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Assaad Y. Semaan, MD

Assistant Professor, Gynecologic Oncology


Dr. Assaad Semaan is as assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine, Division of Gynecologic Oncology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and full member of the Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU. He specializes in the treatment of women with ovarian, uterine, cervical, vaginal and vulvar cancers with emphasis on minimally invasive surgery. During his fellowship that he completed at Wayne state University, he gained experience in management and prospective study recruitment through the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG). His research interests include an in depth look at the clinical and pathologic features and outcomes of patients with gynecologic cancers in addition to population based analyses looking at cancer features in underserved populations. Another interest of his is molecular research in ovarian cancer seeking new disease biomarkers and novel treatment pathways. His interest in robotic surgery lead him to spearhead the effort to introduce single incision laparoscopic gynecologic surgery to Springfield, Il.


Medical School: 
American University of Beirut, Lebanon
The George Washington University, Washington, DC - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Wayne State University, Detroit, MI - Gynecologic Oncology


  1. NIH Pilot Project in Collaborative Cancer Disparities Research "Addressing Unmet Basic Needs to Improve Colposcopy Adherence Among Women with an Abnormal Pap" Amount: $50,000 Role: co-investigator PI: Lindsay Kuroki, MD
  2. Memorial Medical Center Foundation “Personalized Medicine for Genitourinary Cancer Patients” amount $58,900. Role: co-investigator. PI : Shaheen Alanee M.D.
  3. Diagnostic utility of culdocentesis in patients with a suspicious adnexal mass. NIH Small Grant Program (R03). Amount: $100,000. Role: co-investigator. PI : Laurent Brard M.D., PHD.
  4. Flaxseed as maintenance therapy for ovarian cancer patients in remission. Southern Illinois University Team Science Grant (TSG). Amount: $50,000. PI: Laurent Brard M.D., PHD.


Printable CV: 
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