Katherine L Dengler


Lieutenant Colonel, Army

Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Gynecologic Surgery and Obstetrics
Chief, Urogynecology Division, WRNMMC, Associate Program Director, FPMRS Fellowship, WRNMMC
Location: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
pelvic reconstructive surgery
postoperative pain management
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Jul 2017-Jul 2020
Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) Fellowship
National Capital Consortium, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), Bethesda MD

Jul 2008-Jun 2012
Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency
San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium (SAUSHEC), San Antonio, TX

Aug 2004-Aug 2008
Doctor of Medicine
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), Bethesda, MD

Aug 2000-May 2004
Bachelor of Health Science
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida


Dr. Katherine L. Dengler, MD, FACOG received her medical doctorate from the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS) in 2008. She completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency at the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium in 2012 and after a five years as a Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology she completed her Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) in 2020. She has been actively serving in the military since 2004 and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army. She currently serves as the Chief of the Urogynecology Division at WRNMMC and is the Associate Program Director for the National Capital Consortium/INOVA Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship. She is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at USUHS and UVA.

Career Highlights: Positions, Projects, Deployements, Awards and Additional Publications

2020-present Associate Program Director, Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Jan 2021-present Chief, Urogynecology Division, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

2016-2017 Army Associate Program Director, Transitional Year, San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium San Antonio, TX

May 2015-Jun 2017 Chief, Outpatient Services, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC)

Sep 2012-Sep 2014 Obstetrics and Gynecology Staff Physician, Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital (BAACH)/121 CSH, Yongsan, South Korea

2013 Medical Director, 38th Parallel Operational Healthcare Training (selected). Yongsan, Korea Responsible for determining curriculum and inviting international and local speakers/leaders for week long educational conference. From initial stages through completion, responsible for planning location, coordinating cost, logistics, and all educational content.

2021 Society of Gynecologic Surgeons (SGS) President’s Award, Prize Paper, 47th Annual Scientific Meeting and Awarded Army 9A Designator

2020 Most Outstanding Fellow Teaching Award and Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Medical Honor Society

2019 American College Of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG) Armed Forces District Host Award for Best Clinical Research Paper

2019 Society of Gynecologic Surgeons (SGS) President’s Award, Best Video Presentation, 45th Annual Scientific Meeting

Representative Bibliography

Dengler KL, Craig ER, DiCarlo-Meacham AM, Welch EK, Brooks DI, Vaccaro CM, Gruber DD. Preoperative pudendal block with liposomal and plain bupivacaine reduces pain associated with posterior colporrhaphy: a double-blinded, randomized controlled trial. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2021 Aug 30:S0002-9378(21)00968-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2021.08.034. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34473963.

Dengler KL, Katebi Kashi P, DiCarlo-Meacham AM, Rose GS. A posterior uteroperitoneal fistula: an unexpected finding. Fertil Steril. 2021 May;115(5):1341-1343. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2020.12.021. Epub 2021 Feb 21. PMID: 33622566.

Dengler KL, Simpson KJ, Strauchon C, Shaddeau A, Brooks D, Gruber DD. A Randomized Controlled Trial of Liposomal Bupivacaine for Pain Following Obstetrical Laceration. Am J Obstet Gynecol MFM 2020;2:100115. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajogmf.2020.100115.

Dengler KL, Simpson KJ, Kashi PK, Staat BC. Medical Management of a Paraganglioma Throughout Pregnancy: A Case Report and Review of the Literature. J Reprod Med. 2020 Oct; 65(5);325-328.

Dengler KL, Vaccaro, CM. Editorial Comment on “Incidence of Pelvic Floor Disorders in US Army Female Soldiers.” Urology. 2021 Apr;150:164. doi: 10.1016/j.urology.2020.05.088. PMID: 33812540.

Dengler KL, Isaacs S, Charron BL, Massengill JC. Authors’ Response to Letter to the Editor “Important and Often Forgotten Aspects of Surgical GHE: A Response to Gynecologic SURGRETE, New Horizons Guyana 2019: An Experience of a Lifetime for Global Health Engagement and Medical Readiness.” Mil Med. 2021 Feb 26;186(3-4):91-92. doi: 10.1093/milmed/usaa457. PMID: 33180926.

Heiden A, Katebi Kashi P, Rose GS, Dengler KL. A Four Step Strategy for Robot Assisted Abdominal Cerclage Placement Prior to Pregnancy (video). Fertil Steril. 2020 Sep 1:S0015-0282(20)30584-7. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2020.06.024. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32888677.

DiCarlo-Meacham A, Dengler K, Welch E, Hamade S, Sheridan M, von Pechmann W. Risk factors for urinary retention following colpocleisis. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. Accepted for publication, April 2021.

DiCarlo-Meacham A, Dengler KL, Horbach N, Welgoss J, von Pechmann W, Gruber D. Outside-In: Intraperitoneal Anterior and Posterior Plication During Prolapse Surgery. J Minim Invasive Gynecol. 2021 Jan 16:S1553-4650(21)00035-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jmig.2021.01.007. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33460774.

Strauchon CJ, Dengler KL, Gruber DD, Katebi Kashi P, Aungst M, Trikhacheva A, Bicher A, Von Pechmann W. Urinary Symptoms in Women Receiving Carboplatin/Paclitaxel for Treatment of Gynecologic Cancers. Int J Gynecol Cancer. 2020 Sep;30(9):1418-1423. doi: 10.1136/ijgc-2020-001529. Epub 2020 Jul 12. PMID: 32655011.