Edward James Tanner

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Research Interests

Dr. Edward Tanner is an Associate Professor of Gynecologic Oncology at Northwestern University where he serves as Chief of the Gynecologic Oncology service. Dr. Tanner serves as the Director of Gynecologic Robotic Surgery at Prentice Women’s Hospital and is an internationally recognized leader in the field of gynecologic oncology surgery. He performs complex abdominal procedures for patients with advanced gynecologic cancers, including radical debulking surgery for ovarian cancer. He is also an expert in minimally invasive surgery for early-stage female cancers. He has co-authored more than 60 articles in peer-reviewed medical journals and has lectured nationally and internationally on sentinel lymph node mapping techniques for endometrial and cervical cancer, management of uterine sarcoma, and surgical innovations in gynecologic cancer. In 2018, he authored "Surgery for Endometrial Cancer" in the definitive textbook of gynecologic surgery, TeLinde's Operative Gynecology. He has developed innovative techniques for robotic surgery in patients with uterine and cervical cancers, including the use of single-incision robotic surgery. Based on this expertise, he has been invited to develop and improve robotic surgery programs at hospitals around the world. Dr. Tanner routinely shares his expertise with other gynecologists and gynecologic oncologists through courses he conducts on behalf of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology and the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists. His research interests include exploring the use of sentinel lymph node mapping for endometrial and cervical cancers, performing groundbreaking procedures using robotic single-site surgery, and developing new ways to reduce complications in patients undergoing surgery for advanced ovarian cancer. Dr. Tanner is a nationally recognized educator, serving as the Program Director of the Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Program at Northwestern University. He has received numerous teaching awards for his mentorship of fellows, residents, and medical students throughout his career, including the prestigious American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists National Faculty Award for Excellence in Resident Education in 2016. Dr. Tanner received his medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham before completing his residency in gynecology and obstetrics at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He completed a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where he was one of the first fellows to complete an extensive training program in robotic surgery for gynecologic cancers. He was an Associate Professor of gynecologic oncology at Johns Hopkins Hospital prior to joining the faculty at Northwestern.

Training Experience

2005Internship, Johns Hopkins Hospital
2008Residency, Johns Hopkins Hospital
2012Fellowship, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Education/Academic qualification

MBA, Johns Hopkins University

… → 2019

MD, University of Alabama at Birmingham

… → 2004

Research interests

  • Robotic Surgery
  • Cancer: Female Reproductive System (ovary, cervix, uterus)

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Research Output

  • Laparoscopic surgical access in morbidly obese women undergoing endometrial cancer surgery: Repurposing the left upper quadrant approach

    Varghese, A., Peijnenburg, E., Stone, R. L., Wethington, S. L., Levinson, K. L., Beavis, A., Yen, T. T., Tanner, E. J. & Fader, A. N., Jan 2020, In : European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology. 244, p. 56-59 4 p.

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  • Ovarian Stimulation Is Safe and Effective for Patients with Gynecologic Cancer

    Akel, R. A., Guo, X. M., Moravek, M. B., Confino, R., Smith, K. N., Lawson, A. K., Klock, S. M., Tanner, E. J. & Pavone, M. E., Jun 1 2020, In : Journal of adolescent and young adult oncology. 9, 3, p. 367-374 8 p.

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  • Phase II study of axalimogene filolisbac (ADXS-HPV) for platinum-refractory cervical carcinoma: An NRG oncology/gynecologic oncology group study

    Huh, W. K., Brady, W. E., Fracasso, P. M., Dizon, D. S., Powell, M. A., Monk, B. J., Leath, C. A., Landrum, L. M., Tanner, E. J., Crane, E. K., Ueda, S., McHale, M. T. & Aghajanian, C., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Gynecologic oncology.

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  • The addition of metformin to progestin therapy in the fertility-sparing treatment of women with atypical hyperplasia/endometrial intraepithelial neoplasia or endometrial cancer: Little impact on response and low live-birth rates

    Acosta-Torres, S., Murdock, T., Matsuno, R., Beavis, A. L., Stone, R. L., Wethington, S. L., Levinson, K., Grumbine, F., Ferriss, J. S., Tanner, E. J. & Fader, A. N., Jan 1 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Gynecologic oncology.

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