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Gynecologic Cancer Care Team

Your multidisciplinary gynecologic cancer team at Hoag will guide you every step of the way through your care. We are here for you.

Cancer Dieticians

Hoag’s Nutrition Services provides comprehensive nutrition counseling and support to breast cancer patients and survivors. Comprised of two dedicated registered dietitians, Denise Lohman, RD and Jessica Tamashiro, RD, the Cancer Institute dietitian team is dedicated to helping patients meet their nutritional goals and understand the valuable relationship between good nutrition and health.

These services are all available free of charge to Hoag Family Cancer Institute patients. To learn more about Hoag’s Nutrition Services, or to schedule an appointment with one of the registered dietitians, please call 949-764-8369.

Genetic Counselors

Hoag Family Cancer Institute provides a dedicated team of genetic counselors that offer risk assessment counseling and genetic testing to individuals with a personal or family history of breast cancer.

Gynecologist

Gynecologist specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer through the use of chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, biological therapy, and targeted therapy. If you are going through treatment, your Gynecologist will play an important role in your treatment plan.

Hoag has an exceptional team of experienced and caring Gynecologist who offer specialized care for those diagnosed with Gynecologic cancer.

View our full list of Hoag Gynecologists for more information.

Gynecologic Oncologists

Lisa N.Abaid, M.D.


Robotic and traditional surgical management of ovarian, uterine, and cervical cancers with simple and radical hysterectomy, pelvic and para-aortic lymphadenectomy, omentectomy, trachelectomy (removal of the cervix), and radical parametrectomy.

Lisa N. Abaid, M.D., MPH, FACOG, FACS, is a gynecologic oncologist in Newport Beach and a member of Gynecologic Oncology Associates. As a gynecologic oncologist, she treats cancers of the female pelvis, primarily ovarian, uterine, and cervical cancer.

Dr. Abaid is board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as Gynecologic Oncology. She is an AAGL Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery (COERS) designee. Dr. Abaid received extensive training in robotic surgery during her fellowship and has an interest in minimally-invasive approaches in the treatment of all gynecologic cancers, especially uterine and cervical cancer, and early ovarian cancer. She has extensive experience in robotic-assisted hysterectomy, radical hysterectomy, pelvic and para-aortic lymphadenectomy, and oophorectomy. In addition to performing robotic surgery for gynecologic cancers, she also treats patients with some benign conditions such as severe endometriosis and large uterine fibroids.

Tiffany L Beck, M.D.

Tiffany Beck, MD, MPH, FACOG attended Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine followed by a general OB/GYN residency at Magee Women’s Hospital of University of Pittsburgh. She then completed her fellowship at University of Washington where she received training in complex robotic surgery, debulking procedures, delivery of chemotherapy/immunotherapy/biologic treatments, as well as the treatment of a broad spectrum of gynecologic cancers. Dr Beck is board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and board-eligible in Gynecologic Oncology.

John V. Brown, M.D.

Surgical procedures for cancers of the uterus/cervix/ovary, complicated pelvic surgery.

Dr. Brown completed a fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at UCLA after a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Washington. He is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as Gynecologic Oncology. Dr. Brown is an AAGL Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery (COERS) designee.He has been on staff at Hoag Hospital since 1990 and has been performing robotic procedures since 2006. As the Medical Director of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, he is committed to minimally invasive procedures and has extensive experience in robotic surgery for early cancers of the ovary as well as endometrial and cervical tumors. He has been the author or co author on many publications and has spoken at national medical meetings regarding the benefits of robotic surgery.

Alberto A. Mendivil, M.D.

Surgical procedures for cancers of the uterus/cervix/ovary, complicated pelvic surgery.

Alberto A. Mendivil, M.D. is board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is an AAGL Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery (COERS) designee. Dr. Mendivil obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Physiology and Neurosciences from the University of California, San Diego before receiving his medical degree at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Mendivil's internship and residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology were at the University of California, Irvine. His Fellowship training in Gynecologic Oncology was completed at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. Mendivil has extensive training in all aspects of gynecologic surgery including advanced laparoscopy and robotics. He has a particular interest in minimally invasive surgical staging of gynecologic cancers and fertility sparing cancer surgery using the da Vinci® robot.

Kristina Mori, MD ‚Äč

Kristina Mori, MD, FACOG completed her undergraduate study at the University of California at Riverside. She attended Medical School at Tufts University School of Medicine and performed her residency at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Her Fellowship sub specialization in Gynecologic Oncology was completed at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
Dr. Mori is involved with several professional associations including American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Society of Clinical Oncology, Society of Gynecologic Oncology.

Medical Oncologists

Medical oncologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer through the use of chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, biological therapy, and targeted therapy. If you are going through treatment, your medical oncologist will play an important role in your treatment plan.

Hoag has an exceptional team of experienced and caring medical oncologists who offer specialized care for those diagnosed with gynecologic cancer.

View our full list of Hoag Medical Oncologists for more information.

Nurse Navigator

Sandy Southerland, BSN, RN, OCN

Nurse navigators provide helpful information and resources for you. This type of personalized support is a unique facet available at Hoag that brings knowledge and comfort to patients.

Nurse navigators are committed to providing a smooth and coordinated process of care, while giving you the information and support you need to make decisions about your treatment.

She is here to:

  • Answer your questions
  • Listen to your concerns
  • Help with referrals
  • Be an advocate on your behalf

Radiation Oncologists

Radiation oncologists specialize in radiation therapy. At Hoag, all of our radiation oncologists are board certified by the American Board of Radiology. They will discuss the role of radiation therapy as part of a patient’s treatment plan. Visit Hoag Radiation Oncology for details about Hoag’s radiation oncology team and services.

Hoag's Radiation Oncologists include:

Craig Cox, M.D.

Peter Chen, M.D.

Brian Kim, M.D.

Kevin Lin, M.D.

Shane Lloyd, M.D.

Social Workers

Hoag offers clinical social workers as a support to you during your breast cancer journey. This caring and professional team provides one-on-one support, and directs you, or family and friends, to helpful resources within Hoag and the community.

Meet our oncology clinical social workers

Hoag’s social workers can be reached at 949-722-6237.