Yukio Sonoda, MD, FACOG, FACS

About Me

I am a board-certified gynecologic oncologist who specializes in the surgical treatment of known or suspected tumors of the female genital tract. I work as part of a multidisciplinary team of doctors and nurses who care for women with cancer. My areas of expertise include surgery for cancers of the ovary, endometrium, cervix, vulva, and vagina. I have a special interest in the use of minimally invasive techniques for the treatment of these tumors.

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I spent a year in France training with some of the pioneers of advanced laparoscopic and radical vaginal surgery. One of the procedures that I learned is radical vaginal trachelectomy — a fertility-sparing procedure intended for women diagnosed with early cervical cancer. I am also developing new applications for robotic surgery in the field of gynecologic oncology.

  • Clinical Expertise: Cancers of the Female Genital Tract: Ovary, Uterus, Cervix, Vulva, and Vagina; Radical Vaginal Surgery; Ovarian Cancer Surgery; Minimally Invasive Surgery (Laparoscopic and Robotic)
  • Awards and Honors: New York Magazine Top Doctors (2014-2016)
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Education: MD, George Washington University School of Medicine
  • Residencies: The State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Fellowships: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Centre Oscar Lambret (France); Hôpital Edouard Herriot (France)
  • Board Certifications: Obstetrics and Gynecology; Gynecologic Oncology

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Selected Book Chapters
“Extraperitoenal lymph node dissection.” Sonoda Y, Querleu D, Leblanc E. In: Atlas of Procedures in Gynecologic Oncology. Abu-Rustum NR, Levine DA, Hoskins WJ, Barakat RR, eds. London: Informa; 2008.

“Laparoscopic staging procedures.” Sonoda Y, Barakat R. In: Atlas of Procedures in Gynecologic Oncology. Abu-Rustum NR, Levine DA, Hoskins WJ, Barakat RR, eds. London: Informa; 2008.

“Molecular pathogenesis of endometrial cancer — the role of tamoxifen.” Sonoda Y, Barakat RR. Endocrine Oncology. Ethier SP, ed. Totowa, New Jersey: Humana Press; 2000: 325-335.

“Management of complications of chemotherapy.” Sonoda Y, Barakat RR. In: Chemotherapy of Gynecologic Cancers: Society of Gynecologic Oncologist Handbook. 2nd ed. Rubin SC, ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2003.

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“Laparoscopic surgery in gynecologic cancer.” Dargent D, Plante M, Sonoda Y. In: Principles and Practices of Gynecologic Oncology. 4th ed. Hoskins WJ, Perez CA, Young RC, eds. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2005.

“Ovarian cancer.”  Sonoda Y, Spriggs D. In: Oncology: An Evidence-Based Approach.  Chang AE, Ganz PA, Hayes DF, Kinsella TJ, Pass HI, Schiller JH, Stone RM, Strecher VJ, eds. New York: Springer; 2006.

“Cytoreductive surgery: intestinal tract and omentum.” Sonoda Y, Chi DS, Barakat RR.  In: Surgery for Ovarian Cancer Principles and Practice. Bristow RE, Karlan BY, eds.  London: Taylor and Francis; 2006.

“Schauta radical vaginal hysterectomy and total laparoscopic radical hysterectomy.” Sonoda Y, Abu-Rustum NR. In: Nezhat’s Gynecological Laparoscopy with Hysteroscopy: Principles and Techniques. Nezhat C, Nezhat F, Nezhat C, eds. Cambridge: Cambridge UP; 2008.


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