Minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopy and robotic surgery); endometrial cancer and hyperplasia; cervical cancer and dysplasia; vulvar cancer and dysplasia; vaginal cancer and dysplasia; gestational trophoblastic disease; surgical management of pelvic masses
I am excited to be a part of the gynecologic cancer patient care team at Fox Chase Cancer Center. I chose to work at Fox Chase to provide comprehensive, cutting-edge oncologic care by translating advances in research directly into my clinical practice.
As a gynecologic oncologist, I specialize in the surgical and medical management of tumors of the uterus, cervix, ovary, fallopian tube, vulva and vagina. I have extensive experience with complex open, laparoscopic and robotic surgery, which allows me to tailor a surgical plan based upon a patient’s needs and preferences. I also have expertise in administering intravenous and intraperitoneal chemotherapy for gynecologic malignancies. As a member of the multidisciplinary gynecologic cancer patient care team, I work closely with my colleagues in medical and radiation oncology to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that offers the best chance of cure for each patient.
I appreciate the challenges and commitment necessary to care for cancer patients. I understand that a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming for patients and their families, and I always treat patients how I would want my family members to be treated: with honesty and compassion. I devote the time necessary to educate my patients on their options so they are best able to make an informed decision about their treatment.
Professionally, my research interests focus on endometriosis-associated ovarian cancer and hereditary ovarian cancer, including those resulting from BRCA1 or 2 mutations. The abundant resources available at Fox Chase, as well as my research experiences during my postdoctoral fellowship at the Magee-Womens Research Institute and as a clinical fellow at the University of Pennsylvania allow for me to participate in translational research and investigate innovative therapies to improve the quality of life for women with gynecologic malignancies.
Clinical Fellow, Gynecologic Oncology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2010-2013
Fellow, Ovarian Cancer Immunology, Magee-Womens Research Institute, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 2008-2010
Resident, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Magee-Womens Hospital, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, 2004-2008
MD, State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine, Stony Brook, NY, 2004
BA, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Boston University, Boston, MA, 2000
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology – Obstetrics & Gynecology; Gynecologic Oncology
American Association for Cancer Research
American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
NRG Oncology – Ovarian Cancer Core Committee; New Investigator Committee
Society of Gynecologic Oncology, Registry Taskforce Committee
As a single mom, I raised my son and daughter on my own. While they were growing up, I worked in a high-stress position in advertising sales, but I decided to switch careers and start nannying once I became an empty nester.
I was a first grade teacher for six years before becoming a reading specialist for kids with learning disabilities. After having four children of my own, I decided to be a stay-at-home mom and teach my children, along with my nieces and nephews.
Diane Smith was 55 years old when she was diagnosed with colon cancer. After a local gastroenterologist initially diagnosed her with hemorrhoids, she sought a second opinion from a specialist at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Diane underwent a laparoscopic procedure that resulted in no scarring and allowed her to heal faster. After a week in the hospital, she returned home to finish her recovery. "I am now enjoying my time with friends, reading, walking in Pennypack Park, living a healthy lifestyle, and attending church regularly," she said. "I came back from cancer, and I thank God every day for directing me to Fox Chase."
At 36, Patti Rose, a wife and mother to seven children, was shocked to learn she had a rare form of breast cancer. Because her husband works in construction and had done several projects for Fox Chase Cancer Center, they knew right away Fox Chase was the right place for Patti's treatment. At Fox Chase, Patti underwent chemotherapy and radiation therapy, followed by a lumpectomy and additional surgery. The experience was extremely difficult, but Patti credits the staff at Fox Chase for giving her a positive outlook and helping her get through it. Today, she is cancer free and could not be more pleased with the treatment she received. "Fox Chase helped me to be positive. If I didn’t have that connection with doctors and nurses and even the security guard that I would talk to every time I was there, I think I would have felt more afraid," she said. "Knowing all those people were praying for me, thinking of me, and trying to get me through it made me feel like I could overcome it."
Cronin S., Ahmed N., Craig A.D., King S., Huang M., Chu C.S., Mantia-Smaldone G.M., Non-gestational ovarian choriocarcinoma: A rare ovarian cancer subtype. Diagnostics (Basel). 12(3)2022. PMC8947355. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/35328112.
Cripe JC, Handorf E, Brown JL, Woodman S, Rubin SC, Jain A and Mantia-Smaldone GM. National Cancer Database Report of Lymphadenectomy Trends in Endometrial Cancer. Accepted for publication to International Journal of Gynecological Cancer, 3/10/17.
