Undergraduate:BS Physiology at University of Illinois-Urbana
Medical School: Rush Medical College, Chicago
Residency: Rush-Presbyterian-St Luke’s Medical Center
Fellowship: Medical College of Virginia
Dr. Denise M. Elser is a native of Chicago. After completing residency in Chicago, Dr Elser helped to create the fellowship in Urogynecology at the Medical College of Virginia, in Richmond. After spending time on the teaching faculty at MCV, Dr. Elser returned to the Chicago area to found the Urogynecology Center at Advocate Christ Medical Center in 1995 and has since opened a center for Urogynecology services in the Western suburbs.
Dr. Elser’s special interests include evaluation and development of minimally invasive procedures for the treatment of urinary incontinence, prolapse and other gynecologic indications. She travels nationally and internationally to lecture and teach surgical anatomy and new procedures to gynecologic and urologic surgeons. A member of the Association of Minimally Invasive Surgery (AIMIS), Dr. Elser is proud that her practice holds a minimally invasive surgery rate of >98%. Dr. Elser embraces technology that promotes safe and efficient minimally invasive surgery in women. The robotic tools have allowed her to offer Abdominal Sacrocolpopexy as a minimally invasive surgery to women with advanced and recurrent prolapse.
This summer (2011), Dr. Elser travelled to teach gynecologic surgery in Greece and China. She is currently working to establish teaching programs to promote Minimally Invasive Gynecology in these countries.
When not busy in the OR, Dr. Elser is very involved in organized medicine, serving as a District VI ACOG officer and member of the ACOG Committee on Gynecologic Practice. These positions allow interactions with various levels of government administration, including the opportunity to educate federal legislators and the FDA on issues related to women’s health.
When not practicing her hobby of gynecology, Dr. Elser stays busy with her husband, 4 children and a variety of pets.