Your Gynecologic Cancer Medical Team at The University of Colorado Cancer Center
The University of Colorado Cancer Center has a multidisciplinary team approach to care. That means we bring all types of cancer specialists – including surgeons, oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, nurses, social workers, geneticists, counselors and more – to review a patient’s case, follow its progress and develop ways to achieve the best results.
The Region's Only NCI-Designated Center
As a leading national cancer center (and the only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center in our vast region), we are able to attract many of the country’s best specialists.
Medical knowledge, as you might know, doubles every four years. Keeping up with it all is often hard for a community physician. But because each attending physician here is on the faculty of the renowned University of Colorado School of Medicine, each not only knows the latest proven treatments and research, but teaches it.
What This Means for You
It means that each doctor on your care team has superior training in his or her area of expertise. These doctors then combine their specialties to create a patient-focused approach for each individual patient.
Specialized Oncologists on Your Care Team
The chance of surviving gynecologic cancer is greatly improved if you involve a gynecologic oncologist and multi-specialist care team at the beginning of your treatment.
Gynecologic oncologists are trained to provide virtually all medical care for women who have been diagnosed with certain types of cancer. And they are there for patients every step of the way. From diagnosis to surgery to any additional care, such as chemotherapy, patients have one doctor they can turn to.
We have four highly respected gynecologic oncologists on staff to effectively manage your care. They are:
Kian Behbakht, MD, an associate professor, is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty-certified in gynecologic oncology.
- His clinical interests include endoscopic and fertility-preserving procedures in gynecologic cancer
- His research interests include pathogenesis of ovarian cancer and the epidemiology of cervical cancer
Susan Davidson, MD, associate professor and section chief of Gynecologic Oncology, is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and subspecialty certified in Gynecologic Oncology.
Her clinical and research interests are:
- Clinical trials for gynecologic cancers
- Intraperitoneal chemotherapy
- Surgical management of advanced ovarian cancer
- Minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgery
Dr. Davidson is ranked by 5280 magazine as one of the top doctors in the state.
Monique Spillman, MD, PhD, an assistant professor, is a scholar in the Colorado Women's Reproductive Health Research Career Development Center, an National Health Institute-funded program that provides research training to obstetrician/gynecologists. She is board eligible in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Gynecologic Oncology. She was educated at Duke University Medical Center.
Radiation Oncologists treat cancer using radiation therapy.
Tracey E. Schefter, MD, specializes in gynecologic cancers. Dr. Schefter is an associate professor of Radiation Oncology, a discipline in which she is board certified. She was educated in Ontario, Canada and at MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Urologic Oncologists are doctors who specialize in cancers of the urinary system (kidney, bladder) and male reproductive organs. Because gynecologic cancer can involve or spread to the urinary organs, you may receive care from this type of physician.
Shandra S. Wilson, MD, is an associate professor and is the Practice Plan Director of Urologic Oncology. She is board certified in Urology and specialty-trained in the creation of continent urinary diversion following bladder removal. She was educated at Washington University, USC, University of Mississippi and University of Colorado.
Other Team Members
Oncology Social Worker – Helps patients and their families manage the stresses that are associated with the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. They also can direct you to the resources you need.
Nurses or Registered Nurses (RNs) – A health care professional who serves as the primary point of contact for patients during the care and recovery process.
Nutritionists – Show you how you can use diet and exercise to improve your response to treatment.
Physician Assistant – Clinicians licensed to practice medicine with the supervision of a licensed doctor. PAs receive education specifically in the practice of medicine.
Integrative medicine – Choose complementary care therapists, such as acupuncturists, aromatherapists or a Chinese herbal pharmacist, as an optional part of your entire treatment program.
Residents – Our residency program for doctors ensures that hospitalized patients always have access to a doctor.