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Gina M. Mantia-Smaldone, MD

Gina Mantia-Smaldone, MD

Clinical Locations

Primary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111

Secondary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center East Norriton-Hospital Outpatient Center
2701 Dekalb Pike
East Norriton, PA 19401

About

Associate Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology

Treatment Focus

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

Research Program

Key Awards

Philadelphia Magazine Top Docs 2021
Gynecologic Oncology

Treatment Philosophy

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.

Education and Training

Educational Background

  • 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

Certifications

  • American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology – Obstetrics & Gynecology; Gynecologic Oncology

Memberships

  • 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
  • Teal Tea Foundation, Advisory Board Member
  • Alpha Omega Alpha

Honors & Awards

  • Main Line Today Top Doctors, 2018-2019
Patient Stories

Sandi Nick

Cervical Cancer

Sandi Nick

Cervical Cancer

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.

Angela Shammo

Breast Cancer

Angela Shammo

Breast Cancer

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

Colorectal Cancer

Diane Smith

Colorectal Cancer

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."

Patti Rose

Breast Cancer

Patti Rose

Breast Cancer

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."

Jennifer Gilbert

Cervical Cancer

Jennifer Gilbert

Cervical Cancer

Jennifer Gilbert was 35 years old when she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. She was referred to Fox Chase Cancer Center for treatment, and she soon underwent surgery, and chemotherapy and radiation treatment. An exercise enthusiast, Jennifer started to experience severe swelling in my legs and was diagnosed with lymphedema, and rec eived therapy and underwent plastic and reconstructive surgery at Fox Chase. The surgeries worked, and today she is married with two adopted children. 

Research Profile

Research Program

Research Interests

  • Fertility and gynecologic cancers
  • Endometriosis-related ovarian cancer
  • Hereditary ovarian cancer
  • Immunotherapy and ovarian cancer
Publications

Selected Publications

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

Additional Publications

PubMed

Ratings

174 PATIENT SATISFACTION REVIEWS

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OVERALL RATING

5.0 / 5.0

RATINGS BREAKDOWN

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38 PATIENT COMMENTS

  • 5.0
    July 01, 2022
    Very happy with Fox Chase and this doctor!
  • 5.0
    June 29, 2022
    Dr. Smaldone and her staff were extremely nice and thoughtful.
  • 5.0
    June 13, 2022
    Usually my appt. Is always late but I never mind waiting because when it's my turn they're always friendly, respectful and I never feel rushed when asking questions.
  • 5.0
    June 06, 2022
    Excellent care
  • 5.0
    May 20, 2022
    Dr Smaldone is the best
  • 5.0
    May 17, 2022
    If I had one word to describe my Care at Fox Chase and Dr Mantia-Smaldone it would be 'Compassionate!'.
  • 5.0
    May 13, 2022
    I love all the staff at Fox Chase. Was dealing with FoxChase for two years with my husband and now with myself and never had a bad experience. All the staff at FoxChase are exceptional.
  • 5.0
    April 22, 2022
    Excellent service
  • 5.0
    April 19, 2022
    Dr. Smaldone is a caring and intelligent professional. She is a doctor that I trust and who truly cares for her patients.
  • 5.0
    April 11, 2022
    Gina Smaldone is an awesome doctor in every way. I could not be more happy with her. She is someone you should be so proud to have on your staff
  • 5.0
    April 04, 2022
    My dr. left Fox Chase. I was delighted with Dr. Mantia-Smaldone.
  • 5.0
    March 30, 2022
    Good experience
  • 5.0
    March 23, 2022
    Every visit I have with Dr. Smaldone and her team is timely, professional, and informative - Always treated with respect.
  • 5.0
    March 16, 2022
    Good experience especially when I was upset about needing surgery
  • 5.0
    February 22, 2022
    Dr. Gina Mantia-Smaldone, MD has always been kind, compassionate and knowledgeable in regards to my care at [...].
  • 5.0
    February 19, 2022
    I felt safe and listened to well. Doctor and staff were Friendly and caring
  • 5.0
    February 14, 2022
    Always an excellent experience with Dr. Mantia-Smalldone & her staff.
  • 5.0
    February 13, 2022
    Wonderful experience. I love Dr. Smaldone and her staff
  • 5.0
    February 01, 2022
    Dr. & staff are caring and professional.
  • No Star Ratings Available January 20, 2022
    It was a first meeting. Dr. Is quite pleasant and open; definitely glad to be with her.
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