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Holy Name Medical Center Expands Gynecologic Cancer Care Team
Surgeon Dr. Maria Schiavone joins Dr. Sharyn Lewin in treating women with cancers of the reproductive system

Gynecologic oncologist, Dr. Maria Schiavone, is now a member of Holy Name Medical Center's Division of Gynecologic Oncology, where she joins Dr. Sharyn Lewin and a multidisplinary team of experts who specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of cancers and conditions affecting the female reproductive system.

"Dr. Schiavone's expertise will enhance how we care for women who are high risk of developing or are living with these types of cancers," said Dr. Adam Jarett, chief medical officer at Holy Name Medical Center. "Together with Dr. Lewin, the pair are leading Holy Name into a new era of gynecologic cancer care. Both physicians received fellowship training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Their high level of expertise, combined with their dedication and passion for helping women, make them a powerful force in the fight against the disease."

Dr. Schiavone specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of cervical, uterine, ovarian, vaginal, and vulva cancers, as well as malignancies of the upper abdomen, pelvis, and colon. She performs minimally invasive and open procedures, and has expertise in advanced chemotherapy techniques, targeted and hormonal therapies, and medications that enhance the effectiveness of chemotherapy.

"I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Schiavone as my partner," said Dr. Sharyn Lewin, FACS, FACOG, medical director of gynecologic oncology at Holy Name. "Her background and experience will certainly elevate and expand the services and treatments we are able to provide. We are excited to introduce new procedures and techniques that will continue to give women the best possible chance to survive and thrive following a cancer diagnosis."

Dr. Schiavone recently introduced the use of sentinel lymph node mapping to stage cervical, endometrial, and vulvar cancers. This procedure aims to increase precision in the detection of metastatic disease, with the goal of decreasing the risk and complications associated with the removal of all lymph nodes.

"I wanted to make a real difference in the lives of women and am thrilled to be joining the team Dr. Lewin has assembled at Holy Name, where they continue to invest in new technology and talent, in addition to partnering with organizations that offer women the necessary support and resources," said Dr. Schiavone. "Dr. Lewin has truly devoted herself to ensuring that women and their families have access to every possible element of the care they need before, during and after a diagnosis."

Dr. Lewin is board-certified in and gynecologic oncology, recognized nationally and internationally for her expertise in performing minimally invasive and open procedures to treat complex gynecologic cancers and related malignancies of the upper abdomen, pelvis, and colon. In addition to surgical procedures, she also provides the latest chemotherapy techniques, including what is referred to as a warm chemo bath, or hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy [HIPEC]. It is an aggressive treatment that may lengthen life span and improve prognosis for patients with ovarian cancer or a rare peritoneal cancer, which affects the thin layer of tissue that lines the abdomen, uterus, bladder and rectum.

For more information or to schedule an appointment online visit HolyName.org/GynecologicOncology or call 201-227-6200.

Holy Name Medical Center's Division of Gynecologic Oncology
(Pictured L to R: Maria Schiavone, MD, gynecologic oncologist, Holy Name Medical Center; Sharyn Lewin, MD, FACS, FACOG, medical director of gynecologic oncology at Holy Name Medical Center. Photo Courtesy: Holy Name Medical Center)