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Guillermo Davila MD Wins Innovator Award

November 16, 2009

G. Willy Davila, MD, a board-certified gynecologist with Cleveland Clinic Florida, was the winner of the Innovator award presented by the South Florida Business Journal during its annual Excellence in Health Care awards program. Dr. Davila was honored for his significant contributions to the field of urogynecology, a medical subspecialty focused on the diagnosis and treatment of urinary incontinence and female pelvic floor disorders.

“Cleveland Clinic physicians have a reputation for not only using the latest medical innovations to care for patients but also for helping develop those innovations, and Dr. Davila is a perfect example,” says Bernardo Fernandez, Jr., MD, chief executive officer of Cleveland Clinic Florida. “Dr. Davila saw a need for better treatments for women with pelvic floor disorders, and he has succeeded in advancing urogynecologic surgical techniques and treatment options, which today are helping women regain a higher quality of life.”

For the past 10 years, Dr. Davila has chaired the Department of Gynecology at Cleveland Clinic Florida, which was recently ranked by US News & World Report as one of the three top programs for gynecology in Florida and #38 nationally. He is also head of the Section of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery and co-founder of the Pelvic Floor Center at Cleveland Clinic Florida, which provides a multi-disciplinary approach to treating pelvic floor disorders by combining the expertise of gynecologists, urologists and colorectal surgeons.

Dr. Davila trains post-graduate fellows in Cleveland Clinic’s Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery Fellowship program, a three-year advanced training program that includes instruction in minimally invasive surgical techniques. In addition, he currently serves as chairman of the board of the National Association for Continence and as secretary-treasurer of the International Urogynecological Association.

Dr. Davila earned his medical degree from University of Texas Medical School in Houston, and his Bachelor’s degree from University of Texas at El Paso. He completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, and a gynecological urology clinical preceptorship with University of California, Irvine, at Long Beach Memorial Hospital.

Cleveland Clinic, located in Weston and West Palm Beach, Florida, is a not-for-profit, multi-specialty, academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Cleveland Clinic has nearly 170 physicians with expertise in 35 specialties. The medical campus is fully integrated and includes diagnostic centers, outpatient surgery, and a 24-hour emergency department located in the state-of-the-art hospital, which was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® in cardiovascular care by Thomson Reuters in 2007 and 2008. Cleveland Clinic is 1 of only 13 hospitals in the nation recognized at the Gold level by the American Heart Association for performance in all three categories of the Get with the Guidelines program: Coronary Artery Disease, Heart Failure & Stroke. Cleveland Clinic Florida is an integral part of Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, where providing outstanding patient care is based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Physicians at Cleveland Clinic are experts in the treatment of complex conditions that are difficult to diagnose. For more information about Cleveland Clinic Florida, visit www.clevelandclinicflorida.org.