Dr. May Alarab
Alarab is an urogynecologist at Mount Sinai Hospital and expert in the
biology of pelvic organ prolapse. .
She obtained her medical degree and postgraduate training at Baghdad
University and undertook additional training in Ireland. She then
undertook a clinical and research fellowship in urogynaecology at the
University of Toronto. She also holds an MSc from the University of
Dr. Alarab’s research program within the Division of Urogynecology
and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery was the first in Canada to focus on
the extra cellular matrix (ECM) of vaginal tissue of women with pelvic
organ prolapse and to study the molecular biology of this debilitating
disease at the gene and protein expression level.
Her work has added to our understanding of the mechanisms of pelvic
prolapse in women, and of the influence of ovarian hormones on the ECM
of the pelvic floor. She has examined the changes in smooth muscle
machinery proteins in prolapse, as well as the roles of bone
morphogenetic proteins and the lysyl oxidase enzyme family.
Dr. Alarab has published more than 20 articles in peer-reviewed