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Diane K. Newman bio

Diane Newman

Diane K. Newman, DNP, FAAN, BCB-PMD, is Research Investigator Senior and Adjunct Associate Professor of Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine, Univeristy of Pennsylvania. She is Co-Director of the Penn Center for Continence and Pelvic Health, Division of Urology, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, in Philadelphia.


Dr. Newman received a Doctor of Nursing Practice program from Thomas Jefferson University, a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from LaSalle University, and a Master of Science degree in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, all in Philadelphia. She is certified as an adult nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

Dr. Newman is the Principal Investigator, University of Pennsylvania, Translating Unique Learning for Incontinence Prevention: The TULIP Project, R01NR012011, National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health. Dr. Newman has served as co-principal investigator on research studies on the treatment and management of urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, interstitial cystitis, prostate cancer and erectile dysfunction. She was a member of the planning committee of the State-of-the-Science Conference on Prevention of Fecal and Urinary Incontinence in Adults, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), Office of Medical Applications of Research (OMAR) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and presented at the December 2007 meeting. She was the Chairperson of the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Committee on Continence Promotion, Education & Primary Prevention for the International Consultation on Incontinence. She was the Chair of the International Continence Society (ICS) Continence Promotion Committee (2003-2009).

Dr. Newman was a member of the panel of experts of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Service’s Scope and Severity of Nursing Care Deficiencies in long term care on “Guidance to Surveyors on incontinence and Catheters-Tag F315.” She was the Co-chair of the 1996 Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Clinical Practice Guideline on Urinary Incontinence: Acute and Chronic Management. She served as a member of the Gastroenterology and Urology Devices Panel of the FDA. In 2002, the National Association for Continence (NAFC) presented her with the Continence Care Champion Award.

Dr. Newman is an internationally known speaker on the topic of urinary incontinence and the use of devices and products for the management of incontinence. She has been invited to speak in Hong Kong, Dubai, Singapore, Manila, Sapporo, Yokohomo, Florence, Monaco, Edinburgh, Monte Carlo, Halifax, Montreal and Bournemouth.

She holds editorial positions on several journals, including the International Urogynecology Journal, Neurourology and Urodynamics and Ostomy/Wound Management. A prolific writer, Dr. Newman has written and presented more than 100 scientific papers, chapters, and articles on the assessment, treatment, and management of incontinence with an emphasis on the nurse’s role. She is the author of the books The Urinary Incontinence Sourcebook and Managing and Treating Urinary Incontinence. She is the recipient of the American Journal of Nursing 2002 Gerontologic Nursing Book Award for the 1st Edition of Managing and Treating Urinary Incontinence. She is the co-author with Dr Alan Wein of Overcoming Overactive Bladder, the 2nd edition of Managing and Treating Urinary Incontinence and co-author of Fast Facts: Bladder Disorders.

She has extensive experience in informing consumers about pelvic floor disorders and with continence promotion. Her “Incontinence Center” ( is a resource website for the lay public. Her AJN article on “Stress Urinary Incontinence in Women” was cited by the New York Times Personal Health Column, September 2003. She was interviewed in the August 2007 issue of Oprah Winfrey’s O magazine and the January 2009 issue of Ladies Home Journal. Dr. Newman’s clinical practice was featured in the June 5, 2008 issue of USA Today. She was been appointed to WebMD’s Moderated Health Exchange on Incontinence and OAB (

Last Updated October 2011


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