As a gynecologic oncologist, Dr. Rachel Ruskin provides specialized care for women with ovarian, uterine, cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancer. She personalizes each patient’s treatment plan through a variety of surgical approaches, chemotherapy regimens, and targeted agents. Utilizing her training in palliative medicine, she seeks to optimize quality of life for her patients during and after their cancer treatment and to ensure that the plan of care is in line with each woman’s values and goals.
Dr. Joseph Ivy is dedicated to providing compassionate, effective care for female cancer patients and their families. He passionately believes that cancer care should focus on providing the best possible quality of life and chance of recovery for his patients. To this end, he employs some of the most advanced surgical techniques currently available. The use of minimally invasive techniques whenever possible in his surgical practice means that his patients recover more quickly and experience less pain and discomfort than patients who undergo traditional open surgery. Dr. Ivy also utilizes the da Vinci® Surgical System, a form of advanced robotic technology, for more precise and safer procedures. His office partners with local providers for counseling, medical services and other needs of cancer patients and their families.
Dr. Janiel Cragun is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Arizona. She is fellowship-trained in the specialty of gynecology oncology. Dr. Cragun specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of gynecologic cancers such as endometrial and ovarian cancers as well as rare reproductive cancers, abnormal pap smears, high-risk cancer screening and fertility preservation. She offers surgical interventions to include both radical and minimally invasive procedures. She also offers chemotherapeutic and palliative interventions.
Tyler Ford, MD, is a gynecologic oncologist in Richmond, VA. Dr. Ford received his undergraduate degree in behavioral science and health before going on to complete his master’s degree in public health from the University of Utah. He earned his medical degree from Albany Medical College and completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Albany Medical Center in Albany, NY. Dr. Ford’s specialties include minimally-invasive surgical techniques treating specific gynecologic cancers, as well as clinical research.
My mission is to provide the highest standards of care in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of gynecologic cancers by incorporating the latest surgical approaches and practicing evidence based medicine. My practice promotes compassionate care with a focus on empowering women to be active participants in decision making regarding their health care, which ultimately allows them to make appropriate treatment choices.
University of Tennessee College of Medicine, MD
University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa, FL, Internship & Residency, Obstetrics and Gynecology
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL, Fellowship, Gynecologic Oncology
Areas of Expertise
Dr. Hoffman is a world-renowned expert in the surgical management of gynecologic cancers and other complex gynecologic disorders. He has over 30 years of surgical experience, has published extensively on all aspects of female cancer surgery, and has lectured around the world on these subjects. Dr. Hoffman’s expertise includes laparoscopic, robotic, open (traditional) and vaginal surgery. After completing his gynecologic oncology fellowship at The University of South Florida, Dr. Hoffman stayed as a full-time faculty member until October of 2015. He is the author of one textbook, over 250 articles in scientific journals and 24 textbook chapters. He is an examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Hoffman was voted by physician peers as one of the top gynecologic oncologists (Tampa Magazine, 2017).
Dr. Nick is a board certified gynecologic oncologist. Dr. Nick received her medical degree from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, and completed her gynecologic oncology fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX in 2011. As a gynecologic oncologist at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Dr. Nick worked collaboratively to expand the developmental therapeutics research program and led a quality improvement project focused on improving outcomes and standardizing care for patients with ovarian cancer. Dr. Nick provides patients who are high risk or have gynecologic cancers novel and up-to-date medical and surgical treatment options including laparoscopic and robotic surgery.
I am a board-certified gynecologic oncologist who specializes in surgery for women with ovarian, endometrial, cervical, vulvar, or vaginal cancer.
I have a strong interest in providing minimally invasive surgical options for our patients, including both laparoscopic and robotic-assisted procedures. In 2006, I became one of the first gynecologic oncologists to use the da Vinci® Surgical System to perform robotically-assisted procedures in women with benign and malignant gynecologic conditions. Minimally invasive procedures result in less blood loss than do traditional surgeries, allowing for shorter hospital stays and faster recuperation time for patients. I serve as the Director for the Minimal Access and Robotic Surgery Program in the Department of Surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering and have helped to build one of the best and most experienced robotic surgery programs in the world across multiple surgical specialties.
I also perform radical procedures via traditional laparotomy in cases when these more-traditional surgeries may provide better results and longer survival. These include debulking for ovarian cancer and radical procedures for other gynecologic cancers.
Dr. Cragun is an assistant professor at the University of Arizona. She specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of gynecologic cancers such as endometrial and ovarian cancers as well as rare reproductive cancers, abnormal pap smears, high-risk cancer screening and fertility preservation.
Before completing the gynecologic oncology fellowship program at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Dr. Cragun earned her medical degree at the University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah; completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, and pursued a post-doctoral research fellowship at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, Tampa, Florida.
Currently, gynecologic cancers account for about 12 percent of all cancers which affect US women.