Andersen C, Sikora M, Boisen M, Ma T, Christie A, Tseng G, Park YS, Luthra S, Chandran U, Haluska P, Mantia-Smaldone GM, Odunsi K, McLean K, Lee A, Elishaev E, Edwards RP, and Oesterreich S. Active estrogen receptor-alpha signaling in ovarian cancer models and clinical specimens. Clin Cancer Res. 2017 Jan 10. pii: clincanres.1501.2016. doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-16-1501. [Epub ahead of print]
Mirza MR, Monk BJ, Herrstedt J, Oza AM, Mahner S, Redondo A, Fabbro M, Ledermann JA, Lorusso D, Vergote I, Ben-Baruch NE, Marth C, Mądry R, Christensen RD, Berek JS, Dørum A, Tinker AV, du Bois A, González-Martín A, Follana P, Benigno B, Rosenberg P, Gilbert L, Rimel BJ, Buscema J, Balser JP, Agarwal S, Matulonis UA; ENGOT-OV16/NOVA Investigators.Niraparib Maintenance Therapy in Platinum-Sensitive, Recurrent Ovarian Cancer. N Engl J Med. 2016 Dec 1;375(22):2154-2164.
Meyer LA, Cronin AM, Sun CC, Bixel K, Bookman MA, Cristea MC, Griggs JJ, Levenback CF, Burger RA, Mantia-Smaldone G, Matulonis UA, Niland JC, O'Malley DM, Wright AA. Use and Effectiveness of Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy for Treatment of Ovarian Cancer. J Clin Oncol. 2016 Sep 6. pii: JCO681239. [Epub ahead of print]
Esselen KM, Cronin A, Bixel K, Bookman M, Burger RA, Cohn D, Cristea M, Griggs J, Levenback CF, Mantia-Smaldone G, Meyer LA, Matulonis U, Niland J, Sun C, O’Malley DM, Wright A. Use of CA-125 Tests and CT Scans for Surveillance in Ovarian Cancer: Value-based Cancer Care? JAMA Oncol. 2016 Nov 1;2(11):1427-1433. doi: 10.1001/jamaoncol.2016.1842.
Shaikh T, Churilla TM, Mantia-Smaldone GM, Chu C, Rubin SC, Anderson PR. The role of adjuvant radiation in lymph node positive endometrial adenocarcinoma. Gynecol Oncol. 2016 Jun;141(3):434-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ygyno.2016.04.010.
Churilla T, Egleston B, Dong Y, Shaikh T, Murphy C, Mantia-Smaldone G, Chu C, Rubin S, Anderson P. Disparities in the management and outcome of cervical cancer in the United States according to health insurance status. Gynecol Oncol. 2016 Jun;141(3):516-23. doi: 10.1016/j.ygyno.2016.03.025.
Hall MJ, Obeid EI, Schwartz SC, Mantia-Smaldone G, Forman AD, Daly MB. Genetic testing for hereditary cancer predisposition: BRCA1/2, Lynch syndrome and beyond. Gynecol Oncol. 2016 Mar;140(3):565-74. doi: 10.1016/j.ygyno.2016.01.019
Wright AA, Cronin A, Milne DE, Bookman MA, Burger RA, Cohn DE, Cristea MC, Griggs JJ, Keating NL, Levenback CF, Mantia-Smaldone G, Matulonis UA, Meyer LA, Niland JC, Weeks JC, O'Malley DM. Use and Effectiveness of Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy for Treatment of Ovarian Cancer. J Clin Oncol. 2015 Sep 10;33(26):2841-7. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2015.61.4776. Epub 2015 Aug 3...Expand
Higuchi T, Flies DB, Marjon NA, Mantia-Smaldone G, Ronner L, Gimotty PA, Adams SF. CTLA-4 Blockade Synergizes with PARP inhibition in BRCA1-deficient Ovarian cancer. Cancer Immunol Res. 2015 Jul 2. [Epub ahead of print]
Suryawanshi S, Budiu R, Elishaev E, Zhang L, Kim S, Tseng G, Mantia-Smaldone G, Ma T, Donnellan N, Lee T, Mansuria S, Edwards RP, Huang X and Vlad AM. Complement pathway is frequently altered in endometriosis and endometriosis-associated ovarian cancer. Clin Cancer Res. 2014 Dec 1;20(23):6163-74. doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-14-1338. Epub 2014 Oct 7.
