholar Award, The Berlex Foundation

  • (2007) America’s Top Obstetricians and Gynecologists

  • (2008) Who’s Who in America

  • (2013) Castle Connolly Top Doctor

  • (2013) Award for best presentation in category, AAGL Global Congress, Washington, DC

  • (2013) Award for best poster, International Pelvic Pain Society (also 2006, 2009, 2010)

Professional Memberships/Affiliations/Activities

  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

  • American College of Surgeons

  • Fellow, American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

  • International Association for the Study of Pain

  • AAGL (formerly) American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists


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