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Michelle E. Van Kuiken


Female pelvic medicine & reconstructive surgeon

Dr. Michelle E. Van Kuiken is a urologist who specializes in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. She performs surgical and nonsurgical treatments for pelvic organ prolapse (a condition in which pelvic organs, such as the bladder, have fallen out of place because their supporting tissues are damaged), urinary tract and vaginal fistulas (abnormal openings in or between organs), urethral diverticulum (when a pocket forms on the urethra, the tube that lets urine drain from the bladder), urethral stricture (a narrowing of the urethra caused by inflammation or scar tissue) and complications from transvaginal mesh (implanted material used in some female pelvic floor surgeries).

In addition to providing pelvic floor reconstruction, Van Kuiken cares for male and female patients with lower urinary tract dysfunction, including overactive bladder, urinary incontinence, urinary retention, recurrent urinary tract infections, and pelvic or bladder pain syndromes. She also cares for patients with complex neurological conditions that can affect the bladder, such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease and spinal cord injuries.

Van Kuiken earned her medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. She completed a residency in urology at Loyola Medicine and a fellowship in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery (FPMRS) at the University of California, Los Angeles.

  • Education

    UT Southwestern Medical School, MD, 2012

  • Residencies

    Loyola University, Urology, 2018

  • Fellowships

    UCLA, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, 2020

  • Academic Title

    Assistant Professor

I love working together with patients to find treatment options that fit their life and goals.

