Rebecca Ann Brooks, M.D.
Surgery - Robotic
UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
- Associate Professor
- Division Director, Gynecologic Oncology
- Fellowship Director, Gynecologic Oncology
Philosophy of Care
Dr. Brooks strives to know her patients as people and not as diagnoses. She is a fierce patient advocate and fights to the best of her ability for and alongside her patients. Dr. Brooks truly tries to listen to each patient to understand their perspective and concerns and address them. She strives to empower her patients through education about their diagnosis and understand all treatment options. She uses her expertise to personalize treatment and care delivery in a way individualized for each patient affected by the disease.
Dr. Rebecca Brooks is an expert in the comprehensive medical and surgical care of women with uterine, ovarian, cervical, vulvar and vaginal cancers and gestational trophoblastic disease.
She has special interests in the radical pelvic surgery and upper abdominal debulking for advanced cancer as well as robotic surgery. She also has experience with administration of heated intra-abdominal chemotherapy (HIPEC).
Dr. Brooks is highly skilled in systemic therapy for gynecologic malignancies including standard chemotherapy to the use of novel biologic agents. She is committed to maximizing health and quality of life for cancer survivors and those affected by the disease.
Dr. Brooks' academic focus is an education of gynecologic oncology trainees. She completed a fellowship in medical education at the University of Chicago and functions as a fellowship program director and board examiner.
Dr. Brooks' research interests include mechanisms that affect the likelihood of metastases in endometrial cancer, various clinical topics related to gynecologic oncology, and education research such as mentorship and support mechanisms for trainees and junior faculty. She is also active in clinical trials.
M.D., Rush Medical College, Chicago IL 2003
B.S., University of Illinois, Urbana IL 1999
Internship: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Washington University School of Medicine. St. Louis MO 2003-2004
Obstetrics and Gynecology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis MO 2004-2007
Gynecologic Oncology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis MO 2007-2010
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology,
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Gynecologic Oncology,
American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
American Society of Clinical Oncology
Society of Gynecologic Oncology
Western Association of Gynecologic Oncologist
Honors and Awards
MERITS fellowship in medical education, University of Chicago 2017, 2017
Listed in �Chicago Top Cancer Doctors� 2016, 2016
UCSF Exceptional Faculty Award in Medical Student Teaching 2014-2015, 2014
UCSF Exceptional Faculty Award in Medical Student Teaching 2013-2014, 2013
Elected Candidate Member Representative, Society of Gynecologic Oncology Council 2014, 2014
UCSF Patient Satisfaction Honor Roll 2014, 2014
UCSF National Faculty Education Award 2014, 2014
UCSF/SFGH Outstanding Faculty Resident Teaching Award 2012-2013, 2012
UCSF Mount Zion Health Fund Award (translational research in endometrial cancer) 2011, 2011
UCSF/SFGH Outstanding Faculty Resident Teaching Award 2010-2011, 2010
Gynecologic Oncology Group Young Investigator Award Recipient 2007, 2007
Select Recent Publications
Brooks RA, Fleming GF, Lee NK, Moroney J, Son C, Tatebe K, Veneris J. Current Recommendations and Recent Progress in Endometrial Cancer. CA a Cancer Journal for Clinicians. In press.
Sethi R, Mayadev J, Sethi S, Rash D, Chen LM, Brooks R, Ueda S, Hsu IC. Patterns of Recurrence in Node-Positive Cervical Cancer Patients Treated with contemporary Chemoradiation and Dose Escalation: A Multi-Institutional Study. Pract Radiat Oncol. 2018 Oct 17;(PMID 30342181).
Binder PS, Peipert JF, Brooks RA, Massad LS, Mutch DG, Powell MA, Thaker PH, McCourt CK. Adult Comorbidity Evaluation 27 score as a predictor of survival in endometrial cancer patients. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Dec;215(6):Jul pii:S0002-9378(16):30470-7. (PMID 27457116)
Chapman JS, Roddy E, Ueda S, Brooks R, Chen LL, Chen LM. Enhanced Recovery Pathways for Improving Outcomes After Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Oncology Surgery. Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Jul;128 (1):138-44. (PMID 27275797)
Plett SK, Poder L, Brooks RA, Morgan TA. Transvaginal Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy of Deep Pelvic Masses: How we do it. J Ultrasound Med. 2016 Jun;35(6):1113-22. Epub 2016 Apr 18. Review. (PMID 27091918)
Brooks RA, Blansit K, Young-Lin N, Usach I, Chen L, Yu X, Kapp DS, Chan JK. The economic impact of surgical care for morbidly obese endometrial cancer patients: A nationwide study. Am J Obstet Gynecol. Available online 23 October 2015;pii:S0002-9378(15):01278-8. doi:10.1016/j.ajog.2015.10.015. (PMID: 26478102)
Brooks RA, Kizer NT, Nguyen L, Jaishuen A, Wanat K, Nugent E, Allsworth J, Rader JS. Polymorphisms in MMP9 and SIPA1 are associated with increased risk of nodal metastases in early-stage cervical cancer. Gynecol Oncol. 2010 Mar;116(3):539-43. (PMID 19906411)
rooks RA, Rader JS, Dehdashti F, Mutch DG, Powell MA, Thaker PH, Siegel B, Grigsby PW. Surveillance FDG-PET/CT detection of asymptomatic recurrences in patients with cervical cancer. Gynecol Oncol. 2009 Jan;112(1):104-9. (PMID 18929403)
Brooks RA, Wright J, Wall L, Mutch D. Long term bladder and bowel dysfunction after radical hysterectomy. Gynecol Oncol. 2009 Jul;114(1):75-9. (PMID: 19410279)
Brooks R, Herzog T. Long-term semi-permanent catheter use for the palliation of malignant ascites. 2006 May;101(2):360-2. (PMID 16499957)