gynecologic oncology specialty at UC Davis

Our gynecologic oncologists work closely with doctors from other cancer specialties to provide a full range of treatments and expertise.

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center offers state-of-the-art care for patients with gynecologic cancer including the diagnosis and treatment of cancers of the uterus, ovary, cervix and vulva. Our oncologists are board-certified clinical specialists and also actively engaged in education and research, putting them at the leading edge of cancer care.

Our surgeons are highly skilled in minimally invasive techniques such as traditional and robotic-assisted laparoscopy, and have expertise in fertility-preserving surgeries. The gynecologic oncology division works closely with specialists from medical oncology, radiation oncology, gynecologic pathology and related surgical subspecialties to provide a full range of expertise. UC Davis’ multidisciplinary treatment team includes social workers, nurse practitioners, dietitians, genetic counselors and pain medicine specialists.

Services benefiting patients also include regular tumor boards, which bring together cancer experts to provide insights and recommendations about specific cases.

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is designated by the National Cancer Institute.


Clinical treatments and services

  • Diagnosis and treatment of a range of gynecologic cancers including cancers of the uterus, ovary, cervix and vulva
  • Fertility-preserving surgeries including radical vaginal trachelectomy and radical abdominal trachlectomy
  • Minimally invasive surgery including laparoscopy and robotic-assisted surgery
  • Close collaboration with other subspecialties including medical oncology, radiation oncology and gynecologic pathology

Advanced research and clinical trials

The close collaboration among doctors and research scientists at UC Davis means that new drugs and treatments developed in the laboratory can quickly move to the clinic, offering patients access to the latest therapies, including targeted treatments that can reduce toxicity. Our gynecologic oncologists have published extensively on clinical-outcomes research, helping focus attention on best practices in cancer care.

In addition, UC Davis patients have access to trials of the newest treatments before they become widely available through the NRG Oncology cooperative group, National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP), Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) and the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG) and Southwestern Oncology Group (SWOG).

Our clinical care team

Gary Scott Leiserowitz, M.D., M.S. © UC Regents

Gary Scott Leiserowitz, M.D., M.S.
Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Division Chief, Gynecologic Oncology

Vanessa A. Kennedy, M.D. © UC Regents

Vanessa A. Kennedy, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Gynecologic Oncology

Rachel Ruskin, M.D.  © UC Regents

Rachel Ruskin, M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor, Gynecologic Oncology
Palliative Medicine