Heidi Wittenberg, M.D. obtained her Bachelors in Genetics at the University of California, Berkeley. Fascinated by the effects of genes, the effects of their alterations, as well as, interactions of chemical and electrical messengers, she pursued a Masters Degree in Applied Physiology from the Chicago Medical School and remained there for her Medical Degree. Starting her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbus-Cabrini Northwestern Affiliate, she studied and was inspired by one of the early experts in pelvic reconstructive surgery Dr. Peter Sands. Recruited by one of the most prestigious Obstetrics and Gynecology programs in the country, she completed her residency at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland. There she trained under another expert in urogynecology and pelvic reconstructive surgery, Dr. Geoffrey Cundiff who became her mentor. In 1999, Dr. Wittenberg moved to her dream city of San Francisco, and continued to pursue urogynecologic advances. In 2000, she developed and directed the Comprehensive Pelvic Medicine and Continence Center for the California Pacific Medical Center. She went on to develop and direct the pelvic medicine center at Urogynecology Center of San Francisco, and chairs the Multispecialty Pelvic Physiology Conference at California Pacific Medical Center. She is one of the few San Francisco experts in neurourology. As a result, she received special dispensation from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology to perform bladder/bowel neuromodulation on male patients, as well as female. She is one of the most experienced advanced laparoscopic and benign gynecological robot surgeons in Northern California. In 2013, she was in the vanguard of the first board certified specialists in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery specialists.San Francisco has been home to Dr. Wittenberg, her husband and their beloved rescue dogs. Dr. Wittenberg travels on surgical missions to Guatemala and does surgical missions in San Francisco for the underserved. For this latter work, she received the Congressional Operations Access Unsung Hero Award in 2011. She also donated one of her kidneys to her husband, a surgical mission that can only be done once. Dr. Wittenberg and Dr. Crane have been working in collaboration, where she performed laparascopic hysterectomies, removal of ovaries, and then Dr. Crane would immediately perform metoidioplasties. She became fascinated with this area of pelvic reconstruction and over time and training with Dr. Crane, became an addition to Dr. Crane’s team.
“Dr Wittenberg, Merry Christmas to you and your family. Thank you for using your talents and skill to help me become the woman I have always wanted to be. Without you I would still be frustrated stuck in the wrong body.” — Patient