Dr. Ghoniem is currently Professor and Vice-Chair at the UC Irvine Health School of Medicine Department of Urology and Chief, Division of Female Urology and Voiding Dysfunction. Dr. Ghoniem, who is an internationally regarded expert in female urology, pelvic reconstructive surgery, and voiding dysfunction, also serves as Chief of Spinal Cord Urology for the VA Long Beach Healthcare System.
Born in Alexandria, Egypt, Dr. Ghoniem left Egypt in 1980 to pursue a fellowship in neurourology and female urology at Brown University, Rhode Island. He subsequently completed a second urology residency at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
In 1987, Dr. Ghoniem was appointed to the Department of Urology at Tulane University as Assistant Professor and Chief, Section of Urodynamics and Female Urology. In 1991, he was appointed Associate Professor of Urology with a joint appointment in the Department of Gynecology and in 1998 promoted to Professor of Urology and Clinical Professor of Gynecology. In 2000, Dr. Ghoniem joined Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, Florida where he founded the section of Voiding Dysfunction, Female Urology, and Pelvic Reconstruction. He also served as the Chairman of Medical Education.
Dr. Ghoniem has served as a thesis supervisor to nine fellows and has trained 12 clinical fellows and more than 20 international fellows. He has chaired 11 annual symposia on incontinence and urodynamics while at Tulane University and co-chaired the annual Cleveland Clinic Florida Symposia on Female Pelvic Disorders for 10 years. He has also served as moderator or co-moderator on many local, regional, national and international conferences. He has edited or co-edited two textbooks and four special journal issues and is an author or coauthor on 35 book chapters, 148 peer-reviewed scientific articles, and 24 surgical videos. He serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of International Urogynecology, Pelvic Floor Medicine Journal, Open Access Journal of Urology, and Journal of Neurourology and Urodynamics, is a reviewer for numerous scientific journals, and has been appointed as an expert reviewer for Journal of Urology, Urology, Endourology, Neurourology and Urodynamics and American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
A dedicated urologist, Dr. Ghoniem is an active member of several societies including the American Urological Association (AUA), Southeastern Section of the American Urological Association (SSAUA), Society of Urodynamics and Female Urology (SUFU), International Continence Society (ICS), International Urogynecological Association (IUGA) and the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS). He was Chairman of the Research and Development Committee for IUGA, a member of the Education Committee for SUFU, and an elected member of the Scientific Committee for ICS.
Dr. Ghoniem served as a consultant for the surgical treatment group of the 1st International Consultation on Urinary Incontinence in 1998, and was a member of the same committee in the 2nd Consultation on Urinary Incontinence in 2001. In 2009, he was appointed by the NIH as Chairman for the review panel on incontinence and also served as a reviewer on the study sections of bladder physiology in 2000 and urinary incontinence in 2006. During his career to date, Dr. Ghoniem has been instrumental in improving and introducing many diagnostic and surgical techniques in the field of urinary incontinence and pelvic prolapse such as ISD classification, vaginal pack test, suburethral sling, Genisphere injection, bladder neck wrap, male sling, transobturator technique, and chronic sacral nerve tined lead removal technique.