(MD) - Dr. Edward James Tanner, III, MD

Dr. Edward Tanner is an assistant professor in the Johns Hopkins Medicine Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics and at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He serves as the director of surgical innovations and the robotic surgery program in the department, leader of the Kelly Gynecologic Oncology Service’s Sentinel Lymph Node Program, and associate director of the F.J. Montz Fellowship Program in Gynecologic Oncology.

Additionally, Dr. Tanner is co-leader of the GYN/Urology Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program and the Robotic Surgery Steering Committee. In these roles, he oversees a multidisciplinary program in surgical quality and patient safety at the hospital. Dr. Tanner is recognized for his outstanding surgical skills, compassionate bedside manner and teaching abilities.

Dr. Tanner’s clinical interests include the surgical management of advanced gynecologic cancers, including radical debulking surgery for ovarian cancer, as well as minimally invasive surgery for early-stage female cancers. He has a particular focus on developing innovative techniques for robotic surgery in patients with uterine and cervical cancers, including single-site robotic surgery.

His research interests include sentinel lymph node mapping in endometrial and cervical cancers, exploring ways to reduce complications in patients undergoing surgery for advanced ovarian cancer, robotic single-site surgery and identifying new treatments for patients with uterine sarcoma. He has co-authored more than 30 articles in peer-reviewed medical journals and has lectured nationally and internationally on sentinel lymph node techniques, uterine sarcoma and surgical innovations in gynecologic cancer.

A native of Baltimore, Dr. Tanner received his medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham before returning to Baltimore to complete his residency in gynecology and obstetrics at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He completed a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where he was one of the first fellows to complete an extensive training program in robotic surgery for gynecologic cancers.


Cervical Cancer, Gynecologic Cancers, Gynecologic Oncology, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Ovarian Cancer, Robotic Surgery, Sarcoma, Uterine Cancer, Uterine Fibroids, Vulvar Cancer 

Research Interests

Surgical Management of Advanced Ovarian Cancer; Sentinel Lymph Node Mapping of Endometrial Cancer; Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery for Gynecologic Cancers; Fertility Preservation for Cervical and Endometrial Cancer; Management of Uterine Sarcomas


  • Associate Director, F.J. Montz Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology
  • Co-Director of Robotic Surgery, Gynecology
  • Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics

Departments / Divisions

Centers & Institutes



  • MD, University of Alabama at Birmingham (2004)


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Obstetrics and Gynecology (2008)


  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center / Gynecologic Oncology (2012)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology / Gynecologic Oncology (2015)
  • American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology / OB/GYN-General (2013)