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Edwin Alexander Alvarez


Gynecologic cancer surgeon

Dr. Edwin Alexander Alvarez is a gynecologic oncologist at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. He focuses on the surgical and medical treatment of ovarian cancer, cervical cancer, endometrial cancer and other cancers of the female reproductive system. He performs traditional, complicated and minimally invasive gynecologic surgeries.

UCSF recruited Alvarez to serve as director of clinical trials for the Division of Gynecologic Oncology. He is involved with NRG Oncology, a cooperative research group for cancer clinical trials sponsored by the National Cancer Institute. Before coming to UCSF, he directed chemotherapy services for gynecologic cancers at the University of California, Davis.

In addition to caring for patients, Alvarez has a strong commitment to teaching medical students, residents and fellows.

  • Education

    UC San Diego School of Medicine, 2000

  • Residencies

    LAC-USC Medical Center, Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2004

  • Fellowships

    University of Miami School of Medicine, Gynecologic Oncology, 2007

  • Board Certifications

    Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Gynecologic Oncology, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

  • Academic Title

    Clinical Professor

  • Languages


Where I see patients (1)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    308 Ratings
    About our process
    Dec 02, 2023
    I am so grateful to have Dr. Alvarez as my team leader. He is excellent in all regards.
    Nov 17, 2023
    Everything about my Doctor is the Best!!!
    Nov 05, 2023
    Nov 04, 2023
    Dr. Alvarez is the best. I would recommend him to family and friends without hesitation.
    Nov 02, 2023
    Oct 22, 2023
    Dr Alvarez was a breath of fresh air compared to my last oncologist. He took the time to explain everything I/we had questions on. He involved me in the decision making for my care. He gave me tons of options and clinical trials when my former Dr just gave me medicine and sent the on my way. Love Dr. Alvarez and his bedside manner!
    Oct 20, 2023
    I always appreciate that Dr. Alvarez has reviewed the scans himself and will show me areas of concern. He is compassionate and accessible in his style of communication!
    Oct 17, 2023
    I was not notified that Dr Alvarez had updated his notes about my surgery 2 days before this meeting. Had I known that I would have had better questions prepared and not been in such a state of shock during the meeting. (I felt blindsided by the information about perforations during surgery.) This is a complaint about the Notification system and not so much about Dr Alvarez.
    Oct 13, 2023
    Very good
    Oct 07, 2023
    Dr Alvarez awesome! And so was his student doctor.
    Sep 21, 2023
    The best
    Sep 08, 2023
    WONDERFUL! Professional sensitive personable thorough quick but allowed plenty of time for questions.He totally allayed my fears and concerns.
    Sep 07, 2023
    Due to my condition he could not give me definitive answers and I was left with questions about resolution but hope to get answers next visit.
    Aug 30, 2023
    So Dr. Alvarez neverPosted his notes on the UCSF patient portal.
    Aug 27, 2023
    Dr. Alvarez is very knowledgeable and very professional. Takes time to answer questions and meet the needs of the patient.
    Aug 09, 2023
    Dr. Alvarez is wonderful
    Aug 04, 2023
    I appreciated himListening to my fears first then providing a thorough education. I really appreciated that he had studied my situation and told me what he did and didn't know. Dr Alvarez included me input in the plan.
    Aug 04, 2023
    There were no bad experiences. The appointment went very well.
    Aug 01, 2023
    They are always very attentive and friendly.
    Jul 21, 2023
    I won't have an occasion to recommend him. If it came up I would but I don't know anyone else who might need him.
    Jul 01, 2023
    Dr Alvarez and his team are the best!
    Jun 29, 2023
    Professional team friendly and respectful to me. Liked them and felt in good hands
    Jun 12, 2023
    I always do because I feel blessed to be a part of UCSF.
    Jun 01, 2023
    Best Doctor ever! Always listen and make the best suggestions. I would recommend him literally to the world real talk