Where I see patients (2)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    299 Ratings
    About our process
    Jul 03, 2023
    Excellent professional.
    Jul 02, 2023
    UCSF is a great place not only the nurses and doctors are great but you got a great view when you get there on the 6th floor. Well at least I did thank you
    Jul 01, 2023
    She was amazing god bless her
    Jun 07, 2023
    Excellent!! Plus she was amazingly approachable and listened well. I am bringing my daughter in for issues after pregnancy!
    Jun 07, 2023
    Excellent medical care.
    May 19, 2023
    Excellent physician who communicates well. Superb
    May 18, 2023
    I love the whole UCSF team! I have had nothing but great experiences with the whole team
    May 18, 2023
    She is exceptional
    Apr 14, 2023
    I will recommend Dr. Van Kuiken to family and friends who need care in her specialty.
    Mar 31, 2023
    She was very professional and knowledgeable and informative.
    Mar 24, 2023
    I love her. She hears me. She Is a logical Thinker without an ego. I actually feel very hopeful for my surgery outcome for the first time.
    Mar 17, 2023
    Every time I have had an appointment with my care team in SanFrancisco was top notch the whole staff was wonderful. They made me feel good upon leaving and for future visits I have had nothing but the best care since I started going there. I really appreciate all that they do to make me comfortable and satisfied as a patient.
    Mar 17, 2023
    I have written down her name but I hope you know who I mean if I have spelled Dr. Van Kuiken's name poorly.She explained and answered my questions and mentioned things that I would have only thought of later. She was great.
    Feb 26, 2023
    I am grateful for the surgeon and team that made this a successful operation.
    Feb 19, 2023
    She is an excellent physician.
    Feb 15, 2023
    Pleasant Experience
    Feb 11, 2023
    Dr. Van Kuiken listened to me about my medical situation and discussed the treatment options. She was very knowledgeable about my condition and answered all my questions. I felt really good after speaking with her. She's an awesome doctor!
    Feb 05, 2023
    Dr. Van Kuiken really listened to my questions and concerns. I felt we were on the same page throughout.
    Jan 20, 2023
    The doctor was rushed in her discussion and painfully rushed in her exam. I felt as if she had a limited time for me and did not care about my comfort. It was a very bad experience for me.
    Jan 14, 2023
    We have loved most everyone we've come in contact with in the urology department!
    Jan 06, 2023
    The nurse mentioned an issue (urine retention) that didn't come up with the care provider
    Dec 30, 2022
    Through and through the doctor was exceptionally attentive and knowledgable.
    Dec 21, 2022
    Wonderful sense of being better after visit than I was upon arrival
    Dec 07, 2022
    Doctor was very involved patient knowledgeable and professional. It was the best experience since I started going to the UCSF.
    Dec 06, 2022
    She listened and is going to run more test after other drs have said there's nothing
    Nov 17, 2022
    We discussed a 6 month follow up and a referral to pelvic PT. 2 weeks after the appointment I had heard nothing and wrote her a message. Then I received a note from an assistant saying that the PT referral hadn't been made yet and that it was too soon to schedule the follow up appointment. I am still waiting now for insurance authorization for the PT. These are very frustrating delays in treatment.
    Oct 26, 2022
    Exceptional patient experience
    Oct 11, 2022
    Doctor was very professional concerned and caring. She made me feel very comfortable during my exam. She was very knowledgeable and extremely pleasant. She Included my husband In on all decisions and concerns. I am very Confident in the Care and Treatment Plan she has for me.
    Oct 05, 2022
    Very good experience
    Oct 05, 2022
    Had a lot of information incorrect. Told basically to live with it which I will do. Filled out e-check in then had to fill it all again when I got there. Could not explain to her why no medical here or why took so long to get referral. Seemed to be in a hurry. Did not understand most of what she said.
    Sep 11, 2022
    Felt very comfortable and at ease with my Dr.
    Aug 23, 2022
    Very happy with my care. I appreciate the time & experience Dr Van Kuiken offers.
    Aug 12, 2022
    An excellent experience in every way.
    Jul 20, 2022
    All interactions with Dr Van Kuiken are professional focused and direct. Though I know she was running late she took ample time in explaining things to me and I never felt rushed or my needs brushed off.
    Jul 15, 2022
    If Dr. Michelle Van Kuiken could miraculously divide herself into 3 Michelles UCSF would be greatly benefitted!! Dr. Michelle Van Kuiken had a Medical professional following her on my post-op visit who was quiet and observant and was learning many aspects of our interaction. Dr. Van Kuiken paid more attention to me than to her demonstrating her Interactions with me the patient that Is very Important for the "student's" education.
    Jul 06, 2022
    Everyone I have ever talked to did nothing but praise the work that we have done there.
    May 06, 2022
    Dr Van Kuiken has been an excellent addition to my Healthcare team regarding my long and painful history of Interstitial Cystitis.
    Apr 08, 2022
    Dr Van Kuiken went above and beyond answering all of my many questions and gave me written material and instructions in my after visit summary. She was incredibly caring and I addressed all of my concerns. I would 100 percent recommend her to her my family and friends!
    Apr 06, 2022
    My visits/care in the Urology Department have been efficient professional supportive and informative.
    Mar 27, 2022
    Dr. Van Kuiken is polite but clearly has limited time available to dig deep with the patients. You can feel the pressure in the office. The suggested treatments were limited and I had to remind Dr. Van Kuiken that the bladder was likely too fragile for the treatment she suggested. Further I had to correct the post-visit notes for administering a particular medication. This was attributed to an error of the scribe. All this leads to somewhat compromised confidence in the care and likelihood to recommend this care provider.
    Dec 15, 2021
    Dr Van Kuiken is amazing. She's sweet knowledgeable caring.
    Dec 02, 2021
    Dr. Van Kuiken was professional friendly concerned and explained everything in detail.
    Nov 05, 2021
    Oct 27, 2021
    She appears to be excellent on all Levels I was truly impressed
    Oct 21, 2021
    This provider appeared upset when the appointment ran over 15 minutes as if it were my fault.
    Oct 20, 2021
    I asked her to slow down when she spoke because it takes me time to process information . So instead she typed instructions and did not discuss it at all. My sister was there to help but the provider did not explain much. My sister had to read lengthy Instructions on my chart. I told her it was hard to understand her (tone was high pitched) and she did not acknowledge that and made no adjustment to the sound (technical sound).
    Oct 11, 2021
    I was very impressed with this department. Prior to this procedure the Nurse practioner Leslie Parnell ordered a CT and Cystoscopy. She said that the CT and Cystoscopy usually come back negative. However they did find a problem with my CT which will require a new medical procedure. IF Leslie Parnell did not order the CT we never would have known about this other problem it would have gone undiagnosed. Dr. Van Kyken is wonderful. She was the first person who said we do not know what is causing these symptoms. I would highly recommend both of these providers. Who is ever is running this department is doing a very good job.
    Sep 30, 2021
    Great Doctor!
    Sep 14, 2021
    The doctor gave me a pessary which turned out to be terribly uncomfortable. I had cramping for the whole next day. She indicated that surgery was risky but I never understood why.
    Sep 13, 2021
    Awaiting surgery :)