Category Archives: Physicians

Melissa Kaufman, MD, PhD


Dr. Melissa Kaufman is Associate Professor of Urologic Surgery at Vanderbilt Medical Center. She received her B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and Ph.D. in Microbial Genetics at University of Tennessee. Following postdoctoral research at Stanford and completion of medical school in her home state of Arkansas, Dr. Kaufman commenced her Urology residency at Vanderbilt in 2002. She completed fellowship training in both Male Reconstruction and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery in 2009 at Vanderbilt.

Dr. Kaufman’s practice focuses on female and male voiding dysfunction and incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, neurourology, urologic prosthetics, as well as reconstructive surgery for fistula and trauma. Additionally, she is a past-president of the Society of Women in Urology.

Barry Jarnagin, MD, FACOG


Specializing in urogynecology and minimally invasive surgery, Dr. Barry Jarnagin has extensive experience treating all types of pelvic floor disorders, from urinary and fecal incontinence and dysfunction to chronic pelvic pain. One of the leading urogynecologic surgeons in Tennessee, Dr. Jarnagin currently serves as medical director of the Center for Pelvic Health in Franklin, Tennessee.

After earning his medical degree from the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences, Dr. Jarnagin completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He served as an active member of the military from 1984 to 1991 and served as the first Division Director of Urogynecology at the National Naval Medical Center. He has since held clinical, academic and board of director positions across Tennessee. Dr. Jarnagin is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as the newly offered Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery sub-specialty. He is also a member of the American Urogynecology Society, the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists, and the International Pelvic Pain Society. He is a sought-after speaker and has published more than a dozen medical journal articles on his research into topics such as incontinence, overactive bladder, and non-invasive surgical techniques.

An active participant in the very busy lives of his three children, Dr. Jarnagin has coached youth baseball and basketball, as well as AAU basketball. Along with his wife, a retired U.S. Navy nurse, Dr. Jarnagin enjoys spending time in nature with his family.

About The Incontinence Institute

At the Incontinence Institute, our team of healthcare providers understand the physical and mental trials that accompany living with urinary or bowel incontinence. Because of this, we are sensitive to your situation and treat all of our patients with the utmost respect and concern for discretion.

Individual incontinence conditions, treatment and recovery times may vary. Each patient's experience with incontinence procedures and / or surgery will differ. All surgical procedures involve some level of risk. If directed to pursue surgery by your physician, prompt action is advised, as waiting may reduce the efficacy of surgical treatment. The opinions expressed in patient testimonials are by patients only; they are not qualified medical professionals. These opinions should not be relied upon as, or in place of, the medical advice of a licensed doctor, etc.

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