Kerac Falk

Kerac Falk, M.D., FACOG

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology | 2021-2024

Summary

Dr. Falk is Northern Nevada’s only fellowship-trained urogynecology subspecialist, double board-certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.  He has expertise in the treatment of female pelvic floor disorders, which encompass many common but infrequently-discussed conditions which significantly impact women’s quality of life. These include complex disorders such as urinary and bowel incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, childbirth injury, genital fistulas, recurrent urinary tract infection, and bladder pain. He strongly believes in the power of destigmatizing these conditions, supporting every patient with detailed counseling, and offering treatment that is customized for each patient’s needs.

Every patient is offered comprehensive treatment options, ranging from non-invasive conservative therapies to complex reconstructive surgeries. Dr. Falk is a high-volume surgeon, and nearly all patients who opt for surgery qualify for minimally-invasive procedures, including all-vaginal surgery and laparoscopic and robotic “keyhole” surgeries, allowing faster recovery and return to function. He has a passion for providing comprehensive pelvic floor treatment to all patients regardless of age, race, ethnicity, culture, language, gender identity or sexual orientation.

Dr. Falk completed his undergraduate degree in molecular biology at the University of California, Berkeley and completed medical school at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He returned to the United States for Ob/Gyn residency training at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, and finally a three-year advanced fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA.

He is also an active and published researcher, and believes that quality research is the key to improving the treatment of pelvic floor conditions for women. His study focuses on recurrent urinary tract infection and overactive bladder. Specifically, he has investigated the role that bacterial biofilms play in postmenopausal recurrent UTI and the discovery of new treatments from naturally-occurring compounds. He also studies how to improve the quality of women’s healthcare delivery, and advocates for improved and equitable access to OAB treatments. He is active nationally with the American Urogynecologic Society, and is currently on an expert panel building a clinical consensus statement for the treatment of asymptomatic bacteriuria in women. Finally, he holds several leadership roles, including as a member of the UNR Med Faculty Council, and as the Director of the GYN Surgical Committee at UNR/Renown Women’s Health.

While originally from California, he has lived/worked around the globe, and is proud to call Northern Nevada and the Sierras home.  He enjoys spending free time with his family, including husband Sean and two rescue dogs Bernie and Charlie, and getting outside to cycle, ski, kayak or hike as often as possible.

Dr. Falk sees patients at the following locations:

901 E. 2nd Street Suite 300, Reno, NV 89502
Phone number: 775-982-5640
Fax: 775-982-3901

Languages: English, Spanish

Conditions treated:

  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse (cystocele, rectocele, uterine prolapse, vault prolapse, recurrent prolapse)
  • Overactive bladder
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Bowel incontinence
  • Voiding dysfunction
  • Recurrent urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • Obstetric injury (third and fourth degree laceration repair)
  • Genitourinary fistula
  • Genitourinary syndrome of menopause (vaginal atrophy)
  • Urethral diverticulum
  • Vaginal cysts (Gartner’s Duct, Skene’s Gland, Bartholin’s Gland)
  • Bladder pain syndrome (Interstitial Cystitis)
  • Vulvovaginal inflammation (Lichen Sclerosis, Lichen Planus)
  • Vaginal mesh complications
  • Hematuria
  • Vaginal narrowing/stenosis

Procedures performed

  • Prolapse
    • Pessary
    • Pelvic Reconstructive Surgeries - vaginal, laparoscopic, robotic and open abdominal
      • Safe mesh-augmented surgeries as well as mesh-free approaches are offered
      • Uterine-sparing approaches are available for eligible patients
  • Bladder disorders
    • Diagnostics
      • Complex urodynamics
      • Cystoscopy
  • Stress Urinary Incontinence
    • Midurethral sling (TVT)
    • Pubovaginal fascial sling (“non-mesh”) sling
    • Burch colposuspension
    • Urethral bulking
  • Overactive bladder and urgency urinary incontinence
    • Bladder botox injection
    • Percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS)
    • Sacral neuromodulation (Interstim, Axonics)
  • Bowel incontinence
    • Sacral neuromodulation (Interstim, Axonics)
    • Anal sphincteroplasty
  • Vulvovaginal
    • Urethral diverticulum excision and reconstruction
    • Labiaplasty
  • Mesh removal (vaginal and laparoscopic)
  • Urogenital fistula repair (vesicovaginal fistula, rectovaginal fistula, urethrovaginal fistula) – vaginal and robotic/abdominal approaches
  • Gynecologic surgery
    • Hysterectomy
    • Hysteroscopy (diagnostic and operative)
    • Adnexal surgery
    • Myomectomy (abdominal, robotic, hysteroscopic)
    • Trigger point injections

