Dr. Margaret Mueller joins Section of Urogynecology & Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery

Margaret (Maggie) Mueller, MD, FACOG, FACS, has joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology as an Associate Professor in the Section of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery.

Dr. Mueller received her BA in Vocal Performance and BS in Exercise Physiology from the University of Iowa and her MD from Loyola University. She then completed residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Chicago and fellowship in Urogynecology and Reconstructive Surgery at Northwestern University. Dr. Mueller also has an ABOG Focus of Practice in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, allowing her to surgically manage women and girls with complex congenital anomalies of the genitourinary tract.

After subspeciality training, Dr. Mueller began her career as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery at Northwestern University. With outstanding talents as a surgeon and educator, Dr. Mueller is highly active in the education and training of medical students, residents, and fellows. She served as Northwestern’s Associate Program Director for the Urogynecology Fellowship for five years before becoming Program Director in 2020. She also led the Urogynecology MS4 Clerkship, attracting top medical students to the field of Urogynecology. Recognized nationally and internationally for her expertise, Dr. Mueller is a widely sought after speaker-educator and partners with organizations, including the ACGME, AUGS and ABOG, to develop curricula, redesign milestones, and participate in certification pathways to educate the next generation of urogynecologic surgeons.

While at Northwestern University, Dr. Mueller was a recognized leader in quality improvement initiatives. She instituted multiple projects, including ERAS and Same Day Discharge following hysterectomy and reconstructive pelvic surgery. After collaborating with pediatric surgeons to build a nationally renowned multidisciplinary clinic to care for women and girls with congenital genitourinary anomalies, Dr. Mueller served as its Medical Director. Recognizing the importance of enhancing physician well-being through systematic change, Dr. Mueller partnered with Northwestern’s Chief Medical Officer to modernize their institutional peer review program. She then chaired the Obstetrics and Gynecology Peer Review Committee and the system-wide Peer Review Advisory Board. Through her work in physician well-being, Dr. Mueller pioneered and ran a peer-to-peer support program for physicians undergoing litigation.

Dr. Mueller is enthusiastic about advancing urogynecologic surgery research to improve treatments, outcomes, and recovery times for various urogynecologic conditions. Currently, her research focuses on patient-reported outcomes, postoperative recovery, and surgical efficacy. She is also interested in uncovering the link between the genitourinary microbiome and lower urinary tract symptoms. Dr. Mueller has a superb history in federally funded multi-center network research collaborations. She served as the leader of the AUGS Junior Faculty Research Network, securing federal funding early in her career. Dr. Mueller continues to be active in high-impact research networks and will serve as the University of Chicago’s alternate Primary Investigator in the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.

At the University of Chicago, Dr. Mueller’s clinical practice will focus on minimally invasive surgery for pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, congenital genitourinary developmental differences, and complex urogenital fistulas. She will be instrumental in establishing a successful urogynecologic surgery practice in the Northern suburbs. Welcome back to the Department, Dr. Mueller! We are excited to have you return to share your skills and talents as a surgeon, researcher, and educator while providing world-class care to our patients.

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology