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George Sawaya, M.D.

Obstetrician and gynecologist

Dr. George Sawaya is an obstetrician-gynecologist and an associate professor in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. His main research interest is in cervical cancer screening with particular interest in screening older women, cost-effectiveness and cost-utility as well as new approaches to population-based screening. He is the director San Francisco General Hospital's Colposcopy and Cervical Dysplasia Clinic.

Sawaya earned a medical degree at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, his internship and residency at UCSF and a fellowship in UCSF's Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. He is a lecturer and author or coauthor of articles in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters.

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Vanderbilt 1990

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Sawaya GF, Kulasingam S, Denberg TD, Qaseem A. Cervical Cancer Screening in Average-Risk Women: Best Practice Advice From the Clinical Guidelines Committee of the American College of Physicians. Ann Intern Med. 2015 Jun 16; 162(12):851-9.
  2. Huchko MJ, Sneden J, Zakaras JM, Smith-McCune K, Sawaya G, Maloba M, Bukusi EA, Cohen CR. A Randomized Trial Comparing the Diagnostic Accuracy of Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid to Visual Inspection with Lugol's Iodine for Cervical Cancer Screening in HIV-Infected Women. PLoS One. 2015; 10(4):e0118568.
  3. Moriates C, Dohan D, Spetz J, Sawaya GF. Defining competencies for education in health care value: recommendations from the university of california, san francisco center for healthcare value training initiative. Acad Med. 2015 Apr; 90(4):421-4.
  4. Sawaya GF, Kuppermann M. Identifying a "range of reasonable options" for cervical cancer screening. Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Feb; 125(2):308-10.
  5. Kuppermann M, Sawaya GF. Shared decision-making: easy to evoke, challenging to implement. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Feb 1; 175(2):167-8.
  6. Stormo AR, Saraiya M, Hing E, Henderson JT, Sawaya GF. Women's clinical preventive services in the United States: who is doing what? JAMA Intern Med. 2014 Sep; 174(9):1512-4.
  7. Sawaya GF, Jacoby V. Screening pelvic examinations: right, wrong, or rite? Ann Intern Med. 2014 Jul 1; 161(1):78-9.
  8. Yu JM, Henderson JT, Harper CC, Sawaya GF. Obstetrician-gynecologists' beliefs on the importance of pelvic examinations in assessing hormonal contraception eligibility. Contraception. 2014 Dec; 90(6):612-4.
  9. Huchko MJ, Sneden J, Sawaya G, Smith-McCune K, Maloba M, Abdulrahim N, Bukusi EA, Cohen CR. Accuracy of visual inspection with acetic acid to detect cervical cancer precursors among HIV-infected women in Kenya. Int J Cancer. 2015 Jan 15; 136(2):392-8.
  10. Saraiya M, Benard VB, Greek AA, Steinau M, Patel S, Massad LS, Sawaya GF, Unger ER. Type-specific HPV and Pap test results among low-income, underserved women: providing insights into management strategies. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2014 Oct; 211(4):354.e1-6.
  11. Henderson JT, Yu JM, Harper CC, Sawaya GF. U.S. clinicians' perspectives on less frequent routine gynecologic examinations. Prev Med. 2014 May; 62:49-53.
  12. Huchko MJ, Woo V, Liegler T, Leddy A, Smith-McCune K, Sawaya GF, Bukusi EA, Cohen CR. Is there an association between HIV-1 genital shedding and cervical intraepithelial neoplasia 2/3 among women on antiretroviral therapy? J Low Genit Tract Dis. 2013 Jul; 17(3):354-60.
  13. Berkowitz Z, Saraiya M, Sawaya GF. Cervical cancer screening intervals, 2006 to 2009: moving beyond annual testing. JAMA Intern Med. 2013 May 27; 173(10):922-4.
  14. Woo VG, Liegler T, Cohen CR, Sawaya GF, Smith-McCune K, Bukusi EA, Huchko MJ. Association of cervical biopsy with HIV type 1 genital shedding among women on highly active antiretroviral therapy. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 2013 Jul; 29(7):1000-5.
  15. Huchko MJ, Woo VG, Liegler T, Leslie H, Smith-McCune K, Sawaya GF, Bukusi EA, Cohen CR. Impact of loop electrosurgical excision procedure for cervical intraepithelial neoplasia on HIV-1 genital shedding: a prospective cohort study. BJOG. 2013 Sep; 120(10):1233-9.
  16. Weitlauf JC, Jones S, Xu X, Finney JW, Moos RH, Sawaya GF, Frayne SM. Receipt of cervical cancer screening in female veterans: impact of posttraumatic stress disorder and depression. Womens Health Issues. 2013 May-Jun; 23(3):e153-9.
  17. Sawaya GF. New guidelines: it's complicated. Obstet Gynecol. 2013 Apr; 121(4):703-4.
  18. Vandorsten JP, Dodson WC, Espeland MA, Grobman WA, Guise JM, Mercer BM, Minkoff HL, Poindexter B, Prosser LA, Sawaya GF, Scott JR, Silver RM, Smith L, Thomas A, Tita AT. NIH consensus development conference: diagnosing gestational diabetes mellitus. NIH Consens State Sci Statements. 2013 Mar 4-6; 29(1):1-31.
  19. Patel DA, Saraiya M, Copeland G, Cote ML, Datta SD, Sawaya GF. Treatment patterns for cervical carcinoma in situ in Michigan, 1998-2003. J Registry Manag. 2013; 40(2):84-92.
  20. Henderson JT, Harper CC, Gutin S, Saraiya M, Chapman J, Sawaya GF. Routine bimanual pelvic examinations: practices and beliefs of US obstetrician-gynecologists. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2013 Feb; 208(2):109.e1-7.

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