I am a surgeon who specializes in caring for women with ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, cervical cancer, vulvar cancer, and vaginal cancer. I have surgical expertise in performing both minimally invasive procedures as well as extensive open procedures for women with advanced disease. I also utilize advanced techniques, like sentinel lymph node mapping, to ensure we are operating with the highest degree of precision. This helps us to minimize side effects while providing the best possible outcomes for our patients.
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I have experience performing extensive cytoreductive surgeries for women with advanced and recurrent ovarian cancer. The goal of this debulking procedure is to remove as much of the cancer as possible. I also perform risk-reducing surgery for women with family histories of cancer and genetic predispositions to gynecologic cancers. For women who are looking to start or grow their families, I am skilled at performing fertility-sparing surgery.
I have a strong interest in clinical research that focuses on improving the outcomes and symptoms of women undergoing treatment for gynecologic cancers. I have presented at national meetings on the use of novel techniques to reduce the side effects of surgery. At MSK, I have worked to implement a series of guidelines to improve recovery and minimize the side effects of surgery, specifically for women undergoing extensive surgery for advanced ovarian cancer. I strongly believe that successful treatment incorporates more than striving for and achieving a cure or long-term remission. It also means minimizing side effects and listening to how my patients feel they are coping with their treatment.
The word “cancer” is incredibly emotionally charged and comes with a great deal of fear and anxiety. When I meet with patients and their families, I aim to clearly explain the diagnosis so that they have all the information they need to understand their diagnosis and treatment. I pair this with a clear outline of the steps we will take together to help get them well and back to doing the things they love. I consider it an immense privilege to be able to help patients and their families through these difficult periods in their lives.
- Clinical Expertise: Ovarian Cancer; Uterine Cancer; Cervical Cancer; Vulvar Cancer; Vaginal Cancer; Radical Cytoreductive Surgery; Minimally Invasive Surgery (Laparoscopy and Robotics); Fertility Sparing Surgery
- Awards and Honors: Colleen’s Dream Research Award (2014)
- Languages Spoken: English
- Education: MD, The University of Chicago – Pritzker School of Medicine
- Residencies: Obstetrics & Gynecology – Loyola University Medical Center
- Fellowships: Gynecologic Oncology – Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
As home to one of the world’s top cancer research centers, Memorial Sloan Kettering is typically involved in more than 900 clinical trials at a given time. Currently, clinical trials focused on the conditions I treat are enrolling new patients. If you’re interested in joining a clinical trial, click to learn about the trial’s purpose, eligibility criteria, and how to get more information.Learn more
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