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Ryan R. Stratford , MD, MBA, FACOG

Dr. Stratford, was born in Biloxi, Mississippi where his father served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force.  He grew up in Ogden, Utah and graduated magna cum laude with university honors from Brigham Young University with a degree in Business Management – Finance, and minors in Chemistry and Business Composition. 

Dr. Stratford attended medical school at The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.  During medical school, Dr. Stratford obtained a masters degree in business administration at The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business where he graduated magna cum laude and with university honors.  He also studied health care administration and policy and was awarded a certificate from The University of Chicago Graduate Program in Health Administration and Policy.

Dr. Stratford and his family moved to San Diego where he completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at The University of California, San Diego.  After completing residency, Dr. Stratford chose to pursue additional training in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.  As a fellow at Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas, Dr. Stratford worked alongside Dr. Bob Shull, one of the fathers of the field.  Dr. Shull had visiting urogynecologists from all over the world visit his operating room including physicians from the United Kingdom, Singapore, Denmark, Norway, Philippines, India, Italy, as well as physicians from throughout the United States.

Upon completion of fellowship, Dr. Stratford, his wife and five children moved to Arizona.  With a background in business and an MBA from the University of Chicago, Dr. Stratford developed a acenter focused on reaserching and treating pelvic floor dysfunction called The Woman's Center for Advanced Pelvic Surgery.

Dr. Stratford’s primary interests are in the treatment and prevention of female pelvic floor dysfuntion, in particular pelvic organ prolapse.  As an urogynecologist in a newly recognized subspecialty, he treats patients with all types of pelvic floor dysfunction, including urinary and fecal incontinence as well as pelvic organ prolapse.

Dr. Stratford also has an interest in research.  He focused his fellowship research on examining the histology, morphometrics and mRNA expression of the vaginal wall tissues in the female squirrel monkey and compared them to that of women.  He also has an interest in clinical research where he studies patient and surgeon expectations from surgery.

Dr. Stratford’s research was submitted to the International Urogynecological Association and was subsequently asked to present it at their annual meeting in August, 2005 in Copenhagen, Denmark.  Over 1,000 urogynecologists from around the world attended the meeting.  With over 3,000 manuscripts submitted and over 300 presented at the meeting, Dr. Stratford was humbled to receive the award for “The Best Oral Poster Presentation.”

Dr. Stratford currently serves in many positions in national and international socieities promoting women's health, including currently serving on the Board of Directors of the American Urogynecologic Society.  He speaks at many community functions teaching about pelvic floor disorders and is well respected by his peers.  He is an advocate for women's health and plays an active role in increasing awareness of female pelvic floor disorders.

Dr. Stratford's favorite role is being a father to five active children and a husband to an amazing wife.  He currently serves as an assistant Scout Master in the Boy Souts of America.  He is actively involved in his community and an active member of his church.  He lives in Mesa with his wife and five children.