George Sawaya, MD

Obstetrician and gynecologist

Dr. George Sawaya is an obstetrician-gynecologist and a 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. Henderson JT, Webber EM, Sawaya GF. Screening for Ovarian Cancer: Updated Evidence Report and Systematic Review for the US Preventive Services Task Force. JAMA. 2018 02 13; 319(6):595-606.
  2. Silverberg MJ, Leyden WA, Chi A, Gregorich S, Huchko MJ, Kulasingam S, Kuppermann M, Seto A, Smith-McCune KK, Sawaya GF. Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)- and Non-HIV-Associated Immunosuppression and Risk of Cervical Neoplasia. Obstet Gynecol. 2018 Jan; 131(1):47-55.
  3. Sawaya GF, Smith-McCune KK, Gregorich SE, Moghadassi M, Kuppermann M. Effect of professional society recommendations on women's desire for a routine pelvic examination. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2017 09; 217(3):338.e1-338.e7.
  4. Sawaya GF. Screening Pelvic Examinations: The Emperor's New Clothes, Now in 3 Sizes? JAMA Intern Med. 2017 Apr 01; 177(4):467-468.
  5. Norrell LL, Kuppermann M, Moghadassi MN, Sawaya GF. Women's beliefs about the purpose and value of routine pelvic examinations. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2017 07; 217(1):86.e1-86.e6.
  6. Sawaya GF. Cervical cancer screening in women over 65. CON: Reasons for uncertainty. Gynecol Oncol. 2016 09; 142(3):383-4.
  7. Shieh Y, Eklund M, Sawaya GF, Black WC, Kramer BS, Esserman LJ. Population-based screening for cancer: hope and hype. Nat Rev Clin Oncol. 2016 09; 13(9):550-65.
  8. Sawaya GF, Smith-McCune K. Cervical Cancer Screening. Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Mar; 127(3):459-67.
  9. Hsu A, Henderson JT, Harper CC, Sawaya GF. Obstetrician-Gynecologist Practices and Beliefs Regarding External Genitalia Inspection and Speculum Examinations in Healthy Older Asymptomatic Women. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 Feb; 64(2):293-8.
  10. Sawaya GF. Re-envisioning the Annual Well-Woman Visit: The Task Forward. Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Oct; 126(4):695-6.
  11. Schneider A, Henderson JT, Harper CC, Hsu A, Saraiya M, Sawaya GF. Obstetrician-gynecologists' beliefs about performing less cervical cancer screening: the pendulum swings. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Nov; 213(5):744-5.
  12. Cooper CP, Saraiya M, Sawaya GF. Acceptable and Preferred Cervical Cancer Screening Intervals Among U.S. Women. Am J Prev Med. 2015 Dec; 49(6):e99-107.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Sawaya GF, Kuppermann M. Identifying a "range of reasonable options" for cervical cancer screening. Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Feb; 125(2):308-10.
  17. Kuppermann M, Sawaya GF. Shared decision-making: easy to evoke, challenging to implement. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Feb; 175(2):167-8.
  18. 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.
  19. Sawaya GF, Jacoby V. Screening pelvic examinations: right, wrong, or rite? Ann Intern Med. 2014 Jul 01; 161(1):78-9.
  20. 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.

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