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Urology specialist focuses on incontinence and pelvic surgery

Written By: Shelley Vanker, UT Physicians | Updated: June 10, 2024
Hajar I. Ayoub, MD

Hajar I. Ayoub, MD, is a trailblazing urologist who focuses on patient-centered care. (Photo by: Dwight C. Andrews, McGovern Medical School)

Hajar I. Ayoub, MD, prioritizes urology care with personalized attention to unique needs. As a urology specialist, her focus is on restoring quality of life for men and women with treatments for incontinence, urinary diversion, bladder augmentation, and neurologic dysfunction.

The first woman in her program

Ayoub completed medical school and residency training at the American University of Beirut Medical Center where she was the first woman in the country’s history to graduate from the urology program.

“I got some pushback, but I received support too from my mentors,” she said. “Being a female shouldn’t stop me. If anything, it motivated me more.”

After her residency, Ayoub completed a fellowship at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center that focused on the urinary tract and reconstructive urology.

She joined UT Physicians as a urology specialist in 2015, where she treats all genders facing a range of pelvic issues. She’s also an associate professor of surgery in the Division of Urology with McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston.

“I like what we can do in urology. It is very rewarding because you can fix a problem most of the time,” Ayoub said. “It’s also a good mix of clinical and operative time.”

Incontinence

Ayoub has a passion for delivering successful results to patients suffering from incontinence, from those with small bladders to loss of bladder function or even those whose bladders were removed. She focuses on providing specialized care, no matter how unique the case.

“There are several ways to create a new reservoir for the urine,” said Ayoub, who treats patients at UT Physicians Urology – Texas Medical Center.

Treatment for incontinence covers a wide range of issues of varying degrees. Incontinence can occur after childbirth or pelvic surgery, with spina bifida (a birth disorder in which the spine isn’t fully developed), and with vesicovaginal fistula (an abnormal opening between the bladder and vagina).

Pelvic reconstruction

Ayoub also sees patients who need pelvic reconstruction, from bowel complications to prolapse – which can happen due to childbirth, heavy lifting, or a chronic disease.

“There’s an art to working in the pelvis and doing bowel reconstructive work,” she said.

Patient-centered approach

Ayoub is driven by tailoring treatment to each patient’s individual needs.

“I love my patients,” she said. “I treat the whole patient. It’s not just about their health; there’s also a social and financial impact.”

Ayoub also provides care for the Comprehensive Congenital Colorectal Program, where she sees patients quarterly.

“I really enjoy working at UT Physicians in the Texas Medical Center because we see a lot of complicated cases, and we’re able to give patients extensive, comprehensive care.”

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