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South Miami Gynecologic Oncology Group

Our Physicians

Ricardo Estape, M.D.

Ricardo Estape, M.D.

Dr Estape attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and earned his degree from the University of Miami in Miami, Florida. Dr Estape went on to do his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as his fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital Program in Miami, Florida. He then stayed on at the University of Miami as an attending until 2002. He was an Associate Professor in Gynecologic Oncology and became the Director of the Gynecologic Oncology Site Group for the Sylvester Cancer Center at the University of Miami until he went into private practice in South Miami in 2002. He is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and also in Gynecologic Oncology. Dr Estape is a member of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology, a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, member of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists, member of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical honor Society and many others. He has served as Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Chief of Robotic Surgery and Chief of the Blood Conservation Program at South Miami Hospital in Miami, Florida.

 

He is a world leader and pioneer in robotic surgery. He has performed more robotic surgeries than any other gynecologic oncologist or gynecologist in the world.

 

 


John P Diaz, M.D.

John P Diaz, M.D.

As a gynecologic oncologist, I perform surgery for the treatment of cancer and
non-cancerous disease of the female reproductive tract including the ovaries,
uterus, cervix, and vulva.

I use minimally invasive surgery such as laparoscopy and robotic techniques
using the da Vinci Surgical System. I perform nearly all of my surgical cases
today with this approach. The da Vinci robotic technique is most often used
to treat uterine, cervical, and many ovarian cancers. In addition to cancer, I
use robotic surgery for the management of non-cancerous aliments such as
fibroids and endometriosis. Robotic surgery provides for a faster post-operative
recovery. Among the procedures performed on the da Vinci include hysterectomy
(removal of the uterus), trachelectomy (removal of the cervix), oophorectomy
(removal of the ovaries), and/or lymph node harvesting.

For women with advanced ovarian cancers that are not candidates for robotic
surgery, I perform open abdominal surgery with tumor cytoreduction that
includes the removal of all large tumor masses. Tumor cytoreduction requires
a systematic and thorough surgical approach as this optimizes the outcome for
women with this type of disease. The surgical management of ovarian cancer
has been a specific area of interest for me over the years, and I have participated
in numerous clinical studies focused on improving the outcomes for women with
this disease. I understand that facing cancer, or even the possibility of having
cancer, is a major challenge in a woman’s life. Together with our team, I work to
provide excellence of surgical technique with an individualized approach to each
of my patients.

In addition to my clinical work, I maintain a strong commitment to research in
gynecologic cancers. I have co-authored numerous peer-review journals, book
chapters, and surgical films on the management of gynecologic malignancies.
My research interests include: fertility-sparing treatment of gynecologic cancers,
novel surgical techniques in the management of ovarian cancer, robotic surgery
in the management of gynecologic malignancies, and innovative therapies.

Born in Miami FL, I attended the University of Miami. I was accepted into the
Medical Scholars Honors Program with early admission into the University of
Miami Miller School of Medicine. While at the medical school I was inducted into
the Iron Arrow Honor Society, the highest honor attainable at the University of
Miami.

I completed my residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University
of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. I received the University of Miami’s
George H. Paff Award for Outstanding Educator. I was selected for fellowship
in Gynecologic Oncology at the prestigious Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer
Center in New York. I was awarded the Department of Surgery’s Chairman’s
Award for Excellent in Clinical Research. Following fellowship I joined the faculty

at the University of Miami/Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. In 2012 I
joined the family at South Miami Gynecologic Oncology Group.


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