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Gynecologic Oncology

Gynecologic Oncology Division Director Christopher S. Awtrey, MD, consulting with a patientThe Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) is a dedicated team of clinicians focused on providing comprehensive management for women with gynecologic malignancies. Led by highly skilled gynecologic oncologists distinguished by their specialized clinical training and expertise, Gynecologic Oncology at BIDMC provides patients with access to innovative therapeutics and advanced surgical procedures that are setting a new standard for the management of gynecologic cancer in Boston.

Surgical Oncology

BIDMC gynecologic oncologists are fellowship trained in advanced surgical procedures, including radical pelvic surgery and minimally invasive surgery.

  • Comprehensive surgical staging and treatment of all gynecologic malignancies.
  • Fertility-sparing surgery for early-stage ovarian and cervical cancer.
  • Laparoscopic, robotic, and minimally invasive surgery for benign and malignant gynecologic disorders.  
  • Radical pelvic surgery.
  • Complex benign gynecologic surgery.
  • Prophylactic surgery for women at high risk for ovarian cancer.
  • Minimally invasive ovarian removal for pre-menopausal breast cancer survivors.
  • Second-look surgery and intraperitoneal chemotherapy.
  • Advanced reconstructive surgery.

Medical Oncology

Medical oncology is an essential component of BIDMC's comprehensive approach to treating and managing women with gynecologic cancer. BIDMC's medical gynecologic oncologists are fellowship trained clinicians and accomplished clinical investigators. They are members of the Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center and play a critical role in developing novel therapeutics involving chemotherapy and biologic agents for gynecologic malignancies. Our physicians offer patients state of the art clinical trials that include the use of antiangiogenesis agents, novel drugs for recurrent disease, and innovative maintenance chemotherapy approaches. They were the first to pioneer the use of gene expression profiling (genomics) as a prognostic tool in ovarian cancer and are now extending these observations to predict the likelihood that individual patients will respond to chemotherapy.

A Coordinated Approach to Comprehensive Patient Care

Women receive comprehensive care in an environment dedicated to helping them manage the physical and emotional challenges associated with gynecologic cancer. Patients receive personalized care from gynecologic oncologists who work in partnership with a pathologist and a radiation oncologist who have special expertise in gynecologic oncology. Patients also receive support from a social worker dedicated to gynecologic oncology and BIDMC's extensive network of cancer support resources.

Exceptional Nursing Care

Gynecologic Oncology at BIDMC is further defined by an exceptional staff of nurses dedicated to caring for gynecologic cancer patients. Consistently ranked among the top 5% of (gynecologic) nurses nationwide for patient satisfaction,* these nurses are distinguished by astute clinical skills and a professional respect for the profoundly personal needs of women in their care.

Excellent Communication and Follow-up

The clinicians and administrators of the Gynecologic Oncology division at BIDMC realize that exceptional patient care must be coordinated and delivered on a continuum of care that starts with the referring physician. In addition to prompt responses to referral and consultation requests, referring physicians receive copies of all medical notes, diagnostic tests and treatment reports. Referring physicians are able to resume and manage the care of their patients confident that that they have been included in and informed about each patient's course of care at BIDMC.

Contact Information

Gynecologic Oncology
Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Shapiro Clinical Center, 8th floor
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
617-667-4040
617-667-4747

Dr. Leslie Garrett

Dr. Leslie Garrett, Gyn Oncology, now seeing patients at Signature Healthcare in Brockton.  Meet Dr. Garrett here.

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