David E. Rapp, MD

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David E. Rapp, MD

Biographical Information

Place of birth Virginia
Alma mater University of Virginia
Profession Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Specialist, UVa Urology Department

Dr. David Elliot Rapp, born in Virginia in 1974, is an Associate Professor of Urology, Department of Urology, at the School of Medicine of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is the department specialist in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.

Prior to his appointment at UVa, Dr. Rapp served for nearly 10 years as the Co-director of the Virginia Urology Center for Continence and Pelvic Floor Reconstruction. He has also served as Associate Clinical Professor at the VCU School of Medicine in Richmond for eight years. He is Founder and President of the Global Surgical Expedition, a medical charity that sends surgical teams to underserved countries to provide surgical care. To date, GSE has provided over 200 surgeries to men and women in need.

Dr. Rapp is a widely-published author and academic contributor in his profession. He is the author/co-author of 80 peer-reviewed publications, over 200 published/unpublished abstracts, and several book chapters. He has had frequent experience as an invited speaker at national and international medical conferences. Also, he has authored 50 academic presentations, and has given presentations in many modes of public media.

Dr. Rapp holds a patent for a device and method for vaginal sacrocolpopexy, allowing for the easier treatment of pelvic organ prolapse—a condition in which pelvic organs, including the bladder, rectum, and uterus, fall from the normal position.


Dr. Rapp received his BA with Dean’s List honors at UVa and attended the George Washington University School of Medicine. In 2001, Dr. Rapp was inducted into the national medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha. He subsequently completed his residency in Urology at the University of Chicago in 2007.

In 2008, Dr. Rapp completed his fellowship training in Urinary Incontinence and Pelvic Floor Reconstruction at the Virginia Mason Medical Center.

Dr. Rapp is board certified both in Urology and in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.

Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Specialist at UVa Urology

Dr. Rapp joined the UVa Urology Department in 2017 as an Associate Professor of Urology, and his arrival provided the department with an important area of expertise. As an experienced specialist in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, he focuses on the surgical and non-surgical treatment of pelvic floor disorders, which include pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, and pelvic pain.

His expertise includes advanced surgical techniques. Dr. Rapp is trained to perform da Vinci robotic surgery to perform pelvic prolapse reconstruction. He also specializes in urethral reconstruction for urethral stricture disease, and he employs novel treatments for incontinence following prostatectomy, including the male sling procedure.

Dr. Rapp is an active and prolific researcher who is always seeking cutting-edge and improved methods. His study has focused on progressive treatments for prolapse and incontinence, such as the employment of botulinum toxin injections for treating overactive bladder.

Notable Awards

  • Deans List. University of Virginia. 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996.
  • William G. Shafhirt Award. George Washington University. Best original essay. May 2001.
  • Alpha Omega Alpha. George Washington University Chapter. Inducted May 2001.
  • 1st place, Clinical Science Poster Category, 11th Annual Charles B Huggins Research Conference, University of Chicago Department of Surgery, 2004.
  • 1st place, Harry Schoenberg Resident Research Competition, 2005.
  • 1st place, Clinical Science Podium Category, 12th Annual Charles B Huggins Research Symposium, University of Chicago Department of Surgery, 2005.
  • 1st place, Basic Science Poster Category, 12th Annual Charles B Huggins Research Symposium, University of Chicago Department of Surgery, 2005.
  • 1st place, Basic Science Category, Huggins Resident Essay Contest, Chicago Uro. Society, 2007.
  • 1st place, Essay Contest, AUA Mid-Atlantic Section, 68th Annual Meeting, Farmington, 2010.
  • First Humanitarian Awards, Henrico Doctors Hospital, and HCA Capital Division, 2017.
  • Best in Category Prize, Urodynamics, International Continence Society Meeting, Florence, Italy, 2017.

Professional Societies

  • American Urological Association
  • Society for Urodynamics and Female Urology
  • American Urogynecologic Society

Patents/Intellectual Property

  • Rapp D. Device/method for vaginal sacrocolpopexy. USPTO, publication number US20110263930 A1.
  • Founder, Hfitness LLC. Health company that provides patient navigation services and first-line therapy (dietary counseling, behavioral modification, physical therapy, anatomy/physiology education) for treatment of pelvic floor disorders.

Selected Publications

  • Rapp D, Lucioni A, Katz E, O’Connor RC, Gerber G, Bales G. The Use of Botulinum Toxin for the Treatment of Refractory Overactive Bladder Symptoms: An Initial Experience. Urology 2004; 63:1071-1075.
  • Rapp D. A Different Look. Acad Med 2004;79:961.
  • Rapp D, Lyon M, Bales G, Cook S. The P2X Receptor: Role in Urinary Tract Physiology and Pathophysiology of Urinary Dysfunction. Eur Urol 2005;48:303-8.
  • Rapp D, Turk, K, Bales G, Cook S. Botulinum Toxin Type A Inhibits Calcitonin Gene-Related Peptide Release from Isolated Rat Bladder. J Urol 2006;175:1138-42.
  • Rapp D. Integrating Cultural Competency into the Undergraduate Medical Curriculum: A Student’s Diary and Framework for Standardized Cultural Competency Education and Training. Med Educ 2006;40:704-710.
  • Rapp D, Lucioni A, Bales G. Botulinum Toxin Injection: A review of injection principles and protocols. International Braz J Urol 2007;33:132-141.
  • Rapp D and Gong E, Reynolds WS, Lucioni A, Zagaja G. Assessment of the Core Learning Objectives Educational Model in the Urology Clerkship for Medical Students. J Urol 2007;178:2114-2118.
  • Lucioni A, Bales G, Lotan T, McGehee D, Cook S, Rapp D. Botulinum Toxin Type A Inhibits Sensory Neuropeptide Release in Both Acute and Chronic Inflammatory Rat Bladder Models. BJU International 2008;101:366-70.
  • Rapp D, Kobashi K. Outcomes following sling surgery: importance of definition of success. J Urol 2008;180:998-1002.
  • Rapp D, Neil N, Govier F, Kobashi K. Bladder sensation measures and overactive bladder. J Urol 2009;182:1050-54.
  • King A, Wolters J, Klausner A, Rapp D. Vaginal symptoms and sexual function after tension-free vaginal tape-opturator placement: minimum 12-month follow-up. Urology 2013;8:50-5.
  • Rapp D, King A, Rowe B, Wolters J. Comprehensive evaluation of anterior elevate system in the treatment of anterior and apical pelvic floor descent: 2-year follow-up. J Urol 2014;191:389-94.
  • Wolters J, King A, Rapp D. Satisfaction in patients undergoing concurrent pelvic floor surgery for stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Female Pelvic Med Reconst Surg 2014;20:23-6.
  • Habibi J, Petrossian A, Rapp D. Effect of transobturator midurethral sling placement on urgency and urge incontinence: 1-year outcomes. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg 2015;21:283-6.
  • Rapp D, Dolat M, Wiley J, Rowe B. Effect of concurrent prolapse surgery on stress urinary incontinence outcomes after TVTO. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg 2017;23:244-249.

Dr. David Rapp Films and Media Appearances


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