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.