Cynthia Fok, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Department of Urology

Cynthia Fok

Contact Info

csfok@umn.edu

Administrative Assistant Name
Resha Tejpaul

Administrative Phone
612-625-7486

Administrative Fax Number
612-626-0428

Additional Locations

Practices:

  • Institute for Prostate and Urologic Cancers
  • Maple Grove
  • Burnsville
  • HCMC
  • Southdale
  • Women's Health Clinic

Assistant Professor, Department of Urology


Urologist


University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL

Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL (Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery)

Summary

Born in Madison Wisconsin, Dr. Cynthia Fok received her undergraduate education in Medical Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She then went on to receive her M.D. at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She finished her urologic residency training in at Loyola University Medical Center in 2010 and then completed an American Board of Urology (ABU) & American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology (ABOG) accredited fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at Loyola University Medical Center in 2013. During her fellowship she not only obtained a Masters in Public Health from Loyola University of Chicago, but also was actively involved in research including being awarded the Society of Women in Urology Elizabeth Pickett Research Grant in 2011 for research exploring the relationship between overactive bladder and the genitourinary microbiota. Her clinical and research interests continue to explore pelvic floor dysfunction with interests in pelvic organ prolapse, overactive bladder, urinary incontinence, genitourinary fistulas, urethral stricture disease, and genitourinary microbiota.

Awards & Recognition

  • Society of Women in Urology Elizabeth Pickett Research Grant recipient, 2011

Research

Publications

  1. Patel, DN, Fok, CS, Webster GD, Anger, JT. Female Urethral Injuries Associated with Pelvic Fracture: A Systematic Review of the Literature. BJU Int 2017 Dex;120(6):766-773
  2. Thomas-White KJ, Hilt EE, Fok C, Pearce MM, Mueller ER, Kliethermes S, Jacobs K, Zillox MJ, Brincat C, Price TK, Kuffel G, Schreckenberger P, Gai X, Brubkaer L, Wolfe AJ. Incontinence Medication Response Relates to the Female Urinary Microbiota. Int Urogynecol J. May 2016; 27(5): 723-33. PMID 26423260
  3. Fok CS. Mar 2015. Does Cystocele Repair Improve Overactive Bladder Symptoms? Curr Bladder Dysfunct Rep. March 2015; 10(1): 1-5. doi: 10.1007/s11884-014-0284-1.
  4. Oakley SH, Brown HW, Yurteri-Kaplan L, Greer JA, Richardson ML, Adelowo A, Lindo FM, Greene KA, Fok CS, Book NM, Saiz CM, Plowright LN, Harvie HS, Pauls RN. Practice Patterns Regarding Management of Rectovaginal Fistulae: A Multicenter Review from the Fellows' Pelvic Research Network. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2015 Feb 27.
  5. Nienhouse V, Gao X, Dong Q, Nelson DE, Toh E, McKinley K, Schreckenberger P, Shibata N, Fok CS, Mueller ER, Brubaker L, Wolfe AJ, Radek KA. 2014 Dec 8. Interplay between bladder microbiota and urinary antimicrobial peptides: mechanisms for human urinary tract infection risk and symptom severity. PLoS One 9(12): e114185. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0114185. eCollection 2014.
  6. Le PT, Pearce MM, Zhang S, Campbell EM, Fok CS, Mueller ER, Brincat CA, Wolfe AJ, Brubaker L. 2014 Oct 29. IL22 regulates human urothelial cell sensory and innate functions through modulation of the acetylcholine response, immunoregulatory cytokines and antimicrobial peptides: assessment of an in vitro model. PLoS One 9(10):e111375. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0111375. e Collection 2014.
  7. Pearce MM, Hilt EE, Rosenfeld AB, Zilliox MJ, Thomas-White K, Fok CS, Kliethermes S, Schreckenberger PC, Brubaker L, Gai X, Wolfe AJ. 2014 Jul 8. The female urinary microbiome: a comparison of women with and without urgency urinary incontinence. mBio 5(4):e01283-14. doi:10.1128/mBio.01283-14.
  8. Oakley SH, Brown HW, Greer, JA, Richardson ML, Adelowo A, Yurteri-Kaplan L, Flino F, Greene K, Fok CS, Book NM, Saiz CM, Plowright LN, Harvie HS, Pauls RN. Management of Vesicovaginal Fistulae: Multicenter Review from the Fellows’ Pelvic Research Network. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg, Jan Feb 2014; 20(1): 7-13.
  9. Fok CS, McKinley K, Mueller ER, Kenton K, Schreckenberger PC, Wolfe AJ, Brubaker L. Day of Surgery Urine Cultures Identify Urogynecologic Patients at Increased Risk for Post-Operative Urinary Tract Infection, J Urol 2013; 189(5): 1721-1724.
  10. Fok CS, Kenton K. Diagnostic cystourethroscopy for gynecologic conditions. http://www.uptodate.com/contents/diagnostic-cystourethroscopy-for-gynecologic-conditions
  11. Fok CS, FitzGerald MP, Turk T, Mueller E, Dalaza L, Schreckenberger P. Reflex testing in male urine specimens misses few positive cultures, may reduce unnecessary testing of normal specimens. Urology 2010; 75:74-6.
  12. Lowenstein L, Brubaker L, Fok CS, Solt I. A surprise in the bladder: the case of the misplaced gortex. Harefuah 2009 Jul; 148(7): 435, 476, 475 [Hebrew]

Clinical

Specialties

  • Pelvic Organ ProlapseOveractive BladderGenitourinary fistulasUrinary incontinenceUrethral StricturesMinimally invasive surgeryFemale Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery 
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