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Philip J. DiSaia, MD
Chair, Gynecologic Oncology Group

Philip J. DiSaia, MD, is group chair of the Gynecologic Oncology Group, and professor and director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology and the Dorothy Marsh Chair in Reproductive Biology at the University of California-Irvine, College of Medicine in Orange, California.

Dr DiSaia has dedicated the past 30 years to the study of ovarian carcinoma and other gynecologic cancers. His research work involves identifying better methods for prevention, early diagnosis and treatment—including estrogen replacement therapy in breast cancer survivors—use of tumor necrosis factor for advanced endometrial and ovarian carcinoma, use of interferon with combination chemotherapy for advanced ovarian carcinoma, relationship between BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations and outcome in ovarian carcinoma, and in-vivo florescence detection utilizing photosensitizers as novel interventions in ovarian cancer patients. He has also studied the clinical correlation of a novel biomarker (MN) in cervical carcinoma.

A prolific researcher, Dr DiSaia has published more than 250 research papers, abstracts, and book chapters, and is especially noted for his books Danforth's Obstetrics and Gynecology and Clinical Gynecologic Oncology. In addition, Dr DiSaia serves on the editorial board of several journals, is the associate editor for Endocurietherapy/ Hypothermia Oncology, and is aguest editor for several other publications.

Dr DiSaia earned his undergraduate degree at Brown University and his medical degree at Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, and a fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute in Houston, Texas. He is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Subspecialty Board of Gynecologic Oncology. Dr DiSaia is also the recipient of an honorary doctor of medicine degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Genova in Italy.