Rebecca Posthuma Batalden, MD

503-297-4123
Areas of Focus: 
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Urinary Incontinence
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Vaginal Surgery
Pelvic Floor Disorders

About Me

Hippocrates famously wrote, ‘Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity.’ There is no truer expression of this than in women’s health. The field of urogynecology empowers women, regardless of age, to live their life to their fullest potential.

- Rebecca Posthuma Batalden, MD

Dr. Batalden is a board-eligible Urogynecologist. She completed her fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School and her residency in Obstetrics, Gynecology & Women’s Health at the University of Minnesota. She specializes in minimally invasive laparoscopic, robotic, and vaginal surgery as well as conservative treatment of pelvic floor issues such as prolapse, urinary incontinence, fistula, and mesh complications.

Prior to fellowship, Dr. Batalden worked for Doctors Without Borders in Africa as well as for Indian Health Services on a Navajo reservation as an Obstetrician Gynecologist. Her experiences in a wide range of health care systems cultivated in her an interest in quality in medicine and surgery. Dr. Batalden’s passion for providing knowledge, empowerment, excellent care, and quality of life to women has been a lifelong pursuit. 

Other Interests: 

Outside of medicine, Dr. Batalden enjoys hot yoga, kayaking, hiking, and traveling. She recently finished a 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher training and hiked her first fourteener.

My Work

Office Locations: 
Hospitals Served: 
Legacy Emanuel Medical Center
Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center
Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center
Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center
Providence Portland Medical Center
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
Specialties: 
Areas of Focus: 
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Urinary Incontinence
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Vaginal Surgery
Pelvic Floor Disorders
Childbirth Injury
Bowel & Bladder Fistulas
Mesh Complications

Education & Honors

Board Certified: 
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery - Board Eligible
Education & Training: 
  • Fellowship, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, 2015
  • Residency, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2011
  • MD, St. Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 2007
  • BS, Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 2003
Honors: 
  • Portland Monthly Magazine, "Top Doctors", 2018
Publications: 
  • Foust-Wright CE, Pulliam SJ, Batalden RP, Berk TK, Weinstein MM, Wakamatsu MM, Phillippe M. Hormone Modulation of Toll-Like Receptor 5 in Cultured Human Bladder Epithelial Cells. Reprod Sci. 2016 Sep 20. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27651177
  • Thomson AP, Foust-Wright CE, Batalden RP, Wakamatsu MM, Pulliam SJ, Weinstein MM. Predictors for Voiding Trial Failure after Minimally Invasive Sacrocolpopexy. Obstet Gynecol Int J. 2015 Nov 6.
  • Foust-Wright CE, Pilliod RA, Weinstein MM, Johnson AM, Batalden RP, Pulliam SJ. Uterine Pathology in Hysterectomies Performed for Treatment of Pelvic Organ Prolapse. Advances in Cancer Prevention. 2015 Nov 5.
  • Napoe GS, Foust-Wright CE, Pulliam SJ, Melamed A, Batalden RP, Berkowitz LR. Confidence in Repair of Obstetric Anal Sphincter Injuries and Objective Assessment in Obstetricians. Clin Obstet Gynecol Reprod Med, 2015 1(4): 110-112.
  • Thomson AP, Foust-Wright CE, Batalden RP, Berkowitz LR. Levatorplasty for symptomatic posterior prolapse due to recurrent malignant ascites. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2015 Feb 27. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25730437
  • Aviki EM, Batalden RP, del Carmen MG, Berkowitz LR. Vacuum-Assisted Closure for episiotomy dehiscence. Obstet Gynecol. 2015 April 28. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25923027
  • Batalden RP, Weinstein MM, Foust-Wright CE, Alperin M, Wakamatsu MM, Pulliam SJ. Clinical application of the IUGA/ICS classification system for mesh erosion. Neurourol Urodyn. 2015 April 14. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25874639
  • Posthuma R, Bailey A. Pelvic Pain. Essential of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 3rd Ed. Elsevier. July 2014.
  • Ghebre R, Posthuma R, Vogel RI, Geller MA, Carson LF. Effect of age and comorbidity on the treatment and survival of older patients with vulvar cancer. Gynecol Oncol. 2011 Jun 1;121 (3):595-9. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21402401
Other Activities: 
  • American Urogynecologic Association
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists