– Albert Einstein
Meet Dr. Sonia Bahlani
Dr. Sonia Bahlani’s path to becoming a pelvic pain specialist was an unconventional one. After completing her OB/GYN residency, she saw how women were suffering from pelvic pain in silence or spending years searching for answers without finding relief. So she listened to her gut, veered from the traditional course and pursued a fellowship in the department of urology, working with pioneers in the world of pelvic pain. Having trained in these two areas has given her a unique perspective on women’s health issues of all kinds.
Through her practice, Dr. Bahlani focuses solely on the medical and procedural treatment of pelvic pain. Her training has given her the ability to take a holistic view of common women’s health issues. She takes a compassionate, patient-centric approach and listens to her patients to gain a deep understanding of their challenges. This allows her to develop a comprehensive, personalized treatment plan aimed at addressing the issue from all angles to improve patients’ quality of life beyond what they thought possible.
Dr. Bahlani graduated magna cum laude with an undergraduate degree, and then went on to receive her Doctor of Medicine degree from the Virginia Commonwealth School of Medicine in Richmond, VA. She completed her residency in OB/GYN at New York Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center. After her residency, Dr. Bahlani joined the Smith Institute following a fellowship in urology under the mentorship of Dr. Robert Moldwin, a leader and innovator in the field of pelvic pain.
As the 2014 recipient of the Marinoff Career Development Award from the National Vulvodynia Association, Dr. Bahlani has been able to continue her clinical and research interests in the treatment of vulvodynia and sexual pain. She’s been invited to present her research at multiple conferences, including the International Association for the Study of Pain, the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists and the American Urologic Association. Dr. Bahlani has also been published in top national and international journals, and has appeared on Dr. Oz. Most recently, Dr. Bahlani was named a recipient of New York Super Doctors 2022, a prestigious accolade awarded to leaders in medical excellence.
Dr. Bahlani’s specialized training allows her to treat patients with urologic and gynecologic pelvic pain syndromes, such as vulvodynia, pelvic floor dysfunction, interstitial cystitis, vulvar dermatoses and female sexual dysfunction. As a clinician, as well as through her continual pursuit of knowledge and research, Dr. Bahlani always strives to achieve her ultimate goal of enabling women to spend less time in pain and gain the tools they need to live their lives to the fullest.