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Faculty Detail    
Campus Address NHB 219 Zip 7333
Phone  (205) 934-3180
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Faculty Appointment(s)
Appointment Type Department Division Rank
Center  General Clinical Research Center  Ctr for Clinical & Translational Sci Professor
Center  OB/GYN   Ctr for Women's Reproductive Health Professor
Center  Integrative Center for Aging Research  Integrative Center for Aging Research Professor
Primary  OB/GYN   OB/GYN - Women's Pelvic Med & Reconstructive Surg Professor
Secondary  Surgery   Surgery - General Surgery Associate Professor

Graduate Biomedical Sciences Affiliations
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Biographical Sketch 
Dr. Varner is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Surgery at UAB and Director of the Division of Medical Surgical Gynecology. He participates extensively in interdisciplinary research within the Medical Center and especially in conjunction with the UAB Center for Metabolic Bone Disease and the Center for Aging. He is one of the most respected physicians in the medical center, in Jefferson County, and in the state of Alabama.

Research/Clinical Interest
Robert Edward (“Ed”) Varner is a superb clinician and recognized nationally as one of the preeminent experts in urogynecology. He is a superb surgeon with exceptional knowledge of benign gynecologic disorders, and has superb research credentials and interest in women’s health issues. The issue of quality of life for women suffering from incontinence is substantial and important to the scientific and medical community. Dr. Varner has devoted his substantial federally funded research and clinical practice to understanding the mechanisms and treatment of genitourinary disorders. He is the author of many nationally peer reviewed publications. Dr. Varner is acknowledged as one of the best teachers in the Department of OBGYN. Our students, house-staff and colleagues commend his excellent teaching. His service to the local and national community is evident in his active participation on executive-level committees in the Jefferson County Medical Society, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Association of Professors in Gynecology and Obstetrics, and the American Urogynecologic Society.

Selected Publications 
Publication PUBMEDID
Richter HE, Varner RE, Sanders E, Holley RL, Northen A, Cliver SP. Effects of the pubovaginal sling in patients with urethral hypermobility and intrinsic sphincter deficiency - Would they do it again? American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, 184(1);14-19, 2001.   
Varner RE, Holley RL, Richter HE, Murphy A. Infections related to placement of permanent braided and monofilament suture material through vaginal mucosa. Journal of Pelvic Surgery, 28(2):71-74, 1998.   
Varner RE, Plessala KJ, Richter HE. Effects of sacrocolposuspension of the lower urinary tract. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 173:1684-88, 1995.   
Varner RE, Sparks JM, Cameron CD, Roberts LM, Soong SJ. Transvaginal sonography of the endometrium in postmenopausal women. Obstetrical Gynecology 78(2):195, 1991.   
Varner RE. Retropubic needle suspension procedures for stress urinary incontinence. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 163:551, 1990.