Division of Gynecologic Oncology

A Message from Our Director

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A Message from Our Director

In collaboration with VCU’s Massey Cancer Center, the Division of Gynecologic Oncology is dedicated to the patient-centric care of women with and at risk for cancers of the reproductive tract including uterine, ovarian, cervical, vaginal, vulvar and trophoblastic.

Gynecologic oncology provides unique continuity of patient care by delivering both surgical and chemotherapeutic treatments to our patients, and we do so in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team that includes medical, surgical and radiation oncology, pathology, cancer genetics and radiology. We are committed to bringing the most current evidence-based treatments to Central Virginia’s diverse population, while collaborating nationally and internationally to develop tomorrow’s treatments through clinical trials of novel therapeutics and surgical innovation.

Leslie Randall, M.D.


OB/GYN Residency

Over the course of the four-year program, OB/GYN residents at VCU spend eight months on gynecologic oncology rotations, with the option of additional exposure during the third-year elective. Residents gain experience and knowledge in gynecologic malignancies through myriad learning opportunities.

Formal teaching sessions

Residents rotate through our eight-week didactic curriculum multiple times throughout their training, which is updated annually.

  • Week 1: Endometrial cancer and enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS)
  • Week 2: Ovarian cancer
  • Week 3: Cervical cancer
  • Week 4: Vulvar cancer and vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia (VIN)
  • Week 5: Gestational trophoblastic disease
  • Week 6: Genetics and genomics of gynecologic cancer
  • Week 7: Palliative care
  • Week 8: Surgical complications

Participation in cancer surgery

We are committed to providing comprehensive surgical education for residents, and trainees gain experience in both open and robotic surgeries.

Didactic learning

Our structured system of teaching rounds and conferences includes a weekly tumor board case review and a weekly team huddle, which facilitate interdisciplinary team communication.

Residents also participate in the following:

  • Outpatient chemotherapy and the critical care management of inpatients
  • Surgical and medical management of radiation therapy patients
  • Surgical management of cancer patients in a private practice settings

Through the use of myTIPreport, residents receive real-time feedback on milestones and surgical procedures.

Learn more about the OB/GYN residency program

Opportunities for Medical Students

We are excited to host third-year and fourth-year medical students in our service.

Third-year students participate in rounds, clinic and the operating room, and the rotation includes weekly didactic teaching. We invite fourth-year students to participate in our month-long acting internship (AI), with preference, due to current COVID-19 precautions, given to VCU students and those at institutions without gynecologic oncology programs.


To advance the field of gynecologic oncology and provide the latest innovations in patient care, our team participates in extensive clinical and translational research.

We are excited to partner with residents on their projects, with a broad range of research areas including the following:

  • Volume of lymphatic metastasis in cervical cancer: Does size matter?
  • Implicit gender bias in surgeons
  • Feedback and teacher level; association between experience and quality of feedback.
  • Genetic counseling referrals for gynecologic oncology: Are we missing opportunities?

Translational research opportunities within the division include a clinical and pathological examination of molecular risk factors in endometrial cancer, and the clinical pathologic expression of cell cycle regulatory complexes in high-grade serous ovarian carcinoma.

Faculty

Leslie M. Randall, M.D. [View Image]

Leslie M. Randall, M.D.

Leslie M. Randall, M.D. [View Image]

Leslie M. Randall, M.D.

Department of OB/GYN

Division Head, Gynecologic Oncology
Professor

Email: leslie.randall@vcuhealth.org

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Stephanie A. Sullivan, M.D. [View Image]

Stephanie A. Sullivan, M.D.

Stephanie A. Sullivan, M.D. [View Image]

Stephanie A. Sullivan, M.D.

Department of OB/GYN

Assistant Professor

Email: stephanie.a.sullivan@vcuhealth.org

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Sarah W. Gordon, D.O. [View Image]

Sarah W. Gordon, D.O.

Sarah W. Gordon, D.O. [View Image]

Sarah W. Gordon, D.O.

Department of Internal Medicine

Assistant Professor

Email: sarah.gordon@vcuhealth.org

Masey M. Ross, M.D., M.S. [View Image]

Masey M. Ross, M.D., M.S.

Masey M. Ross, M.D., M.S. [View Image]

Masey M. Ross, M.D., M.S.

Department of Internal Medicine

Assistant Professor

Email: masey.ross@vcuhealth.org

Emma Fields, M.D. [View Image]

Emma Fields, M.D.

Emma Fields, M.D. [View Image]

Emma Fields, M.D.

Department of Radiation Oncology

Associate Professor

Email: emma.fields@vcuhealth.org

Nursing Staff

Sara Baffuto, NP

Dakota Clemmons, RN

Maria Pafras, RN

Kylie Delmore, RN

Sonya Washington, RN

Administrative Staff

Cynthia Walker
Administrative Assistant

Marcie Templeton
Administrative Assistant

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