Gynecologic Robotic Surgery
Thanks to the latest evolution in surgical technology, physicians at UC Davis Medical Center now offer an effective alternative to both traditional "open" surgery and conventional minimally invasive laparoscopy that may provide patients with the best of both procedures. With the assistance of a robotic surgical system, surgeons can now operate using only very small incisions while still maintaining the same or greater levels of precision and control.
Gynecology Oncology Robotic Surgeons
Gary Leiserowitz, M.D., M.S.
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.
Edwin Alvarez, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Gynecologic Oncology
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.
Urogynecology Robotic Surgeons
Stacey Jill Wallach, M.D.
Clinical Professor, Urogynecology
Dr. Wallach has clinical interests in urogynecology and pelvic reconstruction. Dr. Wallach is amongst the first group of Board Certified specialists in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (Urogynecology) in the country.
Salim A. Wehbe, M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor, Urogynecology
Dr. Wehbe believes in patient centered care. A comprehensive and individualized care that offers several treatment options which are guided by the patient’s expectations and preferences. Dr. Wehbe's clinical interests include: Minimally invasive treatments of pelvic organ prolapse.
Benign Gynecology Robotic Surgeons
Bahareh Nejad, M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor, Director of Robotic Surgery, Benign Gynecology
Dr. Nejad is dedicated and committed to the complete care of the female patient at every age so that they are empowered by their physical well being. Her specific area of interest is minimally invasive surgery, specializing in robotic-assisted surgery. She practices both obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Nejad is particularly interested in minimally invasive surgery, education of residents and medical students, family planning, and hormone therapy.
Michael Chu, M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor, Benign Gynecology
Dr. Chu’s approach to patient care centers on education and advocacy. He focuses on helping patients to better understand their conditions and weigh their options accordingly. He believes that this approach best allows women to make well-informed decisions about their medical care and treatment options.