Welcome to the Division of Gynecologic Oncology (GynOnc) at UC Davis Health System. Our team is committed to providing state-of-the-art medical and surgical care for every patient. The division is also a leader in cancer research, and its clinic in Sacramento is a primary site for clinical trials that can offer new hope for patients. Learn more about us.
Gary Leiserowitz, M.D., M.S. Clinical Professor and Interim Chair, Obstetrics and Gynecology; Division Chief and Fellowship Director, Gynecologic Oncology
Dr. Leiserowitz is board-certified in Gynecologic Oncology and specializes in minimally invasive surgery. His research interests includes the development of a potential new blood test for ovarian cancer using glycomics analysis, and outcomes-based research with recent work focusing on identifying predictive factors for long- term survival in ovarian cancer, with two major grant applications pending. He serves as an examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, both for general exams and subspecialty exams in Gynecologic Oncology. He has been listed a number of times over the years as one of the “Best Doctors in America,” including 2013.
Dr. Smith is board-certified in Gynecologic Oncology. His research interests include outcomes-based research, and he has authored multiple studies related to cancer in pregnancy and early symptoms associated with ovarian cancer. He has served as an examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and has been listed a number of times over the years as one of the “Best Doctors in America,” including 2013.
Dr. Alvarez is board-certified in Gynecologic Oncology and completed his fellowship in at the University of Miami in 2007. While a faculty member at UC San Diego, Dr. Alvarez completed a five-year fellowship as a Women’s Reproductive Health Research Scholar, where he focused on basic and translational science projects. His clinical and research interests include novel therapy development and investigation of early molecular events in the pathogenesis of ovarian and fallopian tube cancers. He is a member of the GOG Developmental Therapeutics Committee and provides both surgical and chemotherapy services.
Vanessa Kennedy, M.D. Assistant Professor, Gynecologic Oncology
Dr. Kennedy was recruited to the UC Davis faculty after she completed the institution's Gynecologic Oncology fellowship in June of 2014. She provides surgical care and chemotherapy to women with gynecologic malignancies. Dr. Kennedy performs specialized procedures in minimally invasive surgery, including Robotic surgery for appropriate patients with cervical, endometrial and ovarian cancers. During her research year at the University of Chicago, Dr. Kennedy's research focused on assessing the utility of a tool to address sexual health at the initial Gynecologic Oncology visit, as well as a comparison of patients perceived and measured vaginal capacity She is interested in sexual function concerns for women with cancer. Dr. Kennedy’s research interests include assessing patient understanding of the potential sexual implications of cancer diagnosis and treatment, and providing sexual health counseling and support for female cancer patients.
Additional members of our multi-specialty team include:
Dr. Mayadev specializes in brachytherapy and radiation oncology treatment of women with gynecologic cancers and is board-certified in Radiation Oncology. Her research interests include image guided radiation therapy and brachytherapy. She serves on the Radiation Oncology Committee for the GOG and is the principal investigator of a clinical trial at UC Davis exploring the use of electromagnetic beacons in cervical cancer to track tumor motion during radiation therapy.