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S. Diane Yamada, MD

Joseph Bolivar DeLee Professor of Obstetrics/Gynecology

Chief, Section of Gynecologic Oncology

Dr. Diane Yamada specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of gynecologic cancers. She is the principal investigator at the University of Chicago for the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG), a cooperative clinical trials group supported by the National Cancer Institute.

Her areas of interest include:

  • Surgery for gynecologic malignancies including ovarian, uterine and cervical cancers, as well as minimally invasive surgery
  • Prophylactic surgery for women at high risk for the development of hereditary ovarian and endometrial cancers
  • Management of high grade uterine cancers
  • Intraperitoneal chemotherapy
  • Clinical trials

Her recent research focuses on the regulation and radiologic imaging of ovarian cancer metastasis and the unique biology of aggressive uterine cancers. She conducts clinical trials targeting ovarian cancer as well as endometrial and cervical cancer through the GOG.

Dr. Yamada is an editorial reviewer for a number of academic medical journals, including the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Gynecologic Oncology, and Cancer. She is also the author or co-author of numerous book chapters and reviews concerning gynecologic cancers.

Practice Locations

The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine
5758 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

University of Chicago Obstetrics
and Gynecology Specialty Services
Pavilion A
1890 Silver Cross Boulevard, Suite 475
New Lenox, IL 60451

Year Started Practice


Board Certifications

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Gynecologic Oncology

Medical School

University of California Los Angeles

Internship and Residency

Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA


University of California--Irvine, Orange, CA


American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG)
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG)
Society of Gynecologic Oncologists (SGO)

Language Spoken


Office Phone

(773) 702-6123

Office Fax

(773) 702-5411

Office Postal Address

S. Diane Yamada, MD
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 2050
Chicago, IL 60637

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Patient Stories

When horse racing analyst Christine Gabriel learned she had primary peritoneal cancer, she turned to the University of Chicago Medicine for her care. Dr. Yamada took an aggressive approach to Gabriel’s medical and surgical treatment. Six years after the diagnosis, Gabriel is still cancer-free. Read the story.

After Emily Jordan was diagnosed with cervical cancer, Dr. Yamada helped spare her ovaries and eggs for in vitro fertilization. Two years later -- with Emily's mother serving as the gestational carrier -- Emily and her husband are proud parents.

Several years after surviving ovarian cancer, Jennifer gave birth to her first child. View Jennifer's story, which also features Dr. Yamada.

Learn More About Dr. Yamada

Listen to Dr. Yamada discuss "Cancer and Your Genes" on the WVON Community Health Focus Hour.

In the PRISM Clinic, Dr. Yamada and her colleagues provide specialized care for all women and girls who have sexual health problems -- in many cases, caused by cancer or cancer treatment.

View a video about gynecologic cancer care teams that features Dr. Yamada and other University of Chicago Medicine specialists.

Selected Publications

Dr. Yamada serves as co-directory of the Program in Integrative Sexual Medicine for Women and Girls with Cancer.

View a partial list of Dr. Yamada's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.