• Gynecologic Oncology Specialist

  • Who is my champion in the fight against gynecologic cancer?

    Dr. Irina Dimitrova – Gynecologic Oncology, Centura Health Physician Group – Women’s Specialty Health

    Dr. Irina Dimitrova, MD is board-certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology specializing in Gynecologic Oncology. Dr. Dimitrova is dedicated to diagnosing and treating cancers that originate on a woman’s reproductive organs. Dr. Dimitrova understands that cancer does not merely change a woman’s health, it impacts her entire life. In addition to providing women with the best care for gynecologic cancers, Dr. Dimitrova believes in guiding and supporting patients through the myriad of challenges and changes they will face fighting cancer.

    She earned her medical degree from the Sofia Medical University in Sofia, Bulgaria. After medical school, she relocated to the United States where she completed her post graduate training. She completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Oakwood Medical Center in Michigan and a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the University of Colorado in Denver.

    Prior to starting her fellowship, Dr. Dimitrova taught at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Colorado. While at the University of Colorado Dr. Dimitrova was a Women’s Reproductive Health Research Scholar, which is a National Institutes of Health (NIH) program designed to train physician scientists in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Before coming to Centura, Dr. Dimitrova practiced as a Gynecologic Oncologist, with the Department of Gynecology, Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.

    Dr. Dimitrova is fluent in English, Bulgarian, Greek, Russian, and Macedonian. When she’s not treating patients, Dr. Dimitrova enjoys skiing, hiking, mountain biking, travel, cooking and dancing.

    What is a Gynecologic Oncologist?

    A gynecologic oncologist is a physician who specializes in diagnosing and treating cancers that are located on a woman’s reproductive organs. Gynecologic oncologists complete a residency in obstetrics and gynecology and then pursue subspecialty training through a gynecologic oncology fellowship. Residency takes four years to complete, while fellowship involves three to four additional years of intensive training including surgical, chemotherapeutics, radiation, and research techniques that are important to providing the best care for gynecologic cancers. 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 treatment regimen is chosen for you.

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