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Vaagn Andikyan, MD

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

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Vaagn Andikyan, MD

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Giving women perspective and hope is an important part of his job as a gynecologic oncologist, says Vaagn Andikyan, MD.

“In the short term, a diagnosis of cancer is devastating news, but when you provide a roadmap for how to overcome challenges and offer them a light at the end of the tunnel, they leave the office with a positive attitude toward fighting cancer,” Dr. Andikyan says. “Offering emotional support, in addition to medical expertise and care, is also key.”

Dr. Andikyan most often treats endometrial, ovarian, cervical, and vulvar cancer. Growing up, he was exposed to the medical field early as both his mother and aunt were physicians. “I was drawn to gynecologic oncology because of how it combines compassionate surgical care with chemotherapy and surveillance care of patients,” he says. “And at Yale, we have access to national and industry-sponsored clinical trials.”

Dr. Andikyan specializes in minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopic and robotic), debulking surgery, surgery for vulvar cancer, and sentinel lymph node dissection. He says there have also been significant advances in the field of gynecologic oncology, particularly with ovarian cancer. “We have a new group of chemotherapy drugs that helps us to decrease the recurrence rate and prolong survival in patients with a certain mutation,” he says.

Education & Training

  • Fellow
    Icahn School of Medicine of Mount Sinai (2016)
  • Research Fellow
    Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (2013)
  • Resident
    SUNY Downstate Medical Center (2011)
  • Visiting Research Scientist
    Yale School of Medicine (2007)
  • Assistant Professor
    Russian Academy of Medical Sciences (2005)
  • Resident
    Russian Academy of Medical Sciences (2004)
  • MD
    I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University (2002)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Best Poster Presentation5th Annual State of Connecticut Ob/Gyn Residents Research Day2017
Robert C Knapp Award for Outstanding PerformanceSYNY Downstate Medical Center2011
Finalist, Resident Research NightThe Brooklyn Gynecological Society2011
Wyeth President's Presenter AwardSociety of Gynecologic Investigation2007
Russian Federation Present's Fellowship2001, 2005

Professional Service

Society of Gynecologic OncologyMember2019 - Present
Journal of Gynecologic Oncology Case ReportsReviewer for Journal of Gynecologic Oncology Case Reports2018 - Present

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