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George F. Sawaya, MD

George F. Sawaya, MD

Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Cancer Control

Research Summary

Dr George Sawaya is an obstetrician-gynecologist and a professor in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and Epidemiology & Biostatistics at UCSF. His main research interest is in cervical cancer screening with particular interest in patient-centered and economic effects of various screening strategies. He has served as an invited expert to CDC and the American Cancer Society.

He is the director of the Colposcopy and Cervical Dysplasia Clinic at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. He has taught the core curriculum in clinical decision making, evidence-based medicine and value-based decision-making at the UCSF School of Medicine for over a decade. He has received the Academic Senate Distinction in Teaching Award and is a member of the UCSF Academy of Medical Educators. He served as the inaugural Director of the Pathways to Discovery Program in Clinical and Translational Research and currently serves as the Educational Lead for the UCSF Center for Healthcare Value.

Dr Sawaya earned a medical degree at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at UCSF and a fellowship in UCSF's Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics. He is a former member of the US Preventive Services Task Force.

Education

Hendrix College, Conway, AR, BA, 1985, Organic Chemistry
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN, MD, 1990, Medicine
University of California San Francisco, Fellow, 1994-96, Clinical Research Methods and Biostatistics


Professional Experience

  • 1990-1994
    Resident, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, University of California, San Francisco
  • 1994-1996
    Fellow, Clinical Research Training Program, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California, San Francisco
  • 1996-1997
    Assistant Adjunct Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, University of California, San Francisco
  • 1997-2003
    Assistant Professor in Residence, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences; Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2003-2005
    Associate Professor in Residence, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2005-2009
    Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2010-present
    Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California, San Francisco

Honors & Awards

  • 2003
    Exceptional Education Contributions Award, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, UCSF
  • 2007
    Academic Senate Distinction in Teaching Award, UCSF
  • 2005-2009
    Outstanding Resident Teaching Award, UCSF
  • 2010
    Essential Core Teaching Award: Commitment to Teaching, UCSF Class of 2012

Selected Publications

  1. 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 Sep; 217(3):338.e1-338.e7.
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  2. Sawaya GF. Screening Pelvic Examinations: The Emperor's New Clothes, Now in 3 Sizes? JAMA Intern Med. 2017 Apr 01; 177(4):467-468.
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  3. Norrell LL, Kuppermann M, Moghadassi MN, Sawaya GF. Women's Beliefs about the Purpose and Value of Routine Pelvic Examinations. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Dec 28.
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  4. Sawaya GF. Cervical cancer screening in women over 65. CON: Reasons for uncertainty. Gynecol Oncol. 2016 Sep; 142(3):383-4.
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  5. 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 Apr 13.
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  6. Sawaya GF, Smith-McCune K. Cervical Cancer Screening. Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Mar; 127(3):459-67.
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  7. 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.
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  8. Sawaya GF. Re-envisioning the Annual Well-Woman Visit: The Task Forward. Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Oct; 126(4):695-6.
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  9. 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.
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  10. 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-e107.
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  11. 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.
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  12. 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.
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  13. 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.
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  14. Sawaya GF, Kuppermann M. Identifying a "range of reasonable options" for cervical cancer screening. Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Feb; 125(2):308-10.
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  15. Kuppermann M, Sawaya GF. Shared decision-making: easy to evoke, challenging to implement. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Feb; 175(2):167-8.
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  16. 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.
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  17. Sawaya GF, Jacoby V. Screening pelvic examinations: right, wrong, or rite? Ann Intern Med. 2014 Jul 1; 161(1):78-9.
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  18. 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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  19. 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.
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  20. 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.
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