A gynecologic oncologist is a physician who specializes in diagnosing and treating cancers of the female reproductive system. Gynecologic oncologists complete an obstetrics and gynecology residency and then pursue subspecialty training through a gynecologic oncology fellowship. The residency takes four years to complete, while fellowship involves three to four additional years of intensive training in areas such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and research techniques Physicians who complete this training are eligible to take both the obstetrics and gynecology board exam and the gynecologic oncology board exam.
The gynecologic oncologist serves as the captain of a woman’s gynecologic cancer care team. It is important to consult with a gynecologic oncologist before treatment is started so that the best, individualized treatment regimen is selected for the patient.