Gynecologic Oncology has had active services at Grady Memorial Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, and Emory University Hospital since 1974. The department's association with county-supported and private hospitals permits a broad exposure to various tumors present in the vastly different populations treated at each institution.
The tumor service at Grady Memorial Hospital is staffed by residents, each of whom is assigned a one-month rotation. Residents are responsible for both outpatient and inpatient evaluation of preinvasive and invasive gynecologic cancers. Physicians from the division of gynecologic oncology supervise this tumor service.
Private oncology patients are admitted to Emory University Hospital Midtown and to Emory University Hospital by the faculty of the division. Our residents are intimately involved in the inpatient care of these patients during gynecology rotations at the respective hospitals. Residents who are part of our residency program are the only house staff who rotate on these tumor services.
Because certain of our patients are treated according to investigational protocols for clinical trials or other research efforts, clinical research interfaces with patient care. The division of gynecologic oncology is an affiliate of the Gynecologic Oncology Group, which permits its participation in a multitude of national collaborative trials. Other clinical investigation protocols designed by the division are conducted on a local level. Residents have the opportunity to participate in these clinical investigations and to learn first-hand the mechanisms of protocol design and implementation, the methods of statistical analysis of results, and the logic of scientific evaluation and comparison of new and traditional therapies in various study populations.
The division of gynecologic oncology is fortunate in having close relationships with internationally respected investigative scientists, many of whom are actively engaged in research in the Winship Cancer Center of the Emory University School of Medicine and in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Independent research in the basic sciences is also conducted by the division of gynecologic oncology both at the Grady Memorial Hospital and the Emory University locations, and several projects are presently underway at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Participation by residents in the clinical and research activities of the division is also strongly encouraged.
Alan N. Gordon, MD
Division Director, Gynecologic Oncology