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Monica  Avila

Monica Avila, MD, MPH

4.8 (84)

Specialty: Gynecologic Oncology

Program: Gynecologic Oncology

  • Overview

    Cancer Focus:
    Cervical Cancer, Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Vaginal Cancer, Vulvar Cancer

    Dr. Avila received her MD degree from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, New Mexico, and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston. She completed a Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. She most recently completed a Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Avila’s clinical focus is gynecologic malignancies.  She specializes in complex surgical approaches, including minimally invasive techniques. She also is interested in HPV-driven malignancies. 

  • Publications

    • Batman S, Rauh-Hain JA, Grinsfelder MO, Harrison R, Avila M, Cun H, How JA, Tandon N, Wang X, Hinchcliff E, Jazaeri AA, Schmeler KM. Exceptional Response to Pembrolizumab for Treatment of Metastatic Chemorefractory Endometrial Carcinoma in a Patient with Lynch Syndrome: A Case Report. Case Rep Oncol. 2023 Apr.16(1):273-278. Pubmedid: 37123608. Pmcid: PMC10134052.
    • Avila M, Grinsfelder MO, Pham M, Westin SN. Targeting the PI3K Pathway in Gynecologic Malignancies. Curr Oncol Rep. 2022 Dec.24(12):1669-1676. Pubmedid: 36401704.
    • Pham MM, Hinchcliff E, Avila M, Westin SN. The Clinical Challenges, Trials, and Errors of Combatting Poly(ADP-Ribose) Polymerase Inhibitors Resistance. Cancer J. 2021 Nov.27(6):491-500. Pubmedid: 34904812. Pmcid: PMC9255699.
    • Kurnit KC, Avila M, Hinchcliff EM, Coleman RL, Westin SN. PARP inhibition in the ovarian cancer patient: Current approvals and future directions. Pharmacol Ther. 2020 Sep.213:107588. Pubmedid: 32450190. Pmcid: PMC8331065.
    • Lentz SE, Salyer CV, Dontsi M, Armstrong MA, Hoodfar E, Alvarado MM, Avila M, Nguyen NT, Powell CB. Comparison of two Lynch screening strategies in endometrial cancer in a California health system. Gynecol Oncol. 2020 Jul.158(1):158-166. Pubmedid: 32386910.
    • Avila M, Meric-Bernstam F. Next-generation sequencing for the general cancer patient. Clin Adv Hematol Oncol. 2019 Aug.17(8):447-454. Pubmedid: 31449513. Pmcid: PMC6739831.
    • Avila M, Funston JR, Axtell AA, Lentz SE. Preoperative Vaginal Metronidazole Decreases the Risk of Pelvic Infections After Radical Robotic Hysterectomy. Int J Gynecol Cancer. 2017 Oct.27(8):1783-1787. Pubmedid: 28763367.
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