Presentations and Abstracts

Joseph I., Riesener C., Falk K., Northington G., Quave C.
Bacterial Persistence in Isolated and Recurrent Urinary Tract infection in a Postmenopausal Population. American Urogynecologic Society PFD Week 2023, Portland, OR

Falk K., Joseph I., Gao J., Harroche J., Kelley RS., Metcalfe N., Northington G. Implementing a Novel, Patient-Tailored Peri-Operative Counseling Bundle: An FPMRS Quality Improvement Initiative
Oral presentation, American Urogynecologic Society PFD Week 2021, Phoenix, AZ.

Falk K., Usta M., Zhang B., Aidun C., Kelley RS.
Computational Wall Motion Analysis of Real-time MR Imaging of the Bladder During Micturition
Scientific Salon Presentation, American Urogynecologic Society PFD Week 2021, Phoenix, AZ.

Millimet H., Falk K., Harroche J., Littman A., Metcalfe N., Northington G.
A physician Led Communication initiative to Inform OAB Patients of Dementia Risk Associated with Anticholinergic Medications
Oral presentation American Urogynecologic Society PFD Week 2021, Phoenix, AZ

Falk K., Northington G., Quave C.
The presence of bacterial biofilms in urine from postmenopausal women with recurrent UTIs: A pilot study
- Oral Presentation, International Urogynecological Association 45th Annual Meeting (2020) (virtual)
- Oral Presentation, American Urogynecologic Society PFD Week 2020 (virtual)

Youngstrom M., Metcalfe N., Falk K., Ogorek J., Chahine B.
Task trainer simulation of laparoscopic uterosacral ligament suspension.
Video abstract, 46th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons, Jacksonville, FL.  

Falk K., Advolodkina P., Usta M., Aidun C., Oshinski J., Kelley RS.
Imaging bladder fluid dynamics using MRI
- Long oral presentation, American Urogylecologic Society and International Urogynecological Association Joint   
Scientific Meeting 2019, Nashville, TN.
- Poster presentation, Society for Urodynamics and Female Urology Annual Winter Meeting 2020, Scottsdale, AZ.

He S., Falk K., Kelley RS.
An alternative approach to posterior colporrhaphy plication using delayed absorbable unidirectional barbed suture
Poster abstract,  AUGS/IUGA joint scientific meeting 2019, Nashville, TN.

 Rosen L., Jacobson N., Falk K., Ascher-Walsh, C.
The Effect of Resident Simulation Training on Operative Time of the Retropubic Midurethral Sling Procedure for the Treatment of Stress Urinary Incontinence.
Poster abstract, 43rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons, San Antonio, TX.  

Falk K., Kelley RS., Jacobson, N., Garely A.
Adapting Barbed Suture to Anterior Colporrhaphy
Video Poster, 43rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons, San Antonio, TX

 Falk K., Andikyan V.,Kolev V.
Laparoscopic Resection of Para-Aortic Tumor Recurrence Using Kocher Maneuver Duodenal Mobilization.
Video Presentation Plenary Session, AAGL Global Congress of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, Orlando, FL

 Falk K., Kelley RS., Garely A.
Adapting Barbed Suture to Vaginal Reconstructive Surgery: LeFort Colpocleisis
Video Poster. American Urogynecologic Society PFD Week 2016, Denver, CO 

Falk K., Kelley RS., Garely A.
Adapting Barbed Suture to Vaginal Reconstructive Surgery: Posterior Colporrhaphy
Video Poster. American Urogynecologic Society PFD Week 2016, Denver, CO.

Falk K., Mamik M.
Resistance and Capacity: Management of Ruptured Ectopic Pregnancy in a Patient Refusing Intervention
Poster Presentation. Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Resident and Fellow Annual Research Day 2016