Diane K. Newman

Dr. Diane K.Newman is an Adjunct Professor of Urology in Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. She is a former Co-Director of the Penn Center for Continence and Pelvic Health, Division of Urology, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, in Philadelphia.

Education & Certification

Dr. Newman received a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Thomas Jefferson University, a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from La Salle University, 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. She is also Board Certified in Biofeedback for Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction from the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America.


Dr. Newman has 30+ years experience practicing as a urology nurse and continence advanced practice provider. Since 2000, she has practiced in the Division of Urology at PENN Medicine. Her current clinical practice involves the evaluation, treatment, and management of urinary incontinence and related pelvic disorders including the use of biofeedback for pelvic floor disorders and catheters and other devices in the management of bladder dysfunction. Dr. Newman’s patient population is both male and female. Past clinical practices include incontinence specialty management in-home care and long-term care settings.


Currently, Dr. Newman is involved in federally-funded research including Principal Investigator (PI), University of Pennsylvania site, PENN+PLUS Clinical Center, Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (PLUS) Research Consortium, 1U01DK106892-01. She is a co-investigator on the NIH Pelvic Floor Disorders Network Clinical Sites (1U10HD069010-01). She was a co-investigator on the Perioperative Post-Prostatectomy Incontinence Home Telehealth Program, VA Merit Grant. She has served as a University of Pennsylvania site PI on Translating Unique Learning for Incontinence Prevention: The TULIP Project, (R01NR012011, NINR/NIH) and on Group Learning Achieves Decreased Incidents of Lower Urinary Symptoms (GLADIOLUS), 1R01AG043383-01A1, NIA/NIH. Her research has been published in prestigious professional journals (e.g. JAMA) and received awards, most recently at the 2017 European Association of Urologic Nursing (2nd Prize for Best Research Poster) and at the 2017 International Continence Society (Conservative Therapy Research Award).

Expert & Government Panels, Professional Leadership

Dr. Newman has held multiple leadership positions in professional groups and government-sponsored expert panels over the last decade. She 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. Dr. Newman served as the consumer representative to the FDA Advisory Committee, Gastroenterology/Urology Medical Devices Panel from 1999-2002. She was the Chairperson of the on Continence Promotion, Education & Primary Prevention for the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th International Consultation on Incontinence. She was the Chair of the International Continence Society (ICS) Continence Promotion Committee (2003-2009).