Division of Gynecologic Oncology

Director: John C. Curtin, MD

Our division is skilled in the treatment of malignancies arising in the female reproductive tract - ovary, endometrium, cervix, vulva and vagina. We provide unified, comprehensive medical and surgical care to women with reproductive-tract cancers from diagnosis to completion of treatment, such as:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Supportive care
  • Surgery

We attract the highest caliber of students, residents and fellows, thanks to our role as a teaching hospital in one of the most diverse patient populations. We are also proud of our status as a premiere research institution in our field and the quality of care provided by our Women’s Cancer Program at the Perlmutter Cancer Center. Soon these key components of the division will be united by a multidisciplinary program committed to improving women’s healthcare.

Our Role in Research

We are a premiere research institution, set apart from our peers in the field by our dedication to clinical, basic and translational science. From our clinical work with the National Ovarian Cancer Early Detection Program identifying the causes of cancer and preventing it in asymptomatic women, to our grant-funded research in the laboratories investigating ovarian and endometrial metastasis, research drives each and every member of the division.

We host post-doctoral fellows in our laboratories, who work on interrelated projects with the assistance of our medical students and residents. Our physicians are actively involved in a number of clinical trials – some of which are currently accepting subjects. While most of these trials are also available at other institutions, approximately 10% of these studies are the direct result of the work being done here at NYU.

Our Role in Education

Our premiere research begins a cycle which benefits all of our patients: our research attracts the best medical students, residents, and fellows, who provide better patient care. In turn, our clinical reputation enhances our research, and the cycle continues.

Medical Students: As a teaching institution, all medical students rotate through our division. This introduction to our field has led over fifteen medical students to choose to take research electives with our division in the last four years. We also allow visiting students from outside institutions to participate in our program. Learn more about the clerkship in obstetrics and gynecology.

Residents: ObGyn residents rotate through our division in their second, third and fourth years. Here they are given a chance to more fully explore the clinical aspects of oncology. We also encourage residents to spend time assisting our post-doc fellows with research in the laboratories. Learn more about the residency program in obstetrics and gynecology.

Fellows: Laboratory and clinical research are combined with clinical training as we prepare fellows for their roles as gynecologic oncologists. Our three-year program is accredited by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology that leads to board certification in gynecologic oncology. Learn more about the fellowship program in gynecologic oncology.

Our Role in Patient Care

Women who have recently been diagnosed with gynecologic cancer, including cervical, endometrial, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar cancer, receive treatment through the Women’s Cancer Program. Our offices are located within the New York University Cancer Center in midtown Manhattan. We also provide treatment for uterine sarcoma, molar pregnancy and all types of gestational trophoblastic disease and offer surgical options via the Robotic Surgery Center.