Dr. Deborah Hess is currently the only FPMRS-trained urologist/urogynecologist within a 100-mile radius of the Wilmington area. She is a urologist and pelvic surgeon with expertise in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) or Urogynecology.

Dr. Hess studied chemical engineering as an undergraduate, receiving both a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Engineering from Dartmouth College. She received her Medical Diploma from the University of Michigan School of Medicine and completed a Master’s of Science in Clinical Research at the University of Michigan. She then completed a Urology Residency at the Harvard Program in Urology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Hess completed a Fellowship Program in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at the UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX.

FAA Medical Exams
As an Aviation Medical Examiner, Dr. Hess offers FAA medical exams and consultations for pilots with complex medical problems.
Call to schedule 910-341-3460

Articles and Interviews

CENTERING WOMEN’S CARE: Bringing together medical services

By Beth Klahre, WILMA MAY 3, 2021

Wilmington Health opened the center on March 22 at two locations – in Mayfaire and Midtown, with a collaborative approach to women’s health. Packaged under an umbrella are services dedicated to women’s health and catering to adult women at all stages of their lives. These services include primary care, obstetrics, gynecology, radiology, pelvic floor and incontinence care, urogynecology, and cardiology. Click here to read the full article.

HEALTH WATCH: 5 Things to Know About Frequent Urination

By Stephanie Bowens, StarNews Correspondent May 27, 2020

Making several trips to the restroom in a relatively short amount of time can not only be frustrating when trying to go about one’s daily routines and tasks, but it can also cause concern if it continues for a period of time. Frequent urination, or the need to urinate more than you normally would, can be a symptom of various problems. Click here to read the full article.

Clinical Interests

In addition to seeing general urology (both male and female patients), Dr. Hess manages pelvic floor disorders including pelvic organ prolapse (vaginal bulge), urinary incontinence (leakage/accidents) and overactive bladder. They can range from conservative management to minimally invasive and robotic surgery. Dr. Hess is skilled in native tissue repairs without the use of transvaginal mesh for prolapse and incontinence. In addition, Dr. Hess offers urologic care for patients affected by neurogenic bladder due to diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons Disease and Transverse Myelitis. She provides medical and surgical management of complex voiding disfunction, pelvic floor and genitourinary reconstruction for urinary fistulas, strictures and urethral diverticulum. She is also an aviation medical examiner, performing FAA medical exams.

Patient Satisfaction

Our patient satisfaction surveys help us identify areas of improvement to work toward providing you with the best healthcare in the area. Patient satisfaction, along with increasing the quality of care delivered and reducing healthcare costs, are the three organizational objectives we focus on each and every day.

How does Deborah Hess compare?

  • How would you rate getting an appointment as soon as you needed? 

    4.15 out of 5
  • How would you rate how well this provider communicates? (easy to understand, listens carefully to you, shows respect for what you had to say, sensitivity, friendliness)

    4.48 out of 5
  • Using a number from 1 to 5, where 5 is the best provider possible and 1 is the worst provider possible, what number would you use to rate this provider?

    4.66 out of 5
  • When this provider orders a blood test, x-ray, or other test for you, how would you rate how well this provider’s office follows up to give you those results?

    4.44 out of 5


"Dr. Hess is very knowledgeable, very thorough and very personable. One of the best doctors I have ever been blessed to have. I highly recommend her!!"

Trish & Kevin

"This Dr. changed my life. I learned so much from her. Ladies we are not always told about the damage having a baby can do to our bladder. Dr. Hess and her team are very compassionate and supportive. I am so happy she fixed my issues. I feel like a new lady."


"Dr. Hess is wonderful! She is very knowledgeable and explains all aspects of options and details on procedures. I would highly recommend her to anyone needing urology services."


“The Wilmington area is lucky to have Dr. Hess! She provided such good care to my daughter. She was very attentive and heard all my daughters concerns with such patience, kindness and understanding. She’s very knowledgeable. We finally felt heard with her ongoing urology issues. We are also appreciative of the office staff and them fitting my daughter in with her crazy college schedule. The office staff is excellent! Mikayla (check out personal), Kelly, and Angie are wonderful! Angie has an excellent bedside manner! She was so nice and eased my daughter’s anxiety. Mikayla and Kelly who helped us a lot with all of our other concerns have been also nice and helpful! An excellent practice!”

Laura G.

“Awesome Visit! I did not have to wait long at all & the "new-patient" paperwork was easy to complete. Everyone there was Super Nice & Helpful! I LOVED Dr. Hess!!! All doctors should have her bedside manner. She entered the room with a Huge smile on her face & treated me as if she had known me forever!”

Karen L.