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Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Chair, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Surgeon-in-Chief, UWMC
Sites of Practice
University of Washington Medical Center

Personal Interests:

Spending time with family, skiing, travel and reading novels.

When do you feel the most impactful?

I love working one on one with patients and families but education of our next generation of Ob/Gyns and research multiplies that impact.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in OB/GYN?

I choose a career in gynecologic oncology because I loved the thought that I could help to cure cancer and I loved surgery.  I have been fortunate to become the Surgeon-in-Chief of UWMC and fortunate to be able to participate in innovative clinical trials evaluating novel agents to treat a variety of gynecologic cancers.

What do you like about working at UW Medicine?

UW Medicine is an amazing place to work.  There are so many people who have devoted to excellent patient care and innovative medicine.  We are able to offer the most cutting-edge surgery and treatments but with incredible compassion and teamwork.  We also provide the only OB/GYN training site in the WWAMI area and we serve as a main quatinery referral base for the five-state area. This allows us to recruit the best and brightest physicians to train.

What is one professional or academic accomplishment of which you are most proud and why?

My research in early detection of ovarian cancer has saved lives.

What are your favorite things about living in the Seattle area?

I am a fourth generation Seattle-born native and my children are fifth generation.  Seattle has always been part of my family and UW Medicine has always been the place that we receive our care.  Besides that we love to ski, boat and garden.  Seattle is the best place in the world for all of those things.

What inspires you?

My patients are what inspire me most.  As a cancer surgeon and gynecologic oncologist I have so many patients in my practice that have been able to beat the odds.  I appreciate their trust in me as a physician and surgeon and I believe that the close partnership between patient and physician is what provides the best care possible.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

Listen to understand and approach life with curiosity.

Research Interests: 

Early detection of ovarian cancer
Novel therapeutic drugs for ovarian and other gynecologic malignancies
Surgical training and education

Board Certification: 
Gynecologic Oncology, 1996
Obstetrics & Gynecology, 1994

Washington, 1992

Education & Training: 
Certificate, Medical Management, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1999
Fellowship, Gynecologic Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, 1993
Residency, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, 1990
MD, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1986

Seattle Magazine Top Doctors Award, 2015-2024
Seattle Met Top Doctors Award, 2014-2024
Society of Gynecologic Oncology’s Distinguished Service Award, 2024
PRIMO Women in Oncology Award, 2024
Dr. Saul E Rivkin Award, 2023
Castle Connolly Medical Ltd Top Doctor Award, Exceptional Women in Medicine, 2018
Gynecologic Oncology Highly Cited Research, 2016
Foundation for Women's Cancer Public Service Award, 2014
Seattle Magazine Top Doctors Award, 2012-2013
Seattle Met Best Doctor Award, 2011
Seattle Magazine Best Doctor Award, 2011
Seattle Magazine Top Doctors Award, 2010
Knapp Lectureship, Harvard University, 2010
CREOG National Faculty Award for Excellence in Resident Education, 2010
Gynecologic Cancer Foundation Public Service Award, 2008
Ladies Home Journal, Medical Breakthrough Award, Early Detection of Ovarian Cancer, 2007
Seattle Magazine Top Doctors Award, 2007
Seattle Magazine Top Doctors Award, 2006
Ovarian Cancer National Alliance Rosalind Franklin Excellence in Research Award, 2005
Seattle Magazine Top Doctors Award, 2003
Seattle Magazine Top Doctors Award, 2002
American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society Hunter Prize, 2001
APGO - Ortho McNeil Faculty Development Award, 2001
The Rod and Ceil Mortel Lectureship in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Penn State, 2000
First prize for oral presentation at APGO/CREOG Meeting, 2000

American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists
American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society
Association of Professors of Gynecology & Obstetrics
Gynecologic Oncology Group
Puget Sound Oncology Consortium, Chair of Gynecology Committee (1996-2016)
American Society of Clinical Oncology
Society of Gynecologic Oncologists
Western Association of Gynecologic Oncologists

Date Joined UW Medicine: 1993

Languages: English

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