Mantia-Smaldone G, Ronner L, Blair A, Gamerman V, Morse C, Orsulic S, Rubin S, Gimotty P and Adams SF. The immunomodulatory effects of pegylated liposomal doxorubicin are amplified in BRCA1-deficienct ovarian tumors and can be exploited to improve treatment response in a mouse model. Gynecol Oncol. 2014 Jun;133(3):584-90. doi: 10.1016/j.ygyno.2014.03.565. Epub 2014 Mar 27.
Mantia-Smaldone G, Bagley LJ, Kasner SE and Chu CS. Vertebral artery dissection and cerebral infarction in a patient with recurrent ovarian cancer receiving bevacizumab. Gynecologic Oncology Case Reports. Volume 5, August 2013, 37-39. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gynor.2013.04.002.
Chiang CL, Kandalaft L, Tanyi J, Hagemann A, Motz G, Svoronos N, Smith L, Montone K, Mantia-Smaldone G, Nisenbaum H, Torigian D, Levine B, Mick R, Kalos M, Czerniecki B, Powell D, and Coukos G. A Dendritic Cell Vaccine Pulsed with Autologous Hypochlorous Acid-Oxidized Ovarian Cancer Lysate Primes Effective Broad Antitumor Immunity: From Bench to Bedside. Clin Cancer Res. 2013 Jul 15 [Epub ahead of print]
Mantia-Smaldone GM and Chu CS. A Review of Dendritic Cell Therapy for Cancer: Progress and Challenges. BioDrugs. 2013 Oct;27(5):453-68. doi: 10.1007/s40259-013-0030-9. Collapse
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31 patient comments
March 30, 2022
March 23, 2022
Every visit I have with Dr. Smaldone and her team is timely, professional, and informative - Always treated with respect.
March 16, 2022
Good experience especially when I was upset about needing surgery
February 22, 2022
Dr. Gina Mantia-Smaldone, MD has always been kind, compassionate and knowledgeable in regards to my care at [...].
February 19, 2022
I felt safe and listened to well. Doctor and staff were Friendly and caring
February 14, 2022
Always an excellent experience with Dr. Mantia-Smalldone & her staff.
February 13, 2022
Wonderful experience. I love Dr. Smaldone and her staff
February 1, 2022
Dr. & staff are caring and professional.
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January 20, 2022
It was a first meeting. Dr. Is quite pleasant and open; definitely glad to be with her.
December 20, 2021
Great staff. Love my Doctor and Nurses!
December 20, 2021
Pleasure to see this doctor
November 14, 2021
The Dr & nurse were amazing.
November 13, 2021
Everyone was very nice, informative and respectful.
November 3, 2021
Everyone that works at Fox Chase has been very helpful, caring and kind.
October 26, 2021
Gina Mantia-Smaldone & staff are friendly professional.
September 20, 2021
I was very impressed with first of the security staff was excellent. I felt very comfortable with this being my first visit
September 20, 2021
God bless Dr. Smaldone. She is like family to me, she is the very best.
August 15, 2021
Can't say enough great things about Dr. Gina I could go on and on! She is wonderful as well as her staff!
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August 13, 2021
Feel very confident with my care
August 6, 2021
My visits at FCCC have always been great. Everyone is caring, respectful, and courteous. Dr. Gina Mantia Smalldone us a Top notch, A1 Doctor. She's the BEST and I'll tell the world. FCCC should be proud to have her on staff.
July 27, 2021
Love Dr Mania Smalldone and her staff
July 25, 2021
Dr Smaldone is a most caring and compassionate and knowledgeable doctor
May 20, 2021
I love Dr. Gina Smaldone. She is a very kind, compassionate dr. Always has time for you answering questions. The surgery she did on me was the easiest surgery I've had of the cancer surgeries.
May 18, 2021
I was just surprised that I did not get any information about complications about the surgery, pre-op prep, and post-op care. I did get a print out from my gyn about lap hysterectomy after that visit.
May 5, 2021
May 3, 2021
Dr. Gina Smaldone is exceptional, she looked into my extensive medical history & offered me the PIC out of all doctors I have seen. I'm grateful that she didn't dismiss me & dedication to follow my health.
April 20, 2021
Dr. Mantia-Smaldone is very attentive and thorough.
March 13, 2021
Dr. Gina Smaldone is the best doctor I've ever had in my 60 years on this earth. I can not say enough good things about Fox Chase
January 16, 2021
Dr. Martina-Smaldone was very patient, knowledgeable and sympathetic. Made excellent recommendations for my care.