    May 04, 2023
    Very good service
    Apr 28, 2023
    Excellent he listened and explained everything very well
    Apr 27, 2023
    Dr Alvarez is kind professional and knowledgeable highly skilled.
    Apr 25, 2023
    I get a lot of compassion from the entire UCSF Team Blessings
    Apr 06, 2023
    Excellent care
    Mar 17, 2023
    Dr. Alvarez is an excellent communicator. He includes me in clinical decision making!
    Feb 11, 2023
    I'm really happy with my care provider. I was well advised and informed by him. I would surely recommend him to others.
    Jan 22, 2023
    Dr. Alvarez is very thorough and always takes the time to answer any question that you have. He is very compassionate and great listener.
    Jan 20, 2023
    Very good.
    Jan 07, 2023
    Dec 15, 2022
    I need more detailed information about options.
    Dec 09, 2022
    I have Nothing but good things to say about my experience with UCSF. There like family so easy to talk to listen to All my concerns. I have never enjoyed going on a doctor visit but here I can't wait to see my Doctoror I owe him my Life Thank You so much!
    Dec 06, 2022
    Nov 18, 2022
    Dr. Alvarez is an excellent communicator gentle and sensitive.
    Nov 18, 2022
    I would 100 percent recommend her provider
    Nov 01, 2022
    I feel better after speaking with the doctor because he informed me of other things that could help me. Thanks
    Oct 23, 2022
    Oct 22, 2022
    It is very unlikely to come up. I don't know anyone else that has uterine cancer. And most of my friends use Kaiser. But I would definitely recommend UCSF. I've gotten excellent treatment there with everyone I encountered. I think this question needs to be modified.
    Oct 08, 2022
    My Doctor recommended me to Dr. Alvarez. He said he was the best. And would give me the best care and cure me.
    Oct 04, 2022
    Very professional very caring and overall as excellent an experience as possible under the circumstances. I am chatty. Care provider stayed on task...which is appropriate.
    Sep 30, 2022
    Excellent MD carefully answers all of my questions. Sometimes busy typing and misunderstood my answers. Overal very gooo
    Aug 25, 2022
    Dr Alvarez is a highly educated well regarded physician. However despite this being my fourth appointment asked me what happened because I am in a wheelchair. He did not recall that I have been in a wheelchair from the first time we met.
    Aug 19, 2022
    Dr. Alvarez was great.
    Jul 30, 2022
    I recommend Dr. Alvarez to anyone I know who is in need of an oncology gynecological surgeon. He is outstanding
    Jul 15, 2022
    Everything is fine
    May 08, 2022
    MyChart is a great back up to confirm the info provided.
    Apr 28, 2022
    He listened carefully and explained everything he would do ahead of time. He clearly told me the results of my exam. He was very respectful and reassuring.
    Apr 10, 2022
    My doctor (Alvarez) and his team are wonderful.
    Apr 09, 2022
    GOD SENT!! Wonderful DR!!! Thank you!
    Apr 02, 2022
    Dr. Alvarez is doing an excellent job with my cancer. I couldn't ask for a more conscientious doctor. I'm getting state of the art treatment with a care team that monitors my side effects closely. I'm grateful for Dr. Alvarez's care.
    Mar 26, 2022
    Best possible care and great team!
    Mar 09, 2022
    Dr. Alvarez is a very caring doctor. He listens intently and gives thoughtful consideration to whatever I have to say. He is also very gentle in performing physical exams as well as very respectful.
    Mar 08, 2022
    I am more than satisfied with provider care
    Mar 05, 2022
    Dr Alvarez is smart compassionate and goes above and beyond to help!
    Mar 04, 2022
    Dr. Alvarez was both professional kind and helpful.
    Mar 03, 2022
    The very humane treatment has always been excellent and the confidence to express my doubts always very well clarified are Angels of Heaven.
    Feb 25, 2022
    They were very good with me I feel confident with him doing my surgery
    Feb 08, 2022
    The Dr.s office followed up with a positive answer to move forward & ok to get a blood test which would tell me if I qualify. Unfortunately that blood test has still not been scheduled.
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