About The National Center for Pelvic Pain Research (NCPPR)


The National Center for Pelvic Pain Research (NCPPR) is a center devoted to research and treatment of pelvic pain syndromes in men and women using the Wise-Anderson Protocol. Pelvic pain syndromes treated at NCPPR include prostatitis, pelvic floor dysfunction, levator ani syndrome, chronic pelvic pain syndrome, interstitial cystitis, coccygodynia, chronic proctalgia, among other diagnoses.

The Wise-Anderson Protocol (popularly called the Stanford Protocol for many years), was developed in the Stanford University Department of Urology by David Wise, PhD and Rodney Anderson MD. Drs. Wise and Anderson have published a book about this protocol called A Headache in the Pelvis, now in its 6th edition. Results of this treatment has been published in articles in the Journal of Urology and have presented this work at major Urology meetings and at the National Institutes of Health, available in abstract form on this site’s research page. NCPPR offers 6 day intensive clinics for men and women with muscle related pelvic pain on a monthly basis.

David Wise, PhD

wiseDr. Wise spent 8 years in the Department of Urology at Stanford University Medical Center as a Visiting Research Scholar working with Dr. Rodney Anderson in the development of a new treatment for prostatitis and chronic pelvic pain syndromes. He suffered from chronic prostatitis/CPPS for over 20 years until he recovered from it. Dr. Wise is a licensed psychologist in California and his research interests are in behavioral medicine and autonomic self-regulation. He is a musician, painter and carpenter.


Rodney U. Anderson, MD, FACS

Dr. Rodney AndersonDr. Anderson is Professor of Urology (Emeritus-active) at Stanford University School of Medicine. His sub-specialty clinical expertise is NeuroUrology and Female Urology. His focus has been on chronic pelvic pain syndromes, pelvic floor dysfunction, interstitial cystitis, benign prostatic hyperplasia, urinary incontinence, urinary retention, spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, Parkinsonism and stroke. He has also directed a clinic devoted to the problem of Female Sexual Dysfunction. He continues to be actively engaged in clinical research at Stanford on the Wise-Anderson Protocol and other research. He is a classical pianist and enjoys painting